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Developing your eye: Day 1

Home

Places of residence do not necessarily correlate with associations to the home; the home consists of a physical space as well as an emotional and psychological relationship, where memory, comfort, activity and familiarity are some of the many important factors in the construction of home.

Stoneham, Bryce & Smith, Desmond. “The house and the home: The balance of architecture and psychology within the residential home”.

And thats what this picture means to me: … the home consists of a physical space as well as an emotional and psychological relationship…

© L. Williams, CSHQ
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Everyday Inspiration: Day 13 and 14

Playing with word count and Recreate a single day

Another lightbulb moment here meaning I will do Day 14 by adopting the Day 13 strategy and posting a short read inspired by one day in the past that changed everything for me.

I do hope you enjoy it as much as I loved creating it!

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Everyday Inspiration: Day 10

Sit and observe…

It is a little uncomfortable when it has been neglected, as I collect what I can into a McDonald’s paper bag destined for the bin. The seatbelt restricts me no matter what height level it is set at and I notice it’s always worse when the weather is warmer. The gentle breeze slips in through the window as I wait, engine off in the car park. Ooh peace.

As I wait enjoying the silence before the schoolyard screams as the concrete block releases its people, before the stereotypical dad comes swerving in, in his souped-up tinpot of a car that’s unnecessary to rev as much when he lives within walking distance of the school. As I wait for his glare which I meet confidently every day until he looks down defeated again. I laugh inwardly, remembering the only time he mouths off is when he drives away. Ooh big man.

The field surrounding the greying concrete block pops its greenery, birds flocking looking for worms or dropped crusts from packed lunches. The gauge reads 17 Degrees Celsius yet it feels warmer. Ooh it’s hot.

We texted earlier, I know how his day went up until lunchtime. I’m nervous now, silently praying nothing happened in the last hour.

The heavy black metal doors swing open and out pour the uniformed souls of varying ages, heights, genders, races, creeds. Some race to their parent’s cars with big smiles, some skulk off to the bus stop. Some just mill around looking lost while others play fight and chase each other. Ooh banter.

The minutes pass by, where is he?

We’re all looking for our kids, but what do we really see? Do other parents feel the pang of nostalgia at their bygone schooldays? Do they look at other parents in silent judgement? Does anyone notice the irony in a big girl calling an even bigger girl “a fat bitch” for no apparent reason? Why doesn’t anyone call out that sly little sod tripping people over? Am I parallel parked in a parallel universe here ? Ooh it makes me mad!

And then, I see him. His eyes meet mine over his mask through my windshield. I see him. Tall, smart, purposeful in his stride. Wary of crossing moving cars to get to me. His discreet wave. He opens the passenger door, greets me cheerfully and puts his bag in the footwell. I greet him back and we hug in the car. I don’t want to let him go but I can’t sit there all night. He fills me in on the blanks of his day, as people drive off towards home for the evening. Ooh what’s for dinner?

Course, I haven’t seen them… I was too focused on him. It’s only evident it people left as we are the last car in the car park.

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A-Z of Awards

As I’ve been wandering around the Bloggersphere, I’ve stumbled across ‘awards’ that have been created and distributed on WordPress.

There’s so many! So, I’ve looked at what appear to be the most popular ones and share them with you.

Firstly, I’d like to apologise that my research skills just couldn’t yield the creators of some awards in this list. Please don’t hesitate to alert me to the original creators so I can attribute correctly.

Secondly, each award comes with a set of rules however some rules read like a chain letter so don’t be afraid to change the rules up should you not be able to nominate over 3 bloggers for whatever reason. It’s no longer fun, if you’re stressing over 11 names or more which is counterproductive, isn’t it?

Thirdly, feel free to recommend any awards I’ve missed out in the comments below!

B is for…

Credit: Unknown

I is for…

Credit: Rising Star

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award is a non-official Award to the bloggers as a reward of wonderful work on their blogs. Moreover, it is just as important because it really reflects the good impact we can have on other people’s lives. Awards are important for the inspiration, towards the success of our fellow bloggers and especially newbie’s to become future “Stars“.

Rising Star

L is for…

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Forza Italia

Many years ago, when I first got into writing online I had a very short stint as a contributor here

As I’d just became a mum at the time I had to stop as I just couldn’t commit to the extra writing I needed to do, however I found the articles I’d written and while they appear to be more recent, I know they are over 12 years old!

It’s incredible to search up and still find my articles even though it was a little harder as they were published under the completely wrong pen name 🤦🏻‍♀️ 😂

I’m still incredibly grateful to site author Paolo Nascimbeni for the opportunity to write for a professional and thriving online magazine and for keeping my articles on the site after all this time.

If you’re heading to the Campania region of Italy check this post out for a beautiful historical landmark you can visit:

Castello Di Arechi

Superstitious? Check out this post:

Italian Superstitions

As always, please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Thanks for reading!

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Everyday Inspiration: Day 9

When I’m not writing…

Let’s be real here; as a mother, my priorities are a lot different to when I was in my 20’s

Photo credit: Andy Fitzsimon

A good chunk of my day is taken up by the morning routines of tidying up, sorting out the pets, school runs then the evening routines of cooking, cleaning and chilling with child

Then of course I’m developing my Consulting business and services.

Photo credit: Sabri Tuzcu

Naturally with a global pandemic, live stand-up comedy is suspended yet I’ve still got a hand in behind the scenes

Photo credit: Bogomil Mihaylov

Got the usual family and friend stuff going on so yes I’m active on Social Media too, catching up with people, engaging in groups and following my favourite content

Photo credit: Saulo Mohana

Hobbies include:

Pexels

… amongst other things.

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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

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Fall in love with: more blogs I follow!

The following list is not an in-depth review of the mentioned blogs, nor is CSHQ in anyway affiliated with them.

From the original post here, here are more great blogs I’m discovering. If you have any recommendations, please do link them in the comments below and share the blogloving!

The first step in blogging is not writing them but reading them.

Jeff Jarvis

The following list is not an in-depth review of the mentioned blogs, nor is CSHQ in anyway affiliated with them.

In no particular order, I love all these blogs for various reasons so go give them a follow and tell them I sent you!

Blogs I’m loving right now:

Grace Fifteen Ten

Perfect Manifesto

Pretty Plus and Proud

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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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.