3 Investments that Made the Difference in my Writing Journey.

Investing in yourself is more than planning for the future; it’s about focusing on the present. So I’m focusing on more than learning to write well as a writer. What am I saying? Whether you are a writer, a business owner, or an educator, investing in yourself will make all the difference. 

Doing what you are doing is not enough to keep you motivated. For me, writing all the time is exhausting. I’m always fighting resistance; creative people do. I don’t believe in going broke in pursuing your dream. But I think strengthening your craft and exploring your creativity is worth whatever resources you have to invest. If you don’t invest in your growth, who will? Looking back, there are several investments I made and continue to make that had kept me motivated when I was scared or lacked discipline; I hope they help you too. 

Investment #1: Get a Coach

While reading an email in my office about 11 years ago, I came across an email to apply for the Greater Kansas City Writing Project (GKCWP) Summer Institute. Even though the institute was for current teachers and not administrators, they made an exception. I was forever grateful because it changed my life as a writer and a leader, reader, and thinker. It was the best professional development I ever experienced because without the insight and perspective I gained, Ignited Pens would not exist. 

Coaching opportunities can take many forms, from small groups to one-on-one sessions with an industry expert. The challenge is to begin. 

Here’s how to get started: Be on the lookout for growth opportunities on your job or social media. Social Media is not just for airing out your dirty laundry; it’s for connecting with others. For example, my Ignited Pens writing sessions are now online because of the Pandemic, and I share this opportunity on social media. To add, not too long ago, I facilitated a prayer challenge on social media. On the last day of the challenge, an opportunity came for me to join a unique challenge to gain business, ministry, and life strategies, and it was worth my investment. Also, if you don’t like social media, connect with the person thriving in the area you want to be successful. Last, connect with a small group at your church or talk with your pastor. A pastor is a shepherd over your soul, so they will give you advice about the directions you should go.  

Investment #2: Study the Work of Others 

When I started Ignited Pens, I knew I didn’t know what I didn’t know, so I began with the lives and practices of other writing groups, writers, and entrepreneurs. 

The book Writing Alone and Writing Together: A Guide for Writers and Writing Groups by Judy Reeves taught me how to structure the Ignited Pens’ writing sessions. Janet Banks, a local Kansas City poet, spoke about awakening your muse at my first Ignited Pens session. Last but not least, Jeff Goins is the one I study because of his validation of the art of writing and making money as a writer. He also believes that successful people spend time with people who are smarter than them. I do, too, so books have the power to educate and transform our lives. Therefore, I invest in resources like the app Blinkist. It helps me understand powerful ideas and the world around me through insights from the world’s best nonfiction titles. Also, I have a kindle and a Prime membership, so I can get a genre of books at a discount to teach me different things about writing. It’s been the most inspiring in my writing journey. There’s just something powerful about learning to overcome writer’s block by reading on my Kindle the book What Your Clutter is Trying To Tell You by Kerri L. Richardson—or learning about the minimalistic poetry style of Lucille Clifton.  

I agreed with Jeff Goins when he stated in one of his articles, “You must invest in the work of others if you expect others to invest in yours.”

Here’s an action step: Make it a personal goal to read at least one book per month. If you’re already doing that, increase the frequency to once a week. And if you’re already doing that, kudos to you!!! 

Don’t have enough time to read? Try Audible or Blinkist. You can sign up for a free-trail membership for both.

Of course, you don’t have to spend money reading or listening to books. That’s why we have libraries. But I recommend you commit to a reading schedule and invest your time working through lots of unique books.

Investment #3: Never Stop Learning

I graduated with my BS in English Education in 1995. That didn’t stop me from getting my Master’s and Special in Educational Leadership, nor did it prevent me from attending National Writing and Leadership Conferences and becoming a writing consultant for the National Writing Project. I’m sharing this because I never stopped growing. I didn’t arrive because I graduated with a BS in 1995. Life is an endless learning experience, so I’ll never stop growing. Now, I’m taking a couple of online courses to take Ignited Pens to the next level for my participants to have an excellent online experience. I’m learning that people who invest in their success are more likely to succeed than those who don’t. 

