Inspiring writing reminder

“I wonder how old we are when we stop thinking like kids?”  – This Kid Reviews Books  (Quote used with permission. Thanks, Erik!)

Happy New Year!; news; word for the year

2019! 2019! 2019! 2019! 2019! 2019!

It’s hard to believe it is 2019 already, but that’s what my calendar says so it must be true, so …

                    HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone!

I have a bunch of news to share with you.

About LIFE: Looking back, 2018 proved to be a more challenging year for me on a personal level. Sometimes you learn surprising and/or disappointing things about people. It can be quite impacting. Enough about that, except to say I’ve also learned more about myself, and that there is more to self-care than I realized. Although we are soon completing 8 years of daddy-care, I’m now giving myself time for new things, which I’ll tell you about. First I’ll mention that in November 2018 I passed a landmark birthday. It doesn’t even bother me; in fact, I’m rather happy about it. There really are some benefits to getting older.  🙂 My family had a surprise party for me, too, which was fun.

About HOME: We have a new kitchen and I love it! (did I tell you this before?) My husband completely renovated it from a tiny space to a very large and up-to-date one. I have an ocean theme happening in there and it brings me such peace. Did I say I love my new kitchen? From start to finish it took a year, but it wasn’t that bad living with my kitchen things stored in several rooms, and using a two burner hot plate, knowing what was coming. We still got along fine, despite a few enthusiastic discussions, and it has all come out better than expected.

About WRITING: You all know that writing was my main reason for this blog, well … writing and books, books, books. Because of … stuff in my life … stresses, depression, much tiredness, and so on, the joy of writing disappeared and writing became a burden to me. All that hoping and planning and effort had to be set aside; I did the minimal and stopped expecting more of myself than I could manage. The heaviness lifted which confirmed it was the right thing to do for now. I still am interested in writing and believe I will come back to it again as I always do. Can’t stay away. My blog suffered and I feel I’ve let you down, for which I apologize.

About ART: Since I have to be doing something creative, you might be wondering what I was led into now. In July, thanks to a set of situations that God put together so beautifully, I began PAINTING LESSONS!  Yes!  This is something I’ve been wanting to learn since I was 17, decades ago. It didn’t work out for me then, but the time is right for me now and I am loving it. My teacher is a very talented professional artist who is patient, easy to work with and fun to be around. That’s what works for me. 🙂  I started with private lessons, then joined others for two sets of classes spanning eight weeks, and now I am renting space in his studio and getting help when I need it – which is still very necessary. I’ve met other interesting painters, all women, and two in particular I paint with the most. They’re funny,  talented, and great to spend time with in the studio. Being the only one with no background experience in painting, I learn something every time I’m there to work on something, which is only one morning a week at this point, but I’ve completed two oil paintings that now are hanging in my house. If you are interested in seeing some of my teacher’s work: ARTCAN

About READING: If you happened to peek at my reading progress, which you can access from the menu at the top of the page, you’ll have seen that I did a huge amount of reading last year. My total?  1389!  I can hardly believe it myself! Most were pictures books, but I read several novels and also enjoyed audio books. Goodreads sets a reading challenge every year, so in 2018 I set mine at 500. Guess I beat that one with no problem! This year I may have set my personal goal too high – 1000 – but I’ll see what I can do. 

About EVENTS: The exciting news for 2019 is that another of our daughters is getting married to a great guy. They’ve set the date for April and are having their ceremony in Jamaica, following that small event a few weeks later with a big  celebration with family and friends in May. It’s going to be a busy spring!

About MY WORD FOR 2019: The past several years I’ve chosen a word for the year. Actually, I wait for it to be given to me, and this year it was immediately revealed. FLOURISH. That’s got an expansive feel to it, freeing and creative.

About GOALS: As you know, I don’t set new year resolutions, I set goals. I didn’t do very well with them last year, so for 2019 I simply want to improve in my painting skills, read lots, and gradually get back what I lost. 

