#AugustBreak2016 Sweetness

Filed under: August Break — Meredith @ 5:15 pm August 5, 2016

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#AugustBreak2016 Handwriting

Filed under: August Break — Meredith @ 8:00 pm August 3, 2016

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#AugustBreak2016 Leaf

Filed under: August Break — Meredith @ 10:00 am August 2, 2016

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#AugustBreak2016 Morning Light

Filed under: August Break — Meredith @ 12:30 pm August 1, 2016

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#MayCultivate2016 Day 2 Response

Filed under: cultivate — Meredith @ 10:00 am June 2, 2016

What would your voice finally be able to say or do if it were finally freed of the backspace?

I would express my thoughts and opinions without censoring myself. Oftentimes, I find myself backspacing words because I feel they may be too provocative or offensive. Of course, this doesn’t stop the inner censor from considering how to word everything carefully. I pause before speaking at times because I’m afraid of saying the wrong thing or — worse — jumbling my thoughts, leading to confusion. My pinched nerve likely has some effect on my thought processes, although I could be placing blame where it’s not needed.

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#MayCultivate2016 Day 1 Response

Filed under: cultivate — Meredith @ 10:00 am June 1, 2016

What challenges do you face? How can you turn them into blessings? What can you do to do to live a life you love?

I’m challenged by my financial situation, current location, and overall GPA. I’m not able to afford much, which allows me the opportunity to pause and consider whether a product or service is truly worth the amount of time spent earning the money to pay for it. This blesses me when applying for aid for schools. I’m currently living in a rural community with limited resources, but I’m also able to enjoy the beauty and serenity of nature. It’s blessed me with an idea of acreage and long term goals. I’ve been afforded the opportunity to become a recognizable member of the community, as well. My overall GPA, while a little frightening, only proves that I excel when taking the right courses — my major GPA shows that applying to graduate school to earn my PhD in English and teach college level courses is quite viable. It’ll allow me to rule out schools and narrow down my growing list of programs to research.

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#MondayMotivation Creative Break

Filed under: Motivation Monday — Meredith @ 10:00 am May 16, 2016

I’ll be taking a blogging break for the duration of May. When I return, I’ll be responding to the May Cultivate prompts. Until then, see you on the other side!

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#MayCultivate2016 Day 14: Life

Filed under: cultivate — Meredith @ 10:00 am May 14, 2016

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Dearly beloved. We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life. — Prince

Tomorrow is never promised. Are you merely trying to get through life, or are you really living it? How are you cultivating a life worth loving?

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#MayCultivate2016 Day 13: Love

Filed under: cultivate — Meredith @ 10:00 am May 13, 2016

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To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. — Thich Nhat Hanh

How can you honor and accept yourself, flaws and all?

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#MayCultivate2016 Day 12: Consistency

Filed under: April Love — Meredith @ 10:00 am May 12, 2016

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I pray to be like the ocean, with soft currents, maybe waves at times. More and more, I want the consistency rather than the highs and the lows. ~ Drew Barrymore

Consistency is something I continually strive to achieve and yet time and again, I fail.
It’s a constant process of which I just can’t seem to get a handle. I know I will never stop trying. I think for me I need to add more structure to my day to day. Perhaps that will help me.

What is your “Achilles heel”? What is one thing you just cannot seem to do no matter how hard you try? What can you do to get over that hump?

Tracy Mangold is a former television news producer, now freelance wordsmith. She has an insatiable hunger for books, a good cup of coffee (proud drinker since age three) and intellectual enlightenment. She has a passion for photography, writing and kettlebells.

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