Secret #3 ~ Following your fascinations

This week's secret is so important. Following your fascinations. Taking risks. Realizing what might be holding you back (inner patriarch). This chapter was so inspiring again, and I have to mention that I really find the quotes in the margins as inspiring as the text. My favourite this week was from Dolly Parton (of all people?!):

"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."

Now for the questions of the week from the book group:

"What helps you be brave? List anything you'd like to draw on when the journey gets tough or scary, including what has worked for you in the past."

What helps me be brave is knowing that my family is there for me, no matter what the outcome is of my adventure. Another thing that helps me is looking back at the challenges that I have gone through in the past.

When things get confusing or stressful, what has helped me in the past is to take a couple of hours by myself and go somewhere. It could be a walk or bike ride by the lake, or a drive in the country, or even spending time in a book store or at the library. Many times I bring my camera with me. I took this photo on a de-stressing walk. I always come back feeling refreshed, fresh air and taking pictures always works for me.

When I have to complete something I have a difficult time with, I tend to think of how good I will feel when it's done. During NaNoWriMo last November, there were many days when it was difficult, but I just kept thinking of how great it would feel to know that I finished, that I wrote 50 000 words!

"This week I'd like to offer you the challenge of taking one brave step towards your dreams"

This week I opened an etsy store, more for me than for profit. I started with a couple of my photographs and will add some fabric creations soon. It is something I have been thinking about for a few months, but finally decided to take the leap this week.
My other brave step that I want to take is to read the book I wrote last November. I did complete the NaNoWriMo challenge, but once I was finished, I didn't want to read what I wrote...not sure why, but now I will take that brave step and see what I wrote!


  1. Love the photo.

    Big cheers for the etsy store. I have to look around when I have more time! That's fantastic.

    Putting something as overwhelming as Nanowrimo is a great idea. You have to let it simmer, then come back to it. I can't wait to hear what you think of your novel!

  2. That is definitely a brave step! I haven't looked at my NaNoWriMo stuff yet either. I think Dolly Parton's quote is great too. :)

  3. Love your photo of the Teasels - (my puppy is called Teasel because I love the plant so) - but how did you get that little snow effect in it???

    Thanks for the Dolly Parton quote - its really resonating with me. (I still haven't got my copy of the book...)

  4. Those are huge risks! I love the photo and am glad to hear you've opened up an Etsy store. I know bracing myself to my past writing is the hardest part but once you get into it I'm sure it'll be a great experience.


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