Working with Nature by Nicole Harmon

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I work best with music playing but it is not music as you think of music. I work with natural sounds playing in the background. You know the wind, rain, ocean sounds, fireplace sounds, white noise…things of that nature. And it keeps me so focused you would not believe the work I get done.

Currently, I am finishing up my last Daphne Kiss of Death entry. This year has been by far the most entries I have ever judged. I got nine this year. I am so proud of myself for reading them all. All of the entries. I sincerely wish them all the best and I want one of them to final and win. I have had only one of the books that I have judged be a finalist.

I actually stumbled across nature sounds when I listened to Bossa Nova and coffee shop sounds on YouTube. Yes, I am a total YouTube fan. I will watch movies, listen to podcasts, audibles (audiobooks), and news shows, and watch sports, video games, and television shows. It is a smorgasbord of television to watch.

I was thinking I need something, anything to help my concentration. I mean I was reading a book for a book review that I was getting paid for and I kept losing my concentration. So thinking it was me I put it down and started working on an article. While working on the article I started listening to rain sounds. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3dB9dGKr0L25HKO8r6XKkg. See this channel I just posted the link to. Here is another link for you: Note https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNjGqISO6V2WFpOFWPC8pIw this is a Spanish channel. https://www.youtube.com/c/EasySoundsRelaxationChannel. This is the third I use for listening.

Pexels photo by Dakota Gillette

The sounds I listen to relax my body because the sounds are what I hear outside my very window. Granted hearing a thunderstorm on a television video is a lot easier to handle than an actual storm for me but it for some reason soothes my mind. I can concentrate because I know what is happening. It is on screen. It is safe to listen to. Nothing can hurt me.

I actually do a lot more work than I realize listening to these videos. My current go-to video is one where the listener can imagine they are sitting or lying down on an RV bed by their window listening to the rain hit the vehicle next to a forest. Believe me, it is very relaxing.

You are probably thinking of this young lady, I liked her so much until now. She seems to be not who I thought she was. I sincerely hope not. I sincerely hope that from this post you can gain one important thought: the thought that what keeps you productive is the one item to keep no matter how many times you transition your position in a company or to a new job. Production matters. Productivity matters. Your output matters. And how you obtain it matters.

I am a writer. I use my computer to not only research a topic but to also type up an article on the topic of research. I use it to take pictures or upload pictures inside that article as well. Sometimes, I stress out because of my computer not working right or because the research is not right.

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My current assignment is to re-write an article to make it fit the guidelines of research. I was told by my editor that it wasn’t what they wanted from me. Since I want to keep this job, I am re-writing it and it will be how they want it. I almost typed hopefully, but it has to just be. The article has to be what they want it to be or they will let me go. And that is a no-no.

So I am going to make some coffee, turn on the nature sounds, and relax my mind and body. I will put my back against the wall (on my three pillows of course), and relax. I will go over what the requirements are and then do some more research. Then re-write it. Then hand it back in.

Since this is a re-write I need to concentrate even harder or it will just be the same mistake I hand back in. This I do not want to do. So not only do I use the above nature sounds to help me relax but I also use the following link(s).

https://www.youtube.com/c/WhiteNoiseTranquility This is the White Noise Channel.

https://www.youtube.com/user/miblej0 This is Althea Renee’s Channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCStrRoowHUiwecqmY1xCing And we are back to nature sounds with this channel.

Nature sounds are a good way of lulling your body into a relaxed state. Your body will sync up with the natural rhythms inside the video of the natural world. You have water or wind. You have the crackling of the fireplace. You have the sound of the thunder. Despite the thunder being not consecutive or not constant, the body anticipates the thunder sound and acclimates itself to the eventual clap.

For me, the sounds will allow me to block out unwanted noise. I won’t hear the bad conversation or the constant tapping of the animal that might be hiding in the attic. I won’t hear the scraping of the tree limb onto the roof much less the bark of the dog around the corner who has just gotten lonely. Instead, I will concentrate on the following:

  1. My research
  2. My topic back up
  3. The correction of my answer
  4. My correct answer
  5. My sources
  6. My money.

All important to me and my bottom line. All those lessons on my LinkedIn and on my Facebook will come to help me out. All my lessons in my freelance writing classes will come to help me out. I will write the best damn piece and I will earn every cent of my money.

