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Hooch, our rescue greyhound, looking a little unusual!

 

Calmkate, aroused Fun Friday… Unusual

 

Friday Fun – unusual

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

 

 

Just One Minute Monday…Sprinkling a little Color/Colour.

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No matter how you spell it, color/colour is at its brightest when you help sprinkle it across the world! Marie Clancy.

 

 

Sing your ‘Song’!

via Daily Prompt: Song

I’m always amazed by the talent and creativity of song writers.  They have the ability to lift our spirits and transport us to the most amazing and far away places without leaving the confines of our kitchen or car.  Their lyrics tell inspiring stories that teach us a wide variety of lessons.

Bloggers also have the power to lift others with their words.  When we write from our hearts we can say something that speaks to others.  It can resonate with what somebody is experiencing at that very moment.  When we take a few moments to comment on someone’s blog, to compliment a wonderful post or share words of encouragement we can have a positive impact on somebody else’s life. I believe we can provide the motivation somebody needed just at that very moment. Maybe it can be the song their heart needed to hear!

I know one thing for sure, your comments and feedback often makes my heart sing… such as,

“That’s an amazing story! Inspiring!”

…thank you Proftombot

@ https://broadspectrum.life

Or

“You know what I think Marie? I am glad you are in the club, because not only can you share what you love, but you embody love and kindness, which might pass to one person. Hugs my friend.”

…thank you Donna @ https://windkisses.com

Or

Marie, I love how you write “My illness does not define me as a person.” So powerful. And empowering! The way you share your challenges, gives me perspective about my own. You are teaching us all. And for that, I will always be grateful. (This is who you are! A teacher. A writer. A muse.) Andrea xo

…thank you Dr.Andrea Dinardo, Thriving Under Pressure

@ https://drandreadinardo.com

Or

I’ve also found that blogging has boosted my confidence in my writing ability, and connected me to other terrific writers! Thanks for this post, I think it spoke to many of us!

..thank you Ann Coleman

@ muddlingthroughmymiddleage.com

And to all of you who take time to read, like and share encouraging comments…thank you!

And above all continue to sing your song among the blogging community and beyond!

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Much love,

Marie xx

Daily Prompt: Be a Luminary!

via Daily Prompt: Luminescent

Be a luminary to all those around you!

Your words are unique, they are luminescent!

 

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Nobody else can light up their meaning in the exact way that you can!

Much love,

Marie xx

 

 

A Blogger Nomination…or not!

I was recently nominated for a blogger award by the fun loving Shelley at Quaint Revival Here and just a day or two ago I was nominated for another blogger award by the warm and wonderful Darren at Arty Plantsman. Here

Now I’m not sure if it’s part of my fibromyalgia/fatigue that causes me to struggle and become overwhelmed by the list of rules and the mountain of work involved in a blogger award or if it’s something that is the case for more of you bloggers?  So while I want to acknowledge the nominations even though I’m breaking the rules a little by responding yet not responding to these blogger awards; what really mattered to me was how Darren at Arty Plantsman introduced my blog and the reason why he nominated me…

Basically his words mattered to me and I’d like to share them…”Marie from Create Space has shown a great deal of insight and understanding of my journey and is always such a lovely and supportive friend. We are close to each other in age and share much of our outlook. Marie quite recently took a leap of faith and changed careers, becoming an adult education teacher. Many of the things she writes speak volumes to me about what a great teacher she must be. Her warmth, intelligence and understanding shine out.”

… Now if you told me over a year ago that by becoming a blogger I would gain new insights not only about myself but also about the lives of so many other bloggers and that my life could be enhanced in so many ways…I’d never have believed it!!  But now I know that… blogging changes lives!

So thank you Darren, for being unique, creative and sincere! Thanks for being someone who has overcome difficulties and now is not afraid to take on new challenges and give old challenges a second go; read about Darren and resilience at its best here

He shares his talents and insights alike, with an infectious sense of humour!

The ‘Growing Self Blogger Award’ is the brainchild of Roda at ‘Growing Self’.  Roda is a connector and her blog is filled with amazing photos, critters, flowers, colours and warm words which encourage self kindness, growth and personal development!  Check out her positive and engaging blog Growing Self Here

And here are a few great blogs you might like to check out:

Susanbriscoe at The Death Project…Susan and Roy are powerful, they celebrate life…facing death positively and fearlessly! Here

Brenda at Brenda’s Thoughts…celebrates humanity. In her words “I’ve seen the very worst of humanity, but I have also seen beauty.”  She really engages with her followers and her comments are like finding a sister you didn’t know about up until now! Here

Alyssa at Fight Ms Daily…celebrates life with the challenges of MS…she is a reminder that no matter how difficult a day is there is always a ray of hope and her kind and affirming words to be found! Here

T.S. at CrazyWriterof6…celebrates challenge…proof that moving forward with resilience is possible! Here

And finally thanks to all of you for blogging and sharing…keep writing…keep inspiring!

Much love,

Marie xx

Ps. I received a likes notification… Out of curiosity can anyone tell me why 1337 likes is a figure that should be celebrated?  I got and expected a 1,000 likes notification… but why such a random figure?

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Update on…Share for Vicky…because

Thanks to all of you who read and liked and maybe contributed…over 115k raised in 11 days! WOW!  Isn’t people power amazing!… again…because Vicky is like so many of us, someone’s daughter, someone’s  wife, a mother, a colleague, a friend!

https://www.gofundme.com/savevickyphelan

Much love,

Marie xx

 

Cead Mile Failte – A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

A Heartfelt Irish Welcome!

