Sunday, October 4


When one wants to accomplish something new, be it healthy eating, running a marathon, learning a new skill, or can I say, become a better writer, one must embrace it wholeheartedly. You have to be all in. For there to be success in a new endeavor there must be commitment.

Change and new habits do not come easy. It takes a daily commitment, a full embrace. It can’t be one of those brief awkward side hugs.

Writing is a daily (and life long) choice. Every morning I have to wake up and say, “I am a writer.” And “I will write today.”

This does not mean if I don’t write on one day that I’m not a writer. It just means that I did not make the best choices that day. Although I have wondered –Does a writer need a “rest day”? Isn’t that what marathoners do? Run and run and run and then rest.

Embrace means to hold someone closely in one’s arm. Also, to accept or support a belief willingly and enthusiastically. I’m going to take this both ways.

I’m going to hold my pen and notebook closely in my arms, like I mentioned yesterday, keeping it close by so I can capture the ideas that come along!  I’m also going to embrace the fact that I am a writer and that I want to be a better writer willingly and enthusiastically.

That might mean stepping out of my comfort zone and possibly trying a new writing genre or writing about something that doesn’t really interest me, something to take me out of my comfort zone. It might even mean taking a risk and submitting something to be published, to risk a rejection.

My thoughts today: Becoming a better writer definitely means attempting #write31days and being proud of myself for making it all the way to day 4 ;)

Join me as I remember what it means to be a writer again. Writing for 31 days in an attempt to find where nature and art collide in the work of writing. Click the graphic to find all my #write31days posts.

Saturday, October 3

Capturing my Thoughts

I am having the hardest time with today’s post, because for the last day I was thinking that the prompt was “Courage” and when I sat down to write and saw the word was “capture” my mind kinda went blank…

Writing is about capturing my thoughts. Writing takes time. Often I have fleeting thoughts, ideas, experiences I want to remember. Or Scripture and things I'm learning in my Bible study. However, if I don't take the time to write things down, the ideas slip through the web of my consciousness and disappear. I lose the opportunity to share the stories, to encourage others with what God is teaching me, to practice my writing voice.

And then I get discouraged and want to give up. 

I have a writing journal that I use when I have to (like when I’m taking a writing class or writing practicum in pursuit of my communications degree, and part of my class assignment is to gather 50 entries in my writing/idea notebook). But often I forget to use my journal, or I think I’m too busy to take the time to write things down.

But if I truly want to find my writing voice and become a better writer, capturing my thoughts and ideas is vital. I have already seen the benefit of skimming through past things I’ve written as a way to “prime the pump” and get the writing juices flowing again.

So I will pull out my writing journal and start carrying it around with me again and the next time an idea passes through my sieve of a mind, I will WRITE IT DOWN!

My thoughts today: Are you are writer, a creative, an artist? How do you capture ideas for future use? Do you use Pinterest, Evernote, or some other app? Or are you a pen and paper kind of person?

Join me as I remember what it means to be a writer again. Writing for 31 days in an attempt to find where nature and art collide in the work of writing. Click the graphic to find all my #write31days posts.

Friday, October 2

Five Minute Friday: Family

It's Friday, which means we get our prompt for writing from Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday Community!  This week's prompt is...


My writing improves when I actually live my life. My family, my friends, my kids, life events, all of these give me things to think about, things to process, things to look at through a lens.

“In order to write about life first you must live it.” (Click to tweet)

In addition to living a life, I find that if I want to write, I need to read, not the useless consumption of facebook, news, and light reading, but time spent in God's Word, in quality literature, in books on the craft of writing. For me, writing only comes when I have something to write about. And there is a limit to consumption and I have reached the point where I need to step back from consuming and start creating.

When I think of my writing journey, I am only where I am because of family.  My husband encouraged me to go back to school to pursue a degree in Communications. He continues to support me by picking up the slack when I'm consumed with schoolwork. My father keeps giving me books on writing, devotionals to encourage the writer, how-tos and ideas for writings, etc. My mom and my sisters faithfully (or semi-faithfully) read my blog whenever I actually post.

