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