In You I’m Found

Nature PhotographyPoetry used to leap from my pencil onto the papers. I still have journals filled with poems from middle and high school. I have to admit that it’s something I’d lost touch with since “growing up.” But yesterday as I was spending some quiet time reading scripture and playing the ukulele, poetry started flowing once again. Though it could be a song/verse cause I wrote it to a tune in my head, and keep singing it on my ukulele.

Here’s something I worked on today:

In You I’m Found

I’ve been searching in all the wrong places.
I’ve been hoping in all the wrong things.
I’ve been longing in all the worldly things.
I’ve been hiding from all the things I know.

We go down this road together,
Oh so many times.
And even when I’m lost,
You’re still right by my side.

I go round and round in circles,
searching for the truth.
But it’s only in you I’m found.
Jesus in you I’m found.
Jesus in you I’m found.

And you’re patiently waiting,
For me to come right back home to you.
No matter how far I stray,
Your arms are open wide.

And you fill me with your love,
Fill me with your joy,
Fill me with laughter,
Fill me with a hope,
That only comes from you.

© 2016 Stacy Agcaoili. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Top 3 Tips for Writing Everyday

This is my seventh blog post in a row, and I figured it was time to create a posting schedule. My daily blogging schedule with rotate between posts on faith and posts on writing.


Today, I wanted to share with you my top three tips for writing everyday. I haven’t been at writing/blog for long, but I wanted to share with you what has helped me as I begin my writing journey.

1. Write Chain 

I found out about the Write Chain Challenge on Twitter from Skye from Writerology.

The concept is simple. Decide on the writing goal you want to achieve everyday, and work to create the biggest consecutive Write Chain you can.

Click here for more information and to sign up: Write Chain Challenge

Here’s my current write chain, my visual reminder that I need to write one blog post everyday in order to keep my Write Chain going.IMG_3092


2. Creating your own writing space

Find a place that motivates you to write. It can be anywhere you’re most comfortable: coffee shop, couch, desk, outside, or kitchen table. It needs to be comfortable and conducive to long writing sessions. Find a space, make it your own, and the words will follow.

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3. Writing Community

Surround yourself with other writers, either virtually or in person. It is vital to set up a support system to aid you on your journey to becoming a writing. One of my favorite was to connect virtually to other writers is Twitter. Twitter is a great social media tool for writers, helping you make connections with other writers. Use hashtags such as #amwriting #WriteChain or #writing to search for other writers.

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Big Blue Box

I’m not talking about the TARDIS, as cool as that would be.

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I’m talking about this big blue and yellow box, IKEA.Ikea_shin-misatoToday M and I took a short trip to our local IKEA with the intention to look for ideas for our new apartments. When we first got there it felt like we were walking around without a clue of how we wanted our apartment to look like, or at least that’s how I felt.

Once I had M sketch out his vision for our living room, I finally had insight into M’s vision for our new place. I was no longer walking aimlessly. I had a clear picture of what we wanted our apartment to look like.

Here’s his rough sketch:

IMG_0012I love where this is heading. It’s amazing how much clearer I was able to see things with a simple sketch to see what was going on in M’s head.

After we got home, I made a connection between IKEA and our lives.

IKEA is like life, without a vision, purpose, or desire you walk around aimlessly through the chaos.

In our own lives, we frequently loose sight of our needs, purpose, and desires that lead us to the best-version-of-ourselves. We fail to step back, to take stock on what we want from our lives. It is in these moments that we fall into despair, depression, and anxiety. We need to understand our purpose, needs, and desires in order to create the best-version-of-ourselves. When we understand our true purpose and we have the strength to follow God’s plan for our lives we can find true happiness.

The TARDIS may be fiction, but what is true is that our lives are truly bigger on the inside.

Listen

Listen.

For the past nine months, I’ve been hearing an invitation to listen closely to my heart to discover my needs, talents, desires.

Here’s a bit of a Spoiler Alert for Season 8, Episode 4 – the latest episode hinged on the idea that we talk to ourselves when we’re alone because there is something hiding just out of sight.

Isn’t the same true in most of our lives? There is always something just out of our sight that we keep being drawn to.

For me this has always been writing. I have notebooks filled with poems and short stories from when I was younger. I have an memory of being at a Girl Scout career event, probably in middle school. When I was asked what I wanted to do with my life, I replied that I wanted to become a writer. For the first two years of high school, I was in yearbook. But in between Sophomore and Junior year, writing became something that I pushed to the outskirts of my life and it has remained hidden ever since. In the last several years, I’ve heard the writing siren call many times. A couple times in the last several years, I tried to pursue writing but it always got pushed aside by the busyness at work and was soon forgotten.

Earlier this year I felt called to discern my role as a teacher, in addition to my roles in Young Adult Ministry, writing, Beachbody and volunteering. I finally started listening to my true needs, talents, and desires. I discovered that my role as a teacher was holding me back from being able to fulfill my needs, talents, and desires. I decided that I need to take a step back from teaching in order to discover how God is calling me to use my talents. It was one of the hardest decisions of my life, but I can see now that I was being held back from seeing my own potential.

