More Photos and Another ROW80 Check-In

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Keep up with writing and recording for HopeStreamRadio

Pretty much on track again

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Prepare for the Creative Nonfiction Intensive I am co-teaching

I’m well on the way.

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Work on the anthology I am helping put together

I’m getting very near the end of my responsibilities.

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Keep up with my current blogging schedule

I would like to work ahead a little.

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Finish reading the 10 research papers and mail my doula recertification package.

I mailed off the completed package this past week. I trust everything’s in order.

I didn’t need an extension. Woohoo!

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Do some work around the house.

Making some serious headway sounds like a great summer project.

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Exercise more and eat better

It was very encouraging to get a thumbs-up from the doctor at my physical.

Still, I want to develop healthy habits.

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Visit my fellow ROWers.

Keeping up pretty well this round

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Happy Memorial Day to all my American friends

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Photos and a ROW80 Check-In

More than ever, I’m simply loving spring. (These pictures aren’t from this year, but you get the idea.)

Just for fun, I decided to intersperse the pics with my goals for the coming week. 

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Keep up with writing and recording for HopeStreamRadio.

I’ve got a fair amount of recording to do on Sunday and Monday.

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Work on the anthology I am helping put together.

Get ready for the Creative Nonfiction Intensive I am co-teaching in June.

Keep up with my current blogging schedule . . . which has recently eased up. Hooray!

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Finish reading the 10 research papers and mail my doula recertification package.

I’m finally on track. Woohoo!

Attending a birth this month reminded me why I just can’t let this certification go.

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Do some work around the house.

I have scratched off some things from my Procrastination List. Zippity doo dah!

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Exercise more and eat better.

I’m exercising more.

The healthy eating needs work.

I can’t wait to get to the farmers’ market. I forgot all about it today (Saturday). Sigh!

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Visit my fellow ROWers.

It’s a long weekend in my neck of the woods and I’m enjoying time with my hubby and our daughter.

What are you up to this weekend?

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Mother’s Day Post and ROW80 Check-In

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This may seem like an odd Mother’s Day post, but I think it’s an important reminder for all of us. Again, this is one of the devotionals I wrote and recorded for HopeStreamRadio.

Abraham’s son and daughter-in-law, Isaac and Rebekah, faced the issue of infertility—or as it was called in Bible times, barrenness.

Genesis 25:21 says, “And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived” (ESV).

One short verse . . . it can be read quickly and overlooked if you don’t understand its implications, if you don’t have firsthand knowledge of what it means to want children but be unable to conceive and carry a child to term.

I asked a precious young friend who has faced this heartbreaking issue what she and her husband would like others to know about infertility.

This is what she said: “I think we’d say that saying it’s God’s plan or it will happen are the worst things to say. As Christians, we know God has a plan. That doesn’t make this road any easier. Also, you don’t know it will happen. Even though I have one child doesn’t mean it will happen again. The best way to be helpful is to listen, give hugs, and offer to take someone out, take their mind off things.”

This is such simple, yet such profound advice . . . We are all capable of giving hugs, listening, and just “hanging out.” If we seek to be conduits of God’s love before we share so-called words of wisdom, it can be a blessing to the hurting individual, no matter what their circumstance.

And, of course, we can pray for those in our lives who are facing this situation, but this doesn’t guarantee that these dear ones will be blessed with children. God sees the bigger picture. He is trustworthy and loving, but His plans and purposes are often not the same as ours.

In Bible times, women who could not bear children were considered inferior in most every way. How sad!

While society may no longer proclaim this position, the heartbreak and sense of failure is often the case to this very day.

If you are in this position, may I say I would personally like to send you a virtual hug? You are not alone. There are many who feel what you’re feeling, who know what you’re going through. Though this doesn’t change your situation, it is good to know you are not truly isolated when heartache strikes—sometimes repeatedly.

If we are not in this situation but know someone who is, what can we do?

Let’s remember what my friend had to say. We can listen, offer a hug, spend time together doing something fun.

And how can we educate our children on this matter?

We can teach them that they are a treasure, a blessing from God, that the Lord has plans and purposes for their lives. But we must be careful not to imply that couples who do not have children are somehow inferior, less favoured by the Lord. God has a plan and a purpose for their lives as individuals and as a couple.

