Phenomenal Woman

Bloganuary Day 30…one more day to go…

Todays Prompt: What would you title the chapters of your autobiography?

Hmmm…another good question Bloganuary. Funny enough, tuning 50 this month did make me think through my life and the experiences I have had. I didn’t think about titles but now is as good a time as any I suppose.

My first decade would definitely be called “My carefree years”. I don’t recall having too much anxiety during this time in my life and I pretty much excelled at everything I did (I think).

My second decade, my teen years, was a completely different story. “Becoming part I’ would probably be a good title. I had no idea who I was or what I really wanted out if life. Remember how my dream career in a previous post wasn’t even a specific one? I guess that tells you how lost and undecided I was.

My 20’s was “Becoming part II”. I still didn’t know what I wanted or where I wanted to be in this world but by the end of this decade I started to get a feel for what I enjoyed doing . I still wasn’t sure but I could see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

My 30’s = “Evolution”. I began this decade in tears and very angry and remained that way for the first 2-3 years until I discovered the law of attraction and started behaving intentionally in some ways. I still was not there yet. I became a mom in this decade! A revelation! Suddenly it became absolutely necessary to know how I wanted to live the rest of my life and what experiences I wanted to give my son. Motherhood really galvanized me in to action.

My 40’s “Awakening”. Things started coming together. Isn’t amazing how that happens once you have clarity about you want. There have also been major losses in the later half of this decade but with these losses have come some gains. Some of those gains have been spiritual and some have been people. I have stepped out if my 40’s with clarity about my purpose and the talents that God has given me to fulfill this purpose. I have stepped into my 50’s stronger, happier within myself and feeling complete because now I know who I am. I am surrounded by amazing people who only want the best for me as well. There is still so much more to learn so who knows what the title of my 6th decade will be. I look forward to finding out!

Do you know what you would call your chapters? Let me know in the comments.

Thank for stopping by. Bye for now.


Lessons about Writing

Bloganuary day 29

Today’s Prompt: What is something you learned recently?

What a great question! I am probably what is known as an epistomophile as I am constantly reading and absorbing information so this is a great opportunity to take a step back and think about about what I have actually learnt and how much I have implemented

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The value of morning pages

If you have read “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron then you would have come across the term “morning pages”. Julia Cameron recommends that, every morning, we get up and write out 3 pages of conscious streaming writing by hand. It is a clearing exercise that allows you to dump all the thoughts that are rolling around in your mind. I find that it is easier to meditate after writing these pages as I have now dealt with all the thoughts that usually pop up in my writing. I also often find that by the 3rd page (although I don’t always get there), I start coming up with new ideas, especially for work, which is pretty awesome. There is no right or wrong way to do this exercise and it is often a grump fest and can look like a to-do list. It’s a really great tool that helps you create space for your creativity.

How to easily calculate the readability of my text

This is I learnt today on Tetyana’s blog, #teachisfun, here on WordPress. You can find out more about to do this too at this link. I have always wanted to understand how to calculate the readability score of my blog posts as I am aware of how important it is but I have never taken the time to find out. Tetyana’s post also taught me about important rules that need to be followed for the best chance of creating a successful blog and includes very useful tips on creating a captivating heading for my posts. I suspect I am going to need a lot more practice with headings in particular. 😅

That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Bye for now.


Cake is for life, not just for birthdays!

Bloganuary day 28 – just 3 more posts to go….

Today’s prompt: Describe your perfect birthday cake

Hello again. I don’t know about you but I thought this a bit of an odd prompt but here I am anyway. I have never given any thought to what my perfect birthday cake would be like to be honest. This is probably because I have never been too hung up on it.

We were very fortunate that my mother was the best baker ever! On Sunday evenings we did not have supper. Instead we had cake. My mum would bake at least 2 treats every week. Sometimes it would be scones and a bacon and egg quiche or chocolate cake and rock cakes. Sometimes it would be lemon meringue pie and maybe a coffee cake or cheese puffs. I guess my point is that we were spoilt rotten on Sundays and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We couldn’t wait until it was time for cake and coffee/tea. If you were still hungry there after, you had a toasted sandwich. Those are definitely some of my favourite moments with my family.

I think I always had a chocolate cake on my birthday. It was never fancy but it was always delicious because it was made with love. I really couldn’t ask for more. I’ll assume my mum is reading over my shoulder from the other side so thank you Mummy for those weekly spoils and my delicious birthday cakes. They were always appreciated. 🌷🙏To this day, a chocolate cake is still my cake of choice if I am going to have one at all.

That’s it from me. Thanks for stopping by. Bye for now.

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