This morning's prompt lead to a twisting, turning collection of words, some which are quite potent and will be crafted into a retelling: especially that opening statement. I have grappled long and hard with that reality of my life AND I have never connected it to my business building. The more I travel along this journey of picking myself up after falling down, the more closely related I believe the two are indeed. Also, this post will be slightly different because I will include the replay before the writing rather than the other way around. Always playing!
When I focus on my strengths, I remember.
The world chose me.
My parents didn’t.
I need to remember to choose the world, to love the world back.
Actually, loving is a strength. Loving random strangers and complimenting the good about them is a strength. It is an uncanny knack I have, to be a witness to greatness within whomever crosses my path even my wacked out neighbors this morning.
Driving home after dropping Samuel I smiled and laughed to myself about the yellow cup atop my neighbor’s long black car that looks like a morticians prom mobile.
“I wonder why that plastic yellow cup is on my neighbor’s car?” and I laughed.
Choosing laughter is a strength.
Conscious word choice, a strength.
When I focus on my strengths I am acknowledging I am capable, I am holy, my words and moments are sacred. When I focus on my strengths I remember to reach out to people I love who have been absent from my day-to-day lately. Reach out. Reach in. Reach out. Reach in. Love.
This is me, Julie, writing on my laptop that has seen brighter shinier days. This is me, bent knee, straight leg, breathing in and out and in. This is me, listening to some funky indescribable to me music – a guitar? A sitar, a synthesizer surely and a woman’s voice whispering stuff I can’t understand. I think it’s meant to be soulful?
This is me, smiling, re-reading my question.
This is me, overflowing with ideas, praying the best take root. That is a notepad. That is a pen. This is me across the room from the notepad and pen.
These noticings: a strength.
Intriguing because my first thought was "I need to apologize for falling behind time wise... and then I realized no, I have chosen the time I have invested this morning and I will continue to choose...." so here is my five minutes of writing. Following my writing is the broadcast from Periscope. I will also link to my Facebook Writing Camp page because I took things a bit further this morning to fix a technical error and what happened as a result was a lot of fun - oh, and below my writing is the replay of the broadcast AND a photo of Alice-the-Cat in the windowsill, as she was when she tried to distract me!
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Each day during the #5for5BrainDump week I will write to the prompts. Today? Challenging due to insomnia last night. The victory and improvement is I showed up. I am proud of that! Read on for my slightly meandering stream of consciousness today....
How powerful is writing to do lists and gratitude lists every day?
What is something I can improve every day?
I know I want to improve on keeping my top 5 + bonus every day. My mini passion project, my passionate possibility there is another way I wanted to say that: oh, darn, can’t remember and this sounds really stupid – like if this was a character it might be that guy I saw this morning playing a cast off banjo on top of the bus shelter.
If he wasn’t a cracked out meth head I would have said, “Oh my gosh, that is the most creative use of busker I have ever seen!”
In fact, I was half way down deciding he was a great inspiration until I actually started video taping him and realized he was a wreck in reality, but in visual storytelling I loved the guy.
I bet he doesn’t have a 5 + 1 Passionate Project list he fills out the day before.
Today I have gotten off to an awful start because of my insomnia spell.
Here I am, though, back and writing and not catching up but being present.
Being present that my schedule is off kilter and not making it or me wrong but instead maintaining focus. It will all work out. It will all work out.
I am grateful for these five minutes. Even with such a tiny slice of time, I can calm myself, I can have insights I can move myself forward.
I can improve.
Once again, I am waiting for the five minutes to end. Like that bonus: there is another rmessage I am meant to hear.
The message: wait for the applause. Trust it is coming. Lean into it and take another breath. Laugh when it comes.
Each day during the Brain Dump Week, I will write to the prompt as well. This is where I will post my own #5for5BrainDump content in aims of inspiring you to write your own. Let's do this!
Questions: What does your business believe?
How do your actions and plans align with that belief?
Sentence Starter: My business believes
My action plan for this week aligns like this:
Feel free to make variations in these prompts and feel free to share broadcasts, blog posts, images of your notebook, art journaling - all is welcome there are NO WRONGS here!
