July was supposed to be a summer month in the United Kingdom. In fact the first couple of days saw record-breaking temperatures. It didn’t last. It hasn’t been particularly cold, where I am, but it hasn’t been overly bright either. It is like summer is holding its breath, waiting to exhale and bring a smile to everyone’s face.
For me the month began with a quarterly review. I found this very helpful as mentioned here. This set the tone for the month for me. I found that I was more focussed and achieved a lot more. I have an evolving daily routine, and more specifically a morning practice that I find sets me up for the day ahead. I have recently begun, once again, a morning pages routine, where I write whatever comes into, or more accurately, out of my head. This has also helped with focus for the day ahead.
Another thing that has greatly helped with my focus was the removal of my troublesome tooth. It took the dentist a while to wiggle it free, but now it is gone. As it went it took with it the almost constant ache and pain that I have had for the past couple of years. The gum is still healing, but it already feels much better.
I had a couple of freelance pieces of work that were completed on time. The few bills I have will be paid this month at least.
On the music front I have been working once again for the talented Suzi Blu, who has just launched her Gypsy Boho A Go Go Show. She is using Patreon to support this project. Follow the links to see what it is all about. If you are into creating art, and art as a lifestyle, then you’ll love what she is doing. More info on Suzi Blu’s Patreon page. If you want to know more about what I am doing musically then the latest is always at This Temple Eden.
My main project for the month has been A Day in the Life. What is this, I hear one or two of you mumble from across the ether. A Day in the Life is a book, a real hard copy book. You know, like they used to use in olden times. It’s a beginners guide to developing a regular writing habit through creating A Day in the Life of an individual. It has 30 prompts to inspire your writing and is, I believe, a fun way to begin to write. More information on its availability once I have received the proof copies!
I managed to write and post six times to The Creative Minimalist and the same for Imaginality. One goal for August onwards is to post more regularly and with a little more forward planning. I have been using a specific journal for planning my blog writing and this has helped. If I can focus my time a little better it will help even more!
The posts included the following:
Create more – do the right task at the right time
Wot no ideas – coping with a barren creative spell
Minimalism and the art of journal zen
My bad language – words and phrases I use too often
I am trying out Periscope as a means of staying in touch and building my social media platform (oh dear, that sounds so dry). If you want to connect with me there I can be found as @darrenrhill, the same as I can on most apps including twitter and snapchat – do add me, let’s connect.
July has been a productive month. This was down to having clear goals and commitments. The quarterly review helped too, enabling me to see the monthly objectives in line with the bigger picture of where I want to be. Now to plan August… and if the sun could shine a little more that would be appreciated too.