Writing Prompts

I am going to make an effort to write more for this blog. It’s not the easiest thing, you know, starting a second chapter/blog. I got a little nostalgic rereading my old blog. (Not sure what I am talking about? Check out my About section of this one.) The amount of followers, the people who commented, the laying-it-all-out-there style.

But times have changed.

So I went on a search for writing prompts. Good, solid topics to try and share. I found a wonderful list on Daring to Live Fully. I think this may be the way to sort through and restart my passion for blogging/journaling.

With all of that being said – here is what the writer, Marelisa Fabrega, recommends:

Get a beautiful jar–it can be a canning jar, a mason jar, or any other jar you have in the house.
Print out the prompts below on slips of paper.
Place the slips of paper in the jar.
Reach into your jar each day as you prepare to write in your journal and take out one of the prompts.
Set your timer anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes, depending on how much time you have available for journaling.
Write anything that comes to mind as you read each prompt and elaborate on each point as much as you can.

Sounds easy enough? I think I am going to give this a try. I would also like to invite you on this journey. Either use your computer and say your entries, or purchase a journal or notebook and follow along. If you choose to keep an online blog, feel free to leave the link to your blog in the comment section. Either you can find my topic for the day or you can pull one of your own out of the jar.

Here is the list of the potential writing prompts:

Sunday Scribblings

Sunday Scribblings is a site that posts a writing prompt every Saturday. The idea is that on Sunday you create a piece of writing inspired by the prompt, post it on your blog, and leave a comment on the “Sunday Scribblings” site letting them know that you’ve participated.

Here are some of their prompts:

What scares you?
Do you have a Plan? Do you need a Plan? Have you had a plan fall spectacularly to pieces?
What is your take on soul mates?
Are you a worrier? Is there a particular worry that you can’t shake? How do you cope with worry?
Dear Past Me . . .
Dear Future Me . . .
Create Lists

You can create lists of many things, such as the following:

Places you’ve enjoyed visiting.
Things you’ve done that you previously thought you could never do.
The people you most admire.
Your favorite books.
Your favorite movies.
Your favorite songs.
Your top five short term goals.
Your top five long term goals.
Confessions

Do you have anything you would like to confess (even if it’s just to the pages of your journal)?

Nobody knows that I . . .
Dear ____, it weighs on me that I never told you . . .
The biggest lie I’ve ever told is . . .
Is there anything you feel guilty about? Is there anything you need to be forgiven for?
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?
What’s your secret desire?
What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done?
Use Quotes as Prompts

Look at the following quotes and write whatever comes to mind when you read them.

“If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches.” — Rilke
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be some kind of library.” — Jorge Luis Borges
“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” — Jane Howard
“What in your life is calling you? When all the noise is silenced, the meetings adjourned, the lists laid aside, and the wild iris blooms by itself in the dark forest, what still pulls on your soul? In the silence between your heartbeats hides a summons, do you hear it? Name it, if you must, or leave it forever nameless, but why pretend it is not there?” — The Terma Collective
“Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul and you answer.” Star Richés
The Most . . .

The most terrifying moment of my life was . . .
The most fun I’ve ever had . . .
The most surprised I’ve ever been . . .
The most disappointed I’ve ever been . . .
What are you looking forward to the most?
Visual Journaling Prompts

Leaf through a couple of magazines and cut out any images that catch your attention. Use each one as a prompt.
Look through your photographs and choose a few to write about.
Buy art books that are at a discount and cut them up for images.

Three Things:

Three things you can’t go without.
Three celebrity crushes.
Three favorite book characters.
Three favorite things to wear.
Three things you want in a relationship.
If you had to evacuate your home because of a natural disaster, what three things would you take with you?
Three pet peeves.
Three things you’d do if you weren’t so afraid.
Three favorite TV shows.
100 Things I Love

You’re going to make lists that will add up to 100 things you love. Make sure you give an explanation for each of the things you add to your list. For example, don’t just list your favorite restaurants, write down what you enjoy about each one (the warm bread they serve before the meal, the waiter who always remembers your favorite dish, the whimsical decor, and so on).

10 Activities
10 Restaurants
10 People
10 Foods
10 Games
6 Drinks/Beverages
4 Desserts
10 Paintings
10 Web Sites
10 Writers
10 Famous lines from books/movies
Express Your Emotions

My saddest memory is . . .
Some of the things that make me happy are . . .
How do you deal with anger?
How easy is it for you to forgive those who have caused you pain?
What is the dominant emotion in your life right now?
Rituals and Traditions

My favorite Sunday ritual . . .
The Holiday traditions I most look forward to . . .
Things I always did with my dad when I was small . . .
Things I always did with my mom when I was little . . .
Ask “If” Questions

These prompts were inspired by the book If… (Questions For The Game of Life).

If you could have dinner with anyone currently alive, who would it be?
If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be?
If you could change one thing about your present life, what would it be?
If you could live anywhere you wanted, where would you live?
If you could go back in time and change one things from your past, what would it be?

 

Best of luck to us all!

 

Peace On The Other Side of Disappointment

There is so much power in waking up feeling peaceful. I feel that so much more than I ever have before. It took 43 years to get to that point, but it came.

The lesson here? Never, ever give up.

I was looking around the other day and I began taking inventory of my life. I think this is something you do, especially when the days on the calendar get you to 50 sooner than 30. I have a wonderful man by my side. A healthy, loving relationship. My debt is going away. I live in a peaceful cabin by a pond on a beautiful timber farm, complete with fruit bearing trees. I am surrounded by kind people. I have a fantastic job, with an incredible staff, and I get paid to do what I do best. I have benefits to keep me healthy. I have suddenly discovered I have a knack for cooking gourmet food. Who knew? I finally got the camera I have always wanted and somehow I discovered I actually might have a real knack for taking pictures. I have systematically checked off items from the bucket list. Life is good.

