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Gratitude​ helps your attitude.



I blogged on Gratitude earlier, but since it is today’s prompt, I pulled a section out of the earlier blog.

Having gratitude for the blessings in your life keeps you in a positive frame of mind versus focusing on what you feel is wrong in your life.

Gratitude is a recognition that you have many things in your life to be grateful for and I don’t mean stuff. For me, it is having loving and supportive people in my life, having my health, having a job I enjoy, and knowing that if something happened I would be able to shift a negative experience to an opportunity for growth. When one door closes, another door opens. A negative experience can bring gratitude as well. For example losing a job, maybe what is needed to redirect you to a better opportunity that you may not have taken if you stayed in your comfort zone. Starting your day with gratitude shifts the brain into a positive frame of mind helping shape your day. It can help you stay calmer and less reactive as your day unfolds. You choose the type of day you are going to have when you recognize and acknowledge everything you are grateful for. If you start your day negative, guess what kind of day you are going to have. Yep, more than likely a negative one.


Decisions – Right or wrong, just decide.

Go for it!

Make a decision and go for it!

Today’s daily prompt


Have you ever noticed that opportunities seem to open as soon as you make a decision as to what it is you want?  Some call it manifesting. If you visualize it or say it out loud you are likely to make it a reality. Staying on the fence seems to have the opposite impact. It keeps everything on hold.  Continue reading

Using your dreams for inspiration.​

Okay, in this case, it is using my nightmare. I had a horrible nightmare the other morning.  I just laid there waiting for my heart to stop pounding. Then I thought, holy cow, this is an awesome plot in my sequel Streaming James.  I ran downstairs and wrote out the entire outline. Is it cheating to use your dream to write your book? Feels a bit like cheating. It is still coming from my imagination right?

I thought nano November, I’ve got this!

Photograph Manipulation – Real to Surreal

original walk on beachbeachwalk

I love taking original photos and giving them a Surreal, dream-like quality. It puts me in a dream-like state to imagine who they are, what they are experiencing? Are they together? Are they strangers? Why is she walking ahead? Are they in a fight because he is looking at his phone and not enjoying the beach or their alone time?  It really opens my imagination when I take the sharpness out, remove the reality of the picture and blur the image just enough to give it a new feel.

It makes for a  fun visual writing prompt.

Identity – Holding on to your identity in a relationship.


I love that Identity is today’s prompt. I’ve been thinking of “Identity” the last few days.


I took this photo at Cannon Beach two years ago and used it as a backdrop for my “Second Chances”  Poem? Mission Statement? Not sure what I would call it. Second Chances – Here for A Reason

The photo was significant in several ways. One, it is the day my husband, pups and I got caught in riptide. I think that is what it is called. That is a story in and of its self. Future blog maybe. It seemed appropriate for a second chance poem.

The next significance was the people in the photo. Not sure who they are, but it reminds me of the second part of my mission statement. To experience life to the fullest. Sometimes that will be a shared experience, sometimes it will be a solo adventure.

The trigger for this insight?

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Transcending a Mundane Life Into an Inspired One.

Repeating Patterns of behavior


Your Soul’s Cry for Change

I read a shampoo bottle once that had instructions to lather, rinse and repeat.  I remember thinking how dirty would your hair have to be if you had to wash it twice?

I decided it was a good ploy on the part of the shampoo company to double the shampoo use per user and increase sales without having to increase the customer base.  What a marketing strategy.

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