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On Writing

ImageIn August I finished a month-long online course called Writing in the Digital Age taught by Tammy Strobel of RowdyKittens.com.  This course has opened up my writing, and I am forever grateful.

Originally, I wanted to take this course because I always felt too timid about putting myself and my thoughts out there for everyone to see… but still wanted to do a blog.  How weird is that, right?  Tammy’s course got me through that, helped me to find my voice, as well give me inspiration to continue writing.  Her words of encouragement, personal insight and strategies have woken up my inner writer.

I have started journaling; but not every day.  When I write my thoughts and feelings in the journal, I find that I not only feel better, but am able to work through problems faster and with more clarity.  Writing seems to have helped me gather and order my thoughts, and to enable me to move on and not dwell.  These entries do not make it into my public writing, but has broken the floodgate on things I want to write about and share with others.  It is AMAZING.

For all you introverts out there who want to blog and find your writing voice, please check out Tammy’s class.  She is wonderful!  Thanks Tammy!

 

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Memories

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On the road through Death Valley, CA

I am taking an online class – “Writing in the Digital Age” taught by Tammy Strobel of Rowdykittens.com that has helped me to start writing this blog.  Granted, this is only the second post, but I am having fun with it!  Today’s writing prompt is about Memories.  In order to do this one, I started going through some of my photos and came across the album of our family vacation to the West Coast last year.  Here is my essay Tammy!

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Wild horses seen just outside of Death Valley.

Some of my fondest memories are from our trip to the West Coast last summer. Every time I look at the photos I feel a sense of joy and peace.  It also brings a sense of longing and melancholy that I am not there any longer and it may take me many years to go back.

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We went for two weeks and the first week was all about adventure.  We drove from Las Vegas, NV to Death Valley, CA then on to Silver City, NV for a bit of the old wild west.  From there we drove across California to Crescent City, CA passing by Mt. Shasta.  Just gorgeous.  We stayed there for a couple of days to check out the Redwoods and it was so totally worth it.  They are majestic and humbling.  Just beautiful!  

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We then drove down the coast using the Redwood Highway and again so beautiful. No Bigfoot sightings, but that was ok too.  We made a pit stop in Monterey Bay before we were set to meet up for our family reunion in Oxnard, CA.  

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The further south we went, the warmer and sunnier it became, but I still longed for the cooler and mystical area of Northern, CA and the Redwoods.  

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Mt. Shasta

One of the coolest things we saw coming down the coast was the RV’s that park one on top of the other along the coast!  Our dream retirement is to get an RV and see the country and I want to be a part of that caravan!

We met up with the family in Oxnard, CA where we rented a house right on the ocean.  It was warm and sunny and beautiful, but I still longed for the cooler temperatures and majestic views that Northern, CA afforded me.  

On this trip we put 2,800 miles on the rental car – good thing for unlimited mileage! This was a trip that was unforgettable.

On to make more memories!