Hi, I’m Marie and this is my SPACE where I get to CREATE and indulge my love of writing, learning and reaching out to you!

I love the interactions and connections I’m making here on WordPress and I’ve mentioned it in this post

https://wordpress.com/post/createspaceweb.wordpress.com/2973

I believe writing is cathartic and sharing our stories opens us up to conversations that can broaden our perspective and enhance our world view.  I also believe we are amazing human beings with endless potential and we have the power to empower!

I will leave you with one of my favourite quotes

Grace Paley wrote “If you say what’s on your mind in the language that comes to you from your parents and your street and friends you’ll probably say something beautiful.”

My door is always open, please pop in to visit anytime!

Much love,

Marie xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday reflection…The Gift of the Gab!…the art of Conversation.

via Daily Prompt: Conversation

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The Gift of the Gab…Conversation…talking!

I’m Irish, so need I say more??

I love people and

I love good conversation.

I love watching women in cafès having heart to heart conversations.

I love listening to my male students having whole-hearted conversation at break time.

I love when my students get knee deep in conversation during group discussions.

I love when students gain enough confidence to join into conversations and share their opinions.

I feel sad when students tell me they haven’t spoken a word of conversation to another human being since our previous class.

I feel it’s time to make a change, to make a difference…We all need conversation!

So let’s reach out and start a conversation with someone today.  In a shop, on the street and if  you lack confidence in your conversation skills and all else fails…come to Ireland and kiss the Blarney Stone…guarantees you an instant…Gift of the Gab!

https://blarneycastle.ie/pages/kiss-the-blarney-stone

https://www.tourismireland.com/Press-Releases/2016/March/1-4-million-Canadians-tune-in-to-the-island-of-Ire

Much love,

Marie xx

 

Guest Post…”Who am I today?” The Superpower that is a Writer’s Voice!

Today I am really proud and excited to have the opportunity to share a beautiful piece of writing by one of my students, Liam Cleere.

Liam returned to learning a few years ago having struggled with literacy difficulties for many years. However, within a very short space of time he moved from a place where he struggled to write two sentences to realising that he loved to write!

Liam has now written numerous pieces of fiction, non-fiction and poetry and has pieces published in Tipperary ETB’s (Education and Training Board) Adult Learning Scheme Annual for a number of years and last year in NALA’s (National Adult Literacy Association) Magazine, Literacy Matters, which is distributed throughout Ireland.

Liam also wrote a poem for The Clancy Brothers Festival “If these chairs could talk’ project, held in June and he also agreed to read his poem to a gathering in Carrick-on-Suir Library for Culture Night.

Liam is eager to encourage anyone who has difficulty reading or writing to reach out and join adult literacy classes.  With this in mind he was an Ambassador for Literacy, speaking at NALA’s Student Day; which gives students the opportunity to meet other students with similar concerns, helps students build their confidence, self-esteem and realise the value of their unique voice.

All these new challenges demonstrate Liam’s determination to overcome obstacles in his life, further his new-found love of writing and enhance his personal development.

Liam’s non-fiction piece, “Who am I Today?” which speaks for itself…

In it Liam reminds us of two important things;

that…”as an adult, dreams can come through with a bit of luck, work and imagination

And…”Sometimes us adults need to forget about everything and just play and have fun”. 

 

Who am I today?

There was an awful row, well it was more of a battle in our house the other morning. The fighting and violence was terrible. And where was I you might ask, and what was I doing? Well, I was in the middle of it, and what I was doing?  I was having fun!  I’m Superman you see!

Not the real Superman of course, I can’t fly but on that morning I was!  No, I’m not going crazy or popped too many Happy Pills. I was saving the house from The Joker and Harley Quinn and a load of other bad guys, with my daughter Caitlin, who was Wonder Woman, complete with mask and cape and Sierra the Wonder dog. We were playing out one of Caitlin’s games and I had the best time. We both did!

Imagination, there’s a lot to be said for it and Caitlin has a powerful one. We have always encouraged her in her imagination and I play with her often.

In the days before the battle between good and evil I had been Batman and Fred from Scooby Do and in Caitlin’s words, I was a baldy Fred! To me it doesn’t matter what we play as long as we have fun and enjoy it. I have been everything from a Princess to a Pony in Caitlin’s games. I’ve had my nails done and even been treated to a makeup session (didn’t look half bad if I say so myself) and I loved every minute of it! I believe that once a child has a good imagination they can be anything they want, and as an adult, dreams can come through with a bit of luck, work and imagination. All the toys in the world, or computer games, phones, tabs or whatever can’t match the powerful mind of a child. It’s fun to watch and even better to be asked to play.

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Sometimes us adults need to forget about everything and just play and have fun! Does me the world of good and who cares if I look silly, Caitlin certainly doesn’t and neither do I. Who will I be tomorrow?  I can’t wait to find out!

Ps    In case you’re wondering who won the battle? Wonder Woman and Superman of course. It was very close until Wonder Woman zapped them with her electric power and saved us all!

Liam Ceere

 

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!

Would you agree Liam has come a long way from struggling to write two sentences?

Would you send him any words of encouragement?  I’d love to hear what you think and I will happily pass them on to Liam!

Much love,

Marie xx

 

 

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