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Summer Plans

Sunday, May 18, 2014

I’ve been trying to write a blog about my summer plans. I started making a list. You know the kind of thing: types of exercise I will do and new recipes to try. (I know better than to set a specific weight-loss goal. I know the direction I want my weight to go = DOWN. But just how many pounds and exact dates is a bit too discouraging. I want to celebrate what actually happens and not over- estimate the possibilities.) Instead, I added books I want to read, places I want to hike and on and on . . .
I kept looking at the list trying to figure out how to fit all this “stuff” into just one blog. And I began to realize that one activity was drifting its way up to the number one spot.

This comes as little surprise to those of you who have noted my username, CJWordplay. I really enjoy writing – which leaves me with a nagging question – what’s keeping me from doing it?

Here is a “short” list of my excuses:
I don't have time,
I ran out of ideas,
The point on my pencil broke,
I can't find a piece of paper,
I broke a fingernail,
My hair is too curly!

So – No more excuses.
I have decided.
This summer –

No THIS summer





Each day.

(Snoopy writes: "It was a bright and sunny summer . . .")

Perhaps no one will care, or read, or even like what I write.
Unlike Snoopy, I have no expectations.

I’m doing this for me.
I’m doing it because it brings me joy.
And that is the best reason I can think of.

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  • JILL313
    CJ, You write so well plus you enjoy being creative so put that all together & definitely write something each and every day. It's a talent you have so you're going to have no trouble thinking of something you enjoy writing, or maybe actually don't enjoy the subject matter. I'm always impressed how well written, articulate and interesting your blogs are. So don't procrastinate on this anymore and do yourself a favor and buy a nice notebook to write in along with some pretty colored pens. Let your creativeness flow freely on paper.

    Hugs & Love,

    1344 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Write on! (couldn't resist corny pun)
    1345 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    emoticon here's a blank page and new fancy pen... Summer is the perfect time emoticon
    1345 days ago
    “Greatness is finding your natural talent, fueling it with passion, planting it in well-nourished soil, and toiling in the garden until it breaks through the earth and reaches for the stars.” ― Janet Autherine,

    CJ writing is your natural talent so its a great idea to set it as one of your summer goals. Go for it! I look forward to reading some of your writings. You can do it.

    1345 days ago
    I have the same problem. It's hard to write every day, and yet I enjoy it so much when I do. It's the same as exercise. The endorphins don't turn on until the writing or the exercising is almost done. emoticon
    1346 days ago
    Sure hope your writing goal for the summer will include lots of blogging! I have always loved reading your blogs, because you are so creative and a truly gifted writer!! emoticon emoticon
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    1346 days ago
    "It was a dark and stormy night...." LOL!! Go for the gold! Write what you want, when you want! emoticon
    1346 days ago
    Thank you for your blog. Very interesting and thought provoking.
    1346 days ago
  • BARBIE176
    What a fabulous blog! I love that you are writing for yourself with no expectations. That was something that Bill did the last couple of years before he became so sick. I hope you will share some of your writings with your spark friends though. Have a fabulous summer being creative! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1346 days ago
    Very creative. DO IT. WRITE!!!
    Hope to hear some fun and interesting things .
    Have an excellent ,creative, successful summer.
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    1346 days ago
    Sounds wonderful! Enjoy it!
    1346 days ago
    Good plan, go for it.
    1346 days ago
    I know how much you love to write. So...Just Do It! ;-) I would like to read some of what you write someday! emoticon

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    1347 days ago
    I enjoyed your blog !
    Please keep writing !
    1347 days ago
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