Welcome to this week’s edition of Five Minute Friday!

If you’re new or looking for instructions on how the link-up works, head over to this page.

We’ll write soon, but first I have an exciting opportunity to share with you!

Have you heard of the annual Write 31 Days writing challenge?

It happens every year during the month of October, and this year marks the 4th annual 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes — a challenge within a challenge, so to speak.

If you’re game (and I hope you are!), I provide 31 prompts and invite anyone who’s interested to write a five-minute free write every day in October. Easy, right? ūüėČ I mean, c’mon … it’s just five minutes!

If you’re ready to take the plunge and join the challenge, sign up HERE.¬†

[Tweet “Join @5minutefriday for 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes in October!”]


Here are the prompts for 2017: 

Write 31 Days prompts - 2017

Download the printable PDF version HERE. 

Here’s how it works:¬†

On October 1st, I’ll post a Special Edition link-up for anyone participating in 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes. You’ll only need to link up once for the whole challenge.

You write for five minutes flat on the prompt of the day, then post on your blog (or Instagram or Facebook account).

Repeat everyday until November. ūüôā

So … are you in?



for 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes :: 2017 Edition


And now for this week’s link-up …

This week’s FMF prompt is: ACCEPT




[Tweet “It’s @5minutefriday time! This week’s #writing prompt is: ACCEPT”]


Ready? GO.

It’s the third week of September, and temperatures in my West Michigan town peaked at 90 degrees today. The forecast predicts mid-80’s for the next week.

The heat index was so high this afternoon that my kids’ sports practices got cancelled according to district regulations. My 5th grader said they weren’t even allowed to go outside at recess for fear that someone might get heat stroke (and yes, we did laugh over dinner about that restriction).

During supper, the urge to drive the four miles to Lake Michigan prodded strong inside.

But it’s a school night. The kids have homework. And chores. And I have work to do. And, and, and.¬†

“How much more homework do you still have to do tonight?” I asked my brood across the table.

“Not too much,” came the general consensus.

Then my daughter asked, “Can we go to the beach with Auntie Sarah?”

Me: “You read my mind.”

I texted my sister. She hesitated. She’d already had a long week working two jobs, and not much sleep. I was about to let it go, when my kids pleaded and begged her to come.

“Okay,” she agreed.

And boy, was it worth it. 





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In the spirit of this week’s prompt, I dare you to ACCEPT the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Challenge!


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