#SixWordSaturday Getting Ready for #Christmas Family Reunions

Christmas Tree outside the shopping centre.

Close up of the Christmas tree.

Inside the Christmas tree!

November’s a longish, coldish month.

Today, while doing my weekly food shopping, I noticed a Christmas Tree in the square outside the shopping centre, and plenty of Christmas decorations inside the shop.

I didn’t buy anything, not yet, but it reminded me about the family reunions ahead.

This year I’m looking forward to having all my children and grandchildren at home for a few special days.

Have you seen any Christmas trees yet? 

#SixWordSaturday Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining #haiku

 

Chasing silver clouds,

Racing over clear blue skies.

Enjoy the challenge.

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I was thinking about this well-known saying a few days ago as I was walking under a cloudy sky.

Cloudy skies not only bring silver linings, but they’re also more beautiful and inspiring than clear blue skies. In fact, a clear blue sky is enhanced by the presence of beautiful clouds, which are always unique.

Life is like that too. Living within our comfort zone is pleasant and safe, but it’s the moments we move out of this peaceful serenity that life moves on to a more challenging and exciting place where we feel energised.

It would be exhausting to live in a constant state of excitement, but the rush of the challenge undeniably leads to personal and professional growth. Striking the balance between comfort and challenge is the key.

How do you balance living within your comfort zone and challenging yourself?

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#SixWordSaturday May He Be Safe, Happy & Free

I live in the south of Spain, and I’m lucky enough to enjoy a warm climate and a swimming pool at home. When my five-year-old grandson comes to visit, he takes off his clothes and jumps in! He’s a great swimmer and he loves playing in the water.

I wasn’t born with a house, a pool, and a job, in fact I had a very underprivileged childhood.

However, I was fortunate enough to have been born in Europe in the 1960s, which means I had access to good quality, free education and health, which I fully took advantage of, and was consequently well prepared for the international job market.

I’ve worked hard and full-time since I finished my first degree, when I was 21. I’ve raised three wonderful, hard-working children and I have four young grandchildren.

My only wish for them, is that they, and all other European, and world citizens, continue to benefit from equal opportunities in education, health and the job market, so that they can be safe, happy, and free to live their life as they would choose.

I want them to live in a world, like the world I grew up in, in which they can decide which religion, if any to follow, which studies to pursue, and which career or job to have, in order to ensure a roof over their heads.

I hope they’ll be able to express their creativity, opinions, feelings, political ideas and sexuality, however they see fit, as long as they respect others, and do not purposefully hurt anyone, including themselves.

That’s the world I was privileged enough to live in, and it’s what I’d like them to enjoy, too.

Is it too much to ask for?

I leave you with a beautiful picture of Paris with a full moon which my daughter sent me a few weeks ago.

Liberté, egalité, fraternité.

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#SixWordSaturday Plot your novel, not your life! #SixWordStories

It’s my first time taking part in #SixWordSaturday. Thank you Debbie at Travel with Intent  for hosting and I hope to gradually meet the other participants.

Six Word Saturday seems to be a good and concise way of summing  up the week with six words in the title of the post, and a post with a round up of the week that’s passed.

Now and again, I’ll be adding #SixWordStories to the mix, if I can manage a phrase, or story, with the six words.

In my case I’ll be adding a few, perhaps six, sentences, and a few, perhaps six, photos!

I’ll try to keep it short and pretty!

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It’s a holiday week for me, so instead of teaching, I started off plotting my new novel, which was getting out of hand at 22,000 words and no plan!

Then we were able to get away to a fairly secluded beach, in Estepona, for a short break.

I planned the holiday, but I didn’t know exactly what would happen once I arrived. The first surprise was a quiet beach…

…and a lovely Beach Bar for breakfast and lunch!

I was lucky enough to have three of my favourite ladies for company; one of my best friends, Anna, her lovely daughter, Zara, and my daughter.

I was also able to watch two of my grandchildren splashing around the seaside!  

 

The most beautiful moments in life are unplanned. Let them happen.

It’s been a wonderful week. Back to work on Monday, batteries recharged!

I’ll be back to the beach for a few days in May, fingers crossed!

How was your Easter break?    

Do you plot your novels?

Do you plot your lives?

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