What Helped Me Get To It Today

Don't forget to pop over to Danyelle's today to read her entry on goals. Okay. (#seguefail) Today I'm about trying to be the writer I am and not struggle so with the process. And you know what helped me? Something overheard on the Psych Central blogs:

Do what you can.

Want what you have.

Be who you are.

Amazingly simple, right? Not sure why those words helped me today, but they totally did. Turns out I can only do what I can (who knew?). I'm still working on wanting what I have - which includes a mostly-written MS (hey, I'm working on craft, no need to want what might be in the future, a la an agent or pub contract) and a pretty cool freelance gig (got a ton o Simon & Schuster press kits to write, yip!). 

As for the third tenet, I'm always who I am these days, which is a nice perk of settling into your 30s. You know what also helped me today?

Tell me you aren't snarfing. Sigh. This is what I'm telling the next person who asks me where I get my ideas.


Aubrie | June 16, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Oh I love this cat picture! The eyes say it all. :) I'm settling into my thirties as well. Scary at first, but now I'm getting used to it.

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) | June 16, 2010 at 8:45 AM

I love the picture. And yes I snarfed! lol.

Jaydee Morgan | June 16, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Those are perfect words to live by. And loving the kitty pic!!

A Pen In Neverland: Angela Peña Dahle | June 16, 2010 at 8:51 AM

OMGosh! I can only do what I can? Sheesh! Well if it has to be that way...I'm in heaven! LOL. Nice post. Good words to keep with me all day long!

JustineDell | June 16, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Snarfing?? I don't know if that's what I'm doing but I'm snorting and laughing and spewing water through my noise. Love. The. Pic.


Bethany Elizabeth | June 16, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Snarfing? Heck yes. I love cats! Good advice too - it's always good to be who you are, especially when who you are rocks! :D

Tahereh | June 16, 2010 at 11:01 AM

great post, and great reminder!!

hehe but i LOVE that pic!

Zoe C. Courtman | June 16, 2010 at 12:19 PM

LOL - hey, Aubrie. The eyes TOTALLY make this picture.

Hi, Lindsay! Oh my god "fings. Eebil fings" cracks me up every time!!

Thanks for stopping in, Jaydee! I love these cat pics, sigh.

Angela - totally makes it easier, right?? lol.

Lol, Justine - yep, you snarfed. :D

Hey, Bethany! I'm not at the Zoe RAWKS!! stage yet, but I'm getting there!!!

Tahereh! Thanks for popping in. Always a good reminder, right? But the eebil fings, man, the eebil fings...

Lydia Kang | June 16, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Excellent words to live by. I should put this up on my wall!

Zoe C. Courtman | June 16, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Hey, Lydia! I thought they were excellent, too. Simple and kinda obvious, but they helped me today :D Thanks for popping in!

Roland D. Yeomans | June 16, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Life has always insisted in proving to me that I can do more than I believed I could. It helped when the next "Are you kidding?" challenge came along.

Love the cat picture. Gyspy, my cat, just cooly looked at me as if saying, "It's the voices that tell me. What voices? You don't want to know." Gypsy princesses are like that.

Good fortune in your writing. Send a little luck back at me, Roland

Dawn | June 16, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Want what you have. Sigh. If there's ever a day I needed to be inspired by this particular phrase, it is today. Thank you. Getting to it. Now.

Zoe C. Courtman | June 16, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Hey, Dawn! Thanks for dropping in. I'm glad someone else also found those simple words inspiring. Want what you have!! Eye-opening, right??

Alex J. Cavanaugh | June 16, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Tell them and make them wonder!

Zoe C. Courtman | June 16, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Alex, you're damned right! Eebil fings!! EEBIL FINGS!! lol

Stina Lindenblatt | June 16, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Oh he's so cute!

I love those lines. Now I have to remember them. Or better yet, drill them into my kids' heads. :D

Zoe C. Courtman | June 16, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Thanks for dropping in, Stina! I loved them, too - hope I can remember them myself!!

Anonymous | June 16, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Can't stop snarfing!!!

Nice saying--thanks for sharing!! :D

Tessa Conte | June 16, 2010 at 6:21 PM

there's an award for you on my blog! come pick it up.. ; )

Janet Johnson | June 16, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Want what you have. Good edict!

Found you at Tessa's blog. :)

Deb Salisbury | June 16, 2010 at 7:35 PM

ROFL! I love that cat! Be who you are? How can a cat be anything else?!? But it's great advice.

Still, that cat made my day. Thanks!

Raquel Byrnes | June 16, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Great words to live by...love the cat picture. My daughter wants to make a Flair out of it for FAcebook. Super cute!

Alleged Author | June 17, 2010 at 1:08 AM

Have fun writing those press kits! SOunds like something that would be interesting to complete!

Vicki Rocho | June 17, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Being who you are DOES get easier with age...ahem...experience. I'm about to leave my 30's behind in like 115 days or something like that....but that's okay cuz I fully intend to make my 40's FAB-YOU-LOUS!

Zoe C. Courtman | June 17, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Hey, Laura - I know, right? LOVE the lolcats!!

OMG, Tessa! Aw! Thanks so much!!

Welcome, Janet! Thanks for popping in - I visited your blog and became a follower, too. Nice!

Deb, that cat makes my day SO many times. Eebil fings!! Thanks for visiting!

LOL, Raquel! I'd love to see that flair :D

Hey, Alleged! Press kits can be fun. But I always get stuck with the religious non-fics from S&S...still it's nice work :D

Vicki! I love that part of getting older. That and how one's bullshit tolerance just goes down the tube. LOVE that!! And I'm 36 in a few days, so I'm following hot on your heels!!

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