#JournalinginJuly – My Week 2
Welcome to Week 2 of my #JournalinginJuly posts. I’m joining Sue at Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond, for a month of writing daily journal prompts. I’ll be linking up my weekly posts each Saturday throughout July. Feel free to join in – the link is open to everyone.
This week there are lots of FAVOURITES!!
So without further ado – here are my responses for the second week of #JournalinginJuly
7. My favourite quote and why
Sunday 7 July
Our family motto is ‘To travel is to live’ – a quote from Hans Christian Anderson – so it goes without saying that it’s my favourite quote!!
Our family is into travel in a big way after we took our three young daughters on a year-long Teacher Exchange and saw a different side of the world. We moved from a small town in Australia to live in Cheddar, a small village in the South West of England for a year and travelled extensively, and on the cheap, for most of our holiday time. We’ve also hosted Youth Exchange students and learned the value and importance of moving outside your comfort zone.
Now that we’re retired and have a daughter living in England, we have lots of time for travel and adventure.
8. My top 5 favourite books and why
Monday 8 July
So far this year I’ve read over 55 books and these are some of my favourites so far, in no particular oder:
- Call me Evie – J P Pomare
- The Orchardist’s Daughter – Karen Viggers
- Scrublands – Chris Harmer
- The Mother-in-Law – Sally Hepworth
- Hope – Terry Tyler
I’ve linked to the Goodreads information, so if you’re interested in reading more about these books just click the title.
Why do I say they’re my favourites?
They’ve kept me reading, entertained me, taught me things, helped me escape for a few hours, taken me to new worlds, made me think, laugh or cry – there’s so many reasons why I love books!
I’ve also enjoyed these books in recent weeks/months:
- The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
- The Project Renova series by Terry Tyler – Tipping Point, Lindisfarne, UK2 and I’m now onto the final book Legacy
- The Nowhere Child by Christian White
- Desolation Bluff – Toni Pike
I wrote a post at the end of last year where I listed my 5 favourite books and the twist was they all just happened to be Australian. I really enjoy keeping a track of my books using Goodreads and set myself the challenge of reading 55 books in 2019. I’ve already done it!! But I’m not stopping now 🙂 I wonder how many I’ll get up to by the end of the year.
9. My favourite place
Tuesday 9 July
This one is so hard!!! I have been to so many fabulous places around the world I can’t pick a favourite.
At the moment, as a relatively new grandparent, any time I spend with my granddaughter is special. I also have another grandchild on the way in England which will mean a different way of grand parenting, plus lots of travel (see Day #7 response)!
So for this response I’m going to share a photo, which I have approval to use, of my granddaughter Emilia welcoming me back after a month away. She was so excited to see me she had to pull my hair, which to be fair, I had put in her way. I might add, she had a very firm hold on my hair and enjoyed pulling it and getting my reaction each time.
It’s a favourite place to be.
10. What my favourite day would be
Wednesday 10 July
I have had one of my typical ‘favourite’ days today. Despite having a mild sore throat it’s been lovely and relaxing.
We’ve been away again for a few days so being home in my own bed was bliss. I slept in, finished my book in the warmth of my bed and didn’t do much of any consequence. It was overcast and cold outside so I had no desire to go out until absolutely necessary, so I didn’t!
Wednesdays are good fun as we have the Midlife Share the Love linkup #mlstl where midlife bloggers share a post and other bloggers read, comment and share their post on their social media networks. It’s always a good variety of posts to read and share. I don’t usually sit and go through them until later in the day, or even in following days, depending on my busy schedule 🙂 but today I just felt like taking it easy, so I did!
I read, commented and shared away to my heart’s delight.
I’ve done some washing, cleaned up and had endless cups of tea – it seems to help ease my throat. I’ve chatted to my daughters, shared a photo on Instagram and my Facebook page for #WordlessWednesday and started reading a new book.
I popped into town and got the essentials, it’s also local paper day today so it’s a chance to catch up on the weekly news, most of which we know already, living in a small town!
Then dinner out with friends tonight – it doesn’t get much better than that!!
11. What brings me joy?
Thursday 11 July
What brings me JOY?
In one word – FAMILY.
Also see entry above for Day #9 for my favourite place 🙂
This made me laugh though – JOY stands for Just Older Youth!
12. Who inspires me?
Friday 12 July
As I’m sharing this #JournalinginJuly journey with Sue, I am going to say that Sue, from Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond, inspires me.
Sue is always so encouraging, supportive, clever, active and leads by example. She is a real inspiration and I’m thrilled to have met up with her twice now in real life, as well as having lots of chats as we blog away.
As well as responding to the daily prompts on her blog, Sue is also featuring guest posts from other bloggers – she’s very generous like that! I can’t tell you how much Sue inspires me, I am always blown away with her energy, creativity and activity levels.
So far she’s had Jennifer from Unfold and Begin talking about journaling and this week Molly shares her thoughts and ideas. They give very different suggestions and share their thoughts on journaling which is perfect for Sue’s #JournalinginJuly theme this month.
13. My favourite time of year
Saturday 13 July
When it’s Spring, my favourite time of year is Spring.
When it’s Autumn, my favourite time of year is Autumn.
But having said all that, I’d have to say I’m an Autumn girl through and through 🙂
Journaling – what works for me?
What I have found works for me, is to set a time to write my responses and a time limit. I usually have some idea of what I want to write and I try not to overthink my responses. Once my time limit is up I quickly edit the writing and I’m done.
I’m interested to know how you write.
Sue and I are looking at this month as a challenge to extend our creative writing and get into journaling. Having a daily prompt helps to get me to focus and I’m enjoying the process. Here are the daily prompts.
I hope you enjoy my Week 2 recap post and if you’re keen to get involved leave a comment or linkup with Sue and I using the link below.
Here are my posts so far in case you missed them:
Next Saturday I’ll be responding to the prompts for Sunday 14 July through to Saturday 20 July.
Have a great week ahead and happy journaling 🙂
Sharing with the weekly Midlife Share the Love linkup #mlstl – lots of great posts to read!
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