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Saturday, January 24, 2015

What Writing Has Taught Me

Today's post is about what writing has taught me. Sounds funny, right?
I am nearing a year of focusing on my writing and have just finished a second poetry book. I am nearing completing my first fiction as well.
So in addition to learning about what it means to be an indie author I have been writing.
Why would I step back and think, what has this taught me?
Because that's how I roll.
I am wired to look within, to assess what I am getting out of something. For good or bad, this introspective girl asks questions.
So when I ask myself what I have learned, what I have gained in knowledge about myself, here is what I have found.

In writing, I like to invoke feeling and emotion.

When I look within, I know what I want to say.

Goals are important.

Being flexible is key.

I can motivate myself.

I value my writing time.

The support of others is invaluable.

I need quiet in order to write.


These realizations did not happen in the order I listed them or all at once, just to disappear. They came as a result of writing alone for hours, during a period of time of struggle both financially and emotionally.
I kept my focus but found my motivation waning during stressful times. I had to stay encouraged, to keep myself headed in the direction of my dream.
Branching out and surrounding myself with support was so beneficial. I felt encouraged and strengthened by others during this crucial time and I will always be indebted to those who offered me words of encouragement and advice.
Finally, I can say that writing taught me that if you have a dream, you will have to work at it and for it. It will stay in your heart.
Some of the items on my list make me laugh. Others seem applicable to multiple areas of my life. I
have learned a lot about myself through just the process of deciding to write. I will carry that with me whatever life take me.
If not writing, then what was brought you a measure of growth and expansion? Would you change the path you have taken if you could?
Thanks for listening to my ramblings and musing!
Have a terrific journey!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Women of Wonder

Hello! In a writing frenzy lately and I haven't posted much poetry in a while, so here I go. I was inspired to write this poem after listening to some music. I love that music, actually the lyrics, really inspire me to write poetry, which I see as kind of a song of the soul.
So here is my poem, about the power of having a mindset of wonder. Of being open and receptive. See what you think. Let's be women of wonder!

Woman of Wonder

Are you a woman of wonder
who wonders about life
love and eternity, too?
Are there questions
your soul longs to have answered
that your mind spins
and your restless heart skips a beat
at the thought of them being answered?
I am here to say
stay strong
woman of wonder
feed the flames of your desire
your curiosity
for it is Me you seek
and I stand at the gate of truth
guarding the entrance to its chambers
I call forth everyone
and so few listen
instead choosing folly and vice,
but the open heart and gentle spirit
to them I am welcoming
I am powerful
and I make all who listen to me
powerful as well.
You would do well
woman on wonder
to keep on seeking
and questioning;
come to me in your innocence
for I,
am prepared to answer
your questions.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Singing your song

Hello! Hope you are having a beautiful day. I am pretending it is spring. Want to join me ?
 If you like winter cold and ice, it is okay. I will send it your way!!

Ah, today is like no other. We have today, a gift. To enjoy.
I intend to enjoy it. Do you? Even with all there is to do, all that needs fixing or whatever, it only takes a moment to reach within and see how beautiful life really is. How wondrous everything really is. So I invite you to take a moment now, today, to step back and see life with new eyes.
Not because it is a new year.
Because you become renewed when you get silent and release distractions, when you let go of keeping the weight of the world on your shoulders and breathe just to get through the things you must do on your list. When you start to listen to the song of your heart, your spirit.
It sings. Even in winter. I promise.
Can you hear it?
Can your hear your song?
I think mine was like a caged bird, getting louder and louder until I could no longer ignore it.
For me, I had a 'new year/new me' sort of feeling when I began to focus on writing last year.

Setting goals and holding a new vision for my future made me feel so excited and energized.
Starting a new venture, making life changes, letting go, all of those things just need your willingness and desire. Any day of the year can be the start of something wonderful.

So what song do you want to sing this year? What have you quietly (or not so quietly) ignored for so long, but now you can't ignore it any longer?

I hope you feel encouraged by the nearness of spring. By the joy that your song will bring to the world when you sing it. Gather whatever and whomever will go with you and support you on your journey. The support I have found really fills me with joy and humble gratefulness. Life is so much better when we give and receive love and support to one another. Right? Building up instead of tearing down. Yes.

For me, this year's word (I've seen it all over, use one keyword rather than resolutions) just might be support. I also like honor. So I guess I just might have two words this year!

So I leave you with this: First, thank you again for being here with me, my words on a page that spill from my heart. You are part of that support I was talking about, and I feel thankful to share a part of my thoughts with you! Next, what is the song you want to sing or sing even louder this year?

I can't wait to hear it.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

What rejuvenates you?

Happy 2015! I wish you a great start to the new year and thank you for visiting with me. Today's topic is on the subject of rejuvenation. With the new year starting I have been thinking about feeling revitalized, energized, focused. Keeping that in mind, it wasn't until today when walking the dog with my husband that I took in the blue sky and felt the sun on my face. Yes it is cold outside but, still! Bright sun! Blue skies! After weeks of gray skies I was desperate for some blue skies. I am a spring and summer person. Give me the beach and sandals- or barefoot on the beach. Ah. That's more like it! Frozen toes and hands make me grimace. Cold is painful. Anyway, on our walk in the sun I realized that I am truly without a doubt energized by the sun- even on cold days. Blue skies uplift my mood. This lead me to wonder about the effect color has on us. Interesting studies have been done. I know my favorite color - green - is symbolic of growth and healing. Yes. I love that.
So, on my list so far I have the sun and color. Upon further thought I came across this - I love lighthearted, funny movies. I find laughter to be wonderfully uplifting. Perhaps it stems from my childhood, which doesn't need to be brought up here. Anyway, it is ironic that laughter means so much to me because I am a quiet person by nature, very much the introvert. I don't like all humor - not much comedy/ comics for me , but the silly jokes and puns that are accidental are so funny to me. In fact, one of the things that drew me to my husband early on was his ability to make me laugh.
Also on this list is quiet time. So important. It helps me feel grounded to start the day with meditation, sometimes yoga.
I wonder what would happen if this year I focused on adding more things to my week, to my day even, that rejuvenated me? If we made a point to add a little something to our day that refreshed us and let go of things that drained us. And not from a self-centered perspective but from a view of self-care.
So here is my list of what rejuvenates me:
1. The sun
2. Color- Blue and Green
3. Laughter
4. Quiet Time

My challenge to you is to think of four things that rejuvenate you, that leaves you feeling refreshed and inspired. Add them incrementally into your day, your life. Add another thing so that you have five. Make it a point to enrich your life and the life of others, too, by allowing them to do the same for themselves. See what happens. Let me in on what happens!

Much Joy and Rejuvenation,

                                                       Kimberly DuBoise, aka the tinypoet

two poems, written by me, that are just silly: remember laughter !!

Fast-Food World

Hey, baby he mouthed into the phone
I got you the value meal you like
and I know it's silly
but the warmth I felt
the love spoken into the air
gave me hope for humanity
made  me smile to myself
Love in a fast-food world.


You tickled my funny bone
even though it wasn't funny
but really when you think about it
life isn't funny
it's serious
sometimes too serious
so laugh when you can
as much as you can
I say
what good is having a funny bone
if you don't use it?