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Unapologetically Canadian

Episode 45 · 1 year ago

Change your story, change your life

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

This week's 11-minute segment talks about my mood today, November 10, 2020.
Highlights include: the idea that you can change your life by changing your story,
faltering on word-count in Nanowrimo, thoughts about being process-oriented or product-oriented, discovering the Achewillow fiction podcast, and my frustrations not seeing family this year. Today is also the day I announce my new story discovery sessions.

My name is Traci Ael and I am an apologetically Canadian. Has Been a an extraordinary week. The records finished last week, so I've been really focusing on stories and getting together the business plans I can figure out what I'm doing next year and trying to get all of the books that I've previously published in hard copy into an e format so that you can order it from anywhere in the world. And I'm also working on getting I volunteered into an audio format and I'm using some of the interviews that I did with some of the Vietnam veterans so that I can actually put their voices into it too. So it's really exciting. I'm actually going to think I think I'm going to set up a summit with them. Also, safety MS has had a bunch of different ...

...presentations to the court because we're basically trying to get the we're basically trying to get it so that people who are electro magnetics in sensitive can have a safe place somewhere in Canada, and this is a really big task and we'll we're going to set up an annual general meeting so that we can move forward with that task. But it's definitely difficult these days because so many people are ignoring the harm of these people on and we just need to help. Then I've also been thinking about changing your story and changing how changing your story really changes your life, because every time I add something to my story or someone else that I know changes how their story is. And so much of what we do is based on what we're what our businesses so and right now a lot...

...of companies are either ramping up or they're closing down, and that means that a lot of people are either having to step into bigger shoes than they had originally thought or they're going they're having to change their entire story too, based on their next steps in their career. So that's really it's been a challenge listening to people talk about their stories and how inventing yourself takes a lot of guts, and so what I've decided to do is I'm setting up you can just have some story discovery sessions with me. So if you want to book an hour of my time, I will help you ask yourself the right questions for reinventing yourself so that you can start two thousand and twenty one on a whole new foot being a whole new person. Well, you're not. Not a whole new person. That's a little bit extreme, on a whole new project so that you can feel happy and motivated again and you can get up...

...in the morning and know that what you're doing fits who you are, because that's the thing that's really interesting about all this. After if you listen to my unapologetically podcast episodes previous to this one, then you'll then you'll know that the people that I am interviewing are doing amazing things. And you know the last woman that I did, Penelope, she's working on stories that will help people heal who can't. Who can argue with that? I think that the world really needs a lot of different people and it really needs people who were passionate about what they do. So I really want to help get you more passionate about what you do. And the other thing that's been happening is I've been just setting myself up to teach several different courses in genealogy next year.

I'm going to be talking about the scenario end things, I'm going to be talking about field wish, I'm going to be talking about or kings daughters, whatever you want to call them. I'm it's really exciting. I'm going to be talking about using the Cadaskla to get more information about your ancestors. It's really, really exciting because some of my land use projects are connecting with some of my geneology research and I'm really looking forward to participating in e geneology virtual conference and in the new Canadian Research Institute for Geology, and these are just great steps forward in the industry. And the other thing that has been happening this week is that, of course, I'm still doing that in a rhymo and this week has been a tough week. I have I'm supposed to be writing three hours every day and I haven't done it. I've missed three days, but I'm still on track in terms of that. I haven't thought,...

...but it really is. It really is interesting to see what takes me off my game. This was an exploration of process and I'm not usually a very process oriented artist. This is something I realized last Sunday in a discussion with a bunch of artists that are working and one of the questions that one of the people in the conversation asked was are you more process oriented or more project oriented? And I am super product oriented. She called IT product oriented. It could be project oriented to but I want I'm really focused on results. I actually prefer having written rather than writing itself. I actually want the I love it once when I can check off a project and then and and and I'm not particularly I'm not particularly motivated by the internal mindset that you need to...

...focus on if you really stuck on the process. The process is all about all those internal struggles. How am I doing today? What am I doing now? And recognizing the kinds of things that you need to work on. And so now a rimal for me has been a process experiment because every day I have been either I'm writing first thing in the morning and I'm trying to figure out. That's the other thing I've been struggling on some of the days to like, what should I be writing today? How, because so much of the way that I write is I take material and then I and then I put it down into a format and I usually have the material all together before I actually try to format it. Well, this time I'm trying to do both at sort of both at the same time, because I'm writing material based on what I have and then and then putting in all my questions for the gaps, and it's really been helpful. I'm really glad that I'm using...

...scriptment for this, because I find that the being able to see the overview of the project is really, really helpful. I think this is a product that I'm really going to enjoy, and that's even after the seat. I actually thought I lost all of my work because I changed the name of the file in my computer rather than in Scrivener, which meant that it was deleted. I had to actually re recurrent and then it anyway. I it was a very hectic thing because I don't know how to use this tool very well and, as usual, I'm using the tool before I actually learn how to use the tool. Well, I'm sort of learning how to use the tool as I use it, and so I made what I didn't know was a big mistake. Well, I know that I won't be doing that again. Basically, you don't fool around with the file names of scrivener if you don't have the tool open. You Re name it in the tool itself or the whole thing will be lost. It's really hard to open a file from scrivener. Well, I'm sure you can do it. But anyway I didn't work...

...the way I thought it would. So that was a really kind of an interesting adventure. Not Fun that day, but I was able to retrieve it, so it was perfectly fine in the end. Just to say that my what should have been fourteenzero words, is only six thou nine hundred words, but I'm still in tract so that counts. And you know what, if I don't make the fiftyzero words, that that all know something about my process through that, through the through this particular uler experiment. The other thing that I'm discovering is a bunch of talented Canadians. All I knew that there were lots of telling the Canadians. I've just discovered a podcast called a q willow, which is a and I'm a real heavy non fiction fan, but this is a fiction podcast. It's a sort of horror mystery fantasy. It's really, really fun. So if you haven't tried out equal, I highly recommend it. I'm already on season two. I've just been been listening to it.

And other than that, this week is also part of the CFG. The Canadian freelance guild is doing a marketing challenge and so I'm paying attention to different kinds of activities like this one. We're reaching out to people that I either don't know or I don't know well and trying to come up with things that you would need. So let me know if there's some interviews that you want me to do with people. I've got some great interviews coming up. I'm really excited about heather great student and careen cliff of it. So so the people who all be interviewing in the next two weeks. This this week is a solo episode because I haven't done one for a while and we're on episode forty five, so I thought it was important to get in there. The next solo episode won't be until the end the year overview and the I'm beginning of next year's planning episodes, but I've got some great interviews between now...

...and then. And other than that is you are a creative entrepreneur in Canada. I hope that you are getting good luck with your projects and that the covid nineteen lockdown situation isn't wearing you down too much. I know that we're trying to come up with some innovative ways to connect with family over the winter because it's clear that we're not going to get to see them in person. A whole year of not seeing my family and person has been bizarre. I mean my dad. The last time I saw him was a year ago this month. It's ridiculous, but anyway, hopefully we'll be able to figure that out and hopefully you will too, and let me know if you have any tips for that. And in the meantime and enjoy your life. Thank you...

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