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Giving in to the Goddess of Your Creative Inner Spirit

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 by Lisa Ricard Claro   19 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

Spring fever is here. I’m afflicted. I know this to be true, because I told the hubster an hour ago that I was coming upstairs to my office to write my blog post. Instead, I’ve been looking out the window at the dappling sunshine and petting Luna, who only now just climbed out of my lap. She’s standing in front of the window, still purring like she swallowed a motorboat.


I’ve managed to begin a couple of random articles about editing, neither of which I want to post here, but I’ll go back to them later. Probably. Maybe.


You were almost subjected to a blog post about sundresses (love them), jeans that don’t fit (alas, too tight), and the problem I’ve developed with mispronouncing words I know how to pronounce, a malady I’ve been told falls right at the feet of menopause. Oh, joy.

I also spent ten minutes on a random website looking at mother-of-the-bride dresses, even though my daughter’s wedding isn’t until October and I have no intention of making a purchase until September, because by then I’ll have dropped these extra pounds (see the aforementioned “too tight” remark) unless this is how I’m destined to look from now on (yeah, the menopause thing). Based on my current metabolism, this new body of mine might be permanent.

Mama should’ve warned me.

Also, I just glanced out the window, and the neighbor’s dog is pooping in my front yard. At least someone around here is focused on something important.

In short, the old noggin is home to rambling thoughts today. Actual work appears to be MIA. The good news is that all this mental meandering brought me to an obvious topic, one with which you may be able to help:

How do you focus when your brain is so full of, of . . . everything . . . that you can’t get it to land on something?

Writing isn’t usually an issue for me. I always have something to write about. And I don’t believe in writer’s block, because—well, see the previous sentence. Writer’s block in Lisa Land is just procrastination. Today isn’t about procrastination, though. It’s about too much random stuff banging around in my skull and my inability to grab one thing and make it stand still long enough to write about it. If this keeps up, I’m going to give myself a concussion.

Calm breathing and meditation exercises to relax my roaming brain aren’t working. Already tried that. Penny dog thought my criss-cross pose on the floor was for the purpose of providing her with a belly rub, and when—in favor of cleansing breaths and “ohm” type murmurings—I didn’t comply, she sat on me.  That lost me ten minutes, because how do you not lavish attention on a dog who squashes you and dog-kisses your face with obvious adoration?


During that lovefest, Luna stopped purring and turned her back to us. Coincidence? I think not.


I Googled “how to calm an overactive mind,” but the suggested links related to stress management, which isn’t my issue today. However, for the curious, here’s a collective list:

  1. Deep breathing exercises. (Done.)
  2. Meditation. (Abandoned in favor of dog kisses.)
  3. Exercise. (I am exercising . . . my mind!)
  4. Eliminate clutter from your life. (It’s a hereditary predisposition, and I can’t fight genetics.)
  5. Stop watching the news. (Perez Hilton might miss me. Oh, wait . . . they mean the other news.)
  6. Eliminate ego and be more empathetic. (I cry when I see a fly caught in a spider web, so I’m pretty sure this isn’t my problem.)
  7. Eat healthier foods. (If by “healthier” they mean calcium-rich Red Velvet Cake ice cream, I’m all in!)
  8. Release your desire to control everything. (I’m not controlling. I’m pleasingly type-A.)
  9. Do something fun. (Writing IS fun, which makes this one a catch-22.)
  10. Control your five senses, do not allow them to control you. (Very existential. Also, not too helpful.)

Do any of the ten work for you?

Upon serious reflection, I’ve opted for the Bard’s advice: To thine own self be true. Ergo, I will solve my rambling mind dilemma with the most efficient of solutions—time spent with the hubster, The Voice, and a nice glass of chardonnay.

So easy. Why didn’t I think of it before?

What about you, Buttercup? How do you rein in your thoughts when they want to fly free? Do you have a method for drawing your focus, or do you open your mind and let it wander? Is it better to force your attention, or to allow the Goddess of your Creative Inner Spirit to have her way with your mind?

I think we all know what I chose today. And depending on whether or not you appreciated this post, I guess I owe you either “I’m sorry” or “you’re welcome.” 🙂

The Goddess of my Creative Inner Spirit is in charge right now, and she’s ready for that glass of wine, so . . . see ya next week! Robert Robinson will be here answering interview questions and and offering a sneak peek at his wonderful book of essays, Rocky Mountain Pastels. Don’t miss it!

Have a great week!

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19 Responses to "Giving in to the Goddess of Your Creative Inner Spirit"

  1. Comment by Pat
    April 20, 2016 at 8:20 am  

    Sometimes I think you just need to take a day off. Go for a walk, sit outside and read or do something else you enjoy on a pretty spring day and get back to work tomorrow. (At least that’s what I tell myself in similar circumstances!)

    Critter Alley

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 20, 2016 at 3:41 pm  

      Good advice, Pat, especially on such a beautiful day.

