New Year’s #WeekendCoffeeShare #sixonsunday

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Thanks to Natalie the Explorer who provides space to link and celebrate Weekend Coffee Share posts!

If We Were Having Coffee I Would Tell You:

  1. Happy New Year! Normally at this time of year, I am all about answering the lists of reflection questions and making goals and intentions for the coming year. I have intentions and goals but this year I am keeping most of them close to my heart and my inner circle. This past year was full of major events every month. Some traumatic and some blissful. 2022 was a year of extremes for me.
  2. As I sit here and write this to you I am in my office with 3 walls of windows, with a lavender and cedar candle burning, I am overlooking the lake and the bones of trees on this winter day. I am here with my husband, safe and happy in Northwest Indiana.
  3. This morning I came into the new year exactly as I wanted to. My husband and I went to breakfast and I wrote. Then I went for a walk and am writing again. There is more on the agenda for today but I love the writer life I have and am extremely grateful for it.
  4. I walked for 2 hours this morning in the fog and gray. Gray is a mixture of black and white which seems fitting to start 2023 somehow. Podcasts were listened to and notes were made for stories!
  5. There are so many prompts for this month in my inbox it could get overwhelming! A lot of great journaling programs plus the poem I read every morning. I am going to have to make some decisions about what I want to write.
  6. Did you chose a word of the year? My word this year is DEEPEN. This has a lot to do with writing and response to reading. I know what I need to do to level up, I just have to give myself the time and focus to do it. As always, my reflection of my word of the year will continue to expand as I write about it more. The first book I am rereading is The Alchemist. I will be writing more about my #oneword as the year stretches on.

What I’m Up to This Month

  1. Teaching The Story Intensive
  2. Participating in the Six Weeks, Six Senses writing program (link to join below)
  3. Submitting (2)
  4. Daily writing

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Questions

What are your plans for this Sunday?

What did you write in your notebook?

Writing Prompt for You

Begin with the words: “I belong here” and see where it takes you.

Thank you for joining me for a coffee chat. I hope to see you next weekend!

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December #WeekendCoffeeShare

I invite you to join me for a cup of coffee and a conversation.

Thanks to Natalie the Explorer who provides space to link and celebrate Weekend Coffee Share posts!

If We Were Having Coffee I Would Tell You:

  1. This past Tuesday was busy with calls from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. They were all about writing so they were fueling but it had been a long while since I had to be on Zoom for that long of a stretch.
  2. Chris made his amazing potato soup this week – a secret family recipe!
  3. I am rereading Thunder and Lightning by Natalie Goldberg. There will be a book club on Centered that I will host in the new year. My PUSH group will also be working with this book.
  4. I am thinking about what I want to learn in 2023 and how to plan it out for one new skill a month. I want some of it to be centered around writing, but not everything. I am still thinking about it.
  5. This Wednesday is the Winter Solstice! It will be a special day indeed! There will be lots of celebrating plus a special tarot spread. I am also hosting a Read Like A Writer Book Club session that morning. I always read Robert Frost’s Stopping By The Woods on a Snowy Evening. It is going to be an amazing day!
  6. Our live Christmas tree is in the window. It is the cat’s first tree so he is trying to figure it out.
  7. I finished the stunt memoir, I’m Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come about an introvert who tried to learn from the behaviors of extroverts in order to expand her social circle because she was lonely.
  8. I have been writing about what I think is fun. Truly fun for me. A friend posed this question to me that I cannot seem to let go of. She asked me what it would look like if I just did what I thought was fun. I feel like this should be an easy question, but it is not. What do you think is fun? Share with me, please!

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Fun!

What are your plans for this Sunday?

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December #WeekendCoffeeShare

I invite you to join me for a cup of coffee and a conversation.

Thanks to Natalie the Explorer who provides space to link and celebrate Weekend Coffee Share posts!