Now it’s time to stop and let you do some sharing. What were the highs and lows of your 2018? Do you have goals for 2019? And do you have a word for the year? 

I hope to hear from you. ♥  Sending you love.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

It’s been a bit of a struggle being me of late, which is why I haven’t been here much the past several months, but I am hoping to get back into blogging soon so we can keep in touch.

What has your heart thumping excitedly today? I am thankful for what the Lord has done for any who will believe and accept. It’s totally amazing!

And … my family is all meeting at my Dad’s for dinner today, except two members are in Florida for Christmas this year and will Facetime with us, but my mom-in-law is joining us. Yay!  It will be a delightful day, 15 of us eating and sharing together. Greetings and hugs! Turkey and loads of veggies! Gifts! Desserts! Hugs! Laughter! More hugs! I love it.

I will see you in the new year, if not before. We have things to talk about. 🙂

Sending you much love.

So, what has your heart thumping excitedly today?

Thanks for reading, and … Blessings on your day!

Love,  Lynn

Look to the positive

Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.  – Helen Keller

Hello, everyone!

I like the above quote, which to me means two things. 1) As a Christian I see it as always looking to Jesus, the Light, as my Guide so I’m not focusing on the bad stuff.  2) Look for the positive, keep your mind on those things and the negatives won’t overwhelm you.    Kind of the same thing, those two points, aren’t they?

Reminds me of Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 

So, don’t look for trouble because it will surely find you. Take your focus off the negative things, the disappointing things, the frustrating things, and look at it all through the eyes of positivity, through sunshine.

Have a wonderful day!

What helps you when gloom threatens to rob you of your sunshine?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂  

 

 

 

 

Eleanor Roosevelt quote

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

 

My hope for you today is for strength and thoughts that move you forward, closer to the positive, creative person you are meant to be.

Blessings on your day.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings.  🙂 

 

Brief update & a Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe quote

My dear friends,

You haven’t seen me around in a long time, and when I received an email asking if I’m okay I thought perhaps I should let you know that .. yes, I am okay. I am doing better than when I began a break from here. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and concern.

Still one of my dad’s caregivers (now 1/3 of the way into our 8th year), and because I was on the verge of a breakdown – mentally, emotionally, and physically – I’ve made some changes that have taken some stress off, thereby helping me feel less burdened and depressed. I’ll share more about that at a later date as I’m not ready to yet. However, I have been busy … reading a lot but not writing, not even blogging, as you know. I haven’t been able to keep up with emails or book reviews, although now I am slowly updating my page “My have read 2018 book list.” I’ve read more books (mainly children’s books) this year than ever, already surpassing my year’s goal of 500.

I just wanted to let you know you’re not forgotten and that I am doing better than I have in a long time.

Before I go, here is a quote I thought might be meaningful or encouraging to you.

WHATEVER YOU CAN DO, OR DREAM YOU CAN, BEGIN IT. BOLDNESS HAS GENIUS, POWER AND MAGIC IN IT.

– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Does this quote speak to you in some way?

Love and Blessings to all.  Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

 

Quote about truth

Hello, my friends! 

Is it only my perspective or does there seem to be more underhandedness going on in the world? Recently I read this quote and thought you also might find it interesting.

 

beware of the half truth; you may have gotten hold of the wrong half. – author unknown

 

I hope you are doing well. I’m working on my health – physical, mental, emotional – having to find ways to manage when extra needed support isn’t readily forthcoming. Some things have been set aside until I’m not feeling as overwhelmed.

What’s going on in your life these days? Are you making plans for vacations or celebrations?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

BOOKS quote

Today, to let you know I am still around and to keep in touch, I have a wonderful quote for you.

BOOKS are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.

– Charles William Eliot (American educator, 1834-1926)

I can’t argue with that!  Any thoughts?

Thanks for reading, and Creative Musings!  🙂