I hope you continue to find yourself blessed!

    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    February is a month composed of frigid temps and rigid weather patterns.
    For this reason it acts as an enablement to writing and creative expression, encouraging down-time for reading, writing, and study. Cultivate and explore healthy writing habits this month and rejuvenate your mind and pen purposefully.
    Sample a few acrostic ideas for February and see if two or three don't make a notable difference in your reading and writing practices.
    Facebook time - limit it.
    Select the amount of time you're willing to give popcorn chatter and utilize a "timed" method in the employment and enjoyment of it. Be deliberate in prioritizing your purpose and plans on Facebook and keep to a regimented time with earnest discipline.
    Embrace two themes.
    Embrace two new themes in your reading this month that begin with the letter F.
    I've chosen themes on Freedom (Underground Railroad) and Forensics, a topic that seriously and curiously captivates me. Utilizing my librarian or Google for an interesting "work" on Forensics, I'll explore a new option and a new field while exploring and activating some new ideas which will most certainly contribute to movement in my pen.
    Broaden your literary circle.
    Select one or two individuals that challenge and inspire you and select a book to read together. Pick a "book date and time" in February for the digestion of it and employ a meaningful conversation over a steaming cup of coffee as you exercise your minds together on something meaningful.
    You'll be amazed at what this assignment does for both your relationships and your mind.
    Read to someone.
    Read a short book aloud to an individual who is housebound or has difficulty seeing, and contribute selflessly to someone else's life. Know what subjects and authors appeal to the individual you'll be reading to and get outside of yourself. You'll be amazed at how gratifying this assignment is.
    Utilize a new writing strategy.
    Select a time, place, or environment entirely new to "you" and see if creative juices don't flow differently in it. This can be as basic as employing a different room in your house (try the guest room,) or enjoying a library, coffee house, or office space.
    Audio ideas.
    If you're a person habitually caught up in the reading of a book, adapt a new learning style and "listen" to one instead. Listening can aid in rediscovery and better mind absorption. Give it a go and try the Audio version.
    Reviews - Take time to write up one or two.
    Think through the books you've read recently and record their contribution to your mind. This is a rewarding experience worthy of observation and analysis.
    Pay attention to what books you're investing time in and what books aren't worth investing time in.
    Hmmm ...
    Yes ... and again please.
    Select a book that thoroughly challenged you and look for a movie, discussion, or individual to expand on it once again with you.
    Voracious readers tend to inhale much and move on quickly but sometimes a book can be worth another look or a longer look.
    Say yes to a second helping of a good book.
    Mmmm ....
    Be deliberate, intentional, and strategic in the month of February. Make your time count and your thoughts matter.
    Utilize the weather patterns and watch healthy emerging patterns develop in writing.


