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The Human Family Crash Course Series {5} ~ Communication {6} ~ How To Stay Focused During Video Conferences

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and diosraw0.wordpress.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our fifth topic is focused on «Communication.» Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

Remember a time when zoom calls were new. We used to get so excited about logging on, seeing people and having these work conversations over the internet. And three months later, well, they suck. I think most of my days are taken up by video conferencing. We are still working from home and for me sometimes there are 5-6 video conferencing calls a day back to back. It’s tough so I have recently spent a lot of time figuring out how I can survive these long conference calls.

Here’s how you can stay focused on engaging through these calls. I hope these tips can be helpful for all of you:

Tip 1: Make it easy to stay focused
Tip 2: Show the other person that you are focused. This will help you stay focused.
Tip 3: Be prepared for the challenging calls.

Tip 1: Make it easy to stay focused
I have realised that focus for me is a very big issue on days when I am tired or when I have too many calls back to back. So I started thinking about why this is happening and I realised that one of the first reasons was there were too many distractions. So obviously for me the first solution was to remove all of these distractions. I put my phone out of sight so that I can’t see that. I removed the clutter from my desk. I cleaned up my digital desktop. This might come handy especially when you are sharing your screen with people, it’s nice to have your desktop clean. Have only tabs which are relevant for the meeting opened in your browser. Position the documents which you are referring to or reading from in the centre so that it seems you are looking at your camera when you are talking. Sometimes when I am talking and I need to look at my notes, I move my notes on the top centre of my screen so that it looks like I am looking at the camera while I am also looking at the notes at the same time. Even if your environment is very quiet, having your earphones on while you are working can help you focus on your work. It can specially come handy when there are more than one people working out of the same home, just a wall apart. Always have a glass of water available with you and mute yourself on calls when you are trying to drink. Also pro-tip have a lid on that glass of water unless you want to spill water on your laptop. Trust me I am speaking from experience. Avoid drinking any carbonated soda or spring water on calls because those bubbles will come back in the form of a burp on the call. If you notice your eyes are getting tired, play around with different steups and brightness on your laptop.

Tip 2: Show the other person that you are focused. This will help you stay focused.
Eye contact is everything. Look into the camera when you are talking when you are being authoritative and when you want to make a point because that looks like you are looking at the other person. Make sure that your computer is actually lifted because if you are on a laptop. You want to make sure that your eye level is where the camera is and that’s why keeping few books under your laptop may be beneficial. Put a little sticky note at the top of your laptop near your camera with a smiley face so that it kind of reminds you to look at the person when you are looking there. Oftentimes when you watch people on the camera and they don’t really realise that you are watching them, the face changes look like something focused on beyond the screen and this makes a huge difference when it comes to communication. One of the things that we usually forget is that when we are on these calls, our heads are quite close to the cameras and so people can tell when you are looking over or looking at text messages on your phone. In real life you are never that close to people so can get away with a lot more. But when you are online, it is difficult to get away with it. The message it sends is that hey, I am not focusing on you so don’t have to focus on me and hence there is a disconnect. Think of the camera as a magnet and when you do look away and you will, like you are going to look at the clock to see what time it is or you are going to look down on your notes to refer something and that’s okay, just make an effort to keep going back at thee camera and to maintain your presence in the meeting. If you think your eyes and the camera have a magnetic connection then you will keep going back to that. Sometimes telling people why you are looking away is a way of being polite and letting them know that you are still a part of the conversation.

