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5 Minute Friday: Older!

Yet again I am joining The Gypsy Mama with 5 minute Friday.

I love to learn to write freely, learning to let the words flow and become real in what I write. It’s an awesome writer’s practice,  but what is more: I am learning something about me and my view of life every time I write this way.  So I wholeheartedly invite you to join us!

Below is explained how you can do exactly that.

But first:

Are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:

Older…

Are you as excited as I am about getting older??

I simply love the life experience I now carry around with me.

I love that I have left my childhood, adolescence and upbringing behind! I have taken from it what was good, and am processing what wasn’t up to par.

I an excited at what life is still to bring. I can’t wait to get older and fulfil the dreams I have!

Looking back in five years time – remembering of where I was and where I got.

If the last five years are anything to go by – a whole lot will have c hanged and I will have grown immensely again.

I am so glad to have the past being me.

And yet I am fully aware that the past is part of my future. Yet becoming older means I have been able to give my abusive past a place and actually use some parts for something good.

It has grown empasthy and compassion in me. It has given me vision for who I want to help. It has given me a indifference for the mediocre. I will not settle for a mediocre life!

I can’t live life knowing others are suffering – I have to do something. This I count as gain.

I so many ways I like the person I am becoming. Despite the abusive past, despite all that has worked against me and still is, I have survived! And I am proud of it!

I am who I am today because of hard work in the past, because of hard work yesterday. And I will continue to work hard, to become a whole person, alive in every area of my being, stretching out helping hands to others, to come along side, knowing the aloneness and the struggle it takes to ‘grow out of it’.

The past is part of me, but the older I get, the less important it becomes, the more it gets integrated in ‘me’ and the more I use what I have learned.

I toast on getting older, day-by-day!

STOP!!!!!!!!

I am so sorry, I cheated a little. As I got caught up in the writing I lost track of time… Does that ever happen to you?

To paint your verbal picture and share it with us just:

  1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
  2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
  3. Get a little crazy with encouragement for the five minuter who linked up before you.
When you come back on Monday I will reveal the two blog awards I have received (so exciting!!!), including the bloggers I am awarding with the honor I received!!

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Five Minute Friday: New!

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes for the prompt:

New…

What’s new?

Enjoying life.

Having peace with big chunck of my past.

Being emotional when I hear an old song from Petra – Grave Robber

Listening to ’80 music and singing along with the songs

Good emotions and bad ones, who are good in a way too.

My painted kitchen and corridor – an apartment that is becoming a real home with every odd job I am doing.

Creativity – sprouting in my home and in my life.

Branching out in new things and pursuing old passions.

Enjoying life.  I know I mentioned it, but it is so very new to me!!

Being in the moment,  happines, things happen now!

New people and possible friends in my life,  meeting them through cyberspace or in ‘real life’.

Freedom to become who I really am – discovering and pursuing what is real inside of me.

Peeling of the old layers and showing the fresh new ones – shyly and protectively.

Just ‘to be’!

Knowing it is ok to be me.

Learning to accept me.

Learning to feel loved and pursued by Him.

STOP

Every Friday I try to join The Gypsy Mama, who writes this week:

So, here’s the skinny: I keep thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And so a while back I figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Just painting with words. Finger-painting even.

For only five minutes.

I love that so many of you loved that idea too. So we gather here every Friday to compare our five minute masterpieces, in all their messy beauty. We just write, without worrying if it’s just right or not.

And this week, I asked on Facebook what we should write about. Two of you suggested, “New.”

You got it.

To paint your verbal picture and share it with us just:

      1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
      2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
      3. Get a little crazy with encouragement for the five minuter who linked up before you.

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Five Minute Friday – Beauty!

Faithful readers!

I am dying to write a ‘proper’ post with some ‘meat’ in it,  giving you something to chew on,  but this week has seen me busy doing odd jobs around the house.  You saw my corridorand I am still working on my kitchen.  I fixed lights and lamps and cleaned stuff out.  Re-potted plants and got some new ones to replace the dead & dying.  Decoration is going on.  It seems The Bug has got me after a year!

May none be left behind...

Talking about bugs:  I got me some nice present from my stay in Antwerp,  Belgium last week….  fleas!  Yikes!!!!!

So this weekend I’ll be busy doing laundry,  including all my clothes (grateful I don’t have that many!),  bedding,  towels etc.  and vacuuming everything twice a day (at least) like futons,  couch,  matrasses.  I am SO grateful for not having carpet anywhere!!!

Let’s move on to:

Want to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. Here’s how we do it:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing.

2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my right side bar}

3. Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you. Every writer longs to feel heard.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes for the prompt:

Beauty…

START

It is only recently that I have discovered that life can be beautiful.  In the butterflies,  about 40 different ones I saw in a special garden.  In the plants that grow inside my house.  The flowers opening up, blooming and falling down in the garden of a friend.  At the beach in the waves crashing on the sand.  In the ever changing sky above us. In the unexpected things happening in life.

In the going up on the flow of my mood,  seeing the world sharper,  anew,  as never seen before.  As if the dark glasses have fallen off and seeing the world through a enw set of eyes.

