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Everyday Inspiration: Day 8

Reinvent the letter format.

Dear Rejection,

I felt it was time to write you a letter as you’ve happened so often, you deserve acknowledgment.

Rejection is the natural course of things

Eric Walters

Being on the receiving end of you, Rejection, well, it can be testing. It can get to a point where I feel like you’re challenging me to give up.

I couldn’t tell you the ratio, but probably for every job you see me do, there would be 20 rejections.

Noel Clarke

Looks like I’m not the only one that feels challenged. But here’s the deal, Rejection:

I guess what I’m trying to say to you, Rejection, is while there are many obstacles in my way, I won’t stop navigating that path. I don’t mean to be so hard on you, Rejection, I know you are seen in such a negative light. In many ways you can be a great thing.

You come with Disappointment, both of you bringing the feeling of failure yet I wonder if you’ve been misunderstood, Rejection. But the invite didn’t say +1 you just brought Disappointment without asking so naturally I was miffed.

So yeah, you do appear at the most inconvenient times and you can cause bad feelings and I can’t change you…

I can change how I respond to you.

I work constantly to be better at being rejected.

Aya Cash

Yours sincerely,

Me

2021 · blogging101 · daily · education · everyday inspiration

Everyday Inspiration: Day 7

Today’s lesson provides five Tweets as a blog post prompt. The idea is to choose one that elicits a response. I’m not on Twitter anymore nor do I intend to return to it, however this is the tweet I chose from the lesson:

Koh’s tweet is very simple yet incredibly powerful.

We’ve all wondered why certain things are taught in schools when other things aren’t. There’s so many memes and posts that state as much. Here is a great example:

Original Credit: Unknown

Whilst I can’t be 100% certain of the original context Koh tweeted that post, my take on it is that you can be academic but not streetwise or you can be resourceful in many ways, yet not academic.

Original credit unknown. Found via Google Search: Pinterest.com/themetapicture

In the U.K. the Curriculum hasn’t evolved much from when I left school to now as I watch my son homeschooling. Yes the tasks are more relevant and fun than what I remember and are certainly more engaging. Yet still I wonder if English is a core subject, why aren’t we learning in school how to write a CV and cover letter? Maths is a core subject, why aren’t we learning basic book-keeping and budgeting/bill management in school? Science is a core subject so why aren’t we learning about reducing our carbon footprint for example.

PSHE/PSE, Science and Religious Studies touch on Reproduction and Sexual Education yet don’t touch on subjects like all forms of contraception, dealing with emotions, how to protect yourself from Domestic Abuse, how much weddings cost, the implications of divorce…

Geography doesn’t touch on entry requirements to other lands, vaccinations needed in certain countries, currency converting. Even booking a holiday, applying for passports etc. All that are things we do as adults that we never learned to do as young people. Why doesn’t PE cover eating disorders and body dysmorphia? Why doesn’t Home Economics & Food cover household matters, menu planning, shopping and budget?

For a minimum of 13 years, you’re in school and when you leave what have you really learned? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below

Thanks for reading!

2021 · blogging101 · daily · everyday inspiration · writing

Everyday Inspiration: Day 6

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Where I write

Wherever I have the ability to write, then write I shall. For studying and work, I write at the University library and at home. For comedy and as a hobby, pretty much anywhere I have a lightbulb moment.

These days I write a lot more digitally, on standard Microsoft Office products however there are some apps I use as I do a lot of writing on my phone. The basic Notes app on my phone is my go to when I lm on the go or don’t have a pen to hand.

On here, for example I’m using the WordPress app. For comedy, I use a dedicated app called Bitbook that I can arrange my set-lists in and I use Teleprompter to practice my sets.

My ideal writing space

Living in a 2-bedroom council house, I don’t have the luxury of a study, office or conservatory. It’s either up at the dining table that doubles as a desk or it’ll be on my sofa spot in the corner.

One thing I’ve noticed is I cannot work at all if the housework hasn’t been done. Even if I can’t see the washing-up in the kitchen, I know it’s there and it bugs me thus blocking me. Promoting clarity helps me work.

In an ideal world, a roaring fireplace warming me from Alaskan snow in a quaint log cabin will suffice, though.

Thanks for reading…

2021 · blogging101 · daily · everyday inspiration · random stuff · writing

Everyday Inspiration: Day 5

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.

Marlene Dietrich

Ms. Dietrich was absolutely correct. There is a feeling of some ancient wisdom behind quotes. Like students of wise sages, we like, share, screenshot and use quotes every day especially on social media.

Instagram alone, is full of great accounts dedicated to quotes about love, motivational quotes, sadness quotes and so on. Before I share my favourite quote with you, I’d love to know what yours is in the comments below.

One of my favourite quotes which I often find comfort in is below. I first heard it at the start of an episode of Criminal Minds (a great show). It affected me so deeply at that time (circa 2015).

It has been said that time heals all wounds. I don’t agree. The wounds remain. Time – the mind, protecting its sanity – covers them with some scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone.

Rose Kennedy

Thanks for reading.

2021 · blogging101 · daily · everyday inspiration · random stuff · writing

Everyday Inspiration: Day 4

Using a single image as a prompt:

Once again, I’ll start with the first image and return to the others in due course.

