Leave things better than you found them. That might mean tearing down what is broken. One brick at a time, if need be.
Get your hands dirty – eventually mingled with the dirt, you will be.
Make the sad cashier smile, the one who looks like she is one thought away from sobbing all over her register. Keep doing it. Eventually she will light up at the sight of you, and you her.
Plant something edible, even if it’s one pepper plant in a pot.
If you plan to marry, spend more time talking about what you both want out of life than the festivities of one night.
Parents: teach your children to sit with the new kid at lunch.
Adults: invite new coworkers to lunch. Being “new” is hard; be the one who makes it easier, even if it’s just for a few days.
Appreciate the dead artists but please help support independent living ones including the creative in you.✨
Love fiercely. Hold onto objects loosely. Things fall apart, are stolen, or become unnecessary. Love is eternal.
Choose patience and kindness whenever possible, with yourself too. Know that sometimes you need to be a can of whoop ass, with yourself too.
Parents, encourage your children to play an instrument and don’t complain when they practice. When they are older and choose to stay in, they may delight in making their own music on a Saturday night.
Youth is not found in a jar of expensive cream; it is found in that which brings you joy.
Give your older self a reason to smile. The kind of smile that will glimmer in your eyes.
If you’ve stopped dreaming, your life might need a remodel. Regardless of your age. One brick at a time, if need be.
If you’ve been reading me for a while, you might recall I have been working on a book project since last year. I finished my third book edit a few weeks ago and after several revisions my query letter is now ready. Goodness! Natural childbirth was less laborious and when that pain was done, I had a beautiful baby girl to love. Who knows what will come of my book writing efforts. 😂 Maybe I should label the subject line in agent emails as, “Take it or leave it.” 🤣 Whatever happens, I am learning and growing and regardless of any other opinions, I have a manuscript I am proud of! If you are interested in learning more about my book and my writing progress, I encourage you to visit my “Writing Journal” page. 🙏🏻
Other writerly news: A new round of The Story You Need to Tell writer workshops, sponsored by the International Association of Journal Writers (IAJW), began last week. Author Sandra Marinella and I are off to a wonderful start, Zooming with writers from around the world. What an honor it is!
Thank you for visiting and reading! Be well. 💗 Michele
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