If it’s Friday, it must be France ...
Ooops – I’m late again - I know it’s Saturday, but we have company and I’m attempting to sneak this post in while still being a somewhat gracious hostess. Good thing we have understanding friends who realize writing and blogging are
consuming my life somewhat distracting at times.
What I want to say today is this: if you have a dream, keep pursuing it.
You never know when unexpected opportunities will become a reality.
Taking a deep breath and publishing our writing, into which we put our hearts, minds, and
bare our very souls a good chunk of our lives, sometimes opens doors we might never having imagined.
Here are the best parts of writing for me (without getting into the satisfaction, frustration, challenge and all-around buzz of crafting stories): connecting with readers ~ becoming part of amazing communities of writers and bloggers all over the planet ~ receiving invitations to share thoughts, knowledge and experience ~ hearing the same from others ~ discovering ways to give back through what we do ~ listening, learning, laughing ~ feeling inspired to keep writing.
To be sure there’s another side: the search for the right words and ideas ~ the questioning and self-doubt that sneaks in ~ the hours of researching, editing, rewriting ~ the demands on time and money and presence that may be needed elsewhere in our lives ~ the inevitable struggle that is part of any creative process. And for many, that’s just the short list.
The yin and yang.
And then, out of the blue, may come something totally unexpected.
For example being invited to lead, along with my good friend, non-fiction author and speaking partner, Susan Sommers, a tour of 16 women (sorry, guys … this an all-girls’ party) to the south of France for 12 days in October, 2013.
It’s part of the innovative Broad Horizons program of Uniglobe Instant Travel based in London, Ontario
And you know how I love the south of France.
I’ve been guiding friends around that part of the world for years and love to do it.
Here’s the fabulous itinerary - South of France Itinerary 2013. We’ve worked hard to ensure it’s going to be a very good time – inspiring, energizing, providing memories for a lifetime.
There’s just the right combination of literary, art and laughter: enjoying café au lait or sipping pastis in the shadow of authors we have read, walking in the footsteps of great artists, touring, shopping, wining (including wine tasting at an ancient vineyard) and dining (including a cooking class in Provence), and relaxing. Call your bestie and come if you can. It’s going to be superbe, magnifique, and fantastique … and if you can’t go with us, rest assured I’ll be writing about it to share here with all of you.
We’ll be here …
And here …
And here …
And in the countryside of Provence strolling streets like these …
Visiting places like this …
And taking endless photos of these
Tempting? There’s more info on my website too. Click here if you would like to see it.
Keep dreaming. Keep believing. Keep writing. You just never know …
What are the lows and highs of the yin and yang in your creative process? How do you find the balance for which we all search? Share your dreams. What doors have opened for you?You know we care.