Where Does This Lead?

Where does this door lead to after you open it?

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Today’s Affirmation Is…

 

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The photo above sums up how I feel today. I am trying to be in the present moment to enjoy the view and the action of swinging,  but I am desperately afraid of falling into the fog of the unknown.

Today’s Affirmation from Savannah Gilbo is: 
All that matters is how I spend this moment. As I remain in the present moment, the past and future give way to infinite possibilities.

I wrote about authenticity today in my journal and what that means to me. I am dealing better with the idea of moving. I have to positive frame it or I will be miserable.

Moments I appreciated today:

  • I had a nice car ride with my daughter
  • I had a nice go cart ride with her too – she drove that time
  • I enjoyed a Frappicino at Starbucks purchased with a gift card I won
  • I had some time to write in a cafe which I enjoy
  • I worked out in a clean Planet Fitness
  • Lovely smelling laundry that came out of the dryer
  • I took a car load over to storage and didn’t have to unload it by myself
  • I had a nice conversation this morning with my husband before the kids woke up
  • My husband made me breakfast
  • The coffee was delicious this morning

I am about to enjoy the shower that I am about to take!!!

I need to remember that my word for 2018 is BE. Today’s affirmation is a reminder.

 

What moments were you present today?

 

#Everydayhappy Slice of Life #SOL18

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Thank you for Two Writing Teachers for sponsoring the SLICE OF LIFE challenge every Tuesday!

This week when I was listening to my normal podcast queue I clicked on Jenny Blake’s PIVOT podcast. This week was especially inspiring and I was super excited to listen. I made a bunch of notes for writing and for projects for students when I go back to school in August. I even started listening to the podcast again which is something I rarely do.

The guest for the interview was Dev Ajula who wrote the book 50 Ways to Get a Job. It isn’t just a book about finding a job but seems to be an inquiry into who you are. I have a reserve on the book at the library and have checked out the website that goes along with the book.

Jenny Blake is also an author. Her book is also called Pivot like the podcast. She has a great newsletter.

There are lots of great parts but one in particular is when Dev is talking about his apartment and making it personal just for him. He had visited other people’s spaces and thought it was appealing because it was more sophisticated or bigger but realized it was fine tuned to the owner. He wanted to emulate this practice so he put his chair in a space where it sits in the sun at 3 pm and sits in it. He also painted all his radiators white. Small things that made a difference to him.

On my blog I write about #everydayhappy. Those little things that just make your day but are uniquely your own. These items or actions spark joy for you.

I asked from friends this question: What makes you #everydayhappy? Little things that spark joy for you? A certain coffee mug? A certain pen?

#Everydayhappy things for me are a favorite coffee mug to drink my coffee in. I also have a certain fountain pen I adore. I love the feeling and writing in a new notebook. I also moved my coffee pot into my bedroom instead of the kitchen.

The List

Carrie: Opening up the windows in my house to enjoy the fresh breeze

Marta: My husband making coffee for me. The dogs resting in the sun. A joyful laugh.

Eva: Perfect song to match my mood coming on, more coffee left in the pot when I thought it was gone, red lipstick

Sarah: Great day texts from co-workers

Rachael: My dog leaning on me as I write

Julie: Sitting under a tree looking up through the leaves at sunlight preferably with a stream running nearby. That or a fresh notebook page…

Marian: calls the pecans out of the mixed nuts “happies”!!!!!

I am @tlbreit on Twitter and you can respond there with your own #everydayhappy ideas or in the comments below.

What are the things that spark joy for you that are personal to you? I would love to read them! I bet some of your are so good I would want to borrow them and add them to my own list.

#everydayhappy

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Sunday Morning Coffee Talk

 

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Come sit with me and have a cup of coffee and let’s chat!

I am thinking about the question today: What makes me feel most alive? It comes from Emily P. Freeman who I adore as an author and speaker.

After I read this question in her book, A Million Little Pieces I realized I didn’t know the answer automatically.

What I used to think from a couple years ago, and what I think now is gravely different.

Now, writing makes me feel alive. Just the process really. I do enjoy the POWER SURGE from getting published or simply a comment from a reader, but the act of writing is where the joy and life is for me.

I used to say running made me feel alive. Working out does to a certain extent but now it is more of a necessity and tires me more than an elixir.