Are online courses and conferences expensive? Some are, some aren’t. But think about the information you’ll be receiving. When considering investing in a class or a conference, you want to know how tailored the information is to what you want to learn and how knowledgeable the instructor is. Attending a conference is where connections are made and can continue for years, inspire your writing, and take your creative career to unimaginable places.

 I have made lifelong friends at conferences. People who have made me lots of money at conferences have connected with me.

Something powerful happens when people get together and share their lives, whether it online course or at a conference; if you haven’t experienced that yet, I encourage you to keep looking. 

Here’s an action step: Find an online course and a conference to take or attend that will help you grow as a writer or a person. An excellent course has:

Relevant information on the topic you want to learn.

Legitimate credentials (i.e., the teacher has actual first-hand experience with the material).

Access to the teacher and other students.

A conference will connect you with broader ideas, insights, and like-minded people.

Ignited Pens is launching its online courses soon. Meanwhile, we have a Facebook page and group to ask questions, share your writing and connect with other writers.  I am also leading a Women’s Creative Writing Life Group at my church. If you are in the Kansas City area, you can join us by clicking on this link: https://lifegatekc.churchcenter.com/groups/join/n1NWTmSaGqK9BDLBtDVT4YMC

For me, when I made these investments into my writing commitment and personal growth, I grew so much as a person and a believer in Jesus, simply because I was taking it more seriously. And in making these investments of time and money, I found others who were just like me. Others could help me succeed in ways that I couldn’t on my own. So I encourage you to invest in yourself. 

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3 Pieces of Advice I’d Give my Younger Self

Since it’s a new year, I’m reminded of the scripture that is so befitting, “Everything on earth has its own time and its own season.” Although it’s the perfect time to look forward, it is also the ideal time to look back. So, what advice would you give your younger self? Research stated that mulling over the question is a common human experience. It turns out about ⅓ of adults ponder the subject once a week. In addition, when some scientists surveyed that question, they learned it was the best way to get over regret. So, here are the three pieces of advice I’d give my younger self.

Know Your Worth

I’ll never forget when I was around ten years old, and I found 10 dollars as soon as I got off the school bus. The crisp bill immediately caught my eyes. I picked it up and said out loud, “I found 10 dollars.” In hindsight, I should have said nothing. A pretty, light-skinned girl with long hair told me it was hers. I knew it wasn’t hers because she got off the bus behind me, but I didn’t measure up to her. I was dark with short hair and big lips- the beauty that got little attention in the ’80s. The walk home was the longest ever. When I got there, I told my dad. He asked me why I had given the girl the money. I didn’t respond.
I hung my head lower and said to myself that I didn’t measure up. And that same attitude followed me into my adulthood. When you don’t know your worth, you will attract people who mistreat you. It’s like a magnet. It was not until after my divorce that I had to spend time unbecoming what I had become. I reminded myself of what God says about me: I am loved and the apple of His eye. I had to respect myself and love myself enough to care about all of me. It may have seemed that I wasted time, but God is a redeemer. He will restore my time..

Me when I was 13

Don’t Have Sex Before Marriage.

Growing up in church, I often heard sex before marriage was a sin. No one made it clear on the reason, and I wasn’t reading the Bible as I should have, so in my mind, I believed the lie that it wasn’t realistic, so I compromised myself in a couple of situations. And within a couple of those compromising situations, it wasn’t worth the 10 minutes. So I vowed to abstain from sex until marriage. A long six years later, I compromised myself again with my ex-husband before we got married and ignored the red flags. It clouded my judgment. I thought our marriage would be the beginning of a blazing union, but in reality, I settled for what was steam and good lighting. He left me after 13 years. How could he? I got the answer as I sat in one of the DivorceCare sessions, and someone stated that when it is easy to sin before marriage, it is easy for someone to leave after it. I realized I threw my values out the door when I compromised myself, and I have suffered the consequences.

