Florida artist Donna Burgess with some of her work
I couldn't decide between two prints, so my friend bought them both and will ship them to me. I can hardly wait to receive them, have them framed, and hang them in my home, where they will provide constant reminders of a refreshing, inspiring time.
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I am participating in #Trust30, an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself.
Prompt #6: Come Alive by Jonathan Mead
Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you had one week left to live, would you still be doing what you're doing now? In what areas of your life are you preparing to live? Take them off your To Do list and add them to a To Stop list. Resolve to only do what makes you come alive.
Bonus: How can your goals improve the present and not keep you in a perpetual "always something better" spiral?
(Author: Jonathan Mead)
I can honestly say that I am doing exactly what I want to do, every day of my life. I am not preparing to live; I am taking advantage of every opportunity that come my way - recent trips included - and choosing to spend my time engaged in pursuits that lead me closer every day to fulfilling my dreams.
I will admit that if I found out I had only one week left to live, I might indulge in a few extravagances. I would round up a group of friends and take them to Fusion for a grand sushi feast, spend an afternoon with my sister-in-law at the spa, make the drive to southern Illinois and visit my mom and dad. Mostly I would spend every waking hour connecting with all the people I love, either in person or over the phone.
The fact is we are required to earn a living, wash the dishes, do the laundry - activities we might forego if we learned that our time left on earth was truly limited. But they don't have to be dreaded tasks; we can embrace those everyday chores while making our loved ones our priority.
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I rewrote the synopsis and polished up the first three chapters of my manuscript for entry into the Maggie contest. Tomorrow I will get back to work on the revision of the remainder of that manuscript; to complete it by the end of the month, I need to write approximately 2,500 words a day, my new goal for #RWA80. I think I can.