Between a thing and a whatsit…

I’m about to read a book, that I’m hoping will change my life.  

Don’t worry, I haven’t gone mad 🙂 I’ve never been a fan of self-help books. A number of them have been recommended to me over the years, but I haven’t ever read anything that has influenced me more than the Bible. I’m not saying I rule out everyone else’s wisdom. I read ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen Covey and that, and his book ‘First Things First’ had a huge impact on my working life.
In general though, I’m not one for that genre.

The-In-Between_KD-171x260But my interest has been piqued by Jeff Goins new book ‘The In-Between’. I’m taking Jeff’s ‘Tribe Writers’ course and am really enjoying it. I’m encouraged to find that I’m already doing some of the things he recommends. I’m learning that I have a lot to… well… learn. There are plenty of good habits to get into and a few bad ones I need to break.

I can’t review a book I’ve yet to read but the concept of ‘the in-between’ is one I’m really interested in. I have struggled to enjoy, to savour, and to learn from ‘the in-between’ stages in life. At times I have resented them or at least felt frustrated by them. There have been so many things that I have hoped for and those hopes have not been realised. I’ve spent years searching for where I’m supposed to be, what I’m supposed to be, who I’m supposed to be.

“What should I be doing with my life?” has been my mantra for so long that I have neglected to look at what I AM doing and how valuable it might be. It’s hard not to look back and mourn the wasted time, and to be honest I still feel things have yet to fall into place. Me and my husband and both in our 40s and still waiting…

I am looking forward to reading the book as I’m hoping it will give me a different view on ‘the in-between’. It would be beyond liberating to feel different about it.

I’ll let you know how I get on.

Done and Dusted :)

I’ve been studying pretty much non-stop since I moved back into Ireland in 2007. I started by doing the last stage of my Theology degree by distance learning and then straight away started the Masters programme. If you read my Next Big Thing post I mentioned that the project I was about to embark on was my M.A. dissertation. Well I pondered it for a while and in the meantime had to majorly edit/rewrite a paper I’d already submitted.

I’ve been working on the MA for almost 4 years. My eye trouble slowed me down and after the cornea transplant I never really caught up. Then a year ago I started to write fiction and I’ll be honest, I let it distract me even further. It was too enjoyable to resist.

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If I’m gonna graduate there must be cake!

So I’ve decided to take a long break from the M.A. Today I handed in the last paper – for now. Presuming I pass it, I’ll be able to graduate with a Post Grad Diploma in Applied Theology and because I’ve finished properly I can step back into the programme to do the dissertation stage and finish the M.A.

You know some decisions in life that are really hard? Well this one wasn’t. It was simple. Bottom line I want to be free to write about what two people on a park bench might say to each other.

Next to The Bible – the best book ever!

I am so grateful to the team at the Irish Bible Institute who’ve always been so supportive and when recently I was going to throw the towel in, they encouraged me to finish well and bow out in a way that left the door open for me to continue where I left off.

So… I can finally read Pride and Prejudice again. Before my studying started I read it every year since I discovered it. I plan to read lots of other stuff too and write plenty as well.

First stop – The Tribe Writers course by Jeff Goins. I’ve registered but til now have only dabbled.

Time to get stuck in…

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My very own well-thumbed copy of P&P 🙂


This post is in response to a writing challenge on The Write Practice website that was set by Bryan Hutchinson. The challenge is to take a random quote and write a post about it. Funnily enough, there’s been a quote rambling around my head all week… about freedom.

I remember it clearly; walking out the door into the sunlight thinking…
“that’s the last Chemistry class I’ll ever have to take.” 
I do not know why I took Chemistry for my Leaving Cert (A Levels/High School finals).
It didn’t matter – it was over and I was free!

I walked through the park that connected the school to the road I lived on and I could see classmates ripping pages out of books and throwing them in the river. I would have loved to do that but wouldn’t have been brave enough! 😉 The next day in school there was an announcement to say that local residents had reported the ‘book ripping’ to the school. Our vice principal said that if we wanted to rip our books to shreds that was our right – but we were to do it at home! He said that we were free from school and from studying if that’s what we wanted (though he didn’t recommend that). Then he said… and I’ll ALWAYS remember his words…

“You are not free live as you choose but you are free to choose how you live.
So choose wisely.”

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I’ve been thinking about it over the last few days as I’ve seen photos of family graduating, and finishing school; ready to head out into the big bad world. It’s great that there’s no more homework! I loved that – my plan was to get a job and at the end of the working day walk away and leave it behind me. (Then I went into hairdressing and spent a lot of time doing hair for family at home! ehhh helloooo? :D)

So I wanted to shout out to those who are finishing up school and heading off into the future towards adult life and just say… Well done! Go out there and LIVE your life. Pursue that career, follow your dreams, work hard and take care of yourself.
Remember to choose wisely not just what you do with your life but how you live it!

By the way if you’re looking for REAL and permanent freedom… try this inspiring quote for size… Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31b,32

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