What makes it so important to know what your business believes?
I could go on and on and on about this in almost infinite directions AND I only have five minutes to write right now so I’ll do the best I can. It may get topsy turvy and more crooked than that wild little street in San Francisco AND I’ll do my best to be succinct and simultaneously slightly entertaining.
When I take the time to tune into what my business believes, it creates a foundation I can stand on as I share my message and as I serve the remarkable people who show up in front of me seeking what I have to offer.
What do I offer? Well, it looks like writing prompts and creativity coaching and livestreams and coaching programs, but more than that I offer a space of clarity, an avenue where people show up and are loved for exactly who they are and together we practice clear, loving, heartful communication that is also strategic and serves the world, especially now when it is so obvious our kind (heart centered entrepreneurs and creatives) provide an even greater blessing to more and more and more people who are feeling stranded and lonely and estranged by the vitriol other people spew.
We write from a space of love – and confusion. And when we write through that confusion we find… an element of peace and inspiration. We may have an a-ha and a direction and we may have just a divine note “good going, keep moving, you’re closer!”
When I know what my business believes, I can stand strong and as tall as this 5’4 inch me allows.
I am so grateful I live in this space and time when I am able to reach out world wide- universe wide – and hold hands with you as together we travel along this road together.
My business believes in you, in us, in we – and in my ability to throw words on the page that attract just the right people here. You’re here reading. That’s my proof.
I struggled about writing this because I just felt squirrelly and uncomfortable. Oftentimes I have told people when you’re squirrelly and uncomfortable that just means you’re doing exactly what you’re supposed to do and write. . Bottom Line: I’m taking five minutes to write the bottom line – and why you owe it to yourself and the planet to participate in #5for5BrainDump October 30 - November 3.
If you discovered something that could help people that they didn’t need to buy anything to do, that they didn’t need specialized training to participate, that they didn’t have to go anywhere or risk anything at all, would you encourage them to show up and join in? I’m not talking about being a lemming and jump into danger, I’m talking about being a visionary and standing strong for what you’ve been speaking up for and what you want to continue creating in a bigger, more potent way.
That’s what happens with #5for5BrainDump over and over and over again.
I haven’t run a group event for months yet people are telling me how much the approach and working with my prompts has consistently and continually helped them during these months when I’ve been away, tending to my tender heart and preparing for this final quarter which I feel – and believe – will be positively life changing for me and for you, too.
If I don’t swing out with this stuff loud and proud this week, I feel like I am shirking my duties and leaving my gifts unwrapped. (I’ve done that a lot in the past. This is how firmly some of my past hurts became entrenched in me but that’s another story for another time.)
I want to encourage you to set aside your beliefs of the past and trust me to come alongside you so that you may finally have a business, mission or cause that matches what you say you want. Alignment: your message, your mission, your business, your abundance, your people, your methods – how would that feel to you?
This will be our focus throughout this week – and you will have access to more than you could imagine right now and at the end of the week – well, I sat in church this morning and even though the sun was out, I saw the lights strung across the patio where this make-shift church was meeting.
I admired the lights and thought how nice they would look in my backyard and then I thought, “These lights are beautiful whether they are off or on, in the light as well as the darkness, but for so many of us we walk around in the dark and don’t even know it because we are too numb or too scared to take a deep breath and look at what is good and right and true.
With #5for5BrainDump it isn’t even painful because you have companions alongside who believe in you.
My timer is going off so I need to run but I want to be sure you know.
Watch on Periscope - on the App on your device or online here:
Watch at JJS Writing Camp on Facebook where I’ll also be broadcasting live –
Look here, on this blog, where I will rebroadcast and share prompts daily as well.
Please, please, please join me in knowing YOU ARE WORTH IT! The world is waiting for you words. The world is waiting for your greater success.
Thank you for being here. I’ll see you October 30 – November 3
Julie Jordan Scott
is the founder and creator of 5For5BrainDump. She has been inspiring artistic rebirth since 1999.