Posted in Daily Prompt, Hobbies, inspiration, Life, self, Uncategorized

The Joys of Being Still

It feels so good to be back with my blog community! But I must say, taking the break I did was much needed. I think “overdue” is a more accurate term. It’s a hard adjustment and one I always claim to be managing well, but I’m learning a few lessons about being still when my body says so. I tend to regularly operate without an adequate amount of quality sleep, but depriving the mind and body of ample rest and relaxation can present symptoms no one should ignore. I’ve enjoyed traveling and everything else I’ve done this year, but I think I’m going to slow it down for at least the next month or so and enjoy some less stressful activities, like visiting museums, theaters, and sports venues. Hopefully the Spring weather will finally catch up with its season so I can simply bask in the beautiful sunshine at the beach.

This week I tried a little something new. I know I’m late partaking in these popular events but hey – better late than never! It was the perfect therapeutic exercise and something I had no idea I’d enjoy so much. If you have an appreciation for art, paint & sip type events are the way to go. It’s a simple concept – you paint while sipping your drink of choice. I attended one with an instructor that was so encouraging, supportive, and such a blast to be around I felt completely inspired. Not only did I enjoy myself, but I’ve become so interested in painting techniques I may just find a class or someplace where I can learn more about the fine art of canvas painting. I’ve invested in so many other artists’ work over the years, why not invest in my own instead! Who knows, I could be so lucky as to have my series in a Royal Palace. LOL

I trust you all to not be too brutal, so kindly share your thoughts on my first piece.

Original painting by Celeste S. Nelson

©2019 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

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Posted in Daily Prompt, Uncategorized

Battle of the Books

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photo by Clem Onojeghuo via Unsplash

Jon’s passion for war stories intensified his empathy with people who’d loss family to battle, such like himself. Local colleges and universities consider Jon the oracle on historical literature because of the volumes of books he’s read on the subject matter. As usual, Jon visited the neighborhood bookstore’s sidewalk sale after brunch with colleagues, braving the frigid temperatures for the next big book find.


©2019 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Inspired by:
Three Line Tales (TLT)
3TC: oracle, brunch, volume
FOWC: empathy
RDP: temperature
WOTD: passion

Posted in Daily Prompt, Faith, Life, perseverance, Uncategorized

Beam of Light

photo by Eugene Lim via Unsplash

 

She refused to be devoured by fear, so she soared

Discovering a world of infinite possibilities

No longer chained to the rhythm


©2019 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Written for Three Line Tales, 3LT

 

Posted in Daily Prompt, Life, Travel, Uncategorized

Travel Diary, Chapter 50

A few weeks ago I traveled to the Dominican Republic for a friend’s wedding. I’d heard so many things about this popular “romantic getaway” destination, but turns out it’s a great vacation for a loving mother and son duo too.

We stayed at a beautiful all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana and it was worth every penny. As much as I love eating, I can easily say the buffets were where I got most of my return on investment. Well, there and the bar – best Pina Coladas I’ve ever had! I was truly in paradise.

I’ve always felt a little indifferent about beach weddings because the thought of dressing up to spend time on a beach seemed oxymoronic to me. I have to admit this experience changed my mind and my life because everything about the wedding was absolutely beautiful. Not only did the beach set the stage for breathtaking backdrops both live and in pictures, but such an intimate venue shared with a small gathering of family and friends made this ceremonial occasion even more special.

I would definitely visit Punta Cana again, but preferably when I have more time to venture out on some of their thrill-seeking excursions. Me in an ATV or zip lining ought to make for an interesting story (after recovery).

©️2019 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Posted in Daily Prompt, motivation, Quotes, Uncategorized

Let Today Be The Day

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– Arthur Ashe

Start where you are
Whether it’s going back to school, launching the business you’ve always dreamed about, giving your life to God, or anything else you’ve put off in anticipation of that “perfect moment,” let this be the last day you only think about what you want to do and the first day of actually doing it. Stop being a devout procrastinator and start living your dreams now!

Use what you have…
Once you get started the greatest tool you need is at your disposal – your willingness to move forward. Use that motivation to put the talent, knowledge, and skills you have today toward growing your experiences and ability to do more and more every day.