Tip 3: Be prepared for the challenging calls
We have all been in them. We have all survived to tell the tale. Not all our calls are created equal. Some are really challenging and some are a breeze. It is the way it is because you are interacting with different people on different topics in different scenarios all those kinds of things. It may be the way the person is speaking or maybe their internet connection is consistently bad and so it’s hard to hear them, whatever that is, you know while going in who those challenging counterparts are going to be. If you can anticipate that, that will help you lower your expectations and manage your stress better. Another way is to not forget your listening skills. I have some typical tips which might help like :

  • Set an intention. This means think about why you are listening and what the outcome might be for the conversation. What is the purpose of your listening. Are you listening to learn something new or you are listening to find out someone’s instructions, whatever it is, have that in mind.
  • Use confirmation language when you are listening. That is especially important in these calls because if you are on mute all the time, then people really do not know that you are listening. So unmute yourself, ask a question, use some reflective language, confirm something that they said just to let them know that you were listening.
  • Finally if you are totally distracted and someone is going on and on and on then practice shadowing. Shadowing is when you are listening to somebody and in your head you are repeating every single word they say. It’s like forced focus, you can’t think about anything else because you are using all of your energy to repeat what they said.

So those are three tips on how to stay focused during video conferencing. These endless video conference calls have to be made easy because it seems like we will be doing them for a long while now. Also don’t forget to give yourself breaks. Stand up, walk around the house, drink some water. Also remember that the other person on the call may be going through the same thing. They may also be tired of the calls one after the other. You can help them out by being focused and engaging.

If you have any additional tips on how to stay engaged, please do share in the comments section. We always love to hear from you. If there are any questions you would like us to address, please feel free to ask us and we will try to answer them as best as possible.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {5} ~ Communication {4} ~ How To Win In A Virtual Workplace

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and diosraw0.wordpress.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our fifth topic is focused on «Communication.» Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

Virtual workplaces, in which employees operate remotely from each other and from managers, are a reality, and will become even more common in the future. There are sound business reasons for establishing virtual workplaces, but their advantages may be offset by such factors as setup and maintenance costs, loss of cost efficiencies, cultural clashes, isolation, and lack of trust. Virtual teams and telework are examples of such arrangements, but they are not appropriate for all jobs, all employees, or all managers. To be most effective in these environments, managers need to do two things well:

~Shift from a focus on time to a focus on results
~Recognise that virtual workplaces, instead of needing fewer managers, require better supervisory skills among existing managers.

If you’re like most people today, you are facing a whole new set of challenges around how to manage your workload, share ideas and build relationships while working remotely. It’s not just about the work. You will also have to learn how to maximize socialization between your boss, colleagues and customers. Step up. This is your time to shine. Never ever in your life have your environment been so conducive for working. No travel time. No nagging work colleagues. Your own space. Access to unlimited food and drink, no one is judging how many times you made the trip to the coffee machine or snackbar. I mean what else do you want? Fully embrace this moment to make sure that you come out on the top. I mean what better time to surf when everyone else is coasting?

Here are a few ways to set the stage effectively and increase your impact ~

You need to be ready to work a little harder to communicate. Think of it like commuting. Back when we were going to the office, you had this commute time to prepare for things transitioning from your home life to your work life. Those boundaries are no longer there, I understand. So it is easy to feel like your home life and work life have kind of blended together. If you really want to fully take advantage of this moment here’s few tips:
~Make sure when you are talking in these virtual meetings, that you are being concise and powerful. You really want to make sure you are organised and you really don’t want to be that person who everybody wishes would just log off. In order to do this well, you have to plan ahead.
~Make attempts to connect with the people in your meeting after the call. Are you setting up coffee chats or are you setting up virtual happy hours. Doing this is very important to maintaining relationships with people in your meetings because you may not have that much time to talk to them during your meeting.
~When you are interacting with the team on zoom, keep your videos on, make sure your head and shoulders are visible on the calls. Also remember to smile often to let people know that you are still part of the conversation and not feel like they are speaking with an expressionless statue.

~Be responsive. When people can’t see you, they don’t know if you are working, and what you are working on so I think it’s more of the old “Out of sight and out of mind concept”. Nowadays, it’s not so much about what you are doing but who knows what you are doing. You have to be constantly interacting. I have noticed that people who I work with and have a high responsibility stake and the ones who are most responsive when I communicate with them. They know they need to be responsive. Sometimes it is more of an individual contributor who knows what they are doing and not so worried about their communication and takes them longer to get back. We need to remember that the higher we move up the more our jobs rely on communication. Here are a few tips :
~If you are going to be away from your seat, put an on break reply to the emails or messages you get. Let your team know you are taking a break.
~Send an email acknowledging someone’s request or email. It is good etiquette. This shows you are in the loop and you are responsive. As the tasks are being completed, let them know.

