Welcome to our final Five Minute Friday link-up of February 2024! The year is just moving right along, isn’t it?

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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: RESPITE




Setting a timer for five minutes, and . . . GO. 

In my post last week, I wrote about how I was so looking forward to speaking at a Christian writers’ retreat this past weekend. It was such a delight! Everything I had hoped for and more.

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And while I was extremely spoiled in that I got to meet and talk with some amazing women, eat delicious food three times a day that I didn’t have to cook myself, stay in a beautiful apartment all by myself . . . at the end of each day, I was also exhausted!

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I had forgotten how much energy it takes to interact with others at a somewhat professional level for 12+ hours of the day, including three 45-minute speaking stints in two days.

I was *so* thankful for the opportunity and would absolutely do it again! But each day I woke up and thought to myself, “When I get back to this apartment tonight, I’m going to work on my own writing project.” . . . Ha! That was a delusional thought.

When I got back to my apartment each night, all I could do was collapse into bed — in a very satisfying, full manner, of course.

That’s why I’m equally grateful that my annual personal writing retreat happens to fall on this coming weekend! After a full (but tiring!) conference last weekend, I’m *so* looking forward to getting away once more with the sole purpose of working on my own writing projects. Three days of uninterrupted time.






Also, don’t forget: Our next Writing Accountability Group starts in less than two weeks!

We’ll meet eight times on Zoom to write together in real time!

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