If We Were Having Coffee I Would Tell You:

  1. Today was my Unknown writing circle and Jane Brunette shared a poem, The Bowl. What would be in your bowl? [Link to the poem below.]
  2. Chris and his brother built my bookshelves in my writing space and I am thrilled. This space contains windows on three sides, the stained glass that is specific to me, photos, etc. I love them!
  3. This week I made Chicken Arrabiata which tasted like the spicy pasta I had on my birthday with Chris at Maggianos. It is delicious!
  4. I attended a Co-writing session and we had a conversation about Stillness. It seemed perfect timing for me after my meditation class on Tuesday which was just what I needed. There were several shorter meditations for the hour which was nourishing.
  5. My friend Joy recommended the memoir, Deep Creek by Pam Houston and I keep falling into it. I am loving this book.
  6. I made my son a 12 Days of Christmas punch cup Advent Calendar and delivered it yesterday. To say he was thrilled would be an understatement.

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The Bowl A Poem

Deep Creek by Pam Houston

Delicious breakfast with loved ones

What are your plans for this Sunday?

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December First #WeekendCoffeeShare

I invite you to join me for a cup of coffee and a conversation.

Thanks to Natalie the Explorer who provides space to link and celebrate Weekend Coffee Share posts!

If We Were Having Coffee I Would Tell You:

  1. I spent 5 days this week in retreat with Natalie Goldberg which was amazing. It was the same schedule every day of Zazen, 3 hours with Natalie, a one hour writing group with 2 10 minute writes, and then another session of sitting meditation. I did more sitting meditation than I ever have before which was new and a learning experience.
  2. My soon-to-be brother-in-law moved back to Indiana this week! There was family in the house to help with the move and lots of great food to welcome them!
  3. I tried a couple new recipes this week and they turned out well. I also have returned to some favorites. There is lots of talk about Christmas cookie making now!
  4. I was able to write with a friend from Colorado this week. We had let the time lapse between meetings far too long. I am glad we reconnected and have another session planned in 2 weeks.
  5. I am amazed at how exhausting an hour of errands is to me. I need to pay more attention to what drains my energy and what gives it to me.
  6. I made a punch cup advent calendar for Chris and it is fun for him to find the gift for the day. It is a small delight.
  7. This week there are new readings from Mary Oliver for advent. First Snow is one of the poems I will be rereading each day.
  8. Tomorrow a big assignment is due for my Intensive students and I am excited to read them!
  9. I send you love and peace for your week ahead. There is such strength gathered for me because of the true love and abundance in my life. Even the simple routine of Chris and I having breakfast out every Sunday has a sparkle all its own! I hope something sparkles for you in a similar way.

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What are your plans for this Sunday?

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SixonSunday #WeekendCoffeeShare

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If We Were Having Coffee I Would Tell You:

  1. I was writing yesterday and went traipsing through my drive looking for stories about strength. Did I find them? No. What I found was the Bradbury Challenge I did years ago. I curated a poem, a story, and an essay with reflection questions. It was a fun project and am wondering if there is space in my life for this again. I also found many files to delete which was satisfying in its own way.
  2. Today is the first day of Advent and the verse was about the light of the world. Light found its way into my freewrite this morning and I was happy with the weird direction it took. The french toast I had for breakfast out with my honey also made its way into the writing!
  3. We are still eating Thanksgiving leftovers because I cooked enough food for at least 10 people on Thursday. No one is complaining in the house about this, however.
  4. I am contemplating my WORD OF THE YEAR for 2023. One came clearly to me yesterday on a walk but I am still writing and thinking about it. I am reading a lot more lately and that has been a blessing. We will be talking in PUSH (my creative group) about the one word within the next few weeks.
  5. I am grateful for so much in my life and it is not just limited to appreciating it this week of the holiday. “This is our life” is a phrase that Chris and I repeat often to each other. The awe of where we have ended up is not lost on us. We both appreciate all the time we have now. I also am grateful I get to do work that I find fulfilling and creatively fueling. I also appreciate a cat warming my legs with his sleeping body as I write this post.

