OK, I promise... I do understand that I've been an adult for at least the last 5 years, but THIRTY? What. The. Flip? My cutesie twenties are officially leaving the building, but I hear it gets better from here, and that's nice... I'll take it :)
This sign and his hat.. wore. me. out!
Turns out my day was packed with many surprises way more beautiful than what I had planned...We went to the movies and LAUGHED, we went for a facial and massages, then we had Sushi for lunch & Tex-Mex for dinner - 2 of my favorites! They even scheduled a nap that I failed to take but at least they knew that I love naptime!!
I'm a planner by nature and profession, so let's just say that I was IMPRESSED:) Let's also say that right down to the last moments of the day, I'd already experienced so much more of what I would have wanted for myself, but had neither the capacity or thoughtfulness for myself to get it all done!
Isn't that like God though?
As soon as He "cancels" or "postpones" our plans we get shaky and think, "Why is He ruining my plans? Howww is this supposed to work out now?" Meanwhile, He just threw in a remix and upgraded OUR plans to more than what we could have imagined, more than what we could have figured out or properly executed on our own..
THAT was my day. My day - could preach, but I won't! ; ) All I had to do was follow instructions, trust my sisters and "my driver" to take me where I would have needed to go to enjoy my birthday (or in the "GOD scheme of things," LIFE!).
I had to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. I also had to take orders, but that's okay. All things work together. This birthday was for the books:) I laughed until I cried. And now I have to figure out how to make their birthdays even more awesome in the years to come!
..If my yesterday... was any indication of my year to come, then I will continue to trust and take orders.
My birthday served a great reminder... God's plans are better than mine.
"Now to Him who is able to do (exceedingly and) FAR more abundantly than all that we [can] ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be the glory... in Christ Jesus, throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
... for every time You didn't give me what I asked for..
... for every prayer you "didn't answer.."
... for every replacement, every removal -
... for every clear path, out of the rubble...
"A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing." - Eugene Ionesco
"Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen." - Willa Cather
"This is how you do it: You sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy, and that hard." - Neil Gaiman
"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect."
- Anais Nin
"Your writing is trying to tell you something. Just lend an ear."
- Joanne Greenberg
"All Writing Comes by the Grace of God." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit."
- Richard Bach
“There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.” -William Thackeray
"You don’t have to say everything to say something."
- Beth Moore
"I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged." - Erica Jong
Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite — getting something down. - Julia Cameron
"The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say." - Anais Nin
"Writing a book is like telling a joke and having to wait 2 years to know whether or not it was funny."
- Alain de Botton
Writing is learning to say nothing, more cleverly, every day.
"I write to discover what I know..." - Flannery O' Connor
"A writer keeps surprising himself... he doesn't know what he is saying until he sees it on the page."
- Thomas Williams
"I am sometimes irritated by my own writing... I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within." - Gustave Flaubert
“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.” - George Orwell
Writers are the heroes of our age... Writers tell all or close to it - so we all can be better. Writing is a form of care, a high honor, a responsibility... Writers are messengers. Thank God for them. #sheaWrites
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. ...Writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any. -Orson Scott
Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. - Barbara KingsolverDo you realize that all great literature is all about what a bummer it is to be a human being? Isn't it such a relief to have somebody say that? - Kurt Vonnegut HAHA - sorry that one sounds so sad, but it made me laugh.. oh well! ****************
"Real writers don’t write to get published. They write just to write. Real writers don’t write for recognition or fame or notoriety. They write, because they simply cannot not write. By their gifts and a higher calling, they are compelled to create. Real writers wake up every morning with something to say. And they thank the heavens for an opportunity to do so. You are a writer. You just need to write" - Jeff Goins
“One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.”
- Lawrence Block, WD
"If it sounds like writing I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can't allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rythm of the narrative."
- Elmore Leonard
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Playing small doesn't serve the world....
All your fun isn't worth a fail.
Is time like money, does it grow on trees?
Are you wasting yet another great commodity?
Your gifts and time, your heart -- opportunity.
Don't you pretend, when you and I know...
Yes, you and I know...
There's more, much more...
Wisdom will change your course.
Only courage will beg your try.
Yes...you must try.
You know, and I know, what you prefer...
You. Prefer. Peculiar.
Try... You must try.
Give yourself permission to fall.
Give yourself permission to soar.
Give your voice permission to speak.
Give your heart permission to roar.
Own. Embody...Live your truth.
Grow and Give...
There's more to you...
How do you know you're a writer?
When you wake up with an abundance of thoughts and remain unsettled until you put them into words -- on paper, on a recorder, on a post it note, somewhere, anywhere...
How do we know we're writers?
When our experiences cast an overwhelming shadow over our years of living, and at young ages we become, old souls.. When you know too much, too soon - and there is much to wrestle with, much to reckon...You write..and there's rhythm, you write, and there's resolve. You write, you learn, you grow, and perhaps... you should share.
To write is to conquer fear -- if with might you fight for a right to privacy: a right - to your own life. What selfish claim...
Writers have one commission: With the amount of thoughts, questions, answers, resolutions and lessons that graze through the pastures of our hearts and minds daily... it is quite obviously God's will, that we write.
The world depends on its writers, its speakers, its teachers and preachers.... ... the people who have fallen, gotten up, but given up their right to private note taking. A writer can't ignore the world out there, the people who have to keep living a long time after their dying. A writer understands that humanity needs to know... how to love and relate, how to survive, what to avoid, how to overcome...
So then writing isn't so much a choice as much as you are chosen. You really don't have a say in the matter.
You are a writer.
You must write..