I listened to the voices lurking in the darkness. I faced the scary monster underneath the bed. I am now learning to embrace the writer within me, and seeing where this journey leads me.15022817938_b20340a3d2_o


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Be the best you!

I recently started reading “The Rhythm of Life- Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose” by Matthew Kelly. 

While waiting in the doctors office, this line jumped from the page:

“Our modern culture proclaims with all its force: What you do and what you have are the most important things.”

Matthew Kelly continues by saying that what we do and what we have are not the most important elements in life.

This so clearly explains the inner turmoil I’ve been feeling. Our society is constantly asking the question “What do you do?”  I no longer feel like I have a concrete  answer to this questions. My answer used to be simple but now I can no longer can reply, “I’m a teacher.”

It’s not that I’m not doing anything. I’m not just sitting on the coach and eating bonbons all day. 

Although, with the headaches I’ve had all week I’ve been doing a little more of this than normal.

My answer to that question is no longer simple or straight forward. I’m struggling with not have one single identify. Instead, I have multiple interests I am focusing my attention on. Church ministry, Beachbody, writing, volunteering, among other things. I could have never done this while I was still teaching. I finally have a chance to develop friendships after three years of living in Texas.

I’m struggling with not having a set schedule. But I’m working on it. I just rearranged our office yesterday, and today I’m sitting down to type out a blog post. 

I’m looking forward to focusing this truth – “Embrace this one solitary truth- you were born to become the-best-verison-of-yourself- and it will change your life more than anything you have ever learned.” ~Matthew Kelly

Chasing a Dream

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Two years ago I published my last blog post. This makes me realize that it’s been two years since I last put pencil to paper and my fingers to the keyboard for the purpose of writing.

In these two years I let the obligations of work, family, friends, and church get in the way of pursuing my passion to write. Day after day, I would claim that I had no time. After months past, I realized I hadn’t thought of writing at all. Months past, and before I knew it had been two years since I last spent time writing.

In the last month, I have slowly started to dive back into the world of writing.
I’ve started use my twitter account and have started to follow writers, editors, and writing organizations to help motivate me in my writing journey.

I can call myself a writer because I find joy in the process. I may not have written a novel, and I may never complete one but I still I am a writer.

I am excited to be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this July, I have a project in my mind but my only expectation is to write everyday to try to meet my goal of writing 50,000 word in one month.

I write to find my voice. I write to discover who I am.

Signing out,

Stacy

Triumph

Psalm 108:14

“We will triumph with the help of God, who will trample down our foes.”

Today I was feeling like I was going to get any writing done, just like yesterday. I set a pretty high monthly word count for myself, and I find myself doubting my ability to accomplish it. The funny thing is that God gives us strength to fight against our personal demons of self-doubt and fear because all of a sudden today Psalm 108:14 came into my head. At that moment I knew that I could triumph over my fear and made a huge dent in my word count.

I leave you with a no cost trip to an amazing library, I can’t wait to finally get to see the Old Library at Trinity College in Dublin. Dreams do come true!

Thanks for coming to visit!

There is a Plan

Today was looking through my bookshelf to see what could get thrown away; I found papers, journals, and old poetry I knew I had. What really surprised me though was one simple piece of paper. I found my PLAN test results from tenth grade. Here is what plan is used for:

“The PLAN® program helps 10th graders build a solid foundation for future academic and career success and provides information needed to address school districts’ high-priority issues. It is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years.”

I’ve seen this paper many times when I go to purge my belongings, what I never noticed before was that in the Career Area You Preferred section I wrote down: Creative and Preforming Arts. I’ve had this paper for ten years and I never once realized that after I first read the test score.

It makes me happy to know that I am actively pursuing my preferred career area.

The other thing I did today was researching a trip across to Ireland for my novel, and stumbled across this article my friend posted: Why you should travel young.

My heart and soul are ready for all the journeys that are in store for me both on paper and in my own life. One day I will get to see places I can only dream of now, thankfully it’s only a mouse click away!

 

 

Wise Words

“Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
Pope John Paul II

I wish I could have found the orginal source of this quote before I began this blog post, but a quick internet search turned up nothing but more quote pages which is where I found it in the first place.

I’m entering a part of my life where there are a lot of changes happening in the next couple months. We’re moving to a new place, I’m getting a new job, and I’m trying to develop my skills as a writer. Finding that quote is so fitting, and is a great reminder that in everything that we do we are not alone in the journey.

I hope you find some inspiration in the words of Pope John Paul II. Thanks for stopping by!

Stacy

Goals!

If you type in Goal into a search engine, the first few results are soccer related.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think this is fitting because in soccer players must work to score a goal. Just as a writer needs to work hard to reach their goals.

Today was the first day I took part in a monthly writing challenge, and the best part is I reached the daily word count I set for myself!  I’m am filled with excitement as I continue to grow as a writer. I’m looking forward to all the challenges that are in front of me.