We can add these dear ones to our prayer lists and bring them before the Lord on a regular basis during our times of family devotionals. While it is fine to pray that God would bless them with children if that is His will, we should also pray that He would draw them close and assure them of His love, that He would reveal His plans for their lives.

Too often when we don’t know the right thing to say or do, we withdraw. “Better to say nothing at all,” we may think, but this only makes the one who is hurting feel even more isolated. What can we do instead?

Why not send a quick “I’m thinking of you” message on Facebook.

Visit a website like dayspring.com and send an e-card to their inbox.

And as unusual as it is in this, the cyber age, why not drop a physical greeting card in the mail? Wouldn’t it be nice to get something in the mail other than bills and advertisements? I’m sure it’s the same for everyone, especially those who are facing this or other challenges.

If we do these things, our children will learn compassion and how to approach those in their own lives who are hurting. And what parent doesn’t want to raise compassionate, loving sons and daughters?

Plus, we just may brighten someone’s day and show them God’s love. What an honour that would be!

This was my Facebook status update this morning and my prayer for all of you:

To all the moms out there . . . Happy Mother’s Day
To all those who would love to be moms (or moms again) and may be hurting today . . . I hope you, too, enjoy many special joys this day.
To all those missing their moms . . . May some special memory bring a smile to your face today.
To all of you . . . May this day overflow with rich blessing and much joy.

And now for my ROW80 check-in . . . 

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Goals for the coming week and check in to-date . . .

Keep up with writing and recording for HopeStreamRadio

~ not quite as far ahead as I’d like to be

Keep on schedule with work for my clients

~ doing alright

Finish prepping to co-teach a Creative Nonfiction Intensive at Write Canada

~ got to ramp it up this week

Read the 10 required articles

~ on my schedule . . . read one each day for the next two weeks

Keep up with my current blogging schedule

I’ve got to work ahead a little. May is vanishing before my eyes.

Clean, organize, and declutters some

If I do three tasks per day, things will start to look better in no time.

Exercise more

I started my new routine this past Friday. It is definitely working. I’ve been sore for a couple of days. And to think . . . some people actually exercise to keep pain at bay.

Eat better

I’ve begun a 30-Day Challenge. I’m definitely more conscious of what I’m eating, though not quite as snack-free as I’d like. Monday is a new day!

Last but not least . . . 

Check in with my fellow ROWers regularly

 

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Be at Peace and ROW80 Check-In

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My three enjoying Christmas many years ago, definitely at peace with one another.

The “one anothers” of Scripture, although not written specifically for this purpose, give us wonderful direction for our family relationships.

Take, for instance, Mark 9:50, which says, “Be at peace with one another.”*

When I was growing up, my parents would sometimes come to the end of their patience. Although neither was physically abusive, they would often threaten and yell at one another. Being the youngest and the only child still at home, I wanted very much to be the peacemaker. In fact, to this day, I do my best to steer clear of conflict. Even conflict that doesn’t directly involve me stirs up old feelings.

My parents both loved me and we had many good times together, but these unsettled times, times without peace, had a lasting effect. But somewhere along the way, they truly loved one another. I saw this when my mom sat by my dad’s open casket and spoke of her love for him. It was precious to observe.

Peace in our homes is very important and it is up to us who realize it to do what we can to keep the peace while, at the same time, resolving, not merely denying and ignoring, conflict.

And a great way to foster a peaceful environment is to consider others as more significant than ourselves, as it says in Philippians 2:3.

Before you think I’m talking about becoming a doormat for others, let me clarify. Consider Jesus’ actions and His words in John 13. After Jesus’ had washed His disciples feet, a task normally reserved for the lowliest of servants, He commanded them to do the same. While He may not have been referring to literally washing one another’s feet, He was clearly saying that they were to serve one another and put the other person’s needs ahead of their own.

Later in the chapter, in verses 34-35, He says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

If we seek to love the members of our family as Jesus’ loved the church, what a difference it will make!

Very much in keeping with Jesus’s command to love as He loved are the directives we find in Romans 12. Verse 10 says, “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. “

What a great contest that would make! Who can outdo whom over the course of a week? Who knows? Maybe it could become a regular thing . . . until it actually becomes a way of life.