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Majo’s Book

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What are your plans for this Sunday?

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SixSentenceSunday #WeekendCoffeeShare

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If We Were Having Coffee I Would Tell You:

  1. I planned a trip to Disney in March for Seb’s birthday and we are already excited!
  2. I took a class with Four Queens this morning and am so grateful to have found these Sunday classes. I love Selah’s energy and teaching style. The sessions are so fueling.
  3. Breakfast with my man this morning was perfect! We’ve had the most amazing laid back weekend. I did a lot of reading and thinking yesterday. I was able to get my fresh turkey for Thursday.
  4. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! This year it is even more special that Chris and I are able to celebrate together. Cooking for him is one of my greatest delights and this meal is both of our favorites.
  5. Writing and walking are on the list for today. I have some work that needs to be done but I am looking forward to it!

Recommendations for the Week

Four Queens Sunday 1 Hour Classes

Majo’s Book

Centered Programs, community, growth

What are your plans for this Sunday?

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SixSentenceSunday #WeekendCoffeeShare

I invite you to join me for a cup of coffee and a conversation. The temperatures dropped here suddenly. We will see how long they last and if we get some snow!

Thanks to Natalie the Explorer who provides space to link and celebrate Weekend Coffee Share posts!

If We Were Having Coffee I Would Tell You:

  1. I have been thinking about how I love to write by the fire surrounded by books, my love, and my cat.
  2. I have been thinking about writing community and how vital it is to the health of the individual and the collective.
  3. I have been thinking about how happy I am and grateful for the abundance and people I love in my life.
  4. I have been thinking about Natalie Goldberg and how resources show up in our life when we need them.
  5. I have been thinking about magic in all its forms.
  6. I have been thinking about how cooking is good for my family and my creative life.

Thank you for joining me for a coffee chat. I hope to see you next weekend!

In November #TuesdayShare

I invite you to join me for a cup of coffee and a conversation on a Tuesday. I usually share my weekend coffee share on Sunday.

November is NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month). November is the month with my favorite holiday and my favorite meal. November is also the month to read:

This children’s book was one I read every November to at least one class. It has beautiful language and makes a great text to write from.

In November, on this Tuesday,

  • the time change has not affected me as much this fall as it normally does. I am not a supporter of Daylight Savings Time, but not working in a physical school setting has lessened the effect for me this year.
  • is the FULL MOON! What you are doing to celebrate? I always pull tarot for full and new moons.
  • my novel rewrite is going well. I have a session with one of my mentors today and am anxious to hear her comments about the new format.
  • I have a fire in the fireplace to write with and a cat sleeping on my legs. It is wonderful.
  • I am reflecting on my PUSH group meeting last night. We did three writing prompts and some lite sharing of the results. We also shared WINS (as we do every week). It was such a nice meeting full of great words, community, and laughter.
  • I’m a little overwhelmed by how much I want to read, write and listen to all at the same time.
  • I have to go for a walk.
  • I miss my person who is at work and I am writing and working from home.
  • I am working on posts that go live tomorrow for my Story Intensive writing students.
  • I am still thinking about the writing classes I took last week.

What does your Tuesday look like?

Halloween Eve Sunday #WeekendCoffeeShare

I invite you to join me for a cup of coffee and a conversation. Tomorrow is Halloween which means different things to different people. There is magic in the air!

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If We Were Having Coffee

I would tell you it is Scorpio Season! I have been learning more about the moon and how it connects to astrology and what that means for writing and business. Many of you know I follow the moon closely, but noticing what sign the moon is in is a new learning for me.

I would tell you the last few weeks have been full of travel for me. We had fall break so we traveled to Florida for my soon to be in laws’ 63rd wedding anniversary! Then we went camping in the Northlands of Minnesota and we picked up a canoe from Piragis. I love to travel and it is fueling for my writing, but it messes up my schedules! There is always a need for flexibility there and I can write anywhere. I can also join writing classes from the truck while we are driving! I have been struggling with my public and private writing and how much I truly want to share. With my writing craft, I am on the brink of a transition for leveling up and the awareness of what I am doing well and not doing well is assisting in the transition. I have been getting some feedback which is helping me see through a new lens.

