#weekendcoffeeshare – A Place of Acceptance

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How is everyone today on this brisk March morning?  I filled up on Irish coffee last night in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, so the coffee this morning seems a bit boring and bland in comparison.  Hold on… there we go.  A bit of whipped cream should do the trick!  Ahh…. Perfection!  And in my favorite mug too!  So good…

Alright now, are you ready for the scoop on this week?  Well, if we were having coffee, I’d tell you that after all the soul-searching I’ve been doing in recent days, I think I’ve finally come to a place of acceptance.

Can I get a Hallelujah and a Praise the Lord!?!  Thank you… 😉

Anyway, I’ve started to resolve many of the things I’ve been struggling with. I feel stronger this week, happier than I’ve been in a long time.  There’s finally a sense of peace that has come over me, and I feel determined to be content where I’m at and enjoy the life I have.

Don’t get me wrong, though, coming to terms with everything hasn’t been easy.  I’ve done a lot of praying over the last few months, and questioned God about so many things.  I wanted him to reveal to me why he had allowed some of the recent things in my life to happen, and he has been answering me in ways which I never expected.

One thing I’ve realized is that I’ve been focusing way too much on how others make me feel, and not enough on finding my own happiness within myself.  So to combat this problem, I’ve been giving myself more time alone to do the things which make me happy.

One thing I’ve done which is still working for me has been to stick with a writing schedule.  I’ve been able to push myself farther than I ever thought possible.  Last week I decided to check out Grammarly online, to see if it would be helpful.  At the end of the week, I received a report stating that I had edited 15,000 words for the week.  I really had no idea how much I had actually been writing and I was completely surprised by the word count.

I think the reason I’m able to get so much done, is that I’ve stopped making excuses, and I’m writing for myself; not anyone else.  I’ve gone back to the basic principle which I began with two years ago.  I am writing whatever I want to, regardless of what others will think.  And yes, that does feel a little bit selfish, but I’m tired of having to worry about stepping on somebody’s toes or perhaps offending someone who may have issues with the content of my writing.

This blog started out as a way for me to spill my heart out on a page and resolve things I was struggling with.  I want my blog to always be that way for me and I’ve been holding back at times.  I was worrying too much about what others would think and I seriously wondered if I would be misunderstood.

After much deliberation, I have begun posting some of my older poems from a blog that never seemed to go anywhere.  I have quite a few poems left to carry over, and although they don’t relate to my current situation in life, they were things I struggled through, and I know others will be able to relate to them.  So I feel they are worth posting, and it also gives me a bit of a reprieve on days when I don’t want to write something new.

I don’t think I mentioned it last week, but I finally submitted one of my poems for publication in a magazine.  One which is just about to release its very first issue.  The release date is scheduled for April 20th and I’m excited to find out if my poem will be chosen.  There’s just something about finally seeing my work published on good old-fashioned paper, which really excites me.  I can only hope it will actually happen this time!

I also realized that I’ve made it to the halfway mark in editing my Revelations of the Past series.  If you’re interested in reading it, here’s the link to the series.  I release new chapters twice a week; usually on Wednesdays and Sundays.  If you like historical fiction, then please check it out!  My subscribers are dwindling, so please come and read.  I would really appreciate your support.

Well, enough about me and my week.  What about you and your week.  Anything new and exciting to share?  If so, please leave me a comment and tell me what you’ve been up to.  I love my blogging family and I’m so grateful I found the weekend coffee share.  It’s been a great way to make new friends and I’m really enjoying our time together.  Have a wonderful week!  ~M

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Many thanks to Nerd In The Brain for hosting the #WeekendCoffeeShare, a collective of chats over digital coffee among bloggers. To find out more, and to see this weeks posts, go here.


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45 responses to “#weekendcoffeeshare – A Place of Acceptance

  1. devereaux frazier

    Reblogged this on Creative Writing Reblogged.

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  2. Bravo Michelle! So many people forget that to be happy one must put oneself first. You can’t find your centre when you do not place yourself there.
    Good for you on sending off one of your poems! I so hope it gets chosen. I think writing for you is the only way to go. I would never be able to write what I don’t feel.
    I’ll be checking out your historical fiction as soon as I get a better handle on my own backlog. Ugh.. how we get to such a point is beyond me…

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    • Thank you Dale, it’s so true. And I understand the backlog… I’ve got over 200 blog posts I’m trying to read through in my email alone. I follow so many people and I try to read them all, but oh… I’m so far behind! I’ve got half an hour before bedtime though, time to do some reading! Lol… 😉

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      • I had to finally flush some as I could not keep up (especially the multi-posters per day!)