Romans 12:16 goes on to say, “Live in harmony with one another.” If we are seeking to love as Jesus loved, to serve one another, and to outdo one another when it comes to showing honour, harmony is pretty much a given.

Mind you, let’s consider harmony from a musical perspective. In a musical composition, different notes blend together to form a beautiful, resonant sound. The notes are different, as is each individual in a family, but they form something better than if they each went it on their own.

The second half of Romans 14:13 is a wonderful follow-up to this idea. “Decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. “

Are we getting in the way of one another’s spiritual growth? Are we actually placing stumbling blocks in our spouse’s path, in our children’s? Are we putting our needs above theirs? Are we pursuing our own dreams and aspirations at too great a cost?

If each of us was to take the one anothers of Scripture seriously and, with God’s help, sought to live them out, what peaceful, happy places our homes would be! And what wonderful examples we would be to those who know us!

*All scripture passages are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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Goals for the coming week and check in to-date . . .

Keep up with writing and recording for HopeStreamRadio

~ doing fairly well

Keep on schedule with work for my clients

~ on track

Finish prepping to co-teach a Creative Nonfiction Intensive at Write Canada

~ motoring along

Do the reading and attend three births by the end of August to maintain my doula certification

Read the 10 required articles

I found out my certifying organization no longer requires attendance at births for re-certification. I may be able to fulfill the requirements before the end of May and, therefore, save the extension fee. Woohoo!

Blog more

Keep up with my current blogging schedule

Pleased, for now, to add a devotional to my weekly check-in and keep up with my guest posting

Stop neglecting the housework

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Exercise more

~ this week . . . this week for sure . . . maybe

Eat better

I have a physical later this month. That should motivate me, right?

Last but not least . . . 

Check in with my fellow ROWers regularly

 

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Three Life-Changing Imperatives and a ROW80 Check-In

The following is a devotional for the Family Life Lessons series I’m writing for HopeStreamRadio. It will be online in the next week or two.

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Say what?

You may find it odd that an outgoing, relationship-driven extrovert who likes to talk loves the book of James with all its references to guarding the words of our mouth. Trust me. I find it pretty amazing as well.

But maybe because I am this kind of person is the very reason I am drawn to this short book in the Bible. I know just how much I need to think through what I’m going to say and how it will impact those who will hear me, something I do more today than I used to but something I’m still learning.

And then there’s that six-letter word that can change everything: listen. I’ve learned over the years that listening doesn’t mean simply not talking—and believe me that can be hard enough. But my husband is an active listener. He really absorbs what I’m saying. And I am so thankful!

Talking and Listening

So why all this talk about talking and listening?

I would like to share one of the most powerful verses in the book of James, in all of Scripture actually.

James 1:19 says, “Know this . . . let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” (ESV).

Stephen Covey’s wise words gave me much to think about. He said, “Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply.” These words are very much in keeping with the verse above.

To those of you who are good listeners, I say, “Kudos! And thank you!” I also ask you to be patient with the extroverts and talkers in your own lives who are still learning how to do this.

Of course this doesn’t mean that those of us who always have something to say—on pretty much any topic—should clam up and never utter another word. But we must remember what God says in Philippians 2:3, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”

Will our words bless those who hear them? Will they add value to the conversation? Will they honour God? These are good questions to ask ourselves before speaking.

James 1:19 and Family Life

James 1:19 has numerous applications to family life. Let me share just a few.

We are to be “quick to hear.” That means we have to stop and give the other person our attention. How many times have we heard their words, but then, when asked a question, we realize we haven’t really been paying attention and don’t actually know how to respond?

We must model the willingness to really listen, to really hear. And when we can’t do so, we must let the other person know we will give them our undivided attention as soon as we’re able—and then remember to do so.

And for those of us who are extroverts, the second imperative in the verse is likely the most challenging. We are to be “slow to speak.” That can be tough when a dozen responses immediately pop into our head.

