Becoming Vulnerable 30 Day Writing Challenge ~ Day 5

Good morning beautiful ones!

Today let’s commune with nature. Let’s take our writing to the streets. Let’s hit the road. Let’s write somewhere beautiful, vast, freeing, different… Find a place that’s isn’t somewhere familiar. A park bench, a train, the beach… Let’s find a place that doesn’t inhibit us. Today sit somewhere for fifteen minutes that is just for you.

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Take a deep breath… sit somewhere comfortable… don’t think about it… allow what comes up to guide you. We will start with a warm-up, set your timer for 2 minutes:

Warm-up prompt: WE WALKED OUT INTO STILLNESS… (BEGIN!)

Deep breath– release…

Day 5 prompt: AFTER ALL MY CAREFUL… (Set timer for 10 minutesBEGIN!)

After all my careful…

END TIME!!!

How did that feel? Tell me about the process…

There is no right or wrong way to do the prompts. They can be written in the form of prose or poetry, 1st person or 3rd, in the voice of your main character or villain… the point is to write… to keep writing… to stay with me and not give up.

I look forward to reading your responses.

My loves… this is a shared writing community. Please know that what one of us is experiencing someone else might be. You never know who you can inspire with just your words.

Please share your responses to the 30 Day ~ Becoming Vulnerable Writing Challenge in the comment section below.

I will post my prompt response when I return.

Wishing you all the most beautiful day filled with love, light and continual inspiration.

And so it is. Namaste. Aché

With all my love,
Alicia

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3 thoughts on “Becoming Vulnerable 30 Day Writing Challenge ~ Day 5

  1. WARMUP: We walked out into the stillness, into the quiet of the day… This crashing sound of waves is my background. Nina Simone whispering in my ears…”I am blessed!” I feel so blessed…

    One of the things I have been feeling deeply is the chance I could lose my inspiration. For me inspiration translates to motivation. The things that have inspired me have always been the exact things that have motivated me and today I feel inspired again. And so it is. END TIME

    PROMPT 5: After all my careful… Planning. Today I just sit allowing for the sand to fill every page of this book. Just for today I want to allow my SELF to be carefree… No worries. No where to be. No obligations. Today I want to allow myself to be full. To be fulfilled. Bachata playing in the background, families all around me, mangos, barcelo, children building sand castles… I am just enjoying how this feels.

    After all my careful goal setting and vision board creating, I am starting from scratch. This is what I am giving myself for my 43rd birthday. I am giving myself a new direction, new ways of seeing my purpose, releasing the old path and braving a new one. Creating a new way. A new direction… Firmly planting my feet in the sand and accepting that with each foot print I make the wind will blow it away and each step made brand new. This is what I am giving myself…something brand new. New intentions. New ideas. New projects. New directions. New dreams.

    After all my careful and calculated choices and decisions on this Sunday I start the week with something new, I am giving myself something different than I have before. After all my worrying and taking care of other peoples pain, taking them on as my own I am lifting all of them off of me. Their problems are not mine.

    After all my careful carelessness I am feeling something different today. Seagulls surround me. Things I have held onto. The water… I feel the ocean calling me. And so it is. END TIME!

    And like clockwork as I was knocked down over and over and over again by the ocean I came to my towel, sat down, and a seagull shit on me. I say this is good luck.

    Aché

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  2. Day 5

    Warm-up prompt: WE WALKED OUT INTO STILLNESS… (BEGIN!) – 2 minutes

    We walked out into the stillness of the night, consumed by anger and bitterness. I never thought that we could hit such a low point in this journey. We started out so strong, so overwhelming in love and now…the love dwindles with every day past. I think we have lost each other.

    Day 5 prompt: AFTER ALL MY CAREFUL… (Set timer for 10 minutes–BEGIN!)

    After all my careful planning, after all of my vision boards and timelines, I was knocked down by the uncertainty of life. I found myself in school, unhappy and yearning to be more than just a research assistant to an absent-minded professor lost in the stacks of the archives. I watched as my friends fell in love, got engaged, got married, had beautiful, brown babies, started businesses, and travelled the world while I was stuck writing papers with the hopes of being published in some obscure academic journal.

    “What am I doing?” became the question I woke up with and went to sleep with at night.
    “Is this all I am to become?” become the question that consumed me as I struggled to meet deadlines.

    I despised the academy for wanting to study problems more than they wanted to solve them. I despised the micro-aggressions and racist attitudes of faculty and students. I missed having time to read novels and poems. I missed taking trips to the beach, just to watch the sun set.

    Something needed to change or I was going to lose myself. So I decided that it was time for me to leave. It was time for me to do what I loved and to be among the people I loved.

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    1. WOW… the about “lost in stacks of archives…” felt like a wonderful metaphor for life. How often are we lost in stacks of paperwork… life… confusion… dillusion.. lost… I find that it is all part of this process. Sometimes we have to surrounded by all of the stacks of bullshit… to decide how we want to purge and rise out of our self-made mess. This is wonderful… and your warm up… hmmmm its devastating to go from these great experiences of LOVE to deep dislike sometimes… THANK YOU for sharing my dear.

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