All posts written as part of the Write 31 Day Challenge.

Day 31: ‘Only’ Changes Everything

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is ONLY. Go!

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//  “ONLY”… what a beautiful qualifying word.

When the world is overwhelming you, and your TODO list feels never-ending, try adding this simple word to your vocabulary.

‘I still have to do the laundry’ becomesI only have to do the laundry.’

‘There are still four hours until the kids go to sleep’ becomesThere are only four hours until the kids go to sleep.’

‘I still have to buy groceries’ becomesI only have to buy groceries.’

‘I can’t do one more thing’ becomes ‘I only have to do one more thing.’

It’s about changing your perspective     

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Day 30: Smiles are my Favourite Keepsakes

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is CUT. Go!

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//  The day started early with the hour-long drive.

Erwin and our eldest daughter had already returned back to Jeffreys Bay for work and school. The other three children and I had remained behind to finish the last of the packing and sorting, and of course to help Grandma and Grandpa at the lake.

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Before long, the cabin was a whir of activity. Mowers, chainsaws, axes, brooms, and rakes. It was that time again, time to clean up the yard and prepare it for winter.

Little bodies were all too eager to help. Grandpa was brilliant at instructing, empowering, and encouraging. Never before had my kids chopped down a tree. This was an exciting new adventure. An empowering new adventure.

“Just wait until my friends hear about THIS!”

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Day 29: Moments That Take Our Breath Away

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is DATE. Go! //

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 “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

Penned by Maya Angelou but made famous by Hitch, this beautiful phrase often rings through my mind. And so today’s prompt word, DATE, got me thinking of all of the amazing moments that have made my life rich.

Moments that brought depth and colour. Moments that mattered.       Read more