Challenges exist to be overcome! Let us be realists, but without losing our joy, our boldness and our hope-filled commitment.
~Pope Francis, “The Joy of the Gospel”, 2014`
As May rolls along, I continue on the Ignatian Prayer Adventure. Apart from prayer & reflection, I also spend time reading the writings & biographies of Jesuits past and present. Since he was mentioned several times in this weekend on various occasions, I thought a quote from Pope Francis would be appropriate.
Battling dragons can become all-consuming, so much so that we become so focused on the task at hand that we forget all else. This quote reminds me not to forget why we battle them dragons in the first place, and to hold on to our humanity & the joy that comes with fighting for a cause. Continue reading “Battling Dragons with Joy: 3-Day Quote Challenge #3”
We are each a work in progress. On one hand, it is comforting to know that we are far done: after all, there is still so much to learn, so much of the world to experience! On the other hand, to wonder wistfully what completion would feel like; the feeling that we indeed have so very far to go! How does this make me feel? How do these thought affect how I treat others when I remember that they, too, are works in progress? What do you think about being a Work in Progress? Continue reading “I am a Work in Progress: 3-Day Quote Challenge #1”
If you told me I was going to be running repeats on a track, I would have rolled my eyes and laughed! Loving Husband has long extolled the benefit of repeats to improve speed and endurance, but the thought of arduous discipline made me so tired.
In the spirit of trying new things (or new old things), I went to the track a few weeks ago. Surprise, surprise, I actually enjoyed it! Don’t get me wrong, it was hard work, and as I rounded the track for the 4th time (my goal was to go 6 rounds), I did consider maybe cutting short the workout. But I finished the plan, felt strong, and it wasn’t as mentally laborious as I’d feared. I’ve been back since, and have managed to feel rather zen as I complete my rounds. Continue reading “Surprised by the Unlikely”
I am glad for this opportunity to revisit February as the month has whizzed by! My 30-Day Challenge was to encounter Beauty, whether it is as an Imaginative Creator or Awed Enthusiast. I feel like I didn’t mindfully do this as there was so much going on. So I am going to try again in March, to purposefully engage in Beauty, whether it is composing a photograph, or dreaming up new Blondie flavours, or jiggling to music, or being gobsmacked by a sculpture: Encounter with Beauty, Take 2.
On to the Highlights of February: we harvested our first tomato (Above photo) from our Balcony Garden: we were all thrilled to enjoy the fruits of Loving Husband & Older Daughter’s labours. There were a total of 5. We are awaiting 2 more which have since emerged.
It has also been a season of lights, as we enjoyed the Light to Night Festival in the Civic District, and the Lunar New Year.
Celebrating the Year of the Dog
Pineapple tarts are a must!
Lanterns to light up the trees!
Here are some of my Beauty-ful creations.
Whorls of Twirls: Quilled earrings
Canna lilies along the Rochor Canal
Fallen Frangipani in the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Twists & Turns: Quilled earrings
If you are inspired to join in, here are the guidelines for The Changing Seasons.
The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):
Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them
I have been thinking about Beauty in our World: how we respond to it, how we can share it, and the difference it makes to our lives. Increasingly, I feel the need to leave a trail of beauty behind me, as much as I relish and benefit from enjoying the creations of those around me. Continue reading “Encounter with Beauty: 30-Day Challenge”
Yes, it is finished. Not the 50K words, nor the Great American Novel, simply, the 30 days of concerted writing. I will put my draft to bed for a bit, and maybe when I feel ready, will read through it to see if there is anything I can do with it.
Today is the 1st of November. I have chosen to take the step which might lead to insanity, but I may also end up with 50 000 words towards my novel.
It is with some trepidation that I begin: butterflies in my tummy, less than helpful thoughts floating through my head. There is also excitement: the anticipation, adrenaline pumping, raring to go! Continue reading “Nanowrimo: And it has begun!”