The above image reminds me of a picture I took some time ago whilst out walking with my family.

Taken at Maes-Y-Pant, Wrexham
© All Rights Reserved

My image inspires me to write more than the suggested image because there’s no one in the photo yet there’s so much going on within if you look hard enough.

There’s no one in the photo that distracts my thoughts and freedom of expression.

The photo itself was taken just before Christmas 2020. During a global pandemic, National lockdowns and generally a very crappy time for most people.

But you see a wood…

The photo itself was taken by myself while out walking with my partner and son to a hidden gem on our doorstep we’d never been to before.

But you see a wood…

It was actually a nice day weather wise until the sun decided to set early as it’s winter, we got back in my car as it started to rain.

But you see a wood…

As I took the picture, the two men in my life were laughing, joking and exploring up ahead.

But you see a wood.

As always, thanks for reading

2021 · blogging101 · daily · everyday inspiration · random stuff · writing

Everyday Inspiration: Day 3

Today’s task is finding inspiration from one word, there’s a list of words to pick from so I’ll start at the beginning and work through the others in due course.

Definition of hope from Dictionary.com

Definitively, hope is “a feeling of expectation and a desire for a particular thing to happen”. My interpretation of that raises two questions:

What do I want?

What am I waiting for?

Though these questions are way too generalised. Right now, I want another coffee and I’m waiting for the kettle to boil!

There are so many contexts to which these questions apply. I could answer them professionally, materialistically, personally, wistfully, emotionally and even spiritually. I could answer them for myself or in regard to my family and friends.

I think hope in the definitive sense, is ever-evolving. What we hoped Santa would bring us at age 6, we’d probably laugh at as adults. Although at 43 I’m still open to Santa bringing me a Mr. Frosty set!

We may have hoped that a relationship would be happy ever after yet it ended badly. We may have hoped to get to the top of a career ladder yet made redundant after only a couple of years. We may have hoped for children yet never had them, hoped to pass a driving test yet fail the first few times.

In terms of what I want, I’ve noticed that since I became a parent and as I get older my wants have shifted from frivolous to more secure and stable things.

On my 40th birthday, I had a few friends round and after a good takeaway and a few drinks we set about writing bucket lists for a laugh. Each with a sheet of paper and a pen listing “Things to do before I die” and after we compared them to see if we had any the same which strangely, the four of us had many, so the more realistic ones, we did together over the next year. And these weren’t outrageous really, mostly places we dreamed of visiting, concerts we’d have loved to have gone to, that type of thing. And it was a beautiful, fun, enriching year.

In terms of what I’m waiting for, I’ve learnt to expect nothing. Then, you can’t be disappointed.

Til the next time, thanks for reading.

2021 · blogging101 · daily · everyday inspiration · writing

Everyday Inspiration: Day 2

Today’s task is to select one of four list prompts, so I’ll start with the first one and use the others for blog post topics later down the line, then try to list 15 things pertinent to said list.

Some days I feel like I couldn’t possibly like 1 thing let alone 15, and that’s when we need to be looking to reach the goal number.

Here goes nothing..!

Things I like…

  • Being in a warm bed as a fresh breeze comes through an open window
  • Falling asleep with the curtains open when a Full Moon is directly outside the window
  • Good morning cuddles off my little boy
  • That first sip of morning coffee
  • Sunshine and blue skies
  • Lazy Sunday mornings in bed listening to the rainfall
  • Pancakes for breakfast
  • A cat curled up on my lap
  • Getting lost in a good book
  • The aroma of freshly baked bread
  • My Spotify playlists
  • Walking near water
  • Plane spotting
  • Strawberries and clotted cream
  • Mountain views
  • Going on the Waltzers
  • Driving ‘home’
  • A good sing
  • My mum’s homemade cooking
  • My dad’s Sunday dinners
  • Pink Gin & Tonic
  • Fireworks Night
  • Feeling accomplished when I’ve done a big household task
  • An open fire
  • Uninterrupted TV shows
  • Laughing
  • Turning the SatNav off and getting lost on purpose
  • Going to the movies
  • Theatre
  • Picnics
  • Chocolate Hobnobs
  • Airports
  • My hometown
  • My football team town
  • Converse trainers
  • A suntan
  • Successful craft projects
  • Cooking for a guest
  • Daffodils in February
  • Colours of autumn
  • Longer days and warmer nights
  • Pyjama days

I lost count at 20…

Until the next time, thanks for reading.

2021 · blogging101 · daily · everyday inspiration · writing

Everyday Inspiration: Day 1

I write because…

For as long as I can remember; I was always drawn to libraries and bookstores. Darkened wood-panelled walls, aisles of dusty shelves to get lost in yet never feeling unsafe.

A day dreamer and a night thinker, with no way of releasing a brain full of ideas to anyone who simply wouldn’t understand.

I write because…

Academically and in a working environment, I have to

I write because…

When it’s something you’re good at, you want to

I write because…

Therapeutically, I need to

I write because…

it is necessary. Write, I must

I write because…

I’m addicted, I’m compelled, I’m more open this way

I find it fun, I find comfort, I’m able to express what I need to say

It helps me focus, it helps me create, I can do it every day