But not everyone is looking for our insights and so-called wisdom. Sometimes they just need someone to listen. They may be working things out by voicing their thoughts and ideas. What they actually need is a loving, caring sounding board. Our response just might have the opposite effect than we intend. We may want to help, but the underlying message the listener hears—even though it isn’t what we intend—is this: You are not capable of figuring this out; you need my help to do so.

Of course there are times we should speak up, times we must speak up, but we need a great outpouring of God’s wisdom to know when it’s appropriate to speak and when it’s best to remain silent. And, in most cases, it’s better to err on the side of remaining silent when we should speak than vice versa.

And what about the last part of the verse? We are commanded to “be slow to anger.” When my children were young I struggled regularly with anger that would bubble up like corrosive acid. Sadly, it often splashed over and hurt the people closest to me, my husband and our three children.

While I couldn’t simply flip a switch and turn off my anger, if I had truly surrendered to the Lord and asked Him to help me walk in obedience, things would have been much more peaceful. Thankfully, I have the most patient husband on the planet. Plus, God has blessed my relationships with our three grown children and I enjoy an undeserved closeness with each of them, emotionally though not geographically.

James 1:19 is a wonderful verse to explore in our times of family devotions. We can discuss practical ways in which to apply it to specific situations within our home and beyond its walls. If we begin by prayerfully considering and sharing how we can apply this verse personally rather than pointing fingers at how others should do so, our family members may just follow our lead.

As in all things, it is important to be open and honest—while showing respect to our spouse and our children.

So today, let’s be “quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to angry.”

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I just love my fellow Gloria Weber’s idea of prioritizing my goals. So, in keeping with the idea that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” here goes:

Keep up with writing and recording for HopeStreamRadio

For the most part, I’m to the place where I need only write and record one devotional each day. After going into high gear to work a little ahead, this seems fairly easy. This is one of those projects I just know I’m supposed to be involved in. So cool!

Keep on schedule with work for my clients

There are a couple of projects on the horizon. Woohoo! But currently I’m on track.

Finish prepping to co-teach a Creative Nonfiction Intensive at Write Canada

If I get some reading and notetaking done this weekend, things will be in good shape.

Do the reading and attend three births by the end of August to maintain my doula certification

I am currently walking around with my cell phone at hand. I could get called to attend a birth any day. I will need to purchase an extension to get everything done to recertify, but I’m really hoping I can make it happen.

Blog more

I haven’t come up with an official schedule as of yet, but I have started including something else with every check-in and that’s a start. I am still keeping up with my guest posting and that’s good.

Stop neglecting the housework.

There are some things I’d really like to get done around here. I’d be quite happy with the basics at this point.

Exercise more

The fact that this goal occupies a place so far down my priority list may indicate why I’m not doing as much exercise as I would like to.

Eat better

I’m purchasing a lot of healthy food because of my daughter’s overactive stomach acid production. Having it on hand will make eating better much easier for me as well.

Write 30,000 words as per my Camp NaNoWriMo goal

I bumped my goal to 40,000 and hit that last week. I could have bumped it to 45K, but that was no longer an option on the website. Looks like NaNoWriMo is actually doable for me. I just may have to sign up in the fall.

Check in with my fellow ROWers regularly

This is not at the bottom of the list because it’s unimportant. It’s just because, alas, something has to come last.

By the way, I also like Gloria’s idea of an intro video. I just may have to follow her lead on that idea too.

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The Write Conference for Me

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As members of the fledgling writers’ group Women Writing for Christ (WWC), we donned our matching t-shirts and headed for Guelph, Ontario. For some of us, it was our first Write Canada conference. There was so much to learn and so many new friends to make. That was back in 2004, hard to imagine.

Attendees, presenters, and organizers alike shared a love for the written word. There was an instant connection. Plus, they shared a common faith. And that was even more important to me.

While there were a number of years between the time I first attended the conference and the second, I can say, at the risk of sounding cliche, it was like coming home. I recognized the beautiful facility and many of the faces.

Ever since, I have attended annually. I have connected with some wonderful people. And for me, the relationship-driven extrovert that I am, this is quite possibly the #1 benefit. It’s wonderful to connect with others who know the joys and challenges of writing for publication—and writing in general.

From plenary sessions to continuing classes, from workshops to one-on-one meetings with editors, publishers, and agents . . . that’s Write Canada. To use 21st-century punctuation . . . a.ma.zing!