It is not without its problems. Oh heavens, no. I am still having lunch alone. Yes, week 11 and I haven’t made any non work related friends. I am friendly with a ton of people, but it is mainly work or community related – and that is okay. I’ve been here a few times or more. It just takes time. You have to live intentionally.

And I have some news on the house. The inspector came back with some information and we completely backed out. Yep, we just said no. Even after the earnest money was paid (luckily, we get that back.) But the funny thing is – I feel tremendous peace about it. I say I am disappointed, only because I want my things back. Those things in storage: My art, my books, my bed. But these things will be with me soon enough.

And maybe.. just maybe… we go back to the drawing board and build.

But for now, we have agreed… let’s just be. I am blessed with what I have now. The future only gives me so much more to be excited about.

 

An Offer We Hope They Don’t Refuse

Week 10.

Well this is exciting news! We made a decision on the housing situation. We made an offer on what we think is the perfect (next to last home) for us! The decision now is to purchase a home in Americus, live there until we are ready to retire, and our passion project will be a smaller version of the house we designed and have it built on his property.

There you have it.

And we made an offer. An offer we hope the couple won’t refuse.

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That’s the view out of the front door. It’s a 2,300 sq foot home in a subdivision called Wolf Creek, and the house is located right across the street from the Winery, Wolf Creek Plantation.

Yes, my dear, a winery next door. I may very well be dreaming.

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The house is a cabin. But very much modernized. Beautiful wood, hardwood floors, and a tin roof to top it all off. It has a view of the vineyard and a beautiful lake. You really can’t see any home from the property, and it is on over 3 acres.

There are over 30 azaleas, a green house, Japanese maples, and a not-too-long-ago tilled garden spot.

The green house is right across from the pond and a portion of the vineyard. The driveway is private and well landscaped and actually brings you to the back of the house.

Jasmine growing up the sides of the trellised carport leads to a nicely paved party-patio that is hidden from the road. (Can we say outdoor entertaining?)

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Speaking of outdoor entertaining.. there was a ready made fire pit in the yard. Yes, yes, yes. Add a few Adirondack chairs and we will be in business!

And a kitchen that I think I can work with. (We plan to update the cabinets and counters. Easy fix. IStousra1gqm2s0000000000

With all of that being said, we hope the family accepts the offer. If all goes according to plan (and sure, there will be some negotiations.. as expected,) our hope would be to close after Labor Day.

No more storage unit. No more small cabin living. And I would have a 5 minute commute to work.

Not too shabby, eh?

I – Am the only thing that is missing.

13450126_10154252101734929_7717737397887836261_nOne of things that is most difficult about transitioning is learning how not to lose yourself in the process. I’m about to enter 9 weeks into my new life, and from time to time, I need to stop and refocus.

Since day 1, we have been trying to get a house built. And it will happen. But maybe not today. We’ve gotten a few quotes from builders, and apparently the price keeps getting higher and higher, the more we talk to. For the amount it would take to build a house, we could get twice the return on investment by purchasing a house, so we began to explore those options.

We checked out a few homes…


The first one was this home in Plains, Georgia. Get this – only $99,000. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and almost 4,000 sq ft. Amazing. However, we waited too long. Someone bought it right before we could seriously get into it.

Then there was this house:

Three bedrooms, three baths, over 2,000 sq ft, pool, huge workshop… $157k… BUT… Tim saw too many little things we would have to update. The workshop had a roof that needed replacing, the porch needs some work, and the pool was not exactly new, but not in bad shape either.

Then there was this:

Now I totally fell in love with this one. It was 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and 2,500 sq feet for $179,800. The garden was to die for, perfect-perfect-perfect. Big privacy fence, corner lot. Upstairs… separate living room, dining, family, bk room, and kitchen. etc. etc.. Tim did not like it. He did not like the upstairs bed & bath.

Then we decided to look at another…

This was an interesting house. Big.. but needed a ton of work. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and over 3000 sq ft. It was built in 1910 and it smelled like it. Ugh.

Next we visited:

Now if I was single, or we didn’t have to consider his kids, I would jump on this one! So cute – 2 beds, 2 baths, a vintage (totally remodeled) kitchen, rewired, replumbed – cute, cute, cute cottage in the right neighborhood! Only 132k. BUT… the girls refuse to share a room.

Then we found this home… and we are still tossing it around in our head. It makes sense. Good neighborhood, newer construction, tons of space. (Just needs some repainting inside.. not because it was a bad job, but because I hate yellow.)

We like it. A lot. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. $157k.  Master on the bottom floor, kids rooms upstairs, with a bonus room to finish for a game room. The only draw backs are that the backyard backs up to a swamp. Yeah… South Georgia. Think.. alligators…

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This, my dears, is in our front yard. Or was.
But I digress..

Back to the drawing board with the house. Tim is not giving up on getting the right price. He is even considering building it himself. (As in.. hiring his own subcontractors and overseeing the project.) I am leery of this.. but what do I know? He works in the field. Just seems like a HUGE headache.

Other than housing woes, work is going great!

I have one festival under my belt, one Jimmy Carter siting (see above,) and met tons of people. I’m doing it. Safely out of my Macon bubble and making things happen in Southwest Georgia.

As for my personal life, still haven’t made those friendship connections that I am sure are on the horizon, but I’ve had two visitors (one from Macon and one from Birmingham,) and I’ve been keeping busy.

All in all – life is good. I’ve got to remember to slow down and enjoy it.

How is your summer going?