Back To Writing 2017

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This summer has been a rough summer in a lot of ways. Maybe you know & maybe you don’t because I have much tried to keep you friends all posted of many frugal shopping needs we all have & of course I do try to focus some on Holiday shopping already. The more you do now the less you need to do in that busy & crowded time.

I began my summer in May feeling quite optimistic. I had a small week of vacation (errrr…..really “stay-cation” since it was chock full of appointments!) which included 1 love of mine….teaching a LIVE coupon class here nearby. The week was capped off by me being a bridesmaid! I was hopeful for a fun summer.

& I have had some fun, do not get me wrong. I have done some shopping. I have done many warm-weather activities.
But I had some hard times, which has left a mark of a funky rut. Work has been busy with a lot of over-time. Some blog ideas came along but I couldn’t find the words to say. I had some family issues. I knew I was slipping into sadness but I didn’t know how to get out. I figured that I just needed to endure the storm just a little longer & eventually things would settle down.

Little did I know.

I was honored to be asked by my friend Tamara to review an audio book & guest post on her wonderful book site, Shelf Addiction. You can read my review article about “See Me” here.

Listening to the book was new for me. I have never listened to an audio book before! It was much easier than I thought it would be & I greatly enjoyed my times driving to work & around town with the book. It was novel & really a nice break from the music everyday. I got the first 3 bracelets in this picture from my monthly Pura Vida bracelet subscription. The 4th “Yours Truly” bracelet I got during the Alex + Ani Semi-Annual Sale. I wore all 4 of these bracelets everyday during the time I was listening to the audio book. It was fun to listen to an audio book & see the bracelets on me that kind of fit along the theme I was experiencing in the story.

At the same time, I knew & felt sad that my journal writing has greatly suffered. But I can “never” just “find the time” to write in there. I have realized though that I am making the journaling a much bigger deal than I should. Journaling should be fun, not pressuring myself to write an eloquent emotional piece or a detailed play-by-play of an event or period of time, though in my younger days that was often the case. I just need to have a creative boost.

Meanwhile, I ordered this 365 Days of Encouragement Box from Mary & Martha. & it has sat on my bookshelf ever since.

Choose a card from this beautiful wooden box whenever you or a friend need encouragement to be reminded of the wonderful promises of the Lord. 365 different messages on premium paper.

At my work I have a timer that is set for 15 minutes while I wait for a next phase of my day to open up. I always set the timer on my Apple Watch so I don’t miss the window. & I am always shocked at how fast the 15 minutes goes by & also sometimes how much I can accomplish on other projects during that 15 minutes.

So this is what I am doing effective October 1st (the month of new beginning for me, the month of my birthday). I am going to set my timer for 15 minutes every day. I will read y daily card & then I will  write anything that comes along. & then when the timer goes off, my book gets shut. I can do anything for a fast 15 minutes. We ALL can.

As summer has now slowed to the end, I have thought of many stories to share with you through the rest of 2017. I know what I want to say. I have begun to formulate words to express the restlessness I have felt. I experienced good & bad times. I want us to share stories….this is why I earned my writing degree in the first place. I want to tell stories. I want this blog to be a help for all things financial, frugal, fashion, & fun.

& I have created this giveaway to help 1 of YOU take the journey with me. The drawing will end quickly so I can get this pack out to you so you also can begin on 10/1.

  1. a new blank mini journal
  2. fancy pen to go alongside
  3. My copy of the audio CDs of “See Me”
  4. A box of Scripture Shareables–small cards to meditate on to write.

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