~Do what you say you will do. In our virtual workplaces it may be a little bit easier to drop the ball on things because you are not seeing your coworkers walk by your desk, things may not be front and centre, there are a lot of other things on our mind these days. So it’s a lot easier to hide. We need to make sure that we are really on it. I think some workplaces have a lot of pressure even when we are working from home, the intensity and urgency is pervasive. But for important but not urgent tasks, you need to create that sense of urgency yourself so that you do not become lazy about it. So here’s a tip~
~Know where your action item list is. We all have our things to do but do you know where yours is? Put it on your calendar. Do not have multiple to do lists. Get that piece figured out.
~Set up regular meetings with colleagues and stakeholders and people who help you stay accountable and stay on track.
~Keep your promises. If you tend to promise too much, maybe make an effort to manage expectations.

It takes a little hard work to be successful. So don’t coast. Remember the universe is bending in your favour. It is time to reach up and grab the opportunity. We are all going to come out of these cocoons like perfect communication butterflies successfully navigating the future of our crazy world. We would love to know about your communication and workplace hacks for succeeding in this virtual world. Please share.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

Poetry By Mehwish & Amber {1} ~ Re-Emerging Goddess

The divine feminine goddess cradles light; packed in a body that itself creates life,
feeds it sacrifice, and nurtures it with love and care,
then fights and forgives the evil, a trivial, goes on with the journey of life
unravelling the travel in a mysterious way.
She dissolves herself into oneness,
she kindles a fire within to provide the warmth, burning slowly with no flame (smoulder)
deep within the womb of Mother Earth.
Devoted to herself and her fragrant self-awareness felt in her auric glow,
the light taken away now left with darkness she lives.
The repression of the feminine has led to a planet on the verge of collapse,
re-emerging, a dance to behold.
Help her pull wisdom from her past pains to soothe and help those in pieces become whole
fearlessness recognized,
sealing and unsealing the gates to her heart;
protecting herself yet expressing her vulnerability.
Evergiving, her fruits of source
here is she,
with her left ashes.. rises again as a phoenix.

~By Mehwish {MiyayasPicturesque} & Amber {DiosRaw}

~If you’d like to collaborate, feel free to find my email on this blog’s connect page.~

Poetry By Cherry & Amber {2} ~ Love Waited

Love waited
Infinitely in the midsts
For misunderstandings
And lost translations
To subside.
Dissipating into unknown realms
For differences
Of the illusions
To melt away
Making space
For affection.
To restore
And regenerate
And then it blossomed
And unfolded
Like the spring.
Renewal 
In its full bloom.
Exploding into
The spectrum of full colors
And metamorphosis.
Blessed with sunshine
Clearing cobwebs and debris
Mystical echos
Full of different hued flowers.
Vibrant and vivid life
A treat to bees to collect nectar
Nourishing the cycle
And for life to spread further.
Into the veins and blood of exsistence
That’s how love bloomed.

-By Cherry {SheWrites170} & Amber {DiosRaw}

~If you’d like to collaborate, feel free to find my email on this blog’s connect page.~

The Human Family Crash Course Series {5} ~ Communication {1} ~ Developing A Communication Mindset

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and diosraw0.wordpress.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our fifth topic is focused on «Communication.» Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

Here are some tips to aid you on your journey of developing a communication mindset ~

~Listening. We all have a tendency to forget that communication is a two-way process of connecting. We fall into the trap of ‘broadcasting’, where we just issue a message, and fail to listen to the response. Quite a lot of the time, we are not really listening to others in conversation, but thinking about what we plan to say next. Listening is not the same as hearing. Learning to listen means not only paying attention to the words being spoken but also how they are being spoken and the non-verbal messages sent with them. It means giving your full attention to the person speaking, and genuinely concentrating on what they are saying, also what they are not saying. Good listeners use the techniques of clarification and reflection to confirm what the other person has said and avoid any confusion. These techniques also demonstrate very clearly that you are listening – active listening.

