Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wishcast Wednesday

This is the first time I'm going to jump onto Jamie's Wishcast Wednesday thing through my sister Sarah's blog at Cottage Garden Studios. But this week, the question intrigued me. "What do you wish to stretch?"

So many answers! So little time! My first, knee jerk response was "My body!" I have fallen out of the habit of exercising, except for our daily walks, a mile and a half around the neighborhood in the morning before my DH is off to work. We have lived here for 24 years,(yikes!) raised our kids here, walked our dogs here. In other words, we've taken every possible route and combination thereof we could possibly take around this little neighborhood a gazillion times. I'm bored with it. It's uninspiring. Also, since I work at home, I'm anxious to get out with people in a class. So I want to start an exercise class. Pilate's, perhaps? Maybe Yoga. But to make this commitment to myself by writing it aloud may be just the push I need.

Second, I have been bad about exercising my writing muscles. I've been blogging, but my book writing has been on the back burner as the stress of the last few months has worked its way through me. (Long, boring story.) But now, I need to stretch not only my writing muscles, but my own confidence again. When I get away from the computer for too long, it's not good. I find I must just put my butt in the chair and write. It all comes out awful at first, but eventually, the babble begins to make sense. Then, miraculously, I write a good sentence. I don't know about you, but sometimes when I've been away too long, I begin to believe I've forgotten how to write a book. What's that about, anyway? (Note to self: Work on that.) But it's a little like riding a bike. I just need to get my balance again.

So stretching my self-confidence, my writing muscles and my body. Thanks for this topic, Jamie and Sarah. I needed this.

Be kind to yourself,

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Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Barbara: Good reminders - I need to stretch those and many other things, too.

Implicit in the concept stretch is that we know we have the essential components. They are there - we just have to pull them out and use them. That sounds easy! ;)

clairedulalune said...

As Barbara wishes for herself, I wish for her also! You will find your balance soon!

Barbara said...

My dear Bonnie,
That 'implicit' concept seems so obvious now that you say it. (Um, er...Genius!) I will, in the future, remind my metaphoric muscles of their unused and undervalued potential!
Me: "You have the power!!"
Them: "Doh! Took you long enough to figure that one out!" :p)
Thank you!

Barbara said...

Claire, Thank you! It's all coming back to me now!

Snap said...

As Barbara wishes for herself, so I wish for her. You write beautifully ... SO THERE. Now, go tell a story! :D

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Wishing you all the stretchiness you desire!

Caroline said...

As Barbara wishes for herself, I wish for her also! Enjoy all the stretching... :)

Janna Qualman said...

Stretching that writing muscle is huge! And I can appreciate your thoughts on stretching the body, because I recently took up yoga and pilates. I love the way it makes my body feel!

Kathryn Magendie said...

I love your last sentence,

"be kind to yourself" *smiling*

Here's to stretching our minds and muscles

Sarah said...

Oh oh oh oh oh....YAYAYAYAYAY!! My sis is wishcasting!! I am so beyond excited!! ARe you ready for some serious things happening hon? There is some serious power in mass wishcasting!!
Soooo I a thrilled today to say..
As sister wishes for herself, I lovingly wish for her also.
May a new and fun routine come to you and may you get your butt in that seat and Let Fly with another amazing book!
Love you, Sarah

DebraLSchubert said...

Stretch, baby, stretch! New horizons, new frontiers, new magic, new power. Those are some of the things that are possible when we stretch ourselves. I need to stretch myself in the areaof physical exercise. I'm into it one week, and out the next. Discipline in that department would transform my life. Why am I resisting?

Hybrid J said...

As Barbara wishes for herself, so I wish for her also. :)

Barbara said...

Snap--Thank You, so much!

Sarah--From your lips....xoxo

Debra (She who seeks)--Thank you!

Caroline--So appreciate that! Thanks for dropping by.

Janna--The creative muscle is essential and connected to so many other muscles! Like a cog in a wheel. Good luck with your own exercise! Thanks!

Kathryn--Thank you, as always.

Debra S--I know! It makes no sense, really, does it. I should be resisting resisting. That would make more sense. Thank you!

Hybrid J--Thanks so much.

I feel all those wishes, y'all. Thank you!