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Has it really been since July 15?

You can thank Alexandra Franzen for this blog post. One of her recent pieces opened with something like "I haven't done a post in 80 days ..." It made me feel a lot better about being so lax about my own communications.

Recently, one of the best, and I mean the best, writing tips/nudges/inspiration came from Sara Caputo, principal of Radiant Organizing. And when a productivity expert sends me something, I read it. It's a post from the blog Barking up the Wrong Tree about, well, about writing. Read it. You'll laugh, and you'll laugh more.

In other Orozco Ink news ... 

Recommended reading!
Here's a cool thing about my work: I get to be involved in other people's cool projects. I was part of the proofreading team for Cynthia Hamilton's book Finding Ruth, which was just published. Cynthia notes that Finding Ruth is a tribute to her mother, who held her family together at all costs, who showed dignity and strength when most people would’ve fled. What she learned by fitting together disjointed memories and facts has made her love and appreciate her mother more deeply than ever before. I recommend Finding Ruth

My husband and I took a month-long vacation and visited Sweden and Italy. Actually, it was 32 days. If so inclined, you can check pictures of the fabulous trip on my Facebook page

My vacation journal. 
"Cooperative Wisdom" is the book on my nightstand. The timing could not have been more perfect with the U.S. presidential election just ending. The sub-title is "Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart." (See what I mean about the timing.)

This is from the book's  Web site: Cooperative Wisdom explains how cooperation breaks down in settings from boardrooms and family rooms to volunteer organizations and public agencies.
Written as a spirited exchange between an acclaimed ethicist and an inquisitive journalist, the book introduces five social virtues that crack open stubborn problems and reveal cooperative solutions. 

The inquisitive journalist is Carolyn Jabs, whom I know from the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Association for Women in Communication. I'm sure I'll be writing more about the book when I finish it. 

•I'll be in an improv show next Sunday, the 20th at 3 p.m. at the Plaza Playhouse Theater. It's been a while since I've performed, but it's guaranteed I'll have fun.
Improv Showcase on Nov. 20. 
Here's more info: 
Just in time for National Absurdity Day, is the Improv Showcase. Under the direction of Tom Mueller, this one-hour unscripted, unrehearsed show highlights the tools of improv, where just like in real life, the players make it up as they go along. Tickets are $10 and available at the box office starting 2:30 p.m. day of the show. There are no pre-sale tickets. For more information, call Diane at 805-284-5404.

Thanks for reading. Nice to be in touch again. Let's enjoy the day!

Sometimes little steps are the most difficult

Where to start with this mess?
A single small step, that's where. 
More than once, I've thought, "If I would follow my own advice, I could rule the world." Today presented a perfect opportunity to do just that ... uh, follow my own advice, that is. A friend and I have been helping each other. She's looking for a new job; I'm (as always) looking for new business. In response to her email about not feeling motivated, here's how I answered: 

"Yeah, the motivation thing is tough to sustain. Real tough at times. 

I find it difficult to keep the faith in doing small steps. I often think "Oh, it won't matter, what's the use? This is stupid." But those small steps always add up and I'm always surprised they do. 

How about trying something small and different? A few years back, 15 or more, things really weren't how I wanted them to be in a number of areas in my life. I probably read somewhere about doing something different. So I decided I wasn't going to sit in my usual place on the couch. (Thinking, of course, that this was stupid, but hey, what did I have to lose.) It wasn't like I sat on the opposite end of the couch and Publisher's Clearing House immediately knocked on our door. But I did consciously keep the change up for a bit, which had a ripple effect on some other stuff. Now I can't recall exactly what but I remember the feeling and talking about it with Al. 

I think the theory is that you start looking at things differently - though it's almost imperceptible, extremely subtle to you. And by looking at things differently you come up with new ways to live the life you want to lead. 

You could brush your teeth with the opposite hand, get out of the other side of the bed, eat your breakfast outside (you guys have a really nice patio and patio furniture) or don't even sit on the couch (or whatever). Of course, the idea is to keep on keeping on with the job hunt or whatever. 

How about deciding on a small change and reporting back to me? 

And how about taking one step today toward finding a job? Have you written out your dream job? How about calling/emailing the pet resort place if you haven't heard back from them? Look online for an adult ed acting class in your area. Choose a company you'd love to work and check their Web site for the Careers tab or how to get hired. Send your resume to your former boss with a note you're looking and if he hears of anything to keep you in mind (if you haven't done so already). 

After I hear back on your small change, I'll send you one I'm going to do." 

After sending the email, I thought, "A small step I could do for my business is turn this into a blog post. Practice putting more of my writing out in the open. 

What a good way to start the weekend. Looking forward to taking more steps on Saturday and Sunday.