~ Much of a message is communicated non-verbally. Some estimates from scientific studies suggest that as much as 80% of communication is non-verbal. Non-verbal communication is often thought of as body language, but it actually covers far more; it includes, for example, tone and pitch of the voice, body movement, eye contact, posture, facial expression, and even physiological changes such as sweating. You can therefore understand other people better by paying close attention to their non-verbal communication. You can also ensure that your message is conveyed more clearly by ensuring that your words and body language are in sync with each other.

~ Emotional Intelligence. Communication is awareness of our own and other people’s emotions, and an ability to manage those emotions. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that everything should be logical, and that emotion has no place. However, we are human beings at our core and therefore messy and emotional. There is considerable evidence saying that it is far more important for succeeding in life by developing our emotional awareness than what we might call ‘intellectual intelligence’. Emotional intelligence covers a wide range of skills, usually divided into personal skills and social skills. The personal skills include self-awareness, self-regulation and motivation. The social skills include empathy and social skills. Each one of these is broken down into more skills departments. For example: Self-awareness consists of emotional awareness, accurate self-assessment and self-confidence. Empathy is the ability to ‘feel with’ others, to share their emotions and understanding them.

~ Using Humour. Laughing releases endorphins that can help relieve stress and anxiety. Most people like to laugh and will feel drawn, like a moth to a flame, to somebody who can make them laugh. Don’t be afraid to be funny or clever, but do ensure your humour is appropriate to the situation. Use your sense of humour to break the ice, to lower barriers and gain the affection of others. By using appropriate humour you will be perceived as more charismatic.

~ Treat People Equally. Aim to communicate on an equal basis and avoid patronising people. Do not talk about others behind their backs and try not to develop favourites; by treating people as your equal and also equal to each other, you will build trust and respect. If confidentiality is a prominent issue, make sure boundaries are known and ensure its maintenance.

~ Questioning. Questioning is a vital skill to ensure that you have understood someone’s message correctly. It is also a very good way of obtaining more information about a particular topic, or simply starting a conversation and keeping it going. Those with good questioning skills are often also seen as very good listeners, because they tend to spend far more time drawing information out from others than divulging their own opinions.

~ Think about how your message might be received by the other person. Tailor your message to fit. By communicating clearly and simply, you can help avoid misunderstandings and potential conflict with others. You can check that they have understood by asking them to reflect or summarise what they have heard and understood. It can also be helpful to pay attention to differences in culture, past experiences, attitudes and abilities when conveying your message.

Let us leave you with this quotation to ponder..
“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.” ~ Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Let us know below how you are developing a communication mindset, we look forward to reading your words.

~Amber {DiosRaw}

Poetry By Woodsy & Amber {9} ~ Tussling

Buried beneath the suppressed debris, swimming, tussling to grab onto the wooden plank of order and hold on tight for dear life,
squeezed through holes smaller than my soul is ready for.
Sucked into vacuums too sticky for me to leave.
I’m split now, into fragments of the thing I was,
not sure which small reflection to chase
when none of them call my name anymore.
Pure fragrances of the young soul echos, steaming off glass condensated windows, once rose-tinted, now on a spectrum of grey.
We should all be fresh,
ready for the springboard, always –
not these
wizened, broken, withered things
that weep with dreams which need a taste of forever to unravel.
Yet I can’t tell you what it really is, I can only tell you what it feels like.
Hoping you’ll catch the feeling like a kite,
run with it,
turning your soul on something real…
Discovering the footing to hover over steady ground, detached from suffering, yet, involved in the transforming of it,
grounded and
laying on a bed of foundations.

