Day Eight #writingchallenge101

Day Eight #writingchallenge101

 

Life and the Single Christian Girl……..

 

Today is a day off from the writing challenge.

I am really enjoying the challenge of writing about different topics and also the creative writing.

Yesterday morning I woke up not feeling 100 per cent, so yesterday I just took it easy.

This morning was a little bit better, although I still do not feel my usual self.

 

I have enjoyed having a whole weekend at home and just resting. Taking the time to slow down and just take that time out.

My last few weeks /months have been busy and I really care about the people that I am caring for. Yes I really do I want to help them bring out their potential.

 

You do need to have balance and take care of yourself so that you can give back and help others.

 

I know that this weekend is just what I have needed.

I have been reading, praying writing in my devotional that I have started by Beth Moore.

 

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Which I am really enjoying.

 

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I have also been downloading some Christian podcasts to listen to during the week.

 

I love listening to different Pastors messages from around the world.

 

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I have also realised that I really do need to spend time with people that encourage you, that motivate you and that inspire you.

 

In my career you are always giving and I love that.

It is also wise to have boundaries, good strong boundaries. This is for your emotional wellbeing and for the people that you are caring about.

 

There are those times that you do need someone that notices what you do and can say to you great job.

 

We all need that.

 

My thought for next week is who can I encourage, who can I say I love how you……………………… and personally encourage that persons individual gifts and talents.

 

My other thought is that I need to catch up with someone that inspires me to stretch and to reach new levels of where I am going with my creativity.

 

I love catching up with friends who are having amazing creative adventures.

 

Sometimes all you need is a drop of inspiration.

 

So keep going with your creative adventures.

 

Take the time to slow down and enjoy your creative adventures.

 

Don’t let others who cannot see your potential put you down.

 

Believe in yourself.

 

Above all listen to God and his guidance for your life.

 

Will share more tomorrow.

 

Loves and Hugs

 

Traceyxx

 

Day Three #writingchallenge101

Day Three #writingchallenge101

 

Life and the Single Christian Girl…………..

 

So today’s assignment after I finally found out how it works is to write for 20minutes without stopping.

You have to try and not edit it and just write.

 

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So here goes.

I love a great writing challenge just writing whatever you feel like.

I have really enjoyed today at work and I really love my work.

I have achieved quite a few things.

I signed up for a workshop to be a facilitator for running small groups about grief.  The course is called Seasons for Growth and it’s for children dealing with loss and grief.

I am really excited about attending as it will just add to what I am learning. I love learning, I love studying, I love exploring, I never want to stop learning.

Even at the schools I work in I am always learning heaps from the students.

 

I would also like to study counselling but I think for a moment that it will be on hold.

I am enjoying the freedom of being able to be involved in challenges like this. It is also good to have a break after studying for the last two years.

 

I have really been thinking about going to America for some conference. They are Christian women conference about body image, eating disorders and also just about women.

They are in June and July so I will miss this year.

I am hopeful that I will somehow be able to go next year. My prayer would be to be a speaker at one of the conference that would be amazing.

 

I am really wanting to focus at the moment on speaking and signing.

I really want to make a difference in women and young girls lives.

I am getting there, sharing my testimony in the community. I would love to have the opportunity to speak more and to travel. That would be my dream.

 

To sing, speak, write and travel.

Wow!

 

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So for the moment I will do as much as I can in Western Australia.

It would be great to be invited to even go over east and talk over there. That would be amazing.

 

This is one of my dreams that I will just pray and had it over to God he knows my heart and what I really want to do.

 

He will make a way, He always does.

 

Dream it.

 

So now I have about 15 minutes to go and this is probably where I will just ramble on about anything.

 

So please bear with me.

 

What do I want to get out of this writing challenge?

 

I want to be able to write and not have any blocks.

I want to challenge myself to think about other topics that I might want to write about but am a little apprehensive.

I also want to be able to learn new words and how to describe things in detail.

 

I want to learn as much as I can about writing and to join and network with other writers.

I would like to be able to change the design of my blog and make it different.

I want to try and write for the rest of the year everyday somehow.

Maybe not as long as this post but long enough for people to be engaged in what I have to say.

 

I would like to grow confidently in pushing the publish button and not being afraid of what others may say.

 

I would love to express my thoughts and feelings properly.

 

I would love to be an advocate for others that may not have a voice.

 

I want to write for them to bring awareness to what they are going through.

 

I want to write with a purpose and a passion.

 

I would love to inspire people to reach for their dreams and their goals.

I would love to be able to hear from people and to mentor them along their journey.

 

My hope is that I will be able to notice people who are not noticed.

 

I want to be an encourager.