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Reading always makes me feel alive. Always. I love to think about the way that people think and learn something too. Any recommendations for me today?

Most importantly, my husband and my children make me feel alive. The love I give and receive from them compares to nothing else.

Thanks for sitting with me and helping me work through this question this Sunday morning!

What makes you feel most alive? Let’s make this a conversation…

 

 

3-2-1 With A Twist

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I was tagged by the wonderful and amazing A Guy Called Bloke for 3-2-1 Quote with a twist. This time with an Alice in Wonderland theme which I adore! I love Alice and Wonderland and even had a white rabbit tattoo!

 

Rules: 3.2.1 Quote Me!

Thank the Selector

Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.

Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

 

Topic For Today: “Through Your Looking Glass”

Inspired by Finding French Charming

Something a little different today, and your quotes will be down to your interpretation of Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland. They can be from this creation or about it.
My quotes are about madness!

“In that direction,” the Cat said, waving its right paw round, “lives a Hatter: and in that direction,” waving the other paw, “lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they’re both mad.”
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.” —Chapter 6, Pig and Pepper
“Really, now you ask me,” said Alice, very much confused, “I don’t think—”
“Then you shouldn’t talk,” said the Hatter. —Chapter 7, A Mad Tea-Party

My Brief Reflections:

We are all mad in our own ways. How we fit together is really how our own type of crazy matches up! We find our tribes by the type of crazy that interlock like puzzle pieces!

I wholeheartedly agree that is you don’t think,  you should definitely not talk.

You’re It! Please post your own 2 quotes about Alice!

Marta

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Lauryn

#happyquoting

 

 

 

StoryFest for StoryaDay May 2018

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Storyaday May is a challenge with simple rules:

The Rules from Julie Duffy:

  • *Decide how many days during May on which you’re going to write.
  • *Write and finish a story on those days

My goal was to write 30 stories and I wrote 31 stories in May 2018.

Every June, Julie hosts StoryFest at her blog. You can check out some other amazing short stories by going there June 23-24!

Here is my Day 21 story for you to enjoy! Comments are welcome!

Man Murdered by Tree in Minnesota Forest

By Mountain News Service on May 21 at 2:43 p.m.
Stearns County, Minn. —

Authorities are investigating the death of a man found with a bullet wound to the head in the Birch Lake Forest on May 20.

“We are shocked and saddened to confirm the death of Mr. Maxim Foster,” a spokesperson from the park office confirmed. “He was using dynamite to extract trees in an overgrown section of the forest when he was fatally injured.”

There had been previous reports from 15 years ago of an attempted murder and suicide in the Birch Lake Forest. A bullet from the attempted murder had been lodged in a tree and never recovered.

It is speculated the bullet fired from the tree when Mr. Foster blew the tree to bits. It apparently held a grudge and fired upon the man, killing him.

The tree will not be prosecuted.

3-2-1 Quote Me!! “Success”

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Thank you to Bitchin’ In The Kitchen for this nomination!

A Guy Named Bloke is responsible for this tag and it is super fun.

Here is how it works:

The rules of the tag are very simple:

• Thank the Selector

• Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.

• Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

The topic set for me and my tagees is ‘Success’ so a huge thank you again for tagging me Bitchin’!

What does success mean to me?
Honestly if I was to answer this five years ago the answer would be very different than the one then I am writing today.
In my opinion, success is meeting your own goals that align with your personal passions, what you are good at, and your beliefs. It is about the way you make a difference in the world.
It is not what everyone else wants you to do, no matter what social media says.

Goals are dreams with a strategic plan.

Success if feeling peace with your life and how it is constructed is success no matter what that looks like for you. Work life balance is a lie that is created to make people feel guilty for how they live their lives. When people feel inadequate it is much easier to control them. Advertisers prey on this concept.
Success in my career a couple years ago would have meant lots of travel and hours at work.
Now? I would love to work from home and limit travel to mostly family trips. I limit trips from the house as much as possible.

Here are my two SUCCESS quotes:

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All of our experiences make us who we are. Some of these events are within our control, and some are not. There is a point of “before and after” when you realize what is important to YOU and your life, and what is not. Then decisions start to be made, your life looks different, and the people in your life change.

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Perception and mindset are important to how you view success. I love this quote above. Drive and how you approach situations is a big indicator of success. Not really luck.