By Woodsy {WoodsyDotBlog} & Amber {DiosRaw}

~If you’d like to collaborate, feel free to find my email on this blog’s connect page.~

Collaboration {1} ~ What Does Writing Mean To You? ~ By Kally & Amber

This is a collaboration by Kelly {MiddleMe} & Amber {DiosRaw} ~ If you’d like to collaborate feel free to find my email on this blogs connect page.

Words are meaningless unless you string them into coherent sentences that conjure up the imagination of minds and open up endless possibilities.

Today, we sit down and explore how our words bring meaning to our lives, how we share our thoughts, hoping to inspire others and how we tell stories from our years of experiences to captivate our audience.

This collaboration is for those who enjoy our writing and wants to get into our minds to understand how we keep on churning out great content every day.

Without much ado, please allow us to introduce ourselves:

Amber

A soul from the United Kingdom called Amber, discovering love, truth, knowledge, God and enlightenment. Amber is a full-time writer, poet, philosopher, free-spirit, traveller, artist, African Djembe drummer, gardener, photographer, yogi, blogger, knowledge addict and student of the universe who is searching for truth, knowledge, what it means to be human and why one is on this planet. She loves to laugh and have deep, meaningful conversations. Amber writes daily for her blog: diosraw0.wordpress.com, collaborating with other bloggers, and creating articles for other websites.

Kally

Having more than 20 years as a manager in various industries, Kally Tay founded a career website to help others to thrive in their jobs. Featured on numerous platforms such as WordPress Editor’s Pick and AllWomensTalk, her website MiddleMe.net discussed complex and sensitive issues like workplace abuse and discord among coworkers while providing practical advice on how to handle those situations. As a freelance writer & recruiter herself, she helps others find success in freelancing, thus striking a balance between work and family.

How Did You Start Writing? Tell Us About Your Writing Journey.

Amber: Writing has been a constant companion for me from a very young age; I wrote stories and form creative pieces. I’ve kept a journal throughout my life. I believe each day it is a beneficial endeavour to release our day onto a page. This can allow us to make sense of things or purge up our mind.

My WordPress story is a complex one; I initiated writing a blog in 2019 as a therapy to ease the way PTSD and fibromyalgia (a chronic pain condition) was affecting my life. However, this blog was rather dark. I decided to delete it and create DiosRaw in 2020 to share my knowledge and experiences through writing. I found poetry, collaborations and series becoming a part of my daily life. It has given me a sense of purpose and something to wake up for each day.

However, in late 2020 due to WordPress censorship, my liking function was disabled, and the growth of the successful blog stagnated. It was tormenting me after putting blood, sweat, and tears into a blog and not interacting with the WordPress community appropriately or growing the blog anymore.

A month ago, in March 2021, I created DiosRaw, the same-named blog, because I wanted to access all of the WordPress functions and create meaning through my work containing the therapeutic process without censorship. I write series; currently symbols, mythology and civilisations, along with poetry, proverbs, poetry collaborations, collaborations and self-made quotes with daily words and a human family community project where people can come to get help if they need it – after all, this is a tough time for us all. Writing will be a companion until the day I die.

How about you, Kally?

Kally: Well, Amber, I did not intend to start out writing regularly. I was bored with my hiatus from the corporate world. I had so many ex-colleagues and friends calling me every day, seeking career advice; these calls can take up one or two hours on the phone and sometimes, I’ll take more than 3 calls a day.

It started to feel like full-time counselling work when it strikes me to put down all these pieces of advice into articles, so I don’t have to repeat myself again to another person caught in a similar situation.

Besides, I can share my insights with the rest of the world, particularly with folks who do not have a friend to give them proper sound advice. We do have professional websites that cater to fantastic career advice. Still, these websites often churned out formal articles, number crunching, and technical. What I am doing is to break down that hard-to-digest information into something easy on the eyes and on the mind on MiddleMe.

What Does Writing Mean To You?

Kally: Writing is another avenue for me to share my experiences in the corporate world. I have more than 20 years of management under my belt, and I want to share everything with everyone.