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    The anticipatory month of January is upon us.
    It's my perception that many of us are going to encounter and experience a new year teeming with life, joy, and extraordinary possibility.
    Since January begins and ends with the same letters as joy, the letters in-between January will be our agents for an acrostic which will serve as a "word enablement" to the experience and remembrance of it.
    J - Journey of Joy
     A "Journey of Joy" begins with Jesus Christ and a heart, mind, and mouth overflowing with praise to Him. Gratitude, thanksgiving, and praise are the byproducts of life "with" Christ and every time we transfer our thoughts to Him, our tongues translate hope, energy, and power.
    "Seven times a day do I praise Thee because of Thy righteous judgments."
    Psalm 119:164
    The moment you begin to implement this blessed truth, your journey of joy will begin.
    Start this year's journey with Jesus;
    and implement the habit of beginning each day with Him.
    A - Acts
    Read through the book of Acts this month and combine it with your other enjoyable reads.
    Composed of 28 chapters, Luke will steer you into redemptive life surging with possibility, opportunity, and joyful expression.
    You'll meet up with the Holy Spirit and you'll be activated with joy in His presence.
    *Invest in one new book of the Bible each month and you'll be surprised by what it does for you.
    N - Noteworthy
    Make your January "note-worthy" with a purchase of a personal journal where you keep notes which are worthy of recording.
    Choose to make this year's journal a composition of praise, adoration, and thanksgiving.
    Speak to the positive. Record the positive. Resist and refuse the negative.
    U - Unity
    Unity provides empowerment and we become unified with those of a "like mind".
    Like minds can be either positive or negative ... so be careful!
    True unity is built on the life-giving, joy elements of truth, grace, and redemption and seeks to love and draw others into itself.
    True unity brings deep joy to ourselves and to God the Father.
    Evaluate your "unity" group and consider its shared theme.
    A - Abilities and Avenues
    Look for new avenues, this month, to utilize your God-given abilities and be willing to be stretched in order to realize new possibilities.
    -If you're gifted with music, consider taking on a student who might benefit from your wisdom, experience, and expertise.
    -Attend a conference or workshop which contributes to growth and new community.
    -Invite one new individual into your life who is advanced in your "ability" arena and learn from them.
    Gifts and abilities are "joy enablers."
    Enjoy them and share them with others.
    R - Resolutions!
    Make them. Have them. Work toward them.
    Resolutions create purposed living and deep joy in progressively moving toward them.
    Resolutions keep us moving onward when we're tempted to look backward.
    Resolutions remind us that we're made for something bigger, and they invite us to explore a larger sphere and bigger potential.
    Where we are resolved, we are refreshed with renewed vitality and purpose!
    Consider creating one resolution for each month as a beginning.
    Y - Year
    The year of 2019 begins with the month of January and ends with whatever you make it.
    Dare to do some risk-taking this month.
    Evaluate what you'd like to see and who you'd like to "be" in the new year and implement a strategy that will get you there.

    Be purposed in your goal setting and create a monthly work-out for yourself that displays your investment in the "becoming."
    Joy is a byproduct of a purpose filled life.
    Begin with January and live your life to the full...
    In 2019.
    "The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written."
    -Melodie M.



    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    December's a month composed of a lot of bells and whistles:
    There are gifts to exchange, parties to attend, programs to enjoy, and a host of celebratory events to choose from.
    There are lights to be strung, Christmas trees to be bought, a house to decorate, cookies to bake, and a Christ to worship.
    Hmmm ...
    Plain and simple, if you don't prioritize what truly matters in December, you'll get snowed under with Frosty.
    Prioritizing is a prerequisite for those of us who desire greater substance than the gifts beneath the tree.
    Things like dreams, goals, desires, and pursuits brush notably against the bustling soul and remind it of much deeper yearnings. They waken it to potential, possibility, and empowerment.
    There is so much "more."
    The soul knows this and breathes a sigh of relief.
    Before we roll into the New Year and lose track of time in the old, let's address the beauty of dreams and desires hidden within and wake ourselves to the "gift" of realizing those dreams.
    December's Acrostic:
    The familiar game of "Truth and Dare" is played with two basic concepts in mind:
     The selection of "truth" induces a "telling" of something;
    the selection of "dare" induces a "doing" of something.
    To dream is to "dare" and should not be a word viewed as idle.
    The "Dare to Dream" must accompany a strategy and steps for the realization of it.
    With this in mind ... we launch the rest of December's acrostic letters.
    A dream in the "telling" without the energy to perform it is fruitless.
    We must begin to implement an exertion of energy toward our dream in order to experience the fulfillment of it.
    If one's dream is to run a marathon, then now is the time to begin training for the marathon.
    If one's dream is to write a book, then daily blogging might prove a wise investment preceding the actual writing of the book.
    Dreams are realized through an exertion of energy and they reciprocate fuel and energy into our everyday lives.
    Dreams beautify and give off a healthy glow,
    notably refined and defined in the aging process.