Over the years, I learned much and became increasingly involved in The Word Guild.

I have met new friends and seen doors of opportunity open. For instance, I first met Ron Hughes at Write Canada. And now, because of that meeting, I am now a regular contributor to HopeStreamRadio, one of the highlights of my life as a writer, a Christian, a person.

And this year when I was approached about teaching a Creative Nonfiction Intensive, this must have been how I looked . . .

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This is also how I imagine I looked when I discovered that the book I had the privilege of co-authoring, Paralympian Deb Willows’ memoir, Living Beyond My Circumstances, was shortlisted for in the category of Life Stories in The Word Awards. (New author confession . . . I kept going back to the list to make sure our names hadn’t disappeared. :D)

I have the privilege of knowing some of the hardworking individuals who are planning this year’s conference. I know they are seeking to make it the best conference it can be and I am excited to participate.

I can’t encourage you strongly enough to join us and see what amazing doors may open before you. Like me, you may end up involved in writing projects you never dreamed of. Beginner? Professional writer? Somewhere in between? This may be the write conference for you. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.)

To be fair, I suppose I should share a drawback or two. No matter how disciplined I’ve told myself I was going to be, the bookstore has always shouted at me LOUDLY. While the books I add to my library are well worth the cost, I really should read my unread volumes before bringing home more.

And speaking of relationships and book buying, the more authors I get to know personally, the harder I find it to walk past their books. It’s like walking past a friend without acknowledging them. Unheard of!

I’d say both these “drawbacks” are most definitely worth overcoming for all the benefits I gain from attending the Write Canada conference each year.

Plus, I always, always, always go home energized and ready to sit down at my computer and write.

I’d love to see you at Write Canada this year. Find out more on The Write Canada page.

And if you’d like a chance to win a free registration (and who doesn’t like free?), post a blog about the conference before May 1. Link to your piece on The Word Guild Facebook page to enter.

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A Promise and a ROW80 Check-In

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Below is one of the five devotionals I wrote and recorded for HopeStreamRadio last week. The series I am developing right now is called “Family Life Lesson.” You are invited to listen daily. 

It is my intention each week to share one of the devotionals I’ve written.

Each One is Indispensable 

First Corinthians 12:14-26 reads this way in the English Standard Version: “The body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

”The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you,’ nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”

There is so much rich content here. And yes, the writer is referring to how we as Christians are called to care for one another, honour one another, and work side by side to achieve God’s purposes. But in addition, this passage also has application to our families.

First, each of us is a unique individual. I remember way back when we only had one child. Our pastor at the time insisted that because my husband is very musical we would want all of our children to have music lessons. He wouldn’t believe us when we said, “Only if that’s what they’re interested in.”

Now I’m not saying that encouraging our children to take music lessons, try out for sports, or take art classes is a bad idea. In fact, they may discover something they love, maybe even something they’re exceptionally good at. But we must still realize each one is an individual and treat them as such.

While we shouldn’t refer to any member of our family as “less honorable” or “unpresentable,” the point is that no-one is dispensable. Every individual matters. Not just the one who brings home straight As or sets new school records for athletic achievement.

I had the privilege of co-authoring Paralympian Deb Willows’ memoir. And yes, she did go on to set world records and bring home gold medals from the Paralympic Games. But long before that, her family loved her, cared for her, and met her needs . . . while all the while, expecting her to do all she could for herself. And this was long before the time this was encouraged. In Fact, upon diagnosing her, Deb’s doctor said her parents should institutionalize her, not thinking they were equipped to raise a special needs child. They would hear nothing of it.

She was teased and misunderstood. Even the adults in Deb’s life knew next to nothing about cerebral palsy. There was no talk about accessibility and integration, but that didn’t stop the Willows family from banding together and blazing a trail for those who would follow.

Some may have considered Deb less honourable and unpresentable, but her family didn’t see things that way. And because of it, they suffered when she suffered and, to this day, they rejoice when she is honoured.   But Deb doesn’t accept the honour for herself. Instead, she signs her books—and lives her life—quote, “For His Glory.”

