Dear Writing Mama's,
I am sorry that it has taken me so long to post this. Unfortunatly, my professional life has gotten so busy that I do not feel that I am able to give this writing group the attention and energy that it needs to thrive. This will be my last post.
So, I just want to say thank you to all the wonderful woman who have participated. Thank you for your amazing stories. I support you all in continuing to explore your life on the page. I also support you in continuing to share your writing with others.
For some ongoing creative and writing guidance, I suggest the following books: Writing Down the Bones, Thunder and Lightning and Wild Mind (by Natalie Goldberg),The Artist's Way and The Right to Write(by Julia Cameron), Bird by Bird(by Anne Lamott). For deep inspiration I suggest the following books and authors: anything by Alice Walker(particularly The Color Purple, The Same River Twice and Warrior Marks,acompanion book to her film), Operating Instructions, Bastard out of Carolina, A Thousand Acres,Open House,She's Came Undone,The Lovely Bones, Angela's Ashes, The Reader and The Corrections. There are so many amazing books and authors out there. Use their work to inspire you. One excersise you can do is to take a line that you love from a book and begin your own freewrite starting from that line.
Your final assignment is on appreciation.
Take the time to sit by yourself today and think of one thing you're grateful for each time you inhale and exhale. Do this for 5 minutes. Then sit and write beginning with............."what I love...." be as specific in your writing as possible.
Write for ten minutes each on the following topics............
The sweetest thing..............
Bonus: Make a practice of appreciation today. Say thank you from your heart to your child today just for being who she is. Notice all the large and small ways in which life is supporting you. Cultivate gratitude and appreciation especially where it seems unnatural. Appreciate yourself. Forgive yourself for a mistake.
I appreciate you for your willingness to open to your voice and be real.
All blessings and with love,