  2. Comment by Jerri Ricard
    April 20, 2016 at 8:29 am  

    I am a firm believer of allowing the inner goddess to have control. She would not be taking over if you didn’t need some down time. Listen to your inner goddess. She loves you after all. By the way….I love. You too and I vote this as an excellent blog submission.!♡♡♡

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 20, 2016 at 3:42 pm  

      🙂 I can always count on your for the warm fuzzies. Love you back, sweet sister!

  3. Comment by Karen Lange
    April 20, 2016 at 8:40 am  

    Yeah, writer’s block is also known as procrastination here too. And as much as I know better, i still procrastinate. Well, not that I wish any hardship on you at all, but it is nice to know I am not the only one who gets distracted and whatnot. Some days are just one big distraction, or one big series of interruptions. The latter usually happens when I’ve been procrastinating too long. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 20, 2016 at 3:44 pm  

      You called me out, and you’re probably right. I’ve procrastinated so long that now I’m being lazy when I know I should work. lol

  4. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    April 20, 2016 at 9:26 am  

    Ah, the joys of the writer’s life…

    Once it gets warm and sunny, I don’t fight it. I indulge in rambling and long lunches and reading on the deck. ‘Course, I also end up working at 10 at night…

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 20, 2016 at 3:44 pm  

      THAT’s the crux of the problem. If I don’t do it now, I’ll have to do it later, and then 5 a.m. comes awfully early!

  5. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    April 20, 2016 at 3:19 pm  

    I read – when will that next book be ready? 🙂

    We’re off on our Hawaii trip Saturday at 4 a.m.!! (I’m not going to go to bed Friday night.) 🙂 I’ll catch up eventually when we get back on May 9th.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 20, 2016 at 3:46 pm  

      I’m so envious! Have a blast, my friend. I wish book 3 was out so you could read it, but it doesn’t release until July 30th. I am doing a cover reveal towards the end of next month, though. Can guess what’s on the front? lol

      • Comment by ButtonsMom2003
        April 20, 2016 at 3:57 pm  

        I was mixed up – I thought it was coming out in June. I’m sure the cover will be wonderful!

  6. Comment by Claudia
    April 20, 2016 at 10:21 pm  

    Darn, I wish I were there with you for that glass of wine. I can’t begin to address all my thoughts your blog brought up. Let me give you example of what just happened:
    After we watched CSI, I left dog and man to come back to computer, to gather some thoughts or polish a poem. As my fingers hit the keys, Man yells he taking dog out before bed (a certain routine Biscuit has here). What? Going to bed? So I get up to go get the special dog bedtime treat. Oh! It isn’t 10, only 9. Back on come the lights, turn around the dog, turn TV back on, and I return to computer. Where the heck was I…who knows. By time I find out and start again, it will be close to 10 and we do it all over again. Similar scenarios have been going on here for 12 hours today…and he wonders why I don’t produce a novel!!!! Enough said.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 22, 2016 at 6:32 pm  

      Haha! Oh, Claudia, your story made me laugh. Those sorts of things go on here all the time. lol I don’t even want to think about how much worse it’s going to get!

  7. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    April 21, 2016 at 1:40 pm  

    Hahahaa! That Luna cracks me up! I completely understand your problem. Lately my distractions come in the form of kids and the only time I can write is after 8:30 pm. – which unfortunately is my least productive time. But if it were me, stuck with too many ideas like you, and it was the middle of the day, I would take a walk. It unlocks something great every time. Makes me think all those random thoughts bumping around inside are my brain’s way of telling me to switch gears and find a way to get the writing out a different way. Loved this post, Lisa!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 22, 2016 at 6:36 pm  

      I remember the days of having to write around the kids. Omigosh. I used to try and work at night, but I’d lose track of time and end up staying up until one or two o’clock in the morning which makes for a horrible day after. You’re right about the walk. That helps me too. Something about the outdoors, birdsong, sunshine, a nice breeze…sigh!

  8. Comment by Sioux
    April 21, 2016 at 11:13 pm  

    Lisa–I think we have to roll with whatever comes along. If we get off track and then beat ourselves up over it, what comes out on the page won’t be gorgeous, I imagine.

    Red velvet cake is full of calcium? I thought carrot cake had all the food groups, and if I ate six pieces, I’d get all my daily nutrients… I guess I’ll have to go red instead.

    (And I would get NO writing done with Luna and Penny around.

  9. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    April 22, 2016 at 6:39 pm  

    Hey Sioux – Not red velvet cake. Red velvet cake ICE CREAM. Ben & Jerry’s makes it. Yum! It’s tough to write with the fur babies around. They demand a lot of attention! But they’re so adorable. 🙂

    • Comment by Sioux
      April 23, 2016 at 7:22 am  

      Sorry. You had me at cake. And now I guess I need to scour the stores until I find Ben and Jerry’s Red Velvet ice cream. (My straining blue jeans’ zipper thanks you.)

      • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
        April 27, 2016 at 7:02 am  

        You’re forgiven. 🙂 I love red velvet, so when I discovered the Ben & Jerry’s…well, it’s a match made in weight-gaining heaven.

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