Finding The ‘Write’ Space To Write 🖋

Our assignment for Day 6 of Writing 101 is to share our writing spaces, writing habits, and tools of the trade as well as adding a contact page. That part I’ve already taken care of in my Drop Me A Note tab.

As for my writing spaces. They vary, depending on what I’m working on. More often than not, I’m sitting in my little corner writing on my IPad.


It’s my own little space. The table I picked up at a yard sale. The top lifts up giving me a place to store my pens, markers, colored pencils and crayons I use when writing in my journal or coloring in my ‘grown-up’ coloring books….as well as candles, bookmarks and other little things.


Other times, I can be found sitting at my ‘desk’ which is actually an old wooden table I found and painted years ago. It’s where my desktop computer and printer sit.


Often times, when I’m out on one of my Soul-Strolls something pops up in my head that I feel the need to write down NOW! I keep a small notebook in my backpack  just for those moments.


When it comes right down to it, I journal and write whenever and wherever the urge hits me. Whether I’m curled up in my little corner, with a cup of coffee and my IPad as I am now, or outside, or at my desk…whether it’s with a pen/pencil or typing….there’s Always a place, Always a way.

Letting My Inner Light Shine ☀️ Writing 101

 Day 4’s writing assignment is to take a photo and use it as your writing prompt. I chose to write a quote and then share some background on the photograph I’d taken.

 
“Even amongst the giants one can stand out. We are all unique and have something special to share. Don’t be dwarfed. Stand tall, stand proud, and let your Inner Light Shine.” ~Linda~

This photograph presented itself to me early one morning last fall while visiting my children. I loved how the light seemed to search out and find the smaller of the trees. And once it was given it’s ‘spotlight’, it totally lit up the forest. I could almost hear it saying “I may not be as big as you other trees…yet, but I sure do have something to offer. Now give me room ’cause I’ve got some growing and shining to do!”

I think we all have felt ‘small’ at some time in our lives, I know I have. Low self esteem and no self confidence has a way of doing that to a person. It took me a long time to really wrap my head around the fact that I was giving control of how I felt and was feeling to others. Once I figured it out, once I started taking back the control, there was no turning back. And you know what…I Really like shining my light!!!! ☀️☀️

There’s No Place Like Home….Writing 101 Day 3

Today, our assignment was to pick one of six word prompts…..I chose Home.

HOME……

For some, that small, 4-letter word conjures up images of white picket fences, apple pies cooling on the window sill, children playing on a tire swing in the yard. A ‘Leave It To Beaver’ existence. It’s a nice thought, but not reality. At least not mine.

Thinking back, we never had a permanent residence. We moved around, a lot, never staying in one place long enough to plant roots, forge friendships or feel connected. I was a loner. I hated the fact that we never had a true place to call home, that we lived like vagabonds. I wanted to be ‘normal.’ Little did I know or understand at the time, that I never was or would be ‘normal’…..and truth be told, as I grew up, I came to realize I was not like other kids, that my story was mine and not like anyone else’s, and ‘normal’ was and is highly over-rated!

My home, my true home, was inside of me. It was where I could go to be myself. It was where I felt safe. Of course, as a young child/teen I didn’t appreciate or understand at the time that I always was Home.

My journey, both physical and emotionally, has taken me in many different directions over the years. My physical homes have changed many times, from small homes, to big, log cabins to sleeping on a friends floor. But Home, My Real Home, deep inside, is warm…it’s safe…it’s my haven. Of all the definitions of home: a place of refuge is the one that speaks most to me. No matter where in life I end up, I’m always HOME.

My humble, sad beginnings are part of my story. They are part of my Home. I also grew to realize that there was/is gypsy in my heart, my soul. I am a wanderer, a seeker. Clicking those ruby slippers may have worked for Dorothy, but for me,,,,I’d rather go barefoot!!!  My Home travels with me, where ever I go.

So…..for me this little, widely used quote, sums it up……

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Writing 101 Day 2…My List…Words To Live By 🖋

As a quote lover and collector, I decided to compile a list of some of my favorites. In no particular order………….

“Quotes are signs we put on our map to navigate through the journey called “life”

~Ronit Baras~

  • “Beauty is the illumination of your soul.”
—John O’Donohue~
  • “I have learnt that no matter what, we are all remarkably beautiful in our own unique ways, and that no one has the right to make us feel otherwise.”~Zoe Q.~
  • “I find that as I grow older, I long more for silence and solitude, not so much to withdraw from the world, but to strengthen… I am just as much an essential part of this great tapestry when I am sitting alone — creating, dreaming, wondering, breathing and feeling, as I am when I am integrated with the world — living, connecting and sharing. We grow when we are apart and we learn when we are together” ~Joy~
  • “With the clock inevitably ticking, I’ve decided to live the most awesomely enriched life that I can create for myself. Why the heck not make the most of this incredible gift of life? I am here for a good time, not a long time.” ~PS~”
  • “What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” 
~Jack Kerouac, On the Road~
  • “Let your mind start a journey thru a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be…Close your eyes let your spirit start to soar, and you’ll live as you’ve never lived before.” ~Erich Fromm~
  • “Our lives are not as limited as we think they are; the world is a wonderfully weird place; consensual reality is significantly flawed; no institution can be trusted, but love does work; all things are possible; and we all could be happy and fulfilled if we only had the guts to be truly free and the wisdom to shrink our egos and quit taking ourselves so damn seriously.” 
~Tom Robbins~
  • “May I wonder and wander through life, witnessing energy in the sun beams, relaxation in the ocean waves, trust in the steadfast growth of trees, love in the rich colors of wildflowers, and openness in the expanse of the sky. May I embody nature as nature embodies the truth of life—to be open, loving, trusting, and relaxed is to be fully awake and alive.” ~UK~
  • “She’s a dreamer, a soul searcher and a wanderer. She drifts along, deep in thought, her mind craving exploration and her eyes telling tales of mysterious adventures.” ~UK~

Writing 101..Assignment 1 🖋

Day 1: I write because…………….

Actually, I am not a writer, preferring to tell my stories through my photographs and borrowed quotes of other writers. By signing up and participating in Writing 101,  I’m completely stepping out of my comfort zone and into uncharted territory for me. Staring at a blank page, trying to find the words, trying to find my voice and ‘put it out there’ is taking a leap of faith. I have waded into the pool, so to speak, by participating in the The Sandbox Writing Challenge over at Impromptu Promptlings, and I’m hoping that the weekly challenges over there have helped to prepare me in some little way for my daily assignments here. 

I’m not looking to write a work of fiction so much as finding a way to add my own voice, my own words and feelings to my photographs…….

I write because I have something to share, something to say, and I’m hoping I can find the way……