Thursday, October 18, 2018

DOOR (A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Post)

Another tough one.  UGH.  Well, here goes...

I've been trying to open more friendship doors lately.  I've never been that good at initiating friendships, but I'm working at being more open to the opportunities that present themselves.

I belong to a couple of MeetUp groups - one is a weekly knitting/crocheting get-together, and the other is a dinner group.  I belong to a group that tries to follow FlyLady's system to keep our homes in some semblance of order.  A friend from that group introduced me to a weekly writer's group, and two monthly knitting/crocheting groups.  There's a monthly dinner with people I used to work with and a group of ladies I shoot with twice a month.  I make an effort to have lunch with different people.

I'm making an effort to keep the door open to friendships with people I otherwise may have let go from laziness or fear of seeming pushy.  I mean, who cares if some people think you're pushy?  If they do, then you can let them go without dwelling on it; it wasn't' meant to be.

The important thing is to keep that door open so you don't miss out on deeper relationships.

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This post is part of the 31-Day of Five Minute Free Writes challenge link-up.  Today's writing prompt was for Five Minute Friday, "DOOR."  For more information on the challenge click here.

Monday, October 15, 2018

HOW (A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Post)

Here's another tough one!

HOW can I write for five minutes about "HOW?"  Hmmmm...

I don't know.

This reminds me of something I read recently.  The article (don't ask me where I read it or who wrote it - I can't remember!) talked about the difference between being successful and moving forward and failing and being stuck.  Its premise was that people who get stuck when they come up against roadblocks and discouragement say, "I can't ____," while people who are able to move forward under similar circumstances say, "How can I ____?"

So HOW is a liberating, progressive, forward-thinking word that can help us avoid the "poor me" victim mentality, get up off our behinds, and figure it out!

What a concept!

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This post is part of the 31-Day of Five Minute Free Writes challenge link-up.  Today's writing prompt was for Five Minute Friday, "HOW."  For more information on the challenge click here.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

INSPIRE (A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Post)

"Inspire" - wow.  That's a hard one!

Typically, you think of "inspire" as to motivate or influence someone, arouse an emotion, or cause a burst of creativity.  I was inspired to write about the word "inspire" by today's writing prompt.  It wasn't a terribly inspiring prompt to me, so instead, it inspired dread.

"Inspire" also means to breathe.  Which I needed to do to settle down and get started writing about "inspire."   HA!

However, here in Indiana, there's a completely different INSPIRE.  It's a service of the Indiana State Library.  You can find journal articles, news, and educational resources.  You can learn a foreign language by accessing the first level of Rosetta Stone.  You can read Consumer Reports.  You can read current news or view historic Indiana newspapers.  There's genealogy information, job search help, digitized manuscripts, photos, and books.  All for FREE, from the comfort of your own home.

I'm starting to get inspired!  Excited!

I may need to take a minute and breathe.

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This post is part of the 31-Day of Five Minute Free Writes challenge link-up.  Today's writing prompt was for Five Minute Friday, "INSPIRE."  For more information on the challenge click here.

COMFORT (A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Post)

What's more comforting than lying in your warm bed under a bunch of blankets when it's cold outside your cocoon?  I've always loved the feeling of a pile of heavy blankets pinning me down in bed.  One of my parents' friends gave them an entire sheep's fleece as a wedding present.  They had it made into a comforter, which, decades later, I confiscated and used on my bed.  It was HEAVY, but oh, so comforting.  Who in his right mind would want to be able to move?  So soothing, all that weight.  It makes it easy to fall asleep.  I've "known" that for forever, but kind of thought it was just me. 

Turns out I'm not alone.

I've been hearing a lot recently about weighted blankets - mainly about how to make your own - but never understood what they were for. 

So, of course, I googled it!

Weighted blankets are used as occupational therapy for kids and adults with sensory disorders, anxiety, stress, and issues related to autism and ADHD.  One blanket company website lists over thirty disorders or diseases with symptoms that may be helped by deep pressure touch stimulation (the same idea as swaddling!) from PTSD to Alzheimer's to panic attacks to menopause.  Basically, a weighted blanket gives you a whole body hug.

An article in Forbes states weighted blankets may help others sleep more soundly, waking up happier and more focused.  Sounds like something we all could use.

Fascinating! 

And comforting.

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This post is part of the 31-Day of Five Minute Free Writes challenge link-up.  Today's writing prompt was for Five Minute Friday, "COMFORT."  For more information on the challenge click here.