Everyday Inspiration – Day 4: A Story in a Single Image

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So, again I slipped on the blogging university challenges! Oops. I’m back on it now … again Day 4 was to post a photo from a selection provided to spark a post for today. The above image is the one I’ve chosen.

I went to Cornwall in the summer with my family and our local doggy walk looked to be something very similar to this one. I actually posted a photo within a post at the beginning of my blogging journey. So the reason I chose this image? Looking at the photo makes me smile. It’s the serenity the Forrest or woods give me. There is something very special about walking through the trees walking your dog with the morning light peeking through the trees.

It creates a very calming atmosphere where I can reflect on my life. Suffering from anxiety sometimes you just need the quiet to hear the jumble of thoughts in your mind.   As I hear the morning break with the sounds of birds the feelings of happiness often wash over me. Just getting out in the fresh air gives a feeling of release especially if I’m on my own. If I could have any wish it would be for there to be a wood on my doorstep that I could get up early in the morning and take my little Pup on a walk in. For me the nearest is a 10-minute walk away but believe me with 3 children to get ready for school I don’t have the time first thing to travel to a wood to begin my quiet ideal walk.

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In the morning sunshine,

I wander through the trees,

Listening to birds,

As I in and out weave.

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The birds tweet a beautiful song,

As I walk Little Pup and reflect, strolling along.

So what about yourselves? Describe what would your ideal doggy walk is or would be? Do you get inspiration first thing in the morning? Do you spend time in the quiet woods to reflect while walk or running too?

 

 

 

 

Everyday Inspiration – Day 3: One Word Inspiration

I started blogging at WordPress after my holiday to Cornwall and became inspired to become a writer. I then found and undertook the courses offered by Blogging University. I started three courses but got so involved in the daily post and messaging new bloggers and interacting with others that I didn’t complete my courses!

Shame on me I know but I’m back and hoping to get back on it now with the next activity! One word inspiration was chosen from a section of words. Here is mine!

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Regret

I’m a 15-year-old child behaving like an adult. I shouldn’t do these things, I’m not mature nor old enough to understand the feelings. Is it right I feel exhilarated that I have kissed a man? Do I feel regret that I will never see this man again? He made me feel older than my years. Wanted and I felt needed. He said he was 24. He was just there at the right time when my friend walked off with a guy. I told her not to go but she went anyway. I’m now alone walking in the cold and dark to get a taxi.

 

Earlier that night …

 

This guy saw me, standing at the bar waiting to get a drink. He kindly ordered me a Bacardi and Coke. My Mum told me to “Stay safe Darling.” Mum thought I was staying at my friend’s house. She would never let me go to a nightclub. I think back to her words and push them to the back of my mind. Am I safe with this man? I ignore the warnings popping into my mind and start chatting to this guy who says his name is Dave. He seems kind and asks me the normal chit chat, asking where I’m from, where I work and the naive me, trustingly tells him. My mind is telling me to shut up! The feelings of warmth and excitement run through my body as I talk to him. He stands close to my face I can feel his breath on my cheek as he shouts over the music that I’m pretty and I have nice eyes. … I’m not sure about this but I thank him. We try to talk about mundane things as we get to know each other a little. As I look at him, he is quite good looking, he is tall with dark hair and brown eyes. He is very charming and smiles as I answer his questions.

 

We dance to ‘Jump Around’ My favourite song at the moment where you can let go and shake off all the worries away with the music and just feel free. We dance for a while to other songs including  “Killer, Sweet Child of Mine and Sugar and Spice”. After a while, we go and get another drink but the music is so loud that I can’t hear what he is saying? He smells nice I think to myself … A strong aftershave that smells fresh.
images-16He takes my hand and leads me to the front door to talk outside where it is quieter. I say to him, “I couldn’t really hear what you were saying! It was so loud in there!”  He takes my hand again and walks over the carpark with a smile and leads me to an undercover area where we can’t be seen. My heart is racing as I realise how alone and vulnerable I am with this strange but handsome guy … I tell him it’s dark here and I think we should go back in … This man is an adult … I know this is wrong but curiosity tells me I should just see what he has to say. I ask him what he was saying? He just smiles and leans in to kiss me .. I pull back and say “Wait .. what are you doing?”  He says ‘Kiss me! .. I said kiss me’ I try to relax a little, I was feeling curious to know what it feels like to kiss a man! The only people I’ve kissed are a couple of boys … No experience and far too eager. So, I lean in and kiss him back but I’m consumed by his wide open wet mouth all over me! This is not a nice kiss at all! Not at all what I was imagining. I thought grown ups were considerate, passionate and gentle when they kiss.  It feels like he is going make me gag as he shoves his tongue in my mouth! I pull back! I grab his hand and smile at him to distract what is happening and pull him back toward the nightclub where I felt safer. He follows but I can tell he is angry and frustrated. We go back inside and he says he will be back in a minute. I watch as he walks away. I wait a few minutes but he doesn’t return. I’m relieved as I think of what could have happened but I also feel very grown-up as I remember his kiss. I know that things could have got out of hand and I could have done something I would really regret. It may not have gone the way I wanted or even worse!

