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Tomorrow is D Day and I was still undecided.  Should I go for it and give it a go, or put it off for another year?

I registered three weeks ago and have been reading all the comments on Facebook and Twitter but nothing seemed to be spurring me on, or creating an excitement. All I’ve been sensing is my current commitments, the daunting work load and a 50,000 word mountain of my waffle.

As I deliberated over this, I asked myself some tough questions and the answer that seemed to keep bouncing back is one of fear. Fear of the unknown, fear that I would not be able to keep up with the work load, fear that life would drop its bundle and have me racing off in another direction. Fear that I may even succeed and then need to go the next step to rework and edit. The small, four letter word, having the unique ability to hold me back and consume me.

Then a friend sent an email. Apparently only 10% of the people taking part in the 2010 NaNoWriMo completed the assignment. Suddenly the expectations I’d been placing on myself shrivelled up, I could do it and sit comfortably with the 90% that gave it a go. Or perhaps, just possibly, for one of the first times in my life, come out in the top 10%.

I was not going to be back in a classroom, with a teacher breathing down my neck, pointing out my faults and telling me I’d not amount to anything. There was no sports field with hurdles, long jump or relays to embarrass myself in. Just a web site, with a very large data base and a worded marathon to challenge my time management and focus.

What’s stopping me?

Nothing now……..

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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It has been a week of mixed emotions as change seems to be in the air, hovering in sweeping circles overhead. I’ve decided that this is going to be my last ‘Purple Project Post’ as I believe I am entering into a new season, with the colour orange leading the way.

The purple journey has been fascinating on so many levels, as I’ve come to better value myself as ‘The Purple Princess’, Visualizing who I am through the eyes of God, who I very much believe in.  It has given me a greater awareness of where I have come from and where I should be heading. A growing confidence to stand my ground, love myself more and say no to others has not always been comfortable, yet the rewards are there, perhaps not clearly visible for all to see, but they are there.

Seasons come and go and with them new colours and shades fill our earth. The purple flowering plants that have brought me so much insight and pleasure over the last few weeks, have been replaced with yellows and orange. Cheery spring flowerings, whispering new life, and future expectations.

I’m not sure where this journey is headed next, but I think I’d better go and find the orange nail polish.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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Ephesian 4:1-3, suggests we live a life worthy of the calling we have received. Being completely humble and gentle towards those we come into contact with, patiently bearing with one another in love. Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Most of us have rubbed shoulders with people who irritate or annoy us at some time or another. Some like me, have even been known to go out of their way to avoid this type of person, but we are told that an oyster is wiser. When an irritating object like a piece of sand, gets under the mantle of their shell, they simply cover it with the most precious part of their being and make it a pearl.

 Every annoyance that comes into our lives is an opportunity for pearl culture. We may not revel at the idea of embracing those irritating things in life, but if we cover them in love, compassion, understanding and wisdom, we may find we contain a treasure trove of these fine lustrous gems.

Wear them with pride, because a true pearl is a victory over irritation.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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Last week I started one of my days early, catching up with an author friend for breakfast. It seems to be the only time of the day we can sensibly get together, if you can call 7am sensible. Apart from sharing our personal highs and lows, we had a great discussion on the merits and problems of social media.

It was over one of our breakfast meetings back in June, that I was persuaded to start a blog, on another occasion I left our local Dome Cafe and created a Facebook page, just for my writing. On this occasion she left and set up a Twitter account, after I said I had just become a signed up Twitterer. Together we spur each other on and always part, ready to aim for the stars.

Blogging has been an immensely rewarding way to connect with people outside of my normal peer group and I am amazed at the number of people I feel a special connection to as I read through their writings.  But I do recognise that it is important to maintain the love and comradeship of my flesh and blood friends. Those who have stood by me when I’ve needed a shoulder to cry on, laughed when I’ve retold a silly story and will turn up on my doorstep with a single phone call.

I do wonder, how everyone finds enough hours in the day to maintain their working careers, family life, as well as sustain their internet profiles. It seems highly probable to me, that it has the capability of obsession like proportions, consuming several hours a day,  considering some of the more prolific writers out there in Blogosphere.

As for me, I need my circle of friends. I’ve also decided that coffee, eggs and bacon taste so much better when you’re with good company. Breakfast anyone?

P.S. This heart stopping fry up, is not what we ate our way through that morning, but it was served up at a transport cafe during one of our visit to the UK. I’d seen nothing like it before or since, hence the photo.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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Retail therapy is said to hold great healing powers for many and while it is not one of my obsessions, I do once in a while, see something that captures my eye. A few weeks ago it was a bright orange bag. I gave it the serious once over and even lined up a top that could tie in with the colour, then put everything back and repeated the process again around 10 days later.

This week I was browsing through the junk mail when I noticed summer sandals were on special from Wednesday. Eager to get in quick and check out supplies, I did my assessment of the situation on Tuesday. There before me were orange sandals, a perfect match for the bag. My heart did a little flutter as I took those shoes to the bag and they just cried out to be together, the fact that it was the last day to get 20% off bags seemed like an opportunity not to be missed.

Now I am the proud owner of an orange handbag and pair of sandals, they even match the wonderful spring poppies that are flowering in my garden. I’m realising it’s a colour that brings a smile to my face and as I write this the setting sun has just bathed my dining room in a warm orange glow. Truly spectacular.

I can sense a change is in the air. Is it an act of rebellion from a ‘Purpled Out Princess’, or am I transitioning to a new colour?

Let’s see where this project is going next.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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I have the privilege of managing a library of Christian resources within my local church. It contains just over 2,000 books, most of which have been donated, as members of our congregation clean out over loaded shelves, ready to replace with new books.

With a library background, I sort and sift through these donations, knowing in an instant those books which will be eagerly borrowed and those that will not cut the grade. Some books have obviously been read part through, with the beginning chapters folded and even the odd bookmark in place. Others hold an aged sense of the sacred, tatty and worn, loved, read and re-read. These sit on the top shelf of our book cases like museum pieces, with the odd library borrower noticing them and commenting on their presence.

This week a new bag of donated books arrived and one particular book caught my eye. Max Lucado’s, ‘Facing Your Giants’. I like Max Lucado’s writings, they are easy to read, easy to understand and you always feel challenged with the content. ‘Facing Your Giants’ is based around the story of David and Goliath and after reading the back cover I was hooked. It told me the following.

‘You know your Goliath. You recognise his walk, the thunder of his voice. He taunts you with bills you can’t pay, people you can’t please, habits you can’t break, failures you can’t forget and a future you can’t face. But just like David you can face your giant, even if you’re not the strongest, the smartest, the best equipped, or the holiest. When you focus on giants you stumble. When you focus on God your giants tumble.’

Now that is fighting talk and as fully accredited battler, I skimmed through the book with quotes, sentences and paragraphs jumping out at me. I do know my giants, they are as familiar as my closest friends and I’m speaking it out. I’m ready to take my tiny pebble and slay them – With Gods help of course.

Guess I have found my next book to read.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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The Ocean’s Inspiring Tale

I stand and stare towards distant shores, the ocean beckoning imaginations gaze. I watch.

A parallel world, sits across this vastness, where women like me create unique thoughts. I wonder.

Invisible shores connecting maternal hearts, the horizon inviting fresh thought patterns. I wrestle.

En-route for my toes, waves fades away, while footprints press into hourglass sand. I walk

Weathered soles caress the fine powdery grains, soft places to respite on life’s journey. I wade.

I wake.

Soon I will write.

©Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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