And the nature sounds will have helped me do it. I am very happy to listen to the natural world. I am very grateful that there are a plethora of videos to choose from. And I am grateful for the job that I am using them to write another better article.

In conclusion, I feel that listening to sounds that relax you give you a sense of purpose and a sense of time. It allows your mind to focus on what is important. Your assignment. This allows you to be productive and create a winning article. And as a freelancer isn’t that what matters? Your output that is satisfactory to the client that hired you? Great output! Listen to your version of nature sounds so that you make that dollar!

Accepting Donations and New Email Address

Hello. I know it has been a while since we last spoke via this blog. I have good reasons for being incognito. First I was having some problems with my accounts which caused me to close out some of my social media and my freelance accounts. I was getting fraudulent jobs too often where the parties who were interested in hiring me wanted to go offsite. On top they had me open up a bank account and wanted my sign-on information. I thought this was not right because I can give them direct deposit information. But the persons wanted actual access to my account to make sure that it was posted to my bank account. I am assuming that all jobs are the same but any human resources person can answer my question with that: Just how okay was that- them requesting my username and password to the account instead of the direct deposit offered to them?

I did however reopen one account because I lost my Topcontent. And Freelancers.com was the one where I highly questioned some of the jobs offered. However, I did gain a new title: Funds Disburser (for company name). It was a pretty cool title. But this is not the purpose of this post.

To all my many fans and readers, I am requesting if possible any and all donations you can give me be sent to this address:

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=9P8Y6V6LXTJUE

If you are wondering what the money will go to it is this: newsletters, gifts offered, guests and maintenance fees for this website including the email used to respond to your questions.

I hope that you will see it in your heart to donate. I know my family and I thank you.

Here is my new email address for you to send me an email to talk, discuss an issue or request some work from me. You can reach me via email at this email address: nicole-harmon@liveloveandlaughforahealthylifestyle.com. Definitely use it, people!

Also, you can send an email requesting the newsletter. Please be advised that I am charging $1.00 for you to receive the newsletter. That dollar not only pays for one year of the newsletter, but it also goes towards paying my expenses on this blog and the other three. But the money will also go towards helping to fund giveaways, speakers and other events including the one webinar I promised. So if you could see your way to purchasing a newsletter I would be ever so grateful.

Solitary Life is a Writer’s Life by Nicole Harmon

Writing is solitary. Many of us do it alone. I like my house but when I go out, I like coffee shops.  Used to be the park or the library. Now I’m chained to a wall adapter.  My current project is out to nobody yet because I’m still working on it. But until then I am working on my freelance portfolio. Today, I was watching my email for call backs. Call back means an article sent back for editing, different than an actor’s call back. Been running a malware scan on my computer. Not only is it time for a new computer but also some more online storage. Did you know I have to have my Google sheet off during my virus scan? IK, IK, why am I telling you this-rambling on like this? Nah, I’m not bored…… TIRED! I’m Tired!

Photo by Rodnae Productions

Hope*Writers’ Novel November Challenge Event

Hey. Remember I said if I found something good I would pass on the good news. Well here is the Good News. 

At Hope*writers you have waiting for you so much help. They will help you write your novel. They will encourage you to write your novel. If you were to join them it’s all part of their package deal. Access to interviews with writers, Tuesdays teachings, conference telephone càlls and much more. This you could get if you were to join for their $47.00 per month. It is approximately $479.00 annually. 

But this month @hopewriters is hosting and participating in the Novel November Challenge. It coincides with NaNoWriMo which means National Novel Writing Month. For thirty days you can write your novel and if you like at the end send to a publisher. If you are interested in writing that novel, Hope*Writers is offering you the opportunity to work and write with them. So if you are a fiction writer you will get the support and encouragement you need to make progress when it comes to writing a novel. 

When I heard this, I thought of you. If you want to learn more and sign up for the Novel November Challenge, just click this link: 

https://www.hopewriters.com/a/37551/sSC45itp/.

I can’t think of a better time and place to start your novel than in November with hope*writers. It only costs $29.00. 

I hope you take the time out to at least look. Who knows – maybe you will join!