Amber: To me, writing means that we all have a medium of expression for our psyches to create the infinite forms of consciousness onto a page. Writing is therapy for the soul to release my inner world and create art or a cathartic piece.

How Does Writing Give You Meaning In Life?

Amber: I create because I have to, to survive, to keep going through the pain.

Writing oozes meaning for me because it has personal value within it. Writing has allowed me to survive until this day as an outlet for my crazy mind full of ideas and creativity. Writing has expanded my mind, baring my soul to the world and helping to articulate ideas and concepts to spread into the cybersphere.

Writing gives a sense of immortality. It is out there in the universe way after we die; words leave a mark and trace our steps. When you write, you will realise how little you know. The more you write, the more you learn about yourself and the world around you. I have also connected with some beautiful people through my writing which has helped or resonated with others; connection is essential and gives us meaning in our lives.

Kally: Talking about resonating with others, I hope to spread my messages wide and across to everyone. I strongly advocate against workplace abuse. Workplace abuse is hard to detect because abuses can be under mental torture or harassment that leaves no physical marks on the victims but equally, if not more harmful. Wounds from physical harm can heal over time, but mentally trauma can last a lifetime.

Another vital subject that I advocate is living your work life as meaningful as possible, striving towards your dreams and work with passion. You spend 9 hours every day at work, and that takes up half of your waking hours. If you are miserable at work, it means you are unhappy for 261 working days in a year. That’s a horrible way to spend your life.

Writing provides the space for me to advocate the clauses dear to my heart. MiddleMe gives voices to these topics.

Who Are Your Readers?

Amber: My readers are from all walks of life. Many readers are interested in spiritual studies and enjoy the art I combine with the concepts or topics I conversate about.

Some photographers like to view the photography I capture. Some souls come to read the poetry I write each day or the collaboration series with various bloggers I participate in. There is something for everyone to find interest in as a blog on diverse and wide-reaching subjects on my blog.

Kally: Same as mine. They are from all walks of life and all parts of the world. I can be reading an encouraging comment from someone in Venice, and next moment, I can be answering my email from a fan in New Delhi.

I started the blog to cater to managers, particularly those under middle management hence the website name MiddleMe. Still, I realised that many others like freelancers, frontliners, entrepreneurs enjoy my articles, so I start writing for them as well.

What Kind Of Genres Do You Enjoy Writing The Most?

Kally: Giving out career advice is the core of MiddleMe, but in recent years, I have enjoyed writing about freelancing because that is closely related to what I am doing now as both a freelance writer and a recruiter that specialised in hiring freelancers.

How about you, Amber?

Amber: I thoroughly enjoy writing about spirituality, mythology and honestly all sorts of knowledge; I am naturally curious and find the world a fascinating place. Spirituality is close to my heart after having a spiritual awakening at a young age whilst alone in my bedroom for four years.

I had a dark night of the soul during this time (a period that can be likened to a crisis of identity, an existential crisis). I found the higher power to guide me through the dark times I was experiencing. I put the knowledge and experience I have learnt through this time and other areas of my life into my work for others to find consolation or insights.

On The Days You Feel Low, How Do You Find The Spark For Writing Meaningfully Again?

Amber: I write anyway; no matter the feeling I am in, I need a place such as my blog to release any inner world tension and put it into cyberspace.

My blog is my therapy, and without it, I think I would be lost. It is good to rest some days and take a break from online activity; however, I write to survive most days due to my illnesses. I have no other option but to write to keep me going in this lifetime.

Keep writing no matter what. You may find some treasure even in the transient painful moments of life that you articulate onto a page; who knows, you may just help someone on their journey.

Kally: That is excellent advice. For me, I read what others are writing. Writing about current events and career trends means I have to continuously update myself with the ongoing business world. Reading what others wrote has always inspired me in my writing.

Sometimes, if I get writer’s block, I will do interviews or collaborating with other writers. This way, we can bounce ideas off each other and feed on each other’s energy and creativity.

What Or Who Inspires Your Writing Most Of The Time?

