Welcome to the first Five Minute Friday blog link-up of 2020! I took a two-week hiatus to spend time over the holidays with family, and it was such a restful and restorative break. But of course, I’m glad to be back!

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Our first FMF writing prompt of 2020 is: DIRECTION




This morning I opened the curtain above my kitchen sink just in time to see the sun rising over the building and trees across the street.

I should be used to it by now, but it always makes me pause in amazement.

We’ve lived in this house for seven years — longer than any other place since my husband and I got married over 15 years ago. Seven years, and I’m still arrested by the sunrise visible in the same place every day.

Just after Christmas, we drove from Michigan to Florida. One evening we visited a state park with a dock over a bay just as the sun was about to set, and I was surprised by the direction in which it melted into the horizon. I felt disoriented, as if I were facing the wrong direction.

The experience made me reflect on which direction I’m facing in life, and what direction I want to walk in the new year. Where am I trying to go? What am I trying to achieve? Which goals and milestones am I hoping to reach, and what steps do I need to take to get there?

If we’re not careful, we can easily wander with our heads down day after day, forgetting to open the curtain and look up to see which direction we’re facing.



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Just a heads up: I’m putting together a 10-Day Writing Prompt Challenge that I’ll be launching soon! We’ll be using the first 10 prompts from The 90-Day Writing Prompt Journal.

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