Adventure, Life, Photograph

Summertime Fun – Social Distancing Style

Leavenworth, WA – July 2020

Our family recently went camping to central WA, between the town of Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee. A wonderful getaway from all the clamor and chaos that is surrounding us all each day with the impacts of the pandemic on our lives.

We went to the small Bavarian town of Leavenworth one afternoon for a couple of hours and had ice cream. And yes we wore masks in the stores, it was nice and the town is pretty cool and unique. I encourage you to visit if you ever get to central WA.

The real joys of the trip was camping, being together and being out in nature. The weather was great, minus the mosquito’s šŸ¦Ÿ, warm sunny days and perfect clear nights with a thousand stars. We played in the river, went on bike rides and walks, went on drives into the mountains, had campfires and just hung out as a family.

Nature is my best kind of social distancing. It recharges me and helps me to get back to enjoying the simple and important things in my life.

What is your favorite kind of social distancing?

#Nature #GetOutside #PNW

Life, Photograph

Every Ending is a New Beginning – Monday Motivation

“What do you believe in?”

To paraphrase Soren Kierkegaard, life must be lived forward but can only be understood backwards. Thus, does it not suggest that our lives are in front of us?

We live, we love, we laugh, we cry, we suffer and we grieve, and only afterwards can we understand the meaning behind the moments.

Go forth today may friends and live, each ending can be a new beginning, it is within our power to chose how we will live this day!

#JustBelieve #HopeLives #LiveYourDreams #CommitIntentionalActsOfKindness

P.S. – August is my birthday month and I plan on celebrating and living it to the fullest! šŸ˜‰

God, Life, Poetry

“But that, is not my destiny!”… BAM – Mic Drop!

Be true to who God created you to be.

Be true to who God created you to be. #YouMatter #GraceChangesPeople

It is for you to fulfill you destiny, not who others say you should be, for if you do not fill the role God has predestined you for who will?

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. ~Ephesians 2:10

#YouMatter #JustBelieve #GraceChangesPeople #LiveYourDreams

Happy 1st day of August, the month of my birth šŸ˜, let’s have some fun! šŸ‘Š

Life, Poetry, Writing

People’s Choice Voting – Motivation Monday

A little different Monday Motivation post for this week. I am hoping I can motivate you to take some action, read some great poems and cast a vote for your favorites.

If you saw my post this past Saturday – ā€˜Wake the Beastā€™ Poetry Submission ā€“ Top 11Ā Selection! you know that my poem made the top 11 for the My Still Waters anthology to be published by A.B. Baird Publishing later this year.

And now it is time for the –

PEOPLE’S CHOICE VOTING!!!

You now have the opportunity to head over to the A.B. Baird Publishing website and cast your vote(s) for your favorite poem. I would be thrilled if you like my poem ‘Wake the Beast’ and cast a vote for it but better yet, read all the poems and vote for your favorites. There are some amazingly talented writers out there and you won’t be disappointed.

Just click this link A.B. Baird Publishing and either scroll down the page to the My Still Waters or click the My Still Waters hyperlink in the left hand column. The directions for the People’s Choice voting are easy, read each piece and cast a vote for your favorites. It is that easy!

Also, if would be appreciated if you are on Twitter to follow me @mwschutter and tweet the link below.

People’s Choice voting is live until 8/5 at https://www.abbairdpublishing.com for the upcoming anthology My Still Waters. My piece is ‘Wake the Beast’ and would love to have your support. #PoetryCommunity #WritingCommunity #Poetry #Writing #WritersLife #MondayMotivation #MondayBlogs

Thanks so much and have a great day! šŸ˜‰

Life, Poetry, Writing

‘Wake the Beast’ Poetry Submission – Top 11 Selection!

I recently submitted 7 poems to A.B. Baird Publishing for inclusion in the upcoming anthology “My Still Waters.” The theme of the anthology is poems related to self-hope, self-discovery and healing.

