My last “Bloganuaries” for the year.

Arghhh my beloved #bloganuary came to an end yesterday.

It’s something I look forward to now that I’ve participated in it for 2 years running. I love the prompts that help focus my writing for the day but most of all, I love reading the answers from bloggers all over the world and being able to support them and share ideas and opinions. I find my “following” increases a little during Bloganuary and my ‘readers’ list definitely goes up. If I like your style of writing, Imma hit ‘subscribe’ to your blog and comment on as many as I can.

I know how much comments light ME up, so I’ll do my best to leave a few for you on your blog, too. I think Tommy, Shanti, Sara and Ellie get ESSAYS from me, but that’s because I’m ‘loving’ you through words. The longer my response – I hope you feel the love. Lol.

One bloganuary prompt I didn’t get a chance to answer was something like “What would you title the chapters of your Autobiography?”. I’ve completed my stunning, incredible (if I do say so myself) memoir and titled those chapters, but an autobiography is an entirely different being…so these are my chapter ideas for it:

Chapters 1-3: “Born different”

Chapters 4-7 “The Unfavourite”

Chapters 8 -10 “Friends who are better than family”

Chapters 11 & 12 “To every boy I’ve ever kissed”

Chapter 13: “Never doing THAT again”

Chapters 14-16 “Oops. I did it again”

Chapters 17 & 18 “Everything on your body hurts when you’re older. Everything

Chapters 19 & 20 “Totes grateful to be alive…where is the buffet?”

The last prompt was about sunsets and the best place closest to me to see one. I loved seeing WordPress light up with thousands of pictures of sunsets from all over the world. Absolutely beautiful. In today’s age of shootings, murders, war, racism, hatred, pain, illness…it was wonderful to see us all connect on the great honour it is to see a beautiful sunset.

Here are some pics of sunsets either from our driveway or from the train station across the road from us:

*** (JD – note to self – upload pics from your phone here, dude) ***

Ok this pic isn’t mine – my friend Lisa took it at the beach and I love it xx

I read somewhere that if we’d NEVER seen stars before and suddenly one night, they appeared, it would go down in history as absolutely incredible. We’d all be wowed at how gorgeous stars are. Instead, because we see them so often (or do we? I live really close to the city, so I’d have to travel down South with Alun and get away from human-built lights/Industrial buildings and factories to see any, I think) that we don’t care. A lot of us (me included) don’t look at the night’s sky in wonder anymore.

I think the same can be said for sunsets…except I was happily proved wrong on this one – because sooo many bloggers LOVE the sunset and have done for a long time.

Like me πŸ™‚

And that ends my bloganuary posts. Now we’ll go back to me writing about whatever I think and feel it the moment it happens. Lucky you!!! Hahahhahaa πŸ™‚

10 responses to “My last “Bloganuaries” for the year.”

  1. That picture of the light through the clouds looks so holy. Nice. And I am still going through your January posts which are a treat to me. I wanted to do it too but it got too overwhelming. I admire your discipline. πŸ’•

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    1. I liked reading your post about getting to see the pink dragon dance. The video of it was absolutely gorgeous 😍

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      1. Awww I knew you would appreciate it. Pink too πŸ˜‰

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  2. Still getting caught up. For me, this also marks the anniversary of “meeting” you here and the beginning of my writing. This is officially the beginning of my second year of blogging. Your pictures are beautiful and thank you for wrapping up so nicely your thoughts on bloganuary. I think they mirror so many others. Your “essays” are always a welcome read. Your “note to self” is hilarious and I am so glad you left it there. Also, your “never do that again” and “Opps I did it again” chapters? Those would be front runners for the title of my autobiography. There is way to much of that for just one chapter. Hugs to you.

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    1. AHahahaha oh noooooo. I was meant to delete my “note to self” arghhh. Doesn’t look very professional, does it? I liked the sound of your autobiography very much and love having little snippets of your amazing life and crazy adventures here on WordPress. Happy Friend-aversary to us!!! *clinks can of coke with Tommy’s beer* IT HAS BEEN AN ABSOLUTE PLEASURE getting to know you, Tommy. I know we haven’t met (yet! Alun and I will fire up our barbie if you and Dawn ever come to visit) but I feel like I know you so much more because of the daily Bloganuary posts. There are a select few of you who I intentionally look for on here and your’e one of my faves. I really do hope you keep writing – as and when you feel you’d like to – so we can keep having our ‘chats over the fence’. Do you think you’d ever write your memoirs? Big hugs right back – sweating it out here in Perth at the peak of summer. Ugh.

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  3. I think you did fantastically well with all your Bloganuaries, Janet. I enjoyed every one of them. I admire your determination to write something new every day. I don’t think I could manage that. You did brilliantly.

    Your photos are absolutely stunning. I’ve never seen any sunsets that beat yours. They are truly wondrous. I can relate to what you say about seeing stars – it’s the same here. I live in an average-sized city, and there are so many artificial lights coming from street lamps, buildings, traffic etc., that it’s difficult to see many stars. It used to be so different when I was a child, and I would go out into the back garden with my father’s telescope. It opened up another world to me.

    I also love the titles you would give to your autobiography; I can especially relate to chapters 1-7. Those topics would apply to my life story, too. I also love chapters 13 and 14-17. The number of times I’ve said that, or similar, in my life! I think I said it about every relationship I got into. I haven’t had that many, but several were abusive in some way (story of my life!). Each time, I said I’m never doing that again. And did I? Yep. Still, not anymore. I live very happily with my cat, Peanut, and don’t intend to get involved with anyone ever again. I’m glad you’ve got your Alun in your life now. I read your post ‘You Owe Me’ and am trying to leave you a comment there, but having read your story about your awful husband and that invoice, I’m rather lost for words.

    By the way, I love your long comments. You are a girl after my own heart. As you can see, I have a habit of writing essays as replies to other people’s work. Take care, dear friend. Hugs Xx πŸ€—πŸ’πŸ’–

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    1. Wonderful Ellie, you are like a beam of sunlight. I’m so thankful for you and your kind comments. I love the image of a baby-you looking up at the stars in wonder. This is why I love children so much – they think EVERYTHING is magical and wonderful. They remind me to ‘be in the moment’ and to be grateful for the little things as well as the big ones.

      I would SO LOVE to hear your story, Ellie. In Christian circles (I can’t remember if you’re a Christian too) we call it “giving our testimony” and I’d love to hear yours. You’ve been through so much and yet you remain calm, kind and STRONG. You really are a warrior. Mighty and kind. I love that combo. Hahahhaa I think so many of us promise ourselves “NEVER AGAIN” but then we do it again, don’t we? ahahhaa. Bless our hearts.

      You and peanut (that name is SO CUTE!!!) sound like a wonderful family. You have each other. Sometimes that’s all you need and I love that for you. I’m so proud of you for deciding what works best for YOU and sticking with that.

      I absolutely ADORE your long comments – you’re speaking to me in MY language of love so it means a lot to me when friends comment on my blog. My best friends (in real life, lol) read it and have email alerts for new blogs so they’ll send me a message on Facebook or an email and send their congratulations or sympathies which is a real blessing.

      You can write long messages whenever you want, Ellie! I love them!!! Sending you and peanut lots of love xx

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    That railroad track picture deserves to be in a magazine or something.

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      1. thewolfofjacobscreek Avatar

        You’re very welcome!

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