Author Archives: Sofia Garcês

Goodbye, it’s been a nice ride!

Hi everyone!

I’ll be saying my goodbyes to wordpress in the near future and closing my blog here.

I know  it sucks! The good news is that you can still follow me at Living Creatively my knew blog!

Thank you all for all the comments and great energy, I hope to see you all again!

 

Be Creative and have fun!

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Living Creatively – A new Adventure

Hi everyone, hope your doing well.

I’m exited to announce that next June 2th I’ll be launching my new site Living Creatively.

I’ll be sharing weekly tips and tricks that I’ve learned about being a productive creative and staying inspired.

Every Wednesday I’ll share with you the work of a new creative and every Saturday I’ll tell you a new tip or trick on inspiration and creativity.

 

I’m really exited about sharing all these cool things with you and I hope you’ll come and visit me at Living Creatively often.

You can learn more about me and Living Creatively here!

If you’d like to be kept in the loop about the updates of this site please feel free to sign up for the weekly newsletter here!

You can also find me at:

Follow me on twitter at @MsgSofiaGarces

You can also find me in Facebook at www.facebook.com/livingcreatively.sofiagarces

Or follow me in Pinrested at pinterest.com/sofiagarces

 

See you on the other side!

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What’s underneath your defintion of success? question by Danielle LaPorte

Danielle LaPorte is doing the 30 days to Fire Up Your Creative Genius video series for The Huffington Post.

Here is today’s video:

I agree with Danielle LaPorte that when you say you want to feel successful it’s not really saying anything! It’s an empty term! And it has the danger of making success something you’ll never feel because you don’t actually know how it looks for you, and if you don’t know how it looks, you’ll never find it!

For me feeling successful is feeling the freedom to realize my creativity in anyway that I feel is valuable and that I believe will better express who I am and that will make me happy and fulfilled.

To be successful, for me, is to spend the better part of my day creating. When I create, be it writing, drawing, giving, learning, I feel truly as myself, I feel truly at peace with who I am at my core. And to be able to feel that during most of my day is for me the truest definition of success.

Success is feeling at peace with myself and the world. It’s being myself in my work, with my friends, with my family and with people I’ve just met. It’s to be comfortable with who I am, flaws and all…

Wouldn’t that feel great?

What about you? What’s your definition of success?

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Burning Question by Danielle LaPorte

Every week Danielle LaPorte posts a burning question on her website, this week question is:

What money resentments do you have…that you could let go of?

I have always considered myself as having a fairly balanced and healthy relationship with money. Usually I would just write off this question as not being for me and move on to something else. But this time I decided to stop and think for a second. After all, although my finances are doing well, truth is I don’t always hit my mark when it comes to savings and I’m very inconsistent about how much I actually save and for what.

I used to think this was just me being lazy and reckless but maybe there’s more to it than that.

I was lucky enough to never have a lack of money and always had I’ve always had people to turn to in case of need. In many ways I never truly learned how to respect a budget. As I grew older though I found that not everyone was as lucky as me that many had a harder time paying their bills.

Maybe that should of showed me that I should save for adversity, or that I was blessed to have what I had. What did happen, and what I ended up feeling, and I guess I still do, is something completely different. I felt like a fake! Like none of it was ever supposed to be mine. I felt that I didn’t deserve that money, that there were people that deserved it more than me, needed it more. I felt undeserving of the gifts of graduation when my grades were merely average, and I new I could of done better. Undeserving of the attention and help of my family when I came back from quitting college, not knowing what my next step would be.

In many ways I still feel underserving today. There are people more qualified, better prepared, more creative or simply in greater need that should have my job and get this money, because surely I cannot be deserving of it.

But the question was money resentments that I could let go of…. And maybe this is one of them.

Regardless of there being people in greater need or with better skills, I got this job and I worked for the money that comes with it. Maybe it’s time to believe in myself, to know that I am worthy of this money, to remember that I worked for it, and most importantly, that I am capable of sharing it with the world and trough it help others improve their life’s.

It’s time to let go of the guilt and use what I have to help others and to make their life a little better.

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Interview to the Author of “Social Punk” Monica Leonelle

Monica Leonelle - Author and Media Strategist

Monica Leonelle introduces herself as a well-known digital media strategist and the author of three novels. She blogs at Prose on Fire and shares her writing and social media knowledge with other bloggers and authors through her Free Writer Toolkit.

I had the chance to interview her about the book and her career, as a part of her blog tour, so here it is.

Sofia Garcês – You introduce yourself as a Media Strategist, Writing Consultant and a Author, while I understand that we all have several sides to our personalities and life’s, I can’t help but wonder which came first? Of all these roles you play which one is your greatest passion?

Monica Leonelle – “I was a media strategist first, but have the greatest passion for authorship. I feel, however, that each role is closely related and that developing skills in each role aides in the others.”

SG - Speaking about passions when did you find yours? Have you always known you wanted to write or did this realization came to you in a later time in life?

ML – “I started a Gen Y blog in 2007 called Twenty Set. It actually gained quite a bit of steam early on, but eventually I moved away from Gen Y topics. The reason I started that blog, though, is because I couldn’t clear my mind! I literally just needed to get things out of my system. So I wrote that blog 4-5 times a week for about six months until my ideas stop churning so quickly. My love for writing as an adult grew out of that experience.”

SG - After finding your passion how long did it take you to start on the journey your in now, as a self published author and marketing adviser, and what gave you the strength to start on this road?

ML – “There are two types of authors—writers and entrepreneurs. The former flock to traditional publishing and the latter flock to indie publishing.

I’m very entrepreneurial, so indie publishing came naturally for me. I started my blog in 2007 and published my first book in 2009, so about two years. It didn’t really take strength per say—if anything, my own ignorance was my strength. I had no idea that publishing was a difficult road until I was knee deep in projects. Like I said, I’m an entrepreneur. When I’m working on my own projects, I become a workaholic. Pushing through the pain is what I do best.”

SG - What would be your advice to other looking to follow their passions?

ML – “Let your passion drive you. Sometimes people think they are passionate and then they can’t get the work done. Maybe they just aren’t that passionate, then. I also find it helps to be thankful every day. Every time I want to rip my manuscripts to shreds, I remember that I’m so lucky to even live in a time period where I have the means and the time to write my thoughts down quickly. Passion + humility can really get you through just about anything.”

SG - Social punk is an intricate story with several twists of plot, when you started writing it did you have a plan to where it would end or did you just “went with the flow”?

ML – “I mapped out the book in detail before starting it, but ended up changing the entire second half of the book after I’d written the first half. The ending sentence was always the end game, though. Since Socialpunk wasn’t my first book, I had an easier time plotting it.”

SG - Any last thoughts you would like to leave for our readers? And when can we expect to hear from you again?

ML – “If you’re on the fence about reading Socialpunk, the book is original and fast-paced and like nothing you’ve ever read before.

The second book in the Socialpunk Trilogy will be out this summer, but you may hear from me sooner. I have to put out Tin Soldier, the second book in my seven halos series out first. Plus, I want to start a serialized fiction story. So I might have the beginnings of that out sooner than later. No matter which way it goes, you’ll hear from me shortly!”

SG – Thank you Monica for taking the time to answer my questions and best of luck for the future!
ML – “Thank you for the interview!”

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