Welcome to the very first Five Minute Friday link-up at our new home! I’m so excited you’re here!
To learn more about this community and how the link-up works, visit our link-up page or check out the instructions at the bottom of this post.
This week’s FMF prompt is: FUTURE
Ready? Setting my timer for five minutes, and … GO.
I can’t tell you how much fun I’ve had building this site for you. It has been a bit like moving to a new house. I got to start from scratch with an empty palette and choose everything from the paint on the walls to the color of the countertops.
It has also made me think a lot more about structure, order, and user experience. In the process, I’ve realized it helps to have a plan.
I’m not a big picture person. Work with me for half a day, and you’ll easily figure that out. Give me your grand vision and I’ll make it happen, but don’t expect me to lay out the ten year plan, okay?
But in setting up this new site, I’ve realized it is a huge help to plan ahead. Sure, I’ve known that in theory, but I’ve never actually mapped it out on paper.
But guess what? I actually like it. I like looking ahead, seeing what’s coming. It excites me. It motivates me.
Much like the Christian life, wouldn’t you say? It’s easy to get bogged down by what has to be done right now, and we forget to lift our chins enough to see the horizon.
As a memoir writer, I’ve spent a lot of time dwelling on the past. Re-hashing emotions, conversations, choices.
But the whole point of wading through the muck is to help me get excited about what is yet to come. Because that’s where the real joy lies — in the future.
Whew! That was rough! I definitely had a different angle before I started typing, and it did NOT come out as planned … Ha! I guess that’s what happens when I attempt to write on planning ahead. Oh well. Gotta stick to my own FMF rules — no overthinking, no edits. I’m feeling the pain tonight! 😉
But speaking of planning ahead, I am absolutely in love with these brand new agenda planners from DaySpring.
Sign up to receive an email notification when the agenda planners are available for purchase and you’ll be entered to win a free planner plus a $25 DaySpring voucher!
The giveaway ends on Monday, June 5th at 11:59 p.m. and three winners will be chosen and notified on Tuesday, June 6th.
And don’t forget about the FMF giveaway:
I’ll be giving away two copies of On Being a Writer by Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig.
To enter the giveaway, follow these steps:
2. Leave a comment on this post for every share that you publish. For example, leave one comment if you shared on Facebook, a separate comment for sharing on Instagram, a third comment for Twitter, and a fourth for Pinterest.
3. You’re welcome to enter as many times as you like, but each comment must represent a genuine share on social media (or to your email subscribers).
Giveaway ends Monday, June 5th. Winners must have a U.S. mailing address to be eligible to win.
And because I’m still so stinking excited about this new website, I designed some new t-shirts and mugs to help us celebrate. Only available through June 5th!
Limited Edition Merchandise
And now for the link-up … Who’s ready to write?
How the Link-Up Works:
1. Write for five minutes on the word of the week.
2. Post your words on your own blog. If you don’t have a blog, you’re welcome to post your five minutes of writing in the comments here each week, or on the Five Minute Friday Facebook page.
This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.
3. Include a hyperlink in your post to direct your readers to the Five Minute Friday site so they can join the fun, too! (Example: This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday link-up!)
4. Copy the actual permalink (url) to your specific post (not your blog’s homepage). For example, copy http://katemotaung.com/five-minute-friday/ and not just katemotaung.com.
5. Come back to this post and click the blue “Add Your Link” button at the bottom of the post.
6. Paste your unique permalink / url where prompted by the pop-up window and follow other instructions.
7. Visit the blog of the person who linked up before you and leave an encouraging comment. (That’s the best part, right?)
8. Any questions, feel free to email kate<at>fiveminutefriday<dot>com. Happy writing!