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.

 

 

Never Give Up

So I failed my first Write Chain Challenge and broke my chain after only 14 days.

It’s a failure. Yet I learned so much from those 14 days.

1. Never Give Up

The most successful people fail all the time. The difference is that they don’t give up. They keep trying until they discover what works. They keep working towards their goal even when it is hard.

So that is what I’m going to do, I’m not giving up. This time around I will get more than 14 links for the Write Chain Challenge 

2. Build a Habit

Building new habits is hard. There are called habits because they are something we do without thinking about it, good or bad. We have a habit to brush are teeth everyday. Driving a car is a habit. We do these things without having to think about every step.

Writing everyday isn’t an easy task. It is a habit that you need to build. You have to decide when’s the best time of day for you to write. I’m learning that it’s better for me to write in the morning because it ensures that it gets done and my brain is fresh.

3. I love writing.

It’s plain and simple. I love writing!

Never give up and

Dream without Limitations!

Focus Shift

All afternoon I’ve been struggling to find a topic to post about today.

I’ve been fixated on what I didn’t have. The words I couldn’t write and the workout I couldn’t do because of the cough I’ve had for a week. I was frustrated. I wanted to give up.

But as I was getting ready for bed I decided to shift my focus on the positive, and move forward. I set my eyes on adding that tenth link to my Write Chain.

I have been blessed with the opportunity to pursue my writing. I want to embrace every single moment of it. So I’ve decided to shift the focus of my Write Chain Challenge goal. The stress of coming up with a blog post everyday has taken the joy out of writing.

I pledge to write 500 words or a blog post every day as part of the #WriteChain Challenge.

There are times in life where we have to simply reevaluate a goal we have set. It’s not failure, it’s adaptation. I’m adapting my goal in order to become a better writer. I have remind myself to focus on the positive. Negatively and self-doubt is an old habit. But I know that the only way that I will become a better person and a better writer is to see everything in my life positively.

I could stay frustrated that I haven’t worked out in a week because of my cold. Or I could focus on the 5.2 pounds I’ve lost! I choose to focus on the successes in my life and all the great things God has given to me!

4 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

How do you find a topic to write about when you have no ideas?

It can happen to the best of us. You’re frozen in front of your keyboard, or notebook, and have no idea where to start. Today I had a case of Writer’s Block and had no idea what today’s post was going to be about until I turned to Twitter.

Here are my tips to beating the dreaded Writer’s Block:

1. Twitter. Twitter is a double edge sword. If you find the right people to follow, Twitter can be a great source of inspiration. Case in point: Today’s blog post comes courtesy of Skye, creator of the Write Chain Challenge and founder of Writerology. After I tweeted that I had no clue what to write today, Skye suggested I write a blog post on how to find a topic when you have no ideas. Without Twitter today’s blog post would not exist.

Through, I would suggest turning off you Twitter notifications once you actually sit down to write! 😛

2. Pinterest. Yet another double edge sword. My suggestion is to create a board full of ideas to inspire you when you need a little extra push to get your creative juices flowing. Just be careful not to end up salivating over the latest Fall boots or the latest pumpkin spice recipe.

Here’s my writing Pinterest board: Writing Inspiration

It’s a work in progress. Anybody know some great writers to follow on Pinterest?

3. Read. Pick up a book from your favorite author, your current personal development book, the Bible, or even a book on writing. Just spend time savoring the words on the page.

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One of the newest writing books in my collection is “A Writer’s Book of Days” by Judy Reeves. It was a birthday present from my husband. It is a great source of inspiration as a writer.

4. Exercise. It’s a great way to relief the stress of not knowing what to write, and you just might find a blog topic some where along the way.

What are your favorite ways to beat with Writer’s Block?

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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Apartment Hunting 4.0

My husband and I have been married for 3 years. We are getting set to move for the fourth time.

I think we have a clearer picture of what we want and what option will help us achieve our goals. Finding an apartment with a standard paint color other than white is a plus. An apartment with storage even better. Upgrades, better still. An apartment with a wooded view, perfection. An apartment by the dumpster or AC units, no way. Access to walking trails, definitely a plus.

I find myself more anxious than ever about this move because it is very likely that our new place will be 411 square feet smaller than our current place. Plus, the new apartment is smaller than our very first apartment we had as newlyweds.

I’m not worried about how M and I will handle living in a smaller space together, no problems there.

I think my worry is about the space. Will I have a place to write? Where will we workout? Where will we put everything? How are we going to decorate to most effectively use the space?

We have so much stuff, and I don’t know where it’s all going to go. I don’t know what to keep or what to throw away. Being a former teacher, I have a lot of stuff.

But the thing is it’s just stuff, and in the big picture of things does our stuff really matter? Do I really need to keep my books from college or hang on to the pair of shoes I never wear? Do I really need the cookbook I never use?

At the end of the day, life isn’t about the stuff we have. Life is about the love we have in our hearts. A small apartment filled with the love of Christ and the love between M and I is where I want to call home.

As we make our final decision in apartment hunting 4.0, I must remember to keep Phillipians 4:6 close to my heart:

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.

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Accentuate the Positive

Psalm 100:1-2

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all you lands;

worship the Lord with cries of gladness;

come before him with a joyful song.

Countless times have I forgotten to give God praise for the blessings in my life. Yet I know the power that praise and thanksgiving have in our daily lives.

The sad reality of our world is that the media is powered by negativity. Turn on any news station to hear news of violence, war, corrupt politicians, and crime. The list could extend for miles. Add in the endless stream of news we have access to from our smart phones and computers, and we are constantly bombarded by negativity. These negative images cause us to become anxious, worried, fearful, and weary.

We have a choice. We can choose to fueled by the negativity and negativism. Or we can choose to be fueled by positivity and be joyful.

Being positive won’t erase all the negativity in the world, but it will pave a way for you to become the best-version-of-yourself. It will effect your personal mindset, and the attitude of those closest to you.

Choose to embrace praise, thanksgiving, and gratefulness.

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Habits…good, bad, ugly.

Habits. The good, the bad, the ugly. Our habits shape us, even when we don’t realize it. While it’s true that without our habits, it would be very unlikely that anything would ever get done. Brushing our teeth, driving, taking a shower, eating dinner, and working out. These are just a few good habits that we develop that help to make us the best version of ourselves. But then there our bad habits – watching TV and mindlessly eating that bag of chips, nail biting, procrastination, and laziness. We do these things without thinking. But these small habits do nothing to help create a better version of ourselves. It is said that it take 28 days to create a new habit, less than one month. Next week, I start the 21 Day Fix back up after vacation and I’m looking forward to creating a better version of ourselves. So what habit can you create in the next 28? Besides fitness, My goal is to starting posting a blog post everyday, in addition to my daily personal and spiritual development. 9964439824_8f9a8d5d32_z Please share this on Facebook!