Amber: My own life experiences have inspired me to create what I do. Many books have been read throughout my life, and insightful information from these have captivated me and inspired me to write.

The WordPress community inspires me; seeing other souls work motivates me daily to make wonderful posts. My mother has always believed in me; this has spurred me to always write.

Kally: Mainly, my readers, who provide loads of support and encouragement, make me believe that the content I am writing is valuable and helpful to others.

Another muse is my 4-year-old daughter, whom I want to leave this world a better place for her. I hope that she sees mummy pursuing her own passion and be a good role model for her.

When Did You First Realise That Writing Gave You Meaning, And Were There Any Therapeutic Benefits?

Kally: I always enjoy writing my thoughts down since I kept a diary when I was 7 years old. I felt that I could write all my feelings down without feeling silly and pour my heart out through words. Writing allows me to articulate and compartmentalise my thoughts before I act out my actions.

Most of all, the spark that started me writing was a movie called The Neverending Story. As a young child, I was impressed by how the movie inspired me to write my own neverending story.

Amber: When I was very young, I found a home in writing.

From then on, I have always been writing stories or journal entries. However, it wasn’t until my life took a painful twist that I found that creating a blog allowed me to meet new people through my writing and put a soothing balm over my life experiences by sharing them, making something concrete, so to say and form a regular habit of blogging and putting together pieces sent into cyberspace.

What Makes You A Good Writer, And What Areas Do You Think You Can Improve On?

Amber: I think through my writing, I am raw, real, and no area of life goes unacknowledged or out of bounds; because of this, I believe people are drawn to my work to find not only solace but also wisdom and learning through what I share.

The areas of writing that I would like to improve on are writing more in-depth articles about certain subjects and speaking a bit of my life story; I feel I have lived a hundred lifetimes already. Soon I would like to write the book I have always dreamed of and dedicate time and effort towards that.

Kally: I think what makes me a good writer is that I listen and I believe. Listening closely to what your audience wants to research and write what is lacking on the internet. Believing that I am contributing to helping others pushes me on even when I am busy with other priorities in my life.

There is always room for improvement. I’d like to be a master of time management, improve on making fewer grammatical mistakes and hone my storytelling skills to make it interesting for others.

What Rewards Does Writing Bring To You?

Kally: I’m reaping too many rewards. Haha.

If I have to name one big reward, I have made many friends on the blogosphere. Some of them have been with me throughout the 6 years of my writing journey, and I am extremely grateful for that.

Together with my MMers, my experiences have matured over the years, and my writing has shown that.

Amber: Writing brings me an outlet, a way of connecting to others, and feeling a sense of magic, creating pieces of poetry and other writing forms. It eases my mind, distracts me from the pain of fibromyalgia and allows me to be myself, which is one of the hardest things to be in this world we live in.

For New Writers, What Wisdom Would You Share To Aid Them In Finding Meaning In Their Writing?

Amber: If I had to give one piece of wisdom, it would be to write from your heart, from your own experiences and see what service you can be to other people through your work. Your own story, the person that walks in your shoes, could console someone else through your own journey. Write authentically and rawly; what can others take away as a gem from your writing.

Kally: And also, don’t let others tell you how you should or shouldn’t write. You don’t need to have perfect English to compose a perfect piece of art.

Looking Ahead, How Would You Like To Carry More Meaning Into Your Work?

Amber: By finding ways to communicate my inner world into concepts and words for people to understand and decipher in a comprehensible way. I would like to carry on my short story series to encapsulate my experiences and knowledge into a story form with wisdom and a moral to the story. Besides writing a series on different topics, I would also like to start writing more on my life story or articles surrounding this to carry more authenticity and meaning into my work.

Kally: I want to engage my audience more and allow my content to be more inclusive. I’m working on having more collaboration with other bloggers and arranging more interviews. Thank you, Amber, for such a wonderful collaboration.

Amber: Likewise, this has been an amazing project.

