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VDAYSUX 2019 Closing Address

Hello friend! WE MADE IT! Another successful blogathon in the books. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. I think putting together projects like this are a friendly little reminder to ourselves not to let the business side of writing get in the way of creative writing. I hope I can keep this momentum going for the rest of the year. I meant what I said when I had a torrent of content and awesome things to share with you. As with all things, real life gets in the way. I can only expect so much of myself when I do things like this. Yes, sometimes it feels like I’m screaming into the ether but I suppose that’s what everyone says. Wish me luck and I hope to see you around on social media or maybe I’ll be sending a Gilly Gram occasionally.

Fifty Ways to Take a Break

I’m sure you’ve seen this list before. But, even if you haven’t, I’m pleased to share it with you. I didn’t make it, but I love the gentle reminder to enjoy life in small doses. It’s so easy to become overwhelmed with our daily lives. It’s little pinpricks like these that remind us to slow down. Read a book Take a bath Watch the clouds Create your own coffee break Give thanks Pet a furry creature Move twice as slowly Light a candle Listen to music Go to a body of water Engage in small acts of kindness Watch the stars Rest your legs up a wall Eat a meal in silence Climb a tree Go to a park Color with crayons Examine an everyday object with fresh eyes Put on some music and dance Read poetry Take a nap Meditate Find a relaxing scent Sit in nature Forgive someone…

Eleanor Roosevelt

I’ve got a quote for you to chew on from Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. She once said, The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself. Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear your argument! Before you do that though, tell me if you’ve donated to the Animal Foundation today. I know they would appreciate anything you could send over.

Somewhere Out There

One of my favorite songs from my childhood was “Somewhere Out There” from An American Tail. I define most of my childhood by the music I listened to. I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie, but this song continues to give me frisson after all these years. fris·son /frēˈsôn/ noun a sudden strong feeling of excitement or fear; a thrill. It makes you feel nostalgic for a place that may never have existed. Is there a song from your childhood that sticks with you to this day? Have you submitted a donation to the Animal Foundation today? Tell me in the comments!