“It was 2pm. We had fifteen minutes before we had to go or we were in for a parking ticket. I had a writing project with a deadline waiting at home and had to leave for church in a few hours, but part of me wanted to stay out forever, wandering this city I'd come to call home. • The park wasn't busy; everyone was down by the water. My mom and I walked down the paths as they blazed concrete rivers through the grass. We were talking about something deep or random, probably both, and I was trying to imagine what this place was like when my parents came here before I was born. • Ten minutes left. We walked past the bungalows perched on the cliff, stopping as the path ended. I perched on a rock, swiping through the pictures I'd just taken: blue skies and vibrant flowers that looked dull when I wasn't seeing them in real time. I stuffed my phone back in my pocket and stared down at the aqua blue waves as they curled over and shattered into white foam. The sweet scent of the railroad ties baking in the sun right down below whisked me back to my childhood, then hurled me into the future -- what I would be doing this summer, next fall, next year, next five years. My mind started to spin, and I wished everything were as simple to figure out as this moment: making sure we got back to the car before our time was up. I suddenly wondered what would happen if we lived in now instead of tomorrow or yesterday. • A chickadee swooped overhead, landing on one of the flowers. I paused a moment, then smiled at it and stood up, fishing the keys out of my purse.” • Reflections of a human being who woke up with a really stiff neck thanks to stress, aka me 😜 Living one moment at a time is a beautiful thing. Happy Friday, friends 💚
Hello Instagram friends! I return from my hiatus 😁 I have a bunch of writing updates that I might do a story on soon, and I’ll be back to blogging this Saturday. . And be prepared for lots of cloud and flower pictures on here 😉 . I’ve missed you all! What have you been up to? I’d love to chat in the comments section! 💕🌸🌱
This is kinda last minute, but I wanted to let you guys know that I'm going on a hiatus during April. I literally did NOT plan this, and if you know me, you know that I'm not the kind of person to do things without first planning them XD . I've been considering taking a hiatus since the end of February, but I kept pushing it back, thinking I had time to do everything that I needed to do. I did...but my mental energy hasn't been able to keep up with it. I feel like the quality of my work (blogging, writing, etc) has been suffering a bit for it, and I think stepping away from blogging and social media will really help me re-energize. . . I won't be completely gone for April though -- I'm going to be finishing my novel, wrapping up several critiquing projects, and doing some spring cleaning on the blog. Mostly, I want to re-remember WHY I'm doing everything that I'm doing by taking some quiet time in my spare time (which has been nonexistent as of late). . .. In summary, I won't be on Instagram much besides to answer DMs. I am also going to have some amazing guest posts on the blog every Saturday that I hope you'll check out. Though I'm sad to step away, I think I really need to take a rest before summer gets any closer. . I hope you all have a blessed Easter and a wonderful April! 💕
Is this place a perfect story setting or what??? I love the pink blossoms on the right 😍 • Anywho, @inkswaard and @rileyalinewrites tagged me to describe myself in 15 words. So... 1. Creative 2. Perfectionist 3. Passionate 4. Blunt 5. Thoughtful 6. Obsessive 7. Introverted 8. Compassionate 9. Responsible 10. Dedicated 11. Emotional 12. Wary 13. Observant 14. Hopeful 15. Sarcastic • Yep, I’m a walking contradiction 😜 Though last time I took MBTI, I was INTJ rather than INFJ 😉 • What are three words that describe you??
GUESS WHAT TOMORROW IS??? . spring 😄 . I can’t believe winter is finally over. It went by very, very slow for me—I thought it would never end. It wasn’t so much the weather as the everyday stresses. I’ve done a ton of things that have been far above my comfort level, like those “hit SEND and brace yourself” types of moments. . And what I learned? . There really isn’t much to be afraid of in life. . . Rejection, embarrassment, stress—they can’t take the One who truly matters from us. If we keep our eyes fixed on Him, there is nothing to fear; it’s only when we no longer look to Him to lead us that danger comes. Yet He will always send His grace to help us if we ask for it 💙 . What’s one thing you learned this winter? Tell me in the comments!
***THE WRITE LOG CHALLENGE HAS RETURNED*** . You might remember the #janwritelog challenge from January. Well...IT’S BACK. @rileyalinewrites and I are hosting the March Write Log Challenge (#marchwritelog) this month! Read on for details 😁 . . THE CHALLENGE Starting March 5 (TODAY!!) post at least one writing update a week in your story or as a post. The challenge runs until the 31st. The idea is to keep your followers updated on your writing. They’re keeping you accountable, in a way . . THE RULES . • The post MUST be a video, featuring at least your voice, if not you face (let’s stretch our comfort zones, fellow introverts!) . • the video must be at least five seconds long . • try to post a “log” at least once a week . • use #marchwritelog in your video . • HAVE FUN. This is supposed to be a way to share what’s going on with your writing while challenging yourself. . I hope you’ll join!! If you have any questions, feel free to DM me or Riley. I’ll also be doing a story later with reasons why you should join the fun 😉 . Will you be joining the #marchwritelog challenge?