I have placed the words "fear or faith" over my year. Then I have worked all year on choosing faith. Time and again choosing faith. Situation after situation choosing faith. But there are no guarantees, you know. That the faith that you have chosen won't lead to failure. There are no guarantees that you won't fall flat on … Continue reading on Mary Oliver, regrets, and guarantees
Winter is here, and the year is almost halfway past. So it would be tempting to think that the pattern for this year is set. That the everyday humdrum will be your reality for the remainder of this year. And that each day will blur into months of the same. But I am telling you, … Continue reading blessing for a winter Wednesday
We have reached the end of our online bookclub and the question Elaine, Amanda and I have for this last post is: What have we learned about creativity from Big Magic? For me it can be summed up in two phrases: Take it seriously and hold it lightly. These two phrases seem to be contradictory, but … Continue reading on creativity, dedication and joy
Despite my certainty now, I did not always know I would be a writer. Elizabeth Gilbert made a sacred vow of writing around the age of 16. Elaine Fraser she knew she wanted to be a writer at age 10. Not me. Don't get me wrong. Have I always loved writing? Absolutely. Has it always been a … Continue reading a divine partnership
I love writing. I love the thrill of a phrase that sits perfectly on the page. I love the tap of the keyboard, and the soft scratch of pen on paper. I love the feeling you get when you manage to capture an elusive emotion in a few words. I love those days when … Continue reading Are you passionate enough to endure?
I place two fresh-baked muffins on the bench, and wait for the smell to waft through the house. Before long two hopeful pairs of eyes greet me, with “Mum, may we please have a muffin?” The gift of writing to me often feels like that fresh-baked muffin sitting on the bench and I am the hopeful … Continue reading on permission, entitlement and calling