My kids learn from my writing. We've had conversations about writing and going back to school (especially when my homework gets in the way of something they want). I have even caught my kids doing some of their own writing. Journals are pretty high on the Christmas list even for my young kids. They have written short stories, comic books, essays, etc.

I am thankful for my family. In anything you want to pursue, you need to have support and I believe that the ones who support you are your true family, whether it's through blood or not.

Writing has also expanded my family. I've been a part of the Five Minute Friday family, the Allume family and the God-sized Dreams family. You might call them communities, but really that's what family is all about. Living in community with one another.

My thoughts today: Be family to someone today. Encourage them to pursue their dreams. Cheering on others has a way of cheering yourself up!

Join me as I remember what it means to be a writer again. Writing for 31 days in an attempt to find where nature and art collide in the work of writing. Click the graphic to find all my #write31days posts.

Thursday, October 1

When the Writing is Calling

No matter how many times, I take a break from writing, (let's be honest and call it what it is... giving up), I still feel the need to write. This desire to share my story, to process my thoughts, to encourage, to inspire, to share God's hand in my life. It keeps calling me. It keeps wooing me back. The urge to write is often present in the forefront my mind.

But it still takes a response to the call. I can put it off time and time again (as I have been known to do). Yet it is still there present in my head, always on my to do list, pricking my conscience before I go to bed. Is that possible? Can the need to write be talking to me? Maybe I've gone a little cuckoo in the months of not processing the thoughts...

Often I'm reminded that I won't become a great writer in one week, maybe not even in 31 days. But if I plant the seed and water the seed, it will eventually blossom, bear fruit and ripen.

Writing is good for the soul. Even when it's hard. Maybe more so when it's hard. So I dust off the journal and pull out my pens, or open up the blog page and run my fingers across the keyboard. And I keep trying. Because there is grace in the writing, there is hope in the trying again, there is encouragement in the conversations started.

What is it that you keep putting off? What is calling you, wooing you? What dreams, art, communities, opportunities are reaching out to you?  How can we encourage each other?  One thing I've discovered about writing, it can apply to other areas of life. Maybe my writing about writing will trigger something in your mind.

My thoughts today: Don't Quit! Listen to the yearnings that are calling you! Try, try again. And maybe, just maybe you will find some joy.

Join me as I remember what it means to be a writer again. Writing for 31 days in an attempt to find where nature and art collide in the work of writing. Click the graphic to find all my #write31days posts.

Monday, August 24

Five Minute Friday: Find

A little Five Minute Friday (on Monday)

"You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it." ~Charles Buxton

"Lost time is never found again." ~Proverb

"To choose time is to save time." ~Francis Bacon

"You love what you find time to do." ~Unknown  (<== click to tweet)

"Take care in your minutes, and the hours will take care of themselves" ~Lord Chesterfield

Time management quotes always make me a little sick to my stomach, because I'm awful at it. I can never seem to find the time I need for the things that I say are of great importance to me.  Writing, quality reading, making cards, sending cards, maybe even reading to my kids (although that may be pushing it... Reading my Bible and spending time in prayer, investing in the lives of those around me, even exercise.

Constantly I wonder, why can't I find time for this or that? Then I realize it's because I haven't wanted it bad enough. I say I love to do these things, but actions speak louder than words.

When I have a few minutes to spare, I think it's too little time to get into a project or focus on a task I want to complete, so instead I fritter away 5-10 minutes on iphone games, facebook and instagram, brainless TV or novels, and the like... and before I know it, I've lost an hour and will never get it back.

What if I took those 5-10 minutes and stretched my brain or chose a chunk of a task? It's possible that an hour later I will look up from my task and see accomplishment. I don't need to focus on the hours when I start, just five minutes here and five minutes there, making the time for the things I say matter in my life. I might even find my motivation again.

So thankful I "found" time to write and join Five Minute Friday today. Maybe you will too?
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