Do what you can…
Don’t acquiesce to anyone’s perception of falling short and resort to giving up. It’s best not to count your missteps as failure but rather bonus learning of what doesn’t work. No one starts out being the best or able to do it all, but what you can do will become greater for tomorrow, and the next day, and the next.

©2019 CSNelson, #dontforgetthehalf

Posted in Daily Prompt, Life, Poetry, Uncategorized

Y.O.L.O. (You Only Live Once)

Cast aside regret

Embrace failure

Let lessons learned

Become familiar

Cross paths

With the unexpected

Continue on

Til it’s perfected

Joy and laughter

Pain and strife

You must keep living

Your best blessed life

Test the boundaries

Go the distance

The range of possibilities

They’re endless

Your first time or last

You gotta find humor

No haunting past

Or daunting future

We all have stories

Let them be told

Cherished memories

As you grow old

Generations should learn

As they mature

Cast aside regret

Embrace failure

©️2019 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

WOTD: haunting
FOWC: range

Posted in Daily Prompt, haiku, Poetry, Tanka, Uncategorized

Imagination

Imagination

Sparks your creativity

To explore the world

Rebuke all anxiety

And live a fulfilling life

©️2019 CSNelson, #dontforgetthehalf

WOTD: imagine
FOWC: rebuke

Posted in Life, Poetry, self, Uncategorized

Creating Yourself

Seek out who you are

Creating yourself again

Find new dimensions

(RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge)

©️2019 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Posted in Daily Prompt, Encouragement, inspiration, Life, love, motivation, Peace, positivity, Relationships, Self-awareness, Self-Improvement, Uncategorized

Honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, JR.

It’s great to study the words of a man so many admire, but it’s the actions of living out such text that brings about change. When you read the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, JR., how do they most inspire you? What do they awaken in you that if expressed and/or put into motion could create an individual, community, state, etc. transformation?

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

“The time is always right to do what’s right.”

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

“If you can’t fly then run; if you can’t run then walk; if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving.”

“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving. You lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”

 

©2018 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Posted in Daily Prompt, Overthinking, Prayer, Self-awareness, Uncategorized

Pray Before You Overthink

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

So it was 38 minutes past midnight today and I was sitting in a friend’s car having a great conversation with him. It was so good, we continued to sit and chat after reaching our destination. Now I must admit, I know conversations with me can be a bit challenging because I tend to detour often. He says I veer off onto multiple highways instead of the path I set out. I don’t quite agree. I think I just encounter several roundabouts with eye-catching scenery at each exit, all deserving of commentary, but eventually I circle back.

Anyway, one thing we talked about were these dreadful new year’s resolutions. OMG!!! I said I hate trying to think of what I want to change about myself because it causes me to be over critical. I find I come out of thought feeling worse about my situation instead of better. As I continued to talk and talk and talk about that point, his facial expressions became more and more animated and simply amusing. I get a lot of “are you finished yet?” and head tilting from him all the time, but knowing my best friend as well as I do, this non-verbal communication was much louder. Yeah, I’d definitely traveled another highway into a whole different state. It wasn’t even a neighboring state. I was damn near across the country, but made it back in record time.

Fast forward to an hour eighteen minutes past midnight and guess what – I HAVE A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION!!! I am going to make a conscious effort not to overthink. I am my worst enemy in situations of thought because I get in my head so much. Overthinking creates problems that were never there. It causes so much question of a good thing it gets ruined. It often causes unnecessary confusion that becomes difficult to escape. Overthinking is an obsession of mine, but I’ve found a substitute to help kick that bad habit: PRAYING. Rather than thinking 10x over I’m going to pray once (maybe twice) and follow God’s lead. No matter how much I think about something, there’s no telling if my sole decision of words or actions are correct. I’m a praying woman, but I recognize how much I still try to control a situation I intended to turn over to God.

Need for control and fear of failure and disappointment are insecurities controlling my life. It’s time to release myself from such bondage to live free in faith. No more overthinking! Pray…..breathe…..let faith take over. That’s my new process. I may falter during this process, but I know I have a friend who’ll keep me on track, if only for selfish reasons. Clearly by now he’s hoping I find shortcuts to everywhere.

©2018 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf