#Daily Writing Challenge Day 21: Purpose

Purpose. Why do we do what we do? The answer to this for me is multilayered. Peel a layer off bit by bit, one at a time and what is at the core? Be patient. That’s the key. It doesn’t come to us all naturally. Being so entirely engrossed in reading or writing something thatContinue reading “#Daily Writing Challenge Day 21: Purpose”

#DailyWritingChallenge Day 20: Growth

Gardening, that Scottish play, my children and learning. Turning the freshly-cleared soil over in a patch, readying for planting and then to watch them grow, which unless a beautifully made David Attenborough series, can seem painstakingly slow. The organic process can decelerate time for the onlooker and remind us of the four elements that sustainContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 20: Growth”

#DailyWritingChallenge Day 19: Loyalty

Fidel, faithful, allegiance, devotion, support, true and sincere. To be loyal to someone, something, an idea or concept to me means to both believe in and fight for that cause. As a teacher, I have been fiercely loyal to the children, schools and teams I have worked with and in over the years. I oftenContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 19: Loyalty”

#DailyWritingChallenge Day 18: Freedom

Nelson Mandela. Rosa Parks. William Wilberforce. Rosa Luxemburg. Malcolm X. Sophie Scholl. William Blake. Kate Tempest. These are some of the people who spring to mind when I think of freedom. What is freedom, anyway? A state of mind? Cycling downhill at breakneck speed with the wind rushing past your face? The ocean? The universe?Continue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 18: Freedom”

#DailyWritingChallenge Day 16: Family

As I’ve alluded to before, my family have always been very important to me and without them and their support, I wonder whether I’d be the person I am today. Today is also my youngest sister’s birthday. Our closest family would usually try to meet up somewhere over the Easter weekend: my parents; both myContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 16: Family”

#DailyWritingChallenge Day 15: Opportunity

Smiling! The sun has been shining almost everyday for a couple of weeks. We have taken the opportunity to tidy some of the unwieldy garden and hope to spend some more relaxed time reading and working outdoors. Is an opportunity the same as a chance? I always think of chance involving an element of riskContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 15: Opportunity”

#DailyWritingChallenge Day 14: Joy

Joy! Yes, joy is that small person cuddling and loving you; reading a story together, listening to music together or just being together brings joy. Holding them for the first time as their tiny little body is completely dependent on you for nurture, nutrition and warmth. Then later… An intense, thoracic feeling of elation andContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 14: Joy”

#DailyWritingChallenge Day 13: Adventure

Now here is one into which I can really insert my incisors! Whether it be going on a bear hunt or camping with my children, scaling the side of a volcano with a toddler under arm, or just having the confidence to experiment in the kitchen or lose myself and become lost on a journeyContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 13: Adventure”

#DailyWritingChallenge Day 12: Support

Last year, in April, I turned forty. I still feel twenty-three. Anyone else or is it just me? I may not be at all old, but I have thought more often the last week of that beautiful poem by Dylan Thomas, raging ‘against the dying light’. In some way, years of experience may weary theContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 12: Support”

#DailyWritingChallenge Day 11: Self-care

Are you a person of extremes? I have been and try to carve a plateau of regulated emotion and calmness, irrespective of what aggravated panic or anxiety quakes inside. It is hard sometimes, don’t you think? I do not believe I am unique in feeling this way: we are human beings first and not robots.Continue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 11: Self-care”