The beauty of my life – or more of what life has brought me in who I am today.  Thankful that I.Am.Alive!  My inner beauty,  constantly developing.  I love to get to know myself – not the one who I was protected to the teeth.  But the unadulterated me.  Be-ing who I am. Wow!

It’s harder to see the beauty of me on the outside.  I hate how I look.  But I am working on acceptance – I haven’t made myself this way.  There are reasons why I am as I am – and that is okay.   Maybe there will come a day that I see the beauty there too!  Maybe…

STOP

As you can see,  not yet a very comfortable subject for me to write on.  But that is ok.

Will you join us and let us now your thoughts?

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Five Minute Friday on Tuesday: Grateful…

I know,  I know,  it is not Friday anymore,  I am way way late for linking up.  BUT!  I still want to join The Gypsy Mama,  so here goes:

Want to take five minutes with me and just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. Here’s how we do it:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing.

2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my right side bar}

3. Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you. Every writer longs to feel heard.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes for the prompt:

Grateful…


START

I am grateful to be alive.

I am grateful that my life has been spared when I didn’t know how to live and wanted to escapte the pain by ending my life

I am grateful for friends who take the place of dysfunctional family

I am grateful that I am emrging from a 5 year desert and am learning to really enjoy life by living in the moment

I am grateful to my cousnelor who has taught me so much

I am grateful for having vision what I want to do with my life and people who are encouraging me to follow my dreams

I am grateful that I know from the inside out that I am gonna make it and all will be well, even though I don’t know what it means yet

I am grateful for my birthday and for friends that want to celebrate with me that I have reached this time and this age

I am grateful to my God, my Savior, my Friend, even though I am so slow in grasping His lvoe for me

I am grateful for a much bigger understanding of His unboudning grace for me and everyone else

I am grateful for the one family member I am in touch with and I bless this person with God’s mightly blessings to give this person all that is needed in live

I am grateful that friendship is not bound by the geographical boundaries and goes way beyond where we are at that moment in time

I am grateful for community and fellowship, where two or three are gathered together, He is in our midst!

I am grateful for modern ways of communicating, the internet, skype, twitter – as it broadens our horizons and gives us more people to be friends with

STOP –

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How about you? What are you grateful for?

Let me know in the comments below!

I love to hear from you all 😉

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Five Minute Friday… Home!

It’s Friday and I am linking up with Gypsy Mama again.

So.  Paint a verbal picture.

In just five minutes.

To just write and not worry if it’s just righte or not.

      1.  Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
        2.   Link back and invite others to join in.
        3.

Get a little crazy with encouragement for the five minuter who linked up before you.And for added fun Gypsy Mama always throws something special into the pot.  So hop over to her blog (click on the above button) to see what it is and to link up!

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes for the prompt:

Home…

START

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Home… was the place I didn’t know how to get away from fast enough as a teenager.

Home never felt like ‘home’ – as in a safe and warm place.

Home – a word I avoided to use once I had left the place where my parents lived.

It was never home to me.  Especially since right after I moved out my parents changed my room and when I came back the first time to visit it wasn’t my room anymore. It looked like a hospital room, all white. It was horrible!

So what is home to me?

Home is where those people are who love me unconditionally. It doesn’t mean that they accept crappy behavior, but they accept me as I am. They will call me to order when necessary and put me up and take care of me when I need it.  This soemtimes quite literally.

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Home is where you can put your feet up and be yourself, without any fear for being judged.

Home is love and acceptance, freedom and forgiveness, grace and humiliation.

I don’t just have one home,  I have many.  Home is shattered all over the place and even all over the world.  Home can be created in a second where hearts meet and recognize each other.  Home is knowing that you are welcome and wanted. Home is to know and let yourself be known.

STOP

Wow – I could go on and on once I got going.  Interesting!

Now it is your turn 😉

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Every day…

Well,  this is my second 5 minute Friday with Gypsy Mama!! Come and join us:

Wanna just write? Without wondering if it’s just right?

  1. Indulge in five rich, delicious minutes of pure writing.
  2. Tell your readers you’re linking up here and invite them to dig in too.
  3. And most importantly, go visit, read, and compliment the five-minute chef who served something up right before you.

Easy peasy.

Oh and there’s always a little fun something-something in it for one five-minute artist.  Just click Gypsy Mama’s  5 minute Friday button and you’ll find out what she has in store for you this week:

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes for the prompt:

Every Day…

START

Every day is a surprise how I will wake up… Happy? Irritated? Moody? ‘Normal’?

Every day I have to make choices how I respond to my moods

Every day I have to take my meds, because right now I can’t function without them

Every day I suffer from the side effects of those meds

Every day I am getting closer to lower my doses and hopefully manage my life without them

Every day I can start anew…

Trying to get out of my present funk

Enjoying the hypomanic phase I am in and getting as much done with minimal negative effects

Getting my emotional life in a better place so I continue to improve

Every day is a gift, worthy to be lived to the best of my ability!

STOP

Phew, this time I found it much harder to get my thoughts on paper – there were too many flying around and I couldn’t catch them… except for the few I managed to write down.

Ok.

Your turn!

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