If you like to reach out to any one of us, whether it is to seek inspirations or to collaborate, you can connect with us here:

Amber ~ {DiosRaw}
ambervi0@outlook.com

Kally ~ {MiddleMe}
Kally@MiddleMe.net

Poetry By Woodsy & Amber {7} ~ Smothered In Unarticulated Hidden

Hallucinating of a realm where no psychopaths run the spheres,
Snapping into sharp reality,
So many people telling me who I am, what I need –
so few souls hearing the noise and the silence,
and me,
caught like a bubble in-between.
Compassion is past it’s sell by date, don’t worry, it’s already been stamped out,
swirling around a plug hole, feeling the suction of the water yet coming up for air and afloat.
I’m scared to speak anymore, with every word analysed
so that you can second-guess what you think I feel
without having to touch the messy, morbid truth
Numbed and burnt words left unsaid stir this unknown presence,
fire scaring my insides,
swallowed irritation, suppressed, smothered with hidden, unarticulated feelings at what could have been.
If we really were the warriors
we like so much to play,
could we not just fight the things that hurt us?
The ties that bind to things unkind?
Instead,
we store such poison in these tears.
Hiding behind “the holding it all together” face,
Breaking down, the hero archetype dissipating, the role changing, the actors switching, here we are once more.

By Woodsy {WoodsyDotBlog} & Amber {DiosRaw}

~If you’d like to collaborate, feel free to find my email on this blog’s connect page.~

Poetry By Filipa & Amber {1} ~ Expanding The Horizons Of The Mind Through Travelling

Travelling through a picture, a book, music or a poem
Your friends experiences igniting the fire in your dreams, sending an omen
Travelling and expanding the horizons of the infinite multitudes of mind worldly manifestations
Travelling with your eyes wide open or perfectly closed
Travelling around the world
Or without leaving your place
The imagination has it’s own space
Bridged, connected
No dead-ends or frontiers
Travelling with no luggage at all
Or prepared for an adventure, survival gear, tools
Having the starry sky as a roof
And the soft grass as a bed
Finding ways around financial balances instead
Travelling alone or in good company
By car, by train, by plane, on foot
Or even in a colourful balloon
Travelling from Kenya to Alaska
Crossing mountains, deep seas and valleys
Jungles, forests and desert galleys
Travelling through your sleep
Breath out, breath in
Take the experiences and warp your life from within
Travelling forces you to step out of your comfort zone
Experiencing the real world, leaving behind this world’s addiction to phones
False evidence appearing real, fear
Let it come near
Travelling challenges your comprehension of this world
And once you return you’re no longer the same
Friends to call home and remembering names
Travelling broadens your brain, nourishes your spirit, cherishes your physical
And challenges your conception of this world
Leaving nostalgic photos, the world left in the crevices of your god given body.

~By Filipa {DeMalinhaPronta} & Amber {DiosRaw}

~If you’d like to collaborate, feel free to find my email on this blog’s connect page.~

Poetry By Linda & Amber {1} ~ Aperture The Flower of Life: Pollinate Each Moment

Tranquility soothes the jagged edges of monotonous tension drawing into the immortal
The vibration of universal harmony reverberates in the contentment of the present moment
Apeturing the petals of the timeless cosmos through an awareness portal
Pollinating each flowered moment with the promise of divine fulfillment
Within the heart of a deeply rhythmic and pulsating synchronistic beat
Life’s music spirals outwards to shine the truth of one on all things
A soothing balm, warming the soul spectator betwixt serendipitous heat
Surrender to the miracles that bloom on life’s wondrous wings
Boundless blessings await you for the eyes who see, gems lie buried in every perceived curse
Beyond the layers of illusion, brighten your gaze with the golden rays of the universe’s reflection
Bathe, soak and blend through formless duality of chaos and order, listen attentively to the godly converse
Surrender to the quintessential patterns of creation that form the oneness of divine perfection

~By Linda {SpiritualFantasia} & Amber {DiosRaw}

~If you’d like to collaborate, feel free to find my email on this blog’s connect page.~