    Consider older individuals deemed beautiful and whether "dreams" are not active enhancements which energize.
    C - COMPANY    
    The company you keep will result in the dreams that you reap.
    If you wish to run a marathon, companions who have already completed a marathon will greatly energize you;
    while this is just plain common sense it's also worth impressing.
    Companions ought to be individuals who are actively charged and engaged in dreams of their own with a contribution to catapulting us to dreams of ours.
    Camaradie is fostered beautifully and forcefully through dream attainment.
    Embrace new stimuli!
    Expose yourself to more resources regarding your "dream arena."
    1) Order a monthly subscription to a magazine which contributes to an excitement of realizing your dream.
    2) Visit the library and read accounts of individuals who aspired to more and achieved greatness in the same "dream arena" as you.
    3) Make purchases and investments in your "dream arena" that contribute to building  momentum in the realizing of the dream.
    4) Pay attention to what stimulates and whets your appetite for your "dream" and then encourage "sensory" involvement.
    Something so small as a scent, location, or drive has the potential to motivate us toward the actualizing of a dream.
    Embrace More!
    Procrastination is a dream destroyer.
    Every minute you deliberate on whether your dream has value or is worth the time,
     you're wasting precious energy.
    Negative energy is never going to assist the fulfillment of a dream;
     refuse it and engage in productive energy of your dream NOW.
    One active step toward your dream, this moment, will invite a host of new possibilities into you and launch you into notable new living patterns.
    Yes and literally, reach for an "envelope" that normally transfers a bill payment, and write the name of your dream and the date you'd like to achieve it inside.
    Leave the envelope open and contribute items and steps taken that get you nearer your dream on a weekly basis.
    Date achievements and steps taken toward your dream and measure tangible "progresses"  toward it.
    This is a fun, active, concrete, and stimulating activity that aids remarkably in the achievement of a dream.
    It's amazing what a 4.13 x 9.5 envelope can hold.
    Mmmm ....
    Dreams have a refreshing effect;
    they keep the soul young, the mind active, and the body healthy.
    Refresh yourself with at least one new dream this year.
    Accept your originality and creativity as a gift from God and dare to be different than everyone else in the "dream department."
    THE "DARE TO DREAM" challenge has been presented you;
    now I urge you to go somewhere with it, dear friend.
    Live the life God intended you to live and be energized in the beauty and development of the dream He's placed inside of you.
    Who knows ...
    Maybe we'll find ourselves "arm in arm" and "face to face" on the journey.
    Visit my CONTACT PAGE and explore the possibilities!
    December Dreams ...
    "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."
    -C.S. Lewis



    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Naked trees trailed by a drizzle of snowflakes;
    the feel of November creeps in.
    She breathes into cracks around the doorways and leaves ringed circled halos on glass panes. She encourages the finger art of toddlers and allows frosty words to be left on vacant vehicles.
    Scarves, hats, and mittens are prescribed and winter coats are no longer in question.
    A shift in weather and landscape tone, and the air grows cold around us.
    The seasons change ...
    November's nuance.
    This month's acrostic seeks to provoke mental stimuli through practical means and move the mind and pen progressively forward.
    Let's indulge ourselves in activity and move into November.
    Sentimental longings and wistful affections enlisted and evoked by feelings or ideas of the past.
    Nostalgia ought to be enjoyed and employed in practical form.
    Read an old classic and invite the art of pure language to challenge you:
    by Mark Twain.

    by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
    by Margaret Mitchell.

