The Volcano In YOU!

Volcano Enisca L Jones

“She’s just clearing her throat!” Pierce Brosnan, Dante’s Peak

A long while back I was given a visual of a volcano…the different stages that it goes through before it spews ash and then molten lava. One of those stages is where you can just see the visual signs of smoke emitting from the top/mouth of the volcano.  This smoke tells us that there is activity going on and depending on your perspective this may be terrifying or beautiful! However, it is the beginning of something.

I see writing or any creative project like a volcano.  In the beginning we write our thoughts in journals or we arenisca ljonese just toying with the idea of writing or doing a project and not really sure what we are going to do with it but somehow we have to get this thing done and we are just compelled to get our message across because let’s face it…we all have an opinion and we think someone should hear it or our story is relevant and someone needs to be encouraged by it and let’s not forget our creative works because everybody should see our artwork because its inspiring, beautiful, inspirational… and the list goes on. 

Well when you write whatever is burning to get out it’s like clearing your throat, most especially if it’s your very first time: writing a book, poem, novel, song, doing artwork or some other creative project.  It’s just the beginning of clearing the path that more often than not leads to more books or creative ideas.

But suppose I don’t want to write anymoreor nothing comes from it, you ask?  Welllll,  then you now have accomplished the goal and satisfactorily completed the project. There is great joy in completing a task that in the beginning seemed insurmountable. So, stop being a pessimist, making excuses, procrastinating and justifying and get it done.

The point is to complete it! Stop worrying about what the so called experts say out there. Trust me if you listen you will never get it done.  I don’t mean to saybutterlfy2 eniscaljones that what they are saying doesn’t have merit, what I am saying is that you will get overwhelmed. There are so many rules out there, don’t do this or that or do this or that this way. Lets not talk about the many thoughts that run through our minds: how far will it go, will anyone like it, will they buy it, and the list goes on and on and pretty much won’t shut up.  Its enough to send you crazy!  These thoughts often cause us to freeze or become paralyze and we never move or we beat ourselves up about  wasting time especially when we do complete the project and realize a satisfaction that is euphoric.

Life is filled with beginning moments and I say just write it and get it done. It may not be a best seller, your mother may be the only one who purchases a copy but you will never know until you actually finish it and besides your first draft is not your final product.

If that story or idea is burning in you, I say try it, clear your throat and see where the road leads you. No one ever started out as an expert!!!!

 

CHILLLL! 

Have a fabulous Day!Flower Enisca L Jones

 

Bridging The Gap!

Enisca L Jones Ducks Cranberry Farm 2014 1

Writing came upon me rather suddenly and it was completely organic. I was basically minding my own business looking for a job and trying to figure out what the next step was going to be with no money and no job. As an author my intent was not to make great big gobs of money but to simply get a message out there to children and by extension their parents and others who would hear about my stories and want to check them out.  So far it has been slow going but I persevere.

I love writing and then making the stories come alive with simple and colorful drawings.  I love sharing my thoughts and heart with others just so that you can be encouraged. Recently, I was at a trade show for Human Resources Professionals and found myself talking to a recruitment specialists and this phrase popped out of my mouth… BRIDGING THE GAP!  and I paused for a moment and pondered on those words.  Yes, that’s it!

“Building a bridge that would allow me to continue funding and pushing this vision”

Enisca L JOnes Ducks cranberry trip

Have you had to do this?  Have you started a project, developed an interest in a business and felt like you were on the right path?  Finally having reached your purpose but its not paying as you know it should?  So now you are having to update your resume, seek out job opportunities again just to fund your business or vision? This is where I am at right now trying to bridge the gap in order to continue building, growing and funding my vision because the writing has not stopped.  In fact, I have book ideas and concepts written down and my mind keeps going every day with something else that can be done.  

 I write this to encourage you, that if you find yourself in this place…  step back and take a look at the situatioEnisca L Jonesn.  It is okay to incorporate what you have gained in previous experience with what you have learned now and taking the steps, to do what comes next to better take care of you.. there is.no shame in that. The only challenge is staying true to your vision and setting goals that will ensure each step gets accomplished.

I am still working to bridge the gap for myself and have found it to be very frustrating at times because you guessed it… the plan never works out the way you envision it. But with faith and a whole lot of patience it does in the end.

Keep on trucking, keep holding on, all is not lost. You are alive and breathing and everything is possible!!!!

Until next time!  Enisca L Jones

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

While You Are Waiting!

 

So you have a vision, a plan, a dream!  You say I am waiting for the finances, the right conditions or certain things or people to get things going or the most common thing I hear in the church today… I am waiting on God to do something. You are just… waiting. I have heard people say this phrase so much that its annoying.  Now don’t get me wrong I have said it too :-)!

My question to you is this … What are you doing while you are waiting?  If God or circumstances were to change in a nano second,  Are you prepared?  Have you done everything, short of robbing a bank? So that you can fly when things fall into place!

As I look back over the last 3 years of my life,  I have written 9 books and published 5 of them in the past 2 years,  without money, no job and being virtually homeless.  I have gone through every emotion there is, to the point of wanting to just drop it all down a garbage shoot and just walk away, never to look back at it again and go live under a bridge somewhere.  But somehow after all the emotion and the terror subsides I pick it up again and think about what else can be done  while I am waiting and I do that one thing one day at a time.

cranbeery trip2

So while your are waiting there are a couple of things that may help you take the next step and the next step and so on:

1. Changing perspective

Instead of having a woe is me attitude which I go thorough at times.  Start to think, who will benefit from this.  That is why I published my first children`s book because I was encouraged by a child that read it, who was going through the same experience the character was going through and I thought well maybe there are others who may need this message.

2. Forward only

For every hiccup that comes along determine that you will continue moving forward. Sure, there may be some parts that you have to revamp. Constant improvement and refinement is a must.  But staying the course, that is what is most important.

 Forward ever, backwards never!.  Maurice Bishop

 3.  Shut out the voices

I can honestly say that within a 24 hour period there are many voices that bombard us. From the negative,  to the insane and the inconceivable we are constantly and consistently at war with ourselves.  What I have found works for me is walking, taking things one at a time, and basically telling the voices to shut up!  It works trust me because it used to be worse than it is now. Also reminding myself that yes I can get this done.

4.  Acceptance

Accept yourself as you are. All of your lumps and bumps. You are beautiful, unique, special, yes, all of that!  Embrace all parts of you and know that its okay to do just that.  Know that it is okay to stick a pin right there in that spot and come back to it later.   No,  you can`t do it all in one day and yes it is scary and terrifying but its okay. Life is never boring!

Stop comparing yourself to others and  run the race that is yours to run and don’t try to run at another persons pace.

Accept that you cannot know the outcome. That it won’t turn out the way you think it should.  Once you embrace and surrender those things it will help you get past that feeling of being stuck.  Then you begin to take one step at a time putting one foot in front of the other.

So while you are waiting remember to take one step each day toward your visions, plan, goals etc.  So when the thing that you are waiting on arrives you are prepared to step out.

Prepared , ready and able to fly!eagle