 

images-5Regret or Mistake?

After I look around the club for my friend I realise she must have left as I can’t see her anywhere. I walk around once more and find her talking to her ‘boyfriend’. I tell her I’ve decided to go home. I’m just not really enjoying myself. I walk to the door with a smile on my face but inside I feel I’ve let my Mum down. She would be so disappointed in me.

In the cold of the night, I wander home. To the place where I feel safe. I then think about the past couple of hours and open my mind to the regret I feel. I run things through in my mind as I think what may have happened. What would I have done then? The moment with this man was only a few kisses in the dark. What if he had more in mind. He was an adult after all. I read I the paper last week about a girl who went out and I feel lucky as I realise I had a lucky escape!

First World Problems!

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What? No Wi-Fi?

 

After a weekend away in the caravan, our second home, I have felt that I’ve wasted 4 days of blogging! I was in the groove of daily posts and the Blogging University tasks but the lack of a wifi connection brought me to a halt!

When it comes to wifi which is embedded into our lives as a necessity not a luxury and when staying away in a caravan, in a field with no local hot spots the word ‘wifi’ is a swear word! It creates an unknown emotion well up inside that feels like your heart will explode from the anger! …

The frustration and annoyance have made me drop the flow of creativity and writing and I’m now in a position to decide the following …

  1. Catch up on 4 days activities and post all in one day! … If I do this all posts called Day 1 etc will be posted on one day … Do I call them Tasks instead?

  2. Continue from today as Day 2?

 

The latter is definitely the better option but I also have another dilemma … I signed up for 3 different courses! Ahh! That means to catch up it would, in fact, be 12 posts!

 

Decisions, decisions … What would you do?

Blogging and Branding

I’m currently taking part in a ten-day challenge with WordPress, Blogging University.
Its aim is to increase audience and give my blog a kickstart. I’m still fairly new to blogging and starting out as a newbie is quite daunting to start a new career in something totally alien to me. I can write Facebook posts, emails and such like but to actually write with a professional purpose is the scary part.

The reason I started a blog was to gain experience in writing through a platform that is anonymous. Facebook doesn’t really give this and its creditability is somewhat questioned. I wanted a more professional feel where I can write freely without the criticism of family and friends views.

In time, they will be introduced to my blog but for now, I like to be me, in my thoughts which are spoken aloud.

So back to my task and my Goals!
I’ve set myself three goals that for me are important ones for very different reasons.

1.   I will publish three times a week over the next three months including a new weekly feature called #MummyTalks

This new feature will be a Thursday blog post about parenthood, the struggles and joys of being a Mum to my three beautiful children. The aim is to keep a regular input on my blog and hopefully attract new followers. I’m hoping to develop new writing styles and experiment with a variety of genre.

 2.   I want to increase my blog followers and interaction on my page by 50% by increasing my blog followers to 1’500 by 1st August 2017

I don’t like to set goals too high and yes, it is a very big goal I know, but we have to reach for the stars!

3.   In six months by 1st January 2017, I will link my blog to my personal Facebook profile and go public that I am writing a Novel.

Lastly, this is my biggest goal which is more personal for me. I suffer from anxiety. I will talk more about this in future blog posts. Linking my Facebook profile and going public is BIG. I want to be able to promote my manuscript progress on my blog and publically announce that I’m writing a novel. I’m a secretive person but not in a conceited way, I just like my private life to stay private.
So they are my goals for 2016. They are short term and long term. I will achieve them or at least try my very darn hardest to. I don’t like to fail! …
How about you?

What are your goals for the next year?

Have you set goals in the past yourself?

If so I would love to hear them.

Please post in comments to get that interaction started!