My poem submissions included:

  • Healing is Never Perfect
  • Just What I Need
  • My Black Heart
  • My Broken Mind (honorable mention)
  • New Chapters
  • Wake the Beast (short list)
  • Words I Wanted to Say (honorable mention)

The publishers narrowed the list to 120 poems for inclusion and a couple of weeks ago I received notice that 5 of the 7 had been selected to be published in the anthology. Better yet two received honorable mentions and ‘Wake the Beast‘ made the short list of the top 25.

The first two lines of my poem are:

I tiptoe around afraid to wake the beast – He rests sleeping his power unreleased “Wake the Beast” #poetry #poetrycommunity #amwriting #writerslife

And now I have received another notice that this poem, ‘Wake the Beast‘ was selected for the top 11. I am so honored and excited. There are so many talented poets and writers out there and to be chosen is wonderful. The final 11 pieces now move to the final round of judging for the competition and the winner will be announced on Monday, July 27.

Additionally all 11 poems will be posted on the A.B. Baird Publishing website and Instagram page. There they will compete for your votes and the title of “people’s choice.”

Voting begins next Tuesday, July 28 the day after the competition winner is announced. I encourage you to visit, read the poems and vote for your favorite.

If it happens to be mine ‘Wake the Beast‘ I would be honored and I thank you in advance.

Adventure, Life, Photograph, Writing

From Here to There – Motivation Monday

“From here to there”

They say each journey begins with that first step, followed by another until we are on our way. To paraphrase Bilbo Baggins (J.R.R. Tolkien) it is a dangerous business going out your front door for there is no telling where you might be swept off to.

Doesn’t the true adventure lie in the unknown? In not knowing what might lie just up ahead, as our nervousness rises our yearning for adventure drives us forward!

Doesn’t the true adventure lie in not knowing what comes next?

My friends, what is stopping you from taking that first step on your own great adventure? #LiveYourDreams #MotivationMonday #MondayBlogs

#LiveYourDreams

Life, Writing

“Social Distancing” – The Oxymoron of 2020?

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Social distancing, seems to be all the rage now days. For the health and safety for ourselves and others. But really what is social distancing? Let’s start with the definition of oxymoron from the Merriam Webster Dictionary online.

OxymoronĀ  – a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (such as cruel kindness); broadly: something (such as a concept) that is made up of contradictory or incongruous elements (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxymoron).

Okay, that makes some sense, simply put words that don’t often go together to explain something else. Examples include:

  • jumbo shrimp
  • deafening silence
  • small crowd
  • sweet sorrow
  • walking dead

There are many more but I will leave that to you to search them out on your own. On to the definitions of social and distancing, again from the online Merriam Webster Dictionary.

Social

  • marked by or passed in pleasant companionship with friends or associates // an activeĀ socialĀ life
  • of or relating to humanĀ society, the interaction of the individual and the group, or the welfare of human beings as members of society // socialĀ institutions
  • tending to form cooperative and interdependent relationships with others

Distancing

  • the quality or state of beingĀ distant:
  • such as a:Ā spatial remoteness // quite aĀ distanceĀ between the two hospitals b:Ā personal and especially emotional separation // feels aĀ distanceĀ from her brother that wasn’t there before

“Social Distancing” – Social appears to be all about connection and distancing is all about separation. Call me a fool, but I just don’t get it.

Studies have shown that the use of technology does have negative effects including mental health issues. The article “Negative Effects of Technology: What to Know” published by Medical News Today in February 2020 cites studies that show the following are but just a few of the impacts on individuals overusing or creating a dependence on technology.

  • Isolation
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Sleep Problems
  • Reduced Physical Activity
Negative effects of technology and social media.
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Now ‘they’ are telling us to social distance from others, including family and close friends. Use technology and social media we are told to try and stay connected while we remain distant. I wonder what the actual end game here is? As we trod forward trusting the ‘experts’ who tell us ‘they’ only have the well being of each individual and society (there’s that word a derivative of social) as a whole.

What’s your take on all of this?

And what do you do with it?