    by Ernest Hemingway.
    by Jack London.
    Attend an orchestra or listen to a symphony on CD.
    Music by Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, or Hadyn has the power to work wonders in a creative mind.
    Find a composer or musician that "works" for you and employ your mind with the magic of music. Keep a pen and paper handy and consider what style of music provokes your writing best.
     Variation in author produces variation in thought.
    Consider studying an issue or individual through the writings of two opposing voices. Open up your mind and be willing to learn a different viewpoint.
    Subject yourself to unfamiliar strains of thought and it will contribute to better writing.
    Consider what's been most productive and meaningful in empowering your mind and provoking your pen to write ... and then ADD something new.
     For instance, if you have a tendency to frequent libraries and bury yourself in books, maybe it's time to do a live interview with an individual who has knowledge on your subject of interest.
    Empower your mind with a new mental boost.
    If you have a tendency to stick with new contemporary authors, consider investing in older and more seasoned minds.
    Resist the urge to stay in mental comfort zones and invite new and empowering resources to assist you.
    Take stock of where you'd like to be one year from now and begin movement in "that'  writing direction.
    Be adamant about inviting new books, peoples, and subjects into your life and better yourself in all arenas of life in order to become a more effective writer.
    Seek to improve yourself daily and critique the heck out of yourself where you're slow or sloppy!
    Fresh air and physical exercise are necessary components in providing stimuli and stamina to the brain.
    Resist the urge to remain indoors stationed at a desk or seated behind a computer and utilize the free resources of nature and fresh air.
    Move. Move. Move.
    An active mind creates active thoughts and many writers find that a productive pen is stimulated through something so simple as a walk outdoors.
    Nature has a way of imposing surprising and mysterious thoughts.
    Take a look back and take a look forward.
    November signals a close proximity to the end of another year.
    Reflect on some of the experiences you've had this past year which have contributed to the development of your writing and then consider how you want the upcoming year to look.
    Begin to prepare yourself NOW for a season of new writing growth by investing in an early goal before January arrives.
    When requests are made for Christmas "gift" ideas, suggest specific resources that would assist your upcoming writing goals.
    You'll be blessed and furthered in your writing venture by the gift of a writing enhancing resource and the "giver" will be blessed by knowing they've contributed to a dream or goal of yours.
    November ushers in the bustle of the holidays.
     Employ your mind to the greatest degree with forethought and action before the business and craziness sets in.
    Make your time productive and make the moments matter.
    Put it in writing ...
    and begin with words of Thanksgiving.



    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Sandwiched beautifully into the seasons is the most delicious "middle" we call October:
    It's flavored with chilly mornings and cool evenings,
    Snuggly sweaters and fireside sittings.
    Finger mitts and warmth of hat,
    Falling leaves and ... all of that.
    I love this crisp October.
    Mmm ...
    This month's writing acrostic is composed of delicious "middle."
    Eat it, taste it, and let it be sweet and good in you.
    Splurge and do a "double" in the middle.
    O - Order a new book or ... maybe two.
    Invite a new author into your life and accept an invitation to grow.
    C - Connect with an individual deemed deliciously appealing and inspiring. Make a lunch date with them and be treated to some stirring thought and insight.
    T - Travel to a place you've never been. If city limits is what you can afford, then stay within them ... but for heaven's sake, venture out, dear writer.
    Familiarize yourself with the "unfamiliar" and create a new writing environment for yourself by traveling somewhere new.
    O - Observe an author or individual who makes continual excellent headway into writing arenas and emulate an active habit of theirs. Take a step in the "shoes of the successful" and better yourself in a specific writing practice.
    B -  Bust out of the bag you find yourself in and situate yourself into some new flavors. Find lodging in the midst of new landscape, new voices, different thought, and opposing ideas.
    Nabisco encourages new flavors and new fillings in an attempt to work people toward their delicious "Oreo." Be willing to do the same in your writing and give your readers something new to bite into.
    E - Employ a new strategy in writing.
    Entertain ideas outside the "norm" and educate your mind on something new and decidedly different:
    -Read a Novel instead of a Biography.
    -Read a Children's book instead of a Thriller.
    -Study a Composer instead of an Author.
    -Write about a Reader instead of a Writer.
    Hmmm ...
    Does this not sound a wee bit delicious and intriguing?
    R - Refresh yourself in a little hide-away tucked into an "out-of-the-way."
    Get off by yourself and tuck a provoking read and bag of Oreos into an overnight bag and splurge on a writer's "right" to get away.
    Read yourself into a sweet stupor of rest and relax in an October haven.
    Enjoy the "middle" of this beautiful season,
    And taste October.

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