 

I want to provide a safe place for people who are struggling with an eating disorder.

I want to tell them that they have hope and they can recover.

 

I want them to know that it is hard work but they can do it.

 

I want them to know that they are loved and they have a purpose.

 

My big dream would be able to provide a house for women and young girls coming out of hospital so that they can transition from hospital to home.

 

My dream is to have a safe place for them to recover, It will have clinicians, counsellors, doctors, etc.

 

There will be also an opportunity for art therapy, for drama, for relaxation, for writing, for singing, for exploring their goals.

 

My vision would be to see young girls and women graduate from this having their lives back.

 

They will be able to explore their life and to live it well.

 

Be encouraged.

 

Meanwhile there is a lot to be done.

There is the support group to work on and then where to hold the catch ups.

 

There is the preparation of policies and procedures to develop.

 

There are people to help.

 

Writing this I am really excited and this is my dream.

 

Make it happen.

 

I also for myself want to be sing, I want to be worshipping God in all that I do.

 

I want to leave a legacy.

How amazing will that be?

 

 

Helping others to live their lives.

 

To let them know that they are worthy, valued and loved.

 

Yes challenge completed.

 

Loves and Hugs

 

Traceyxx

Day Thirty #makingadifferenceinmay2014

Day Thirty #makingadifferenceinmay2014

Life and the Single Christian Girl………….

 

I am really looking forward to a sleep in tomorrow.

 

Love a good sleep in.

 

This morning my alarm went off and my reaction was nooooo.

 

It’s not that I didn’t want to go to work, I have said before that I love my work.

 

My reason was that I wanted to have a bit of a sleep in.

 

Yesterday was a long day and I really enjoyed the adventure.

 

My calf muscles are a bit sore, it’s all good.  It makes me want to go back and exercise to maintain my fitness.

 

I think though the driving for me was the tiring bit, but I did it and I am really glad that I did.

 

So today I was back at work and it was great.

 

It was also great to share about camp.

 

I am just so amazed at the strength and abilities of all the students that attended.

 

Fears where overcome, skills of living with a group of people and learning to share and clean up after themselves where discovered.

 

They also had to set and prepare for their meals.

Which meant setting tables with forks, knives, spoons, dessert plates, serviettes and adding a nice touch to the tables.

 

 

Also new skills were discovered and I am sure lasting friendships.

 

 

Most of all it is about creating memories.

 

We have a long weekend and I am really looking forward to it.

 

I will be able to read, write, sing and to be creative.

 

I am grateful for the chances that I do get to be creative.

 

I also have some books to read which I am really looking forward too.

 

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I love reading.

 

 

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Will share more tomorrow.

 

Loves and Hugs

 

 

Traceyxx

 

Day Twenty Nine #makingadifferenceinmay2014

Day Twenty Nine #makingadifferenceinmay2014

 

Life and the Single Christian Girl…………..

 

Life is an adventure……………..

 

It really is.

 

Today I woke up at 5am as I was going for the day to a school camp.

 

I am not very good at driving on country roads.

 

I also have a terrible sense of direction, I really do.

 

This time I found where I needed to go quite easily.

 

My journey started in the dark before the sun even had risen.

 

When I try new things my saying is it’s an adventure I am not sure what is going to happen.

 

Life is an adventure.

 

I did enjoy today, driving to the country.

 

Waiting for Kangaroos to cross the road, one sat there for a while eating. So I embraced the moment and watched it.

 

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It is something different for me.

 

Today was full of laughing, caring and seeing people grow.

 

See people facing new challenges and for them to develop the skills to work through them.

 

Seeing them go through a challenge of trying to work together, learning about teamwork.

 

 

 

My biggest challenge wait for it ——– was riding on the back of a motorbike up the steepest hill and totally trusting the driver.

 

Oh my goodness, it was fun but so scary.

 

So now I am home reflecting on what an amazing day it was.

 

 

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I also drove home quite confidently, although I don’t know how people can drive in the country. 

 

I personally don’t like it but I have done it and made it home safely. Yeah!

 

I am so loving, what I am able to do in my life.

 

The opportunities that I am able to have, I am so grateful for them.

 

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It has really stretched me and I am soooooo out of my comfort zone.

Every day is such a new day full of great opportunities.

 

 

Embrace each day.

 

Will share more tomorrow.

 

Loves and Hugs

 

 

Traceyxx

Day Twenty Eight #makingadifferenceinmay2014

Day Twenty Eight #makingadifferenceinmay2014

 

Life and the Single Christian Girl………….

 

Today I have signed up for a WordPress blog challenge that starts in June.

 

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They send you an email with a topic/suggestion and then you are to write about it.