I tag these FABULOUS bloggers!

Marian

The Cozy Pages

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Reading The Queen of Hearts

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Part of my “summering”is reading. Honestly, a large part of my life is reading but this is a slice of my summer reading.

The Queen of Hearts by Kimmerly Martin

 

 

This book is written by a medical professional. I heard about this book from a podcast interview with the author which persuaded me to read the book. The chapters go through time and also from different perspectives of various characters.

Some of my favorite thoughts and quotes from the book:

Page 3 had the word “comeuppance” Any book that starts with a word like that must be an interesting read!

Page 18 “…he can talk a herd of cats into a hot tub and he’s relentless when he wants something.”

The imagery of this line made me smile. Can you imagine the chaos of cats in a hot tub???

Page 25 “Emma, who’d had a determination to be a surgeon since the age of 3. Meanwhile, as a toddler, I’d aspired to be a bulldozer, a career path that received the enthusiastic support of my older brother.”

The idea of a character wanted to be a bulldozer when she grew up brought back memories of my brother playing with Tonka trucks and Bob the Builder Cartoons.

“Emma is the kind of person who can effortlessly transition from sleep in to a well-oiled machine like functionality. By contrast, I have to be poured out of bed each morning like human syrup, and I’ll lurch around, emitting miserable squeaks until I’m caffeinated.”

Human syrup is a phrase I wish I invented as a writer!

Page 314-315 “If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s this: the past is never really gone . It’s one long chain linking the present and also the future, and sometimes it doubles back on itself, exposing the things that you thought were buried.

“The chandelier the size of a cow” What a large piece in a house! I can visualize it!

I love the first paragraph here. I do not like this phrase either and like the way the author conveys a more logical explanation of the phrase “Everything happens for a reason”

This is an interesting quote from Carl Sagan which I want to delve into more personally.. The last line is a great ending line to a chapter.

I felt this book had a strong beginning and a strong ending. I got a little lost in the middle. I kept putting the book down after reading a page or two and that is usually not a good sign for me. Overall, I enjoyed it. I am looking forward to see how my fellow readers thought about it at book club. Feel free to weigh in with your opinion in the comments!

What are you reading during the summer?

When Do You Feel Magic??

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When do I feel everyday magic? I see magic in the eyes of children. I see magic when the eyes light up when I am reading a book and I “suck” them in. I have them on the edge of their seat leaning forward listening for every word that comes out of my mouth in anticipation of the story. I love stories and therefore so do they.

I feel magic in Christmas. The light of the Christmas tree that gives that zip of energy to your heart when you walk in the room. The nostalgia and memories of happy days and surprises. family being together and the tradition of the holiday itself. The Hygge of the season and winter itself!

I feel magic in bookstores. There is magic in all the words contained within pages on shelves. A new bookstore has a different feeling than a used bookstore. There is depth in the stories that have imprinted themselves on the worn pages of the volumes contained. They have traveled to this destination to share their experience when you take them off the shelves and bring them to a new home. Just imagine the houses, bags, and public transportation these books have been traveled. Some have gone great distances.

Bookstores in airports are always full of best sellers and magazines. I wonder if there are any people that only read on planes and only buy books at the airport. Where do these volumes go afterward? To a book lover friend? Left randomly along the travel route?

I feel magic in moments of anticipation. When I am driving home and cannot wait to see my husband. The anticipation of a nice dinner where you get dressed up and go out…or stay in. The magic moment of seeing a loved one that you haven’t seen for awhile. The moment you pick up someone from the airport.

I feel magic in a walk or run especially when you are taking a day off from work. There is magic in the air because a sense of vacation is around.

I feel magic imagining conversations with writer Lydia Davis after I read about her interactions with her friends about reading poetry and writing together. I love the feeling of the same magic that happens in my create group with my friend Jane. There was magic in journal club. I hope to find the same magic in the new writer group.

It is hard to define the pull of another person that you desire to spend time with and share. There is a small circle of people who you find emotionally nourishing that feed your creative soul, but it is definitely magic.

I feel magic when I am writing. Putting words to the page trying to get it “just right” is magic!

I feel magic in the things that catch you off guard and make you smile. The effervescence emotion that emerges in a smile you cannot contain.

When do you feel magic?