Each of us is unique. Each of us has a role to play.  And each of us is not only responsible for fulfilling our role but also honouring and building up the other members of our family. It isn’t easy for any of us, especially children, to be happy when another family member is receiving accolades and they are feeling neglected.

It’s a challenge for parents to find the right balance between celebrating and honouring one child’s accomplishments and teaching their siblings to do the same while helping each child find their special niche. This is especially difficult when one or two members of the family are exceptionally good at something society values, but it is well worth the effort.

Remember . . . each individual is indispensable.

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Good news/bad news . . .

Write 30,000 words as per my Camp NaNoWriMo goal

Good news . . . I’ve written over 32,000 words this month, so I decided to raise my goal to 40,000 words. Call me crazy!

Blog more

Good news/bad news . . . I’m keeping up with my guest posts but have to set up a schedule for SNEI and SBN.

Keep up with writing and recording for HopeStreamRadio

Good news . . . After I write and record another book review, I will be caught up. I only had to write and record five devotionals this past week. Doing one a day is great. 

Keep on schedule with work for my clients

Good news . . . I’m still on target.

Finish prepping to co-teach a Creative Nonfiction Intensive at Write Canada

Good-ish news . . . I’m doing okay but need to kick it up a notch. If at least eight people don’t sign up, the class won’t run. It’s hard to be motivated knowing this is a possibility.

Do the reading and attend three births by the end of August to maintain my doula certification

Neutral news . . . I’m awaiting skywriting to make this one clear. The extra money needed to extend the deadline could go towards my trip to the UK in the fall. However, if I spend it, I could earn more money. If you have a skywriting plane and know the answer, please feel free to point me in the right direction.

Exercise more

Same old/same old news . . . I haven’t done as much as I’d like, but I have done more. Plus, the nicer weather means more walks with my hubby. Yay!

Eat better

Redundant news . . . see comments re: exercise.

Check in with my fellow ROWers regularly

Good news . . . I’m on track with this one.

Check in with other ROWers here.

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ROW80 Check-In

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Just how’s it going so far with Round 2 of A Round of Words in 80 Days?

Write 30,000 words as per my Camp NaNoWriMo goal

I’ve written almost 21,500 words so far this month. First time ever! I should be able to blow my goal out of the water. 

Blog more

I’m keeping up with my guest posting but really must buckle down and post here and on my website regularly.

Keep up with writing and recording for HopeStreamRadio

I have a book review to write and record, one devotional to write, and seven devotionals to record today.

Keep on schedule with work for my clients

So far, so good.

Finish prepping to co-teach a Creative Nonfiction Intensive at Write Canada

I’ve read one book and hope to read two more plus some relevant articles in recent issues of Writer’s Digest and make notes by the end of May.

Do the reading and attend three births by the end of August to maintain my doula certification

I have been hired by one couple to attend the birth of their second child. I had the privilege of being there when their first arrived. It’s always an honour to be invited to share such an incredible time in a couple’s life, even more incredible when they ask me back again.

Exercise more

I haven’t done as much as I’d like, but I have done more and that’s a good thing.

Eat better

I still have a long way to go. As I’ve mentioned before, I really must do better at planning ahead. (Plus, I can’t wait until the local farmers’ market opens.)

Check in with my fellow ROWers regularly

I’m doing okay. But yes, the Round is young.

 

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Welcome to Round 2

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This round, I plan to keep it simple.

~ write 30,000 words as per my Camp NaNoWriMo goal

~ blog more

~ keep up with writing and recording for HopeStreamRadio

~ keep on schedule with work for my clients

~ finish prepping to co-teach a Creative Nonfiction Intensive at Write Canada

~ do the reading to maintain my doula certification

~ exercise more

~ eat better

~ check in with my fellow ROWers regularly

How about you? What are your goals for Round 2 of A Round of Words in 80 Days?

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Into the Hand of God

Once again, I want to thank my dear friend Heather Joyes for allowing me to share one of her poems with you.

Bird & Sunshine

Praise as prayers go forth
With humility and trust,
To travel the halls of time
To the most hallowed place.

Upward with silent winged flight,
Through boundless, ethereal sky,
Each with the promise
To be heard on high.

They soar with strength,
Carried by love and faith
Into the hand of God,
For His will be done.

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