I would ask you if you caught my hint in the last paragraph…Yes! I have amazing news to share! I am engaged and getting married! I am so happy and there has been a great tangle of life to get here. It makes me appreciate all the abundance in my life. Chris proposed in front of the campfire with a gorgeous ring. I am a lucky woman and happier than I have ever been.

I would tell you my inbox fills up when I am not working on it every day. It inspires me to unsubscribe from newsletters I do not read often. I have to do a binge unsubscribing every couple of months it seems. I do not feel that I am subscribing to more things either. It is a weird spider web of connections.

Do you need a refill? Would you like some ice water?

I would tell you I have been part of some exciting classes these past few weeks! I love the variety of classes I can take. One class was Amber Sparks’ about Gothic Fiction last Saturday which was full of info and resources. Another was with Francine Witte.

I would tell you I have a more expanded role at the Sarah Selecky Writing School. I am excited to add this layer to my work starting tomorrow. My Intensive class is amazing as well. We are on a rest week and recharging for the work ahead.

I would tell you I did get a walk in today just before it rained. It was wonderful to hike the trails in Minnesota but there is some wonderful color in the dying leaves here. There were some tiny squirrels there too who are likely to show up in one of my short stories. Look at his eyes!!

I would tell you my PUSH group is looking for new members! We meet on Mondays (usually) and always share wins, write together and then have a conversation related to writing. For more info you can check out the details here.

I hope your Sunday and the coming week are filled with rest, growth, great food, and what you need.

Thank you for joining me for a coffee chat. I hope to see you next weekend!

Colorful Sunday #WeekendCoffeeShare

I invite you to join me for a cup of coffee and a conversation. Today is full of writing and fire for me.

Thanks to Natalie the Explorer who provides space to link and celebrate Weekend Coffee Share posts!

If We Were Having Coffee

I would ask you, “Where are you in the world? What is your weather – internal or external?”

I would tell you it is a full moon today! Full moons are a great time to reset and make new goals for the next cycle. One of the ways I will celebrate is with drinks in front of the fire with my man this evening!

I would tell you I made my errands this week into a writing adventure. I turned my 5 stops into a writing crawl. Similar to the bar crawl or the progressive dinners of yesteryear. If you would like to read the details you can find that article here.

I would tell you we had family visiting this past week from Florida which was fun. I was able to make some good meals and some pumpkin bread! The pumpkin bread recipe came from a friend’s mom in high school and I haven’t made it in almost 10 years. The guys were able to get some work done too which was great. The weather was cool this time!

I would tell you I had to drive to Wisconsin again this week. Paperwork needed to be signed and my ties to the badger state should be about over now. This should be the last hurdle. There are some pending approvals but that is out of my control. I am thankful I am almost through this transition.

I would tell you I continue the #last100daysproject2022. I post a word and then a random sentence each day on Instagram. You can check them out here.

Do you need a refill? Would you like some ice water?

I would tell you my PUSH group is looking for new members! We meet on Mondays (usually) and always share wins, write together and then have a conversation related to writing. For more info you can check out the details here.

I would tell you my writing has been fueled by life and reading but I messed up my own schedule this week so I feel behind where I normally am in the writing week. I did have a one-on-one session this week that has me changing my approach to the Jack project. I am excited but need a chunk of time to get the work done.

I would tell you I spent Saturday with my son and we had a great time. We laughed and planned his Halloween costume. We ventured to the mall which I haven’t been to in quite awhile. Overall it was a great visit. I always enjoy spending time with him.

I hope your Sunday and the coming week are filled with rest and what you need.

Thank you for joining me for a coffee chat. I hope to see you next weekend!