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A New Book…a beautiful one!

Hi from Dublin Airport! I’m about to write a new page in my life and learning journey as I fly today from Dublin, Ireland to Bonn, Germany for a week at the 51st Annual Rudolf Dreikurs International Summer Institute ICASSI 2018.  I’d like to thank all of you who have read my post Success…a person or thing that succeeds.

for reading and for your thoughtful comments! A special thanks to Larry ‘Dutch’ Woller at Dutchil/onthepathleasttraveled for his encouragement and very apt quote…

“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!”

C. JoyBell C.

Also he reminds us in his post, linked below, of the importance of adventure with this quote…

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover, acquire new friends and gain knowledge of yourself and the world.” Mark Twain

Check out onthepathleasttraveled if you enjoy insightful posts filled with wonderful, knowledgeable quotes such as in this post… About ‘Dutch’

I’m looking forward to adding more of my adventure as the days unfold!

What’s your most memorable adventure? What thing or things do you now regret not doing?

Much love,

Marie xx

Daily Prompt: You’re Notable!

via Daily Prompt: Notable



…it’s worth noting at the end of the day, how true you were to yourself today…

Did you laugh as you wanted to?

Did you cry if you needed to?

Did you wear something different

or do something different?

And…if not…why not?

Is someone or something preventing you from being your true self?

Pay attention to yourself and to your needs…

Don’t let anyone or anything convince you otherwise…

Remember, you’re notable!

Much love,

Marie xx

For the long haul…

via Daily Prompt: Haul


For almost 19 years I have had to haul fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue around with me.  Some days you haul yourself out of bed and the whole day is like hauling yourself up a mountainside.  Other days it’s like trying to see through the dense fog that covers that mountainside and it makes your brain function feel like it’s caught in a time-lapse photography project.

But stay positive because there is a plus side! There is a valuable haul of learning that comes from an invisible illness…  Never again will you make the assumption when you look at someone that their live is perfect because you know how it feels to be told how great you look despite barely holding it together in either or both body and mind.  Similarly when somebody tells you their struggles, you will be well placed to really empathise because you know what it is to struggle.  Or when someone tells you they are their own worst enemy or that they struggle to accept their illness, you will be well equipt to understand and having learnt some tips and tricks that eased the journey, you are only too happy to share them if it can ease someone else’s struggle.

So you decide…will it be something you begrudgingly haul with you


Will you treasure your valuable haul and put your learning to good use?

Much love,

Marie xx


Reblog ‘Writing’ – Short Story

The pen lies firmly between thumb and forefinger, The empty page awaits the uncertain stroke. A sigh, a glance – a dip to the pot and the alchemy begins. Pause now. A thesaurus is lifted and thumbed anew. Darting, glancing, and leafing through the lavish pages, The swish of rice paper whispers thoughts, to-ing and […]

via Writing — Short Story

This will resonate with everybody that writes; with every writer! A stroke of genius!

Lead by Example!

Lead by example… and be a positive in somebody’s life today, help them blossom; then watch yourself blossom!


Much love,

Marie xx


From…The Death Project

I was admitted to the hospital yesterday (a different hospital due to ongoing communication issues with my gyne-oncology team) to get a jump start on treatment. Giving into my dad’s persistence, I had a consultation with a specialist in my disease (it’s rare, so such doctors are very few worldwide) in New York City last […]

via Late December Update — The Death Project

ENDING ONE YEAR, ENTERING ANOTHER, something we take for granted and are you caught in the past or fretting about the future…maybe you need to read Susan’s story.  This is how her story impacts me…

“You are an inspiration to me Susan! I am in awe of your determination to write and share so calmly despite such a huge struggle.
As I think of you and how remarkable you are…
I am drawn to the words of Victor E.Frankl in his book “Mans Search For Meaning” in which he said “…everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way”.
Much love, Marie xx


Twelve Days of Christmas…Nine…Measure.

Update/Breakthrough…Thanks to a comment below this post I have to add a P.S….below my original post…

“Measure yourself against what you can achieve, against your own goals, not what you perceive others to be achieving.”

Vince Jeevar PsychSpot
The Pursuit Of Unhappiness. Pt III

What a great piece of advice! Start today…compete against yourself, set your own goals, raise your own bar, push your own development and avoid comparing yourself to others.

After all it’s like comparing an Irish summer to a Spanish summer…two totally different animals!


What has been your experience of setting and achieving your own goals? Have you seen what happens when you stop comparing yourself to others? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Much love,




If you are reading for the first time…thank you for visiting.  If you are visiting because of my update then thank you for your time, for visiting and reading again…

The subject of bullying and abuse is a subject that’s very close to my heart. Both my children were bullied…we still struggle with the aftermath…

Crazywriterof6’s comment (‘ I try ‘)…below has provided the key to help me unlock what I have wanted to share but couldn’t verbalise…until now.

My response…to Crazywriterof6…was as follows…

“Lovely to see you here, thanks for visiting and commenting! The main thing is that we continue to ‘try’.
I have learned a lot from my children. When my children were bullied I saw that our sense of power is taken from us – we feet (should read feel) useless/powerless or in otherwords demotivated/disempowered. (We give up ‘trying’ because we have been told through the actions of abusers that we are not good enough; ie we are told we are too stupid, too slow, too skinny, too fat, too smelly, gay etc….)

But if we can take on board the idea that what we ‘try’ to do today is ‘good enough’ for today and if we remain motivated to ‘try’ again tomorrow (no matter how bad we think ‘we’ or our effort was)…then we are on the path to accepting ourself as ‘good enough’…that’s all we need to be…we don’t need to be perfect!

And when we learn to be happy with not being perfect (not comparing ourselves to others) then it’s an awesome realisation and feeling of being ‘good enough as I am! A realisation that I don’t need to be like anybody else – I am myself”
Keep writing, keep ‘trying’ !! Best wishes, Marie. Thanks for helping me put this into words for the first time (feeling emotional now!) Bless you!

The work of ‘Alfred Adler…Individual Psychology’ has been a positive in this journey for me and informed my learning…you may find it interesting also.

Please share your thoughts with me!

Much love,



Twelve Days of Quotes…Four…Hope!

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts”.

Eleanor Roosevelt.

‘Hope’ knows it is a small word but when it grows up it wants to become a big word like ‘anticipation’. Nothing will stop it in its path.  Never give up on hope, anticipate the best and watch as the old gives way to the new!

Much love,

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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.


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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