Keep Going When it Hurts

When you’re doing your work, there are going to be minutes that seem to stretch forever. That was my writing today. And that’s okay. It’s like that sometimes. Embrace that some days, you’ll feel like you haven’t moved the ball forward. But the fact that you didn’t quit is enough. Some days, I fly through the writing (not often). Some days, I feel that at least I moved the story forward. And some days (today), it was two hours of suffering. Hey, but I didn’t quit. Don’t quit. Do it, then do it again tomorrow. 

Trust Yourself and Keep Going

“Even if you let ‘em kill your dream, it’ll haunt you.” —J. Cole, “A Tale of 2 Citiez” Doing what you love, you will encounter huge resistance: the heavy cloud of doubt, the racing mind designed to distract you, the negative self-talk stealing your energy. Don’t give in. Fight through that. Do the thing you know will make you happy. Not give you pleasure necessarily, but make you happy. Doesn’t matter what people say. You wanna write? Do it. You wanna get married and have kids? Do it. You wanna build a business? Do it. It’s your life. Listen to …

PALM TREES by Lucas Baker

Bearded men descend from the mountains —peasants riding stolen trucks. Red slogans. Green fatigues. Rifles thrust into the air like spears of sugarcane. Dark throats coated in cigar smoke chant the songs of struggle.   The streets smell of seasoned lechón and open bottles of rum. The Dictator’s gone. Now the people are free to play bongos, maracas, and smiles, caramel legs free to dance Island dances. They’ve burned the old history books— No more yanquís, no more Batista.   A man watches from a penthouse suite in the Hilton. The wave is coming his way. He sweats through his …

Get Enough Sleep

You shouldn’t be exhausted in the morning. You shouldn’t be yawning by noon. You shouldn’t be running on E by 7pm. You won’t last. I’m learning this the hard way. I’ve gotten up at 4am every day this week to write and production has been great. This is a lifestyle I’m happy with. But it’s the end of the week and I felt the sleep debt. It’s hard to “grind” all day if I’m nodding off in the afternoon. I’m gonna make sure I can sleep at least 6 hours a night. 10pm-4am. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep because …

“Wanting” Kills

You’re at your most relaxed, positive, impactful when your mind is on the present. Wanting your present to be different than it is, rejecting what is, is what causes suffering. I find I’m actually least effective and happy when I’m concerned about the future and thinking about infinite what-ifs (that usually have negative outcomes). If this sounds like you, take a breath, and accept what is. Accept where you are right now. Only when you drop the negativity can you be happy.