 

You are sent a topic/suggestion each day and on Saturday and Sunday they are your days off.

You can also choose any topic that you would like to write about.

You also have the opportunities on the weekend to expand on your posts during the week.

 

I am really looking forward to this and I love a challenge.

 

This is the first time that I have signed up to complete a blogging challenge.

 

Although I did start in March with a challenge from my friend to write everyday for the whole of the month.

 

 

I did complete this because there were a lot of people that were doing different things for the 30 day challenge.

 

I find it very inspiring being with creative people.

 

 

So I am not really sure what I am in for with the June challenge but it does sound exciting.

 

I am really enjoying blogging everyday although I must admit sometimes I do struggle with what to write about.

This has stretched me into becoming a bit creative about ideas.

 

I have seen on Pinterest (my favourite site for ideas and quotes) which shows how some people have a schedule for how they blog.

 

There are templates which you can download to help you manage your blogs.

 

I think that this maybe something that I will look into as it can only enhance what I am doing. 

 

It will also be a reminder for what I have written about over the year.

 

As I have said before that I am a list girl.

 

So I am thinking that having ideas written down and brainstorming for the months will be great.

 

I feel that I am still learning so much about writing, what is my style, what do I want to write about, what am I passionate about?

 

Also I am getting better at hitting the publish button on my blog site.

 

The first few times oh my goodness I did not want to publish anything.

Is it getting easier now, a little bit still unsure.

 

I want to keep on learning and I love learning.

 

I also want to continue with taking pictures everyday of things that I see.

 

I am also still learning about taking pictures and I know this year I have taken so many.

 

This is great as well, I can just look back on things and it is really a photographic journal.

 

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Will share more tomorrow.

 

Loves and Hugs

 

Traceyxx

Day Twenty Seven #makingadifferenceinmay2014

Day Twenty Seven #makingadifferenceinmay2014

 

Life and the Single Christian Girl………….

 

I have really enjoyed exploring different styles of writing and creating with letters.

I enjoy coming home from work, getting into my pyjamas and then working on my art. It’s like the pyjamas give me permission to go into the creative mode.

 

I know that when I put on my pyjamas, I will be staying home for the night. It also means that I can just stay and work on anything that inspires me at the moment.

 

I love that I have just a few things to try and focus on this term.

 

I say a few but then you never know what will happen and I am okay with that.

 

It is all good. Really it is.

 

Art and songwriting are two of the things that I really want to work on.

 

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Today it rained and boy did it pour.

It was good though, we really need the rain.

 

Although when it does rain especially at lunchtime and at a school, the students really can’t get out and have a good play.

 

So today they had to make do with playing in the undercover areas.

 

Tomorrow I will be starting again the art club which I run at Wednesday’s lunchtime. I am going to be working on designing different ways to write words and letters.  Should be good as that is want I really would like to focus on at the moment.

 

It is really nice to be home and just having the space to create. I am enjoying taking things a bit slowly when I arrive home.

 

Tonight I will be creating, reading  and watching Masterchief.

 

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Oopps I have said it now.

 

I really do enjoy some reality TV shows. I don’t really watch that much TV it is pretty much on in the background for me.

 

So can you have a pyjama creative time?

 

Do you have a place in your house where you can create?

 

Enjoy what you are doing, give it a go. 

 

You will never know what you can achieve and what you will discover when you are creating.

 

Will share more tomorrow.

 

Loves and Hugs

 

Traceyxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Twenty Six #makingadifferenceinmay2014

Day Twenty Six #makingadifferenceinmay2014

 

Life and the Single Christian Girl…………..

 

The last few days I have spent quietly, drawing, reflecting and working on being creative.

 

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I have been thinking about what I want to work on this term and about balancing life and work.

 

I have decided for this term that I am going to get back into boxing.

 

That I have really felt inspired to write some worship songs and also to work on my book Princess Heart.

 

 

 

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I have been feeling a bit like I am in a fog lately and really couldn’t think what was wrong with me or why I didn’t have much energy.

 

 

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So today I went to the Doctors to see the results from my blood test and have found out that my iron is very low.

 

So no wonder I was feeling a bit down and not that motivated about things.

 

I knew that it had to be related to low iron.

 

So hopefully in the next few weeks my energy will pick up and I will find myself thinking clearly.

 

Also I will be able to get out and do the things that I really love.

 

At the moment I am feeling like I am walking with concrete as shoes. That is how I can describe having low iron.

 

This is easily fixed and I am grateful for being able to see a Doctor and have access to healthcare.

 

I am also grateful for the time that I have had to work on my art, to write down and record some lyrics for songs.

 

I am also reading an amazing book which is called The Jesus Hearted Woman. It is all about women in leadership.

