Everyday I Write the Book ...



This is for all the excellent girls and boys who are writing (and reading!) their books. The lovely Pseudonymous Highschool Teacher has given WKDN a Kreativ Blog Award - thank you! Your beautiful images of Hawaii and inspirational tales make me miss it everyday - and now this! The first award - I'm really touched (but promise I won't do a Gwynneth) - I'd just like to thank all of you who come by regularly - your comments and thoughts really make this blog.

I'm guessing from the Creative with a K the award originated in Germany or Holland? The idea is to list six things that make you happy, then give the award to six creative individuals, who in turn list their six things if they want to and award it to six blogs they love, linking back. There are heaps of things that would make me happy, some of which aren't that relevant this afternoon - they are happy memories or wishful thinking (oysters at Wepler, size 10 jeans, finding the perfect winter boots on sale, a peaceful hour in a gallery or bookstore with The Book in the bestseller section ...), and others that are more relevant (the hope that a truly great man has just been elected in the US). Perhaps simple is best:

Today happiness is:
  • grabbing an extra five minutes sleep on a cold morning with everyone cuddled up together (little warm sleepy people in pyjamas clambering in beside you)
  • that first 'take a deep breath catch up with yourself' cup of coffee after the morning mad dash
  • letting the hound off the lead and watching her race into a misty field
  • the blazing autumn colours - yellows, bronze and gold leaves falling as you walk
  • chopping veggies for soup, a steamy kitchen, dancing with the (newly) 3 year old to 'Superstition'
  • knowing there is a stack of scribbled notes and images to immerse myself in tonight once the children are asleep and the pilot's happily on his way to Barbados - the anticipation and excitement of being lost in a new piece of work again
All of these make me happy and grateful. It's a tough choice who to choose as there are so many people I'd love to give this award to. However, as I've followed their blogs since the earliest days, and been awed by the way they all balance creativity, work, friendships, travel and family life I've decided to pass this award back across the ocean to:
Thank you all for Flying Girl, beautiful photographs - (that Madonna!), creative nachos, inspiring photo stories, dreams of llamas and lavagirl costumes! Your blogs make my day - and the way you all balance your lives so creatively is what this little blog is all about trying to achieve.
TODAY'S PROMPT: There are heaps of things to worry about at the moment so taking some time to think of six simple things that make you happy is a great exercise for everyone. Why not make it a regular habit - just jot down in your journal six things that have made you happy that day. It's amazing how being thankful for what's good in your life - however small - enhances your sense of wellbeing and good fortune.

Comments

  1. Kate, thank you so much! I'm honored. You've really given me a much-needed pick-me-up today.

    Your six sources of happiness sound truly wonderful.

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  2. Honestly...what makes me happy? I can tell you something that made me happy right now...YOU!Thank you for this incredible honor, Kate. I cannot tell you how much it means to me that it came from you. Your blog inspires me to such a degree that I talk about it to other people! The way you write, the thoughts you share, the images and videos you use to illustrate your points - the end result is thought-provoking fun. I cannot wait to grab the BOOK from the shelves and tell people - I know this amazing woman. Her writing will change your life. Buy this book. Because I will right out loud in all the bookstores in the city.
    Thank you for enjoying nachos and always sharing your thoughts. Just as this award from you has, it makes my day!

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  3. PS...my 18 month old and I danced around the room to this song ...Everyday I Write the Book...thanks for a great start to Friday!

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  4. Congrats!
    Your 'today's prompt' - them's my sentiments:)

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  5. Mary, Natasha - congrats to you. Well deserved!

    PI - thank you. Good stuff! It's the only sensible response to all the doom and gloom isn't it?!

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  6. all right, I'm an old Scrooge but let me think of six:
    chocolate
    sex
    chocolate
    sex
    chocolate
    sex

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  7. Emma - well done dear heart (always chocolate first - bribery works every time). As a by-proxy jetlagged mother who's been up since 4am and since the 7pm watershed (bathtime) has been pitching ideas, now facing NaNo ... chocolate is the ONLY thing to keep you going. Pilot away so items 2, 4 and 6 on your list less of an issue (and the children ate the last of the Dairy Milk). Time for the hard stuff - perhaps if I start tagging Green & Blacks enough a nice marketing man might put me out of my misery ;)

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  8. I am so honored! Thank you. I remember the first time you commented on my blog. I thought, wow, who is the sophisticated English Lady that had the kindness to write me a truly encouraging comment. It made my day, and it still makes my day when I get a comment from the ever talented Kate!!

    Happiness runs in a circular motion....mine is always spinning round with bedtime reading, freshly made tortillas, a foreign film, smelling the morning air when I leave the house, painting my toes red....life is full of rich moments.

    And Colin Firth in a wet shirt...gets me every time!!

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  9. Great happy list. I'd love to see a hound race into a misty field.

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  10. Thank you dearest for the great honor of this award. The company is amazing! I will give this some consideration and figure out who to send it to... I have to think because you beat me to some of my favorite bloggers.

    I put a link to my nano homepage on my blog sidebar, so you can follow it, if you want. I don't know why it's so hard to buddy up this year.

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  11. I'm still trying to see if I can comment yet.

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  12. Hurray. I can comment again! Finally I can say thank you for this award. I've been so swamped lately I can hardly think straight, but I can still appreciate being thought of. Thank you.

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