Thanksgiving and gratitude

Today is Thanksgiving in various countries around the world. We don’t celebrate it here in New Zealand but I do like to be more thankful on this day.

It’s been almost a month since I lost my mum to cancer, she slipped quietly away to go to heaven and be free from pain and suffering! I’m glad she’s no longer suffering but I miss her dearly. Especially around this time of year with Christmas coming up.

It’s funny I have this blog centered around gratitude and being thankful yet in my current circumstances its something I am really struggling with. The reason why I started this blog about 2 years ago was because I was sick and tired of the internet being filled with negative and ungrateful words so I wanted to add in some positiveness.

I really started this blog for others but right now it feels like I created this blog for me at the time as this. It’s funny how God works everything together for our good and its all in his perfect timing

Wait for the Lordbe strong and take heart and wait for the Lord”– Psalm 27:14

There are so many stories throughout the bible about waiting on and being patient for God. People waiting for their prayers to be answered, people waiting to be healed and others waiting to meet Jesus face to face when he was here on Earth.

I am not that patient even though I like to think I am, so waiting on the Lord is not an easy thing for me. I continually pray for God to come and help me surrender this burden of grief that envelopes me. Even though there is abundance of spiritual food and water around me I am starting to feel dry and weak inside.

An attitude of gratitude is what will get me out of this head space right now.

I am grateful for all the amazing memories I have of my mum. We spent almost 29 years together and built such a strong relationship with her. She was more than my mum, she was my best friend. She knew me better than I know myself. Even at the age of 28 I still called her everyday to chat and tell her I love her and she would always respond with ‘I love you to dearly’ I am so grateful for that! I loved her hugs to they were always so war and made me feel safe.

I am grateful for hundreds of photos and millions of memories I have that I will never forget!

I am thankful for God and saving my Mum from her suffering here on earth.

“Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good. – Psalm 100:4

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Become the Writer You Were Meant to Be

Every day, writers fail at one important task: being who they are. They succumb to their doubts and don’t embrace their gifts and talents that the world needs.

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fear of failure
uncertainty of the unknown
anxiety of success
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Wrecked for the Ordinary

I have been following Jeff Goins blog lately, and I have been blown away at the quality of resources he has on his blog – all written by himself!

Jeff is one talented writer, he has just released a new book called Wrecked, available from Amazon for 99c for the ebook version at the moment (YIP I said 99c) so grab your copy now before it goes back to $8.99.

Take a read of the free e-book below, it will change your perspective – for good!

Here is a short intro from Jeff’s Wrecked for the Ordinary
Most people don’t know who they are. It sounds trite, but it’s true. Of course, they aren’t willing to admit that. You’re probably not. I certainly wasn’t. But that doesn’t change the reality that most people, young people especially, are suffering from an identity crisis. They’re struggling to find meaning in their everyday lives. They’re floundering, lost in a cloud of insignificance and mediocrity.
And they can sense this void. So they make up for it with performance: working late nights at the office; getting involved in church activities; spending hours on the internet; even reading self-help books.

eBook title:
Wrecked for the Ordinary- A Manifesto for Misfits
Written by: Jeff Goins
Download your free copy from Jeff Goin’s blog 

Loss

In order to move through loss and beyond it, we must acknowledge it and share it.

Because artistic losses are seldom openly acknowledged or mourned, they become artistic scar tissue that blocks artistic growth. We must remember that our artist is a child, and that what we can handle intellectually far outstrips what we can handle emotionally.

The unmourned disappointment becomes the barrier that separates us from future dreams

Source – Julia Cameron 

Lonliness

Our mythology tells us that writers are loners. In fact, one of the most potent writer’s blocks I know is the fear of loneliness that people associate with the writing life.

So much has been written about the loneliness of the writer’s lot that it feels like heresy to report the truth as I know it: in my experience, not writing is a lonely business. The minute I let myself write, everything else falls into balance. If I get a dose of writing in my day, then I can actually socialize with a clear conscience. I can actually be present for the life I am having rather than living in the never-never land of the non-writing writer, that twilight place where you always “should” be somewhere else– writing– so that you can never enjoy where you actually are.

Source – Julia Cameron

Love of words

We must write from love and we must choose those to read us who read from love: the love of words. The love of naming our experience must finally be the guiding force in what we put on the page. When we write from fear of criticism, we hamper our stride and we cripple our voice. When we choose readers who love to criticize rather than those who love to read, we invite catastrophe.

Share your early drafts with Believing Mirrors, and your ideas will blossom and flourish.

Source – Julia Cameron

One Lovely Blog Award: Nominee

Thank you Maribel’s Kidney Story for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. YOU are an inspiration and blessing to this world!

The Rules:

Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
Paste the award image on your blog, anywhere.
Tell them 7 facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 other blogs you like for this award.
Contact the bloggers that you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated.
Resume blogging your regular posts.
Seven facts about myself:

Seven Facts about myself:

  1. I work full-time for a non-profit charity based in Auckland, New Zealand
  2. I just got engaged to my long-term boyfriend (now fiancée), we have been together for 10 years now.  He proposed on our 10th year anniversary with our dog at the local beach – he is very romantic
  3. Writing, reading and blogging are my passions
  4. Travelling is on the cards in the future – anywhere and everywhere.  Would love to go back to New York and Philly
  5. My fiancée has a 10-year-old Doberman, he is our dog baby hehe
  6. Everything is possible you just have to put your mind to it
  7. Wedding planning is fun but it can get stressful if you make it.  Just have fun.

The 15 blogs I nominate are:

http://maribelskidneystory.wordpress.com

http://www.photobotos.com/

http://treehousekitchen.net/

http://blessedwithastarontheforehead.wordpress.com/

http://boomiebol.wordpress.com/

http://frombattlescarstobeautymarks.wordpress.com/

http://phdincreativewriting.wordpress.com

http://ltclifeonhigh.wordpress.com

http://writingfordaisies.wordpress.com

http://delacasa.wordpress.com

http://supercharged1.wordpress.com

http://mmmluck.wordpress.com

http://littlegirlwisdom.wordpress.com/

http://poemsbyclarabelle.wordpress.com/

http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/

I would like to thank ALL of my readers.  YOU are the reason why I keep writing! There are days when I just don’t feel like it, but I think of YOU and it inspires me. Thank You from the bottom of my heart xxx

Enjoy xx

Begin where you are …

The first step toward accomplishing any creative goal is always doable, and often simple. We assume that to make a movie we need to move to L.A., get an agent, attach a star, raise millions of dollars. But when we approach it this way, we are unlikely to begin at all. Each step seems impossible. We like living in Milwaukee. We don’t want to leave our family and friend and go to L.A. where we don’t know anyone. We don’t know any agents, we don’t have access to millions of dollars, and we don’t have Meryl Streep’s number. So we can’t begin then, can we?

Of course we can. The first step is not dramatic. It is not out of our reach. If we have never made a movie, we can start by watching movies in the genre we are attracted to. We can take a filmmaking class at the local college. We can read books on the process. We can search out people in our community who have made movies before or who know someone who has. We can ask for advice. And a screenplay is written a page at a time, a word at a time, wherever we are.

A screenplay can be written on our porch in Milwaukee just as easily as–and possibly more easily than– on a beach in L.A.

What could you begin, today, right where you are?

Baby steps, chuck it down to manageable chunks and begin NOW

Source: Julia Cameron