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        • Yes, me as well. But I try to read at least one from as many as I can. There’s so many good ones, so I hate to miss reading any of them. 😉

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          • I know what you mean. I really like one writer but she posts up to 6 times per day! I just can’t…

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            • Lol…. yes, I know what you mean. I have a set schedule of 3 posts a day myself. I figure I might catch someone at one of those times. Gotta figure everyone is in different time zones, so I try to hit them all. 😉

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            • I’m talking 5-6 different posts!!
              The way I see it, those who are subscribed will bet notification, others who discover me, do so. But then, I’m not about the stats at this point!

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            • I don’t follow people by email who post that often. Especially if they do reblogs all day. I have to catch those bloggers in the reader, which I rarely look at. I have too many I follow by email, to go through the reader on a regular basis.

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  3. It’s wonderful that you have taken charge of doing things that make you happy,, Michelle! That’s the way it should be!!
    Wishing you the very best in your writing and hoping that your poem gets selected too! Cheers 🙂

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  4. I really enjoyed reading your post. So much so, I’ve decided to follow you. I look forward to reading more of what you have to say.

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  5. Kathleen Howell

    Congratulations and fingers crossed on the poem submission!!

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  6. This post was so comforting to read on many levels. U have been struggling with the negativities of bloggin world, SM vitriol and other such stuff that I was letting it affect my writing.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  7. Hope your poem is published. Which one was it? You are so gifted.

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  8. Hi, I’m so glad to hear your upbeat tone, your experience seems to echo mine in a way. On Friday I wrote about reaching acceptance. Also about contentment and happiness. It is like breaking out a shell. A release. I’m not totally there yet, but much stronger. At the point where I’m also focusing on what makes me happy, and plans for my own future. Wish we could catch up in person! Good luck 🍀 with the poem! Xx

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    • I’m so behind in reading my email, that I’m not sure if I read that one or not. But I agree that you and I seem to be going through very similar things. I can see it in your writing and I can always relate to your heartfelt words. I’m so glad you’re getting stronger. It’s good that we both are. I’ve just been relying too much on the people in my life to make me happy and not enough on myself and my relationship with God. He’s the only one who brings contentment to my life and when I’m walking closely beside him, I am much happier. It’s hard though, because as humans, we always long for a connection with somebody who we can touch and feel. We want to be physical loved and emotionally nurtured. If those things are lacking, we often feel like we have nothing substantial to grasp hold of. I wish we could catch up in person too! If you want to email me or DM me on Twitter, we can always talk on there. If you click on my Gravatar, you will find everything there. Keep in touch, I’d love to talk with you sometime. ~M xo

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  9. There are times when you have to be selfish to get the things you want to do done. Often people’s thoughts can hold a person back.

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  10. Good luck, Michelle! Glad to hear you’re taking some time for self-care and doing what YOU need. Good for you.

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  11. I have been using Grammarly for awhile now. All my book reviews go through it before putting on NetGalley.

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  12. You had an excellent week, it seems. If everyone could come to terms or acceptance with their lives, it could start a plague of happiness. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? So glad to hear your writing is going well. Best to you, Michelle.

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  13. Hi there ! Michelle , First of all, I am glad that you have conquered some struggles in your life and also, I want to congratulate you for submitting one of your poem in a magazine , that would be awesome if I could see one of mine too one day. On the other hand , I would like to be like you having a schedule for writing . Unfortunately, for me not having a computer is kind of difficult. I always visit the public library in order to do some writing in order to try to be in shape . Take care Michelle and thanks for sharing your thoughts, sentiments with all of us. God bless you . Ernesto.

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  14. Great coffee choice this morning, it sounds delicious. Congrats on your upcoming publication, I can’t wait to read it. A quote for you, one that I try to keep in mind myself: “Accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what will be.” – Sonia Ricotti

    Great post, thanks for sharing.
    https://writingiscommunication.wordpress.com/

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