It’s been awhile since I’ve taken part in Sheryl’s monthly writing prompts link-up. You can read all about how to join in here. This month’s writing prompts are Wandering, Catching, Compartmentalizing, Regenerating, and Visiting.
This summer I’ve been wandering in the world of writing and publishing. There is just so much information on these topics and so many opinions that it’s easy to get overwhelmed with too much info. I am working on a devotional book about healing from domestic abuse as a Christian woman. My writing got pushed to the side for most of June and July. I was helping family members instead. I’ve outlined my book and had it reviewed by a writing coach. Currently, I’m writing the beginning sections. I need to just finish my first draft and stop allowing all this information to distract me.
I was sick last week with a fever, stomach pain, nausea and a headache. For the past two months, I’ve been overdoing it and eating too much fast food. I guess everything has caught up with me. It’s time to step back and take care of me.
Have you ever responded calmly during an emergency, only to fall apart later. This is an example of compartmentalizing. As a nurse, I did this a lot. Eventually, I got so good at it I forgot to come back and feel my feelings. Shoving our feelings into the background is really only helpful when we take the time to deal with them later.
In order to improve my fibro symptoms, I’m trying out the Curable app. I’m hoping it will help reduce my pain and stress levels. Journaling has helped me deal with my emotions in the past. Lately, I stare at the blank page. Maybe I don’t have the energy to write. This virus is kicking my butt. I’ll write a review on how the Curable app works for me in the future.
When I think of regenerating, I think of renewal, like when flowers shoot up in the spring and the trees sprout new leaves. As I work on my book about healing from domestic abuse, I hope my trauma journey will help someone else renew themselves after theirs. Some days, I don’t really feel like I’m growing and becoming new. Some days, I feel like the same timid little girl I used to be. I guess regenerating takes time.
I’ve spent a lot of time visiting with my grown children and my new grandbaby this summer. It’s been so nice to get together and not worry about this never-ending pandemic. As the numbers of cases rise again, I find myself filled with sadness. Half of my family members don’t believe in getting the covid vaccine for various reasons. The other half got the vaccine. I’m sick and tired of this endless argument about whether the vaccine is safe, and why we need to wear masks. Who would have thought that a pandemic would show such a rift between people? Grrrrrr!!!!!
Wrap-Up of August 2021 Writing Prompts
This wraps up my answers to August 2021’s writing prompts. I hope you all are having a pleasant summer/winter. You can read other people’s replies here by scrolling to the bottom of the page: https://www.achronicvoice.com/2021/07/27/august-writing-prompts/
Want to read my last Link Up post? You can read it here: https://www.upbeatliving.net/may-2021s-link-party/
Please leave a comment below with any thoughts or questions. Till next time, Kathy
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Hello! It is good to get out and see people again and like you, I can’t understand how the Covid vaccine has divided people so deeply. I wasn’t too concerned about catching Covid but I had the vaccine when it was offered because why not? So far, so good… It reassured my friends and family members who have weak immune systems, it reassures my clients, and it wasn’t a problem for me to have it.
Thanks for coming by Catherine and leaving a comment. It is so good to see family and friends again.
Happy to see you in the linkup again, Kathryn! I hope you have been well. The book sounds exciting… if you have any tips for me let me know… I would love to write a memoir too, but get overwhelmed just thinking about it haha. Sending gentle hugs. P.s. would love to hear more about your nurse life, too, if possible in future posts! 😀
It’s a pleasure to join in this month, Sheryl! I enjoy reading what everyone has to say about the prompts. Thanks for the idea about talking about my nurse life in future posts.
I’m sorry you have not been well, I hope you are over the bug soon. I’m glad you’ve been able to visit family and I wish you the very best with your writing.
I am feeling much better now. Thank you for your good wishes for my writing. I hope you are well too.
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