 

I know that we are all in a leadership role whatever we are doing. People are watching us.

 

I know that the schools I work at I want to be a role model for the students, to give them hope.

 

 

I look at every single student and see their potential.

I want to give them hope and let them know that they can achieve great things.

 

Who can you encourage today?

 

How are you going to encourage them?

 

Can you do a random act of kindness for someone today?

 

This week I am going to look on purpose to encourage someone who really needs it.

 

Will share more tomorrow.

 

Loves and Hugs

 

Traceyxx

Day Twenty Five #makingadifferenceinmay2014

Day Twenty Five #makingadifferenceinmay2014

 

Life and the Single Christian Girl…………..

 

Take the time to rest.

 

 

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Do you find yourself looking forward to a day where you can just stay home?

 

I do.

 

Do you have a day where you can relax, read, unwind and watch TV?

 

I have found myself looking forward to a day where I can just stay home and listen to music.

 

I love a day where I can read, where I can create, where I have time to refresh myself.

 

I do need this time, where I have some time to reflect on my week.

 

This week has been quite busy.

 

Do you find that your mind just needs to switch off a bit?

 

I am finding that I need it today.

 

Sometimes I feel guilty that I am having a day off.

 

Although I do think that this is getting less as I realise that with my work that it is necessary to have that self-care.

 

Take care of yourself, take the time when you can to rest.

 

Take the time to rest on purpose.

 

If you cannot take a whole day to be refreshed, take an hour.

 

Book in an hour for yourself in your weekly planner.

 

You are important.

 

Yes you are.

 

Will share more tomorrow.

 

Loves and Hugs

 

 

Traceyxx

Day Twenty Four #makingadifferenceinmay2014

Day Twenty Four #makingadifferenceinmay2014

 

Life and the Single Christian Girl………………

 

Let Your Light Shine

 

My thought for today is- Let your Light Shine.

 

 

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If you look at the words it says YOUR light Shine.

 

YOUR LIGHT

 

Do you sometimes find yourself comparing yourself to others?

 

Comparing yourself to others robs you of your gifts and talents.

Comparing yourself robs you of what you love to do.

 

There is room for everyone to share how they want to shine.

 

Are you an artist, a singer, a writer, a dancer, a parent, an Aunty, a friend, a speaker there are many more examples of what people enjoy doing.

 

Or are you comparing your body with others.

Please let me say to you that you are unique.

One of the scriptures that I love is you are wonderfully and fearfully made.

 

Embrace that.  

 

Then let your light shine in whatever you are doing.

 

 

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There will never be another you.

 

What you do is your signature in life.

 

What you do in your unique style.

 

I love seeing what other people are doing and learning from them.

 

I am speaking to myself as well. Sometimes I find myself not wanting to finish a project for fear of it not being good enough.

 

Then I think but to who’s standard am I trying to compare with.

 

Write that book, write that song, learn to play an instrument, go on that holiday, sing on stage and share your passion with others.

 

Shine Lovely Shine.

 

Will share more tomorrow.

 

Loves and Hugs

 

Traceyxx

Day Twenty Three #makingadifferenceinmay2014

Day Twenty Three #makingadifferenceinmay2014

Life and the Single Christian Girl……..

 

What are you Passionate about?

 

 

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That is my thought for today.

 

Is there somewhere you see injustice, where people are suffering?

 

Maybe you are passionate about the welfare of animals.

 

Maybe you are passionate about the environment.

 

What are you passionate about?

 

I know that we are not all called to be a missionary.

There are things that we can do right where we live.

  

We are all called to make a difference in the world.

 

We need to give people hope, that they have purpose and everyone does.

 

I love my job, I have said this quite a few times.

 

Every student that I talk to or see, I always want to look at them and see their potential.

 

I believe that all children have the potential to make a great difference in the world.

 

Everybody needs to be encouraged.

 

When I was in Bali in 2011 I was on an impact trip where we visited 7 orphanages, I saw hope.

 

Even in an orphanage I saw Hope, I really did.

 

I remember the last night we were at one of the orphanages where we had been helping out I remember speaking about the children’s future.

 

I remember saying to them thankyou for having us you have been amazing and I have never laughed so much.

 

I said to them I can see you being a Teacher, Security, in Hospitality, a Pastor you will be amazing. You will make a difference.

 

Be a world changer.

 

 

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I am still incontact with some of the students in the orphanage and the people who care for them so beautifully.

 

They are now in hospitality school and one is working towards becoming a Pastor. I love that.

 

What can you do now to make a difference in someone’s life?

 

How could you encourage someone who is going through a hard time?

 

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Will share more tomorrow.

 

Loves and Hugs

 

Traceyxx