6 Word Story: 8/11

Good morning. Trying to be positive since it feels like I have misplaced my motivation. I had good intentions of doodling last night but then remembered a commitment that required some recipe and skills experimenting. This, in turn, prompted a hasty trip the grocery store (pick up an order) and purchasing actual raw milk. Any guesses on what I’m going to attempt? The triumph OR catastrophe will be posted later today. I also need to pick up items to build a loom (for tapestry, blanket, or rug type thing)…anyone knows how to warp a peg loom? That will be posted too but first, let’s try to get through the prompt.

Prompt: Lamp

Strength is your beacon for hope.

6 Word Story: 8/10

I really wanted to just lay in bed and not walk this morning. Not really doing much in the last few days my body begged for me to become one with the bed. I walked. I could feel the prompt word on a personal level from the get-go.

Prompt: Struggle

Struggles are opportunities to understand strength.

6 Word Story: 8/6

Have you ever really looked back at certain situations and thought, ‘How did I even survive that…?’ I have a LOT of those that are not to be confused with, ‘What the hell was I thinking?’ moments. I’m up this morning and trying. My jaw is still extremely sore and I have a call into the dentist. Something doesn’t feel right so we’ll see. Until then, I am posting rather late, my 6-word story.

Prompt: Resilient

Resiliency is found after a situation.


6 Word Story: 7/25

Ever thought about punching someone while they were talking? The owner of the company bit off my head for asking a question. All I could think about was shoving the paperwork at him and walking out the door. This was followed by a day-long of self-doubt and feeling unworthy of working at this place. I’m a graphic designer and there are times that questions are warranted for correct artwork. I painted last night but questioned everything I did. I’m going to post it anyway to prove to myself that I am worthy of what I do.

Prompt Word: Flame

6 Word Story: 7/12

There is a two sided argument on forgiving and not forgiving. Growing and moving on or being stuck in one state of feeling towards a person. Can you forgive? Can I forgive? The truth is, yes and no.

Prompt Word: Forgive


6 Word Story: 6/30

Today is the last day of June and I realized I have SO much to do. The walk this morning was overbearingly hot and I just wanted to turn around and go back home. I have to add a couple more walks to meet the activity points and I’m hoping this evening will be cooler. I wish there was an underground tunnel that I could walk in and stay cool but not a drippy, smelly one. There are quite a few definitions given for the prompt and I’m trying to find one that examples courage. The underground railroad comes to mind but that’s a lot of history to get into 6 words.

Prompt Word: Underground


6 Word Story: 6/13

Sometimes all you can do is be alone in a situation. And you know what? That’s ok. Sometimes it needs to happen that way so you are able to find yourself, strength, or courage.

Prompt Word: Lone Warrior

Doodle(s)wash: 6/9

I am learning something new almost every time I try and paint something. Today I had the unfortunate circumstance of learning a new trigger for me. I almost gave up my blog, writing, painting, everything that calms me and gives me something to look forward too. I did everything possible to stay away from my computer today. I cleaned the car out, grocery shopping, cleaned the fridge, hell I even shaved the dog (it’s his grooming time).

I told my husband everything that was happening and he said, ‘If you need to quit, then quit. There is no reason to feel ashamed or bad about yourself because of it. But, would you really be ok with that? Or would you spend your time in the bed? Would you really let someone make you feel like the worse possible you all over again?’ I hated him for that or rather I hated when he was right. So, I sat down and painted and even started a short story. I think after dinner I might even work out some Fenton Friday brainstorming. Who knows.

Prompt Word: Trees

Random Block

There are times when I do experience writer’s block or creativity block and those are the times I need to step away. Today I had coffee with a person that is an emotionally abusive person and I left feeling stronger. I learned that when someone is stressful to me it causes a block. I let her know and came home and wrote. I have a promise to fulfill because there is a deadline and then another important post but for now, I doodled. More to come after a short break. How do you overcome your creative blocks?

Random Word: Creative Block

6 Word Story: 2/23

Do you ever really think of what you do daily even without knowing you’re doing it? Like a habit that was never formed, something learned but never taught, or something observed and now practice? A daily habit of mine without knowing that I do it would be watching the news and thinking about it, I’ve been doing it for years. First thing in the mornings the news is blasted breaking the slumbering silence and I realized my father used to watch the news. Now another habit that I do would be writing is some form or another and now I’m trying to get some type of art in as well.

Prompt Word: Daily Ritual
Monthly Theme Reminder: Gratitude

She thanked her strength to rise.


6 Word Story: 2/19

I can’t count how many times I’ve had to do this for myself. I think that’s part of my strength that gets me through some of the worst days experienced both past and future.

Prompt Word: The Healer

With every painful betrayal, she stood.


6 Word Story: 2/6

“The world will break your heart ten ways to Sunday, that’s guaranteed… But guess what, Sunday is my favorite day again.” – Silver Linings Playbook

OK, obviously the prompt word is “Silver Lining” but the theme for this month is gratitude. If I could warn everyone about the downside of silver linings I would but then I think maybe it would be different for them. For me, yes silver linings occur but there is always a way for the other shoe to drop. What does that have to do with gratitude? Simple, if the other shoe never dropped I would never find a strength I didn’t know about or brush off my old skills of dealing with randomness thrown at me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not strong all the time, not even a quarter of the time but I deal with ‘it’ in my own way.

“Bright sides have drawbacks”, she warned.

6 Word Story Day 31

I can’t believe I managed to keep this going for a full month! Usually, I’ll start strong and finish with ‘not so good’ and settled with ‘OK’. Not this month! Yes, this post is later than usual because I normally like to write first thing in the morning when the house is quiet before work but I overslept due to not feeling good. Got to work and immediately slammed. I did, however, jot down a sentence on my break and posting now during my lunch.

My world has opened up and I’m learning and discovering things each day including navigating within this society with CPTSD.

Prompt: Discovery

Her new world unfolded leaving him.


6 Word Story Day 30

It’s no surprise that writers take from their own lives and include that piece of their soul and past into their projects. I am thoroughly in love with the fact that with all of this #6wordsbetter (ok well most of them) have given me a chance to reflect on my past and the emotions that it creates in my present-day life. Yes, it’s hard living with C-PTSD, anxiety, and depression. But I also realized I’m waking up the next day and that is a form of strength. It’s not easy knowing that my reactions to people, sounds, certain sights, etc… is because of him and I still feel the guilt of, “I let it happen for so long” and still not ready to fully disclose what happened. It’s my own fear and I will conquer that fear when I’m ready. I think that’s why I haven’t done my social media for my blog. I have great ideas but I need to make it completely anonymous so he doesn’t see me.

Prompt Word: The Teacher

His assaults unknowingly taught her strength.

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