Manage your Money (Be a Good Steward)

I have made some good money over the years, but I didn’t know how to manage it. And at 48, I playing catch up, but I’m grateful. As the interest accrued on my student loans and grew sick of living paycheck to paycheck even after releasing my tithes, I began learning about financial freedom. I budget, live below my means, give more, and change my mindset about wealth. If I knew then what I know now, I’d be retired right now.

I must say the question helped me realize how much I have grown in loving myself. My former Pastor before he died in 2009 called me Oprah Winfrey often, so when I came across her sharing her thoughts on what she would say to her younger self: relax, stop being afraid, and to believe everything is going to be alright; It gave me that extra push to share: know your worth, don’t have sex before marriage, and manage your money.

Please share this post and let me know which advice resonated with you and why. And if you like, please share one thing you would tell your younger self. You may end up taking your own advice. Please like Ignited Pens on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Ignited Pens Top 2021 Blog Lists

The Top 3 Blog Post

1) The 3 Benefits of Keeping a Journal

2) 5 Myths about Writing

3) 7 Strategies to Starting a Fire for Financial Freedom

I am surprised that The 3 Benefits of Keeping a Journal was the most viewed and engaged post. I can conclude that many readers enjoyed the content and engaging photos and poems. According to my readers, the one benefit that resonated with them was to Relive Expressions-Create New Material from a Golden Line. Below I have reposted the poem I shared and then chose a new line- the perfect collab and wrote a new poem. Let me know what you think in the comments. 

Our Hearts Speak

We greet

not saying a word

our eyes meet and then

our hearts speak

We feel the melody

of each other heartbeats

like the unforced rhythm of grace

glimpses of it become

spoken word and a symphony,

the perfect collab of you and me

our eyes meet and then

our hearts speak

We feel the warmth

We move closer and

The crackling of our fire

grow bolder and bolder

Embers dance

to the tune of our frequency

Our hearts become one

Just let our hearts speak.

New- Golden Line – The Perfect Collab

It could be short and sweet

or when sand and water meet

but you can’t have one without the other

like Doritos and Taco Bell

like pen and paper

like Doja Cat and Sza

like Venus and Serena

they make indelible expressions

with lasting impressions 

that will have you 

singing

writing

eating

to the rhythm of their

perfect collaboration.  

The Top 3 Visited Pages

1) IP Services, Classes, and Workshops

2) About

3) Flint to Flame

I’m not surprised at these stats; I intended to have readers visit these pages. Although the IP service page is on hiatus, we will return in 2022 on fire. We will have new online courses, focus, and books. So be on the lookout. 

What were your personal or blog’s top lists? Please share in the comments, and if you had a golden line from either poem I shared, post in the comments. Please like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.

7 Strategies to Starting a Fire for Financial Freedom

Becoming financially free is not for the faint of heart. It takes faith, perseverance, and a lot of lifestyle choices. You may get discouraged, but remind yourself that you created a tinder. You have the flint in your hand, and you have made many strokes, and one of them will set that tinder on fire. Here are some strategies I’ve used to get my fire started;

7 Strategies to Start That Fire

  1. Release your tithes – 10% faithfully. 
  2. Start a budget. The book It All Starts With a Budget by Kemberly Washington was helpful. She has some practical nuggets. 
  3. The following Bible Plans on the Youversion Bible App. THEY WERE SO HELPFUL in understanding finances in the spiritual aspects. a) Financial Fitness by Rick Warren b) Finding Your Financial Path. I read each plan 3X.
  4. Read Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover and save $1,000 immediately. This money is only for emergencies. 
  5. Open another bank account that is at a different bank from your current bank. You fill this account with an automatic deduction from your paycheck. Check with your employer on how to make this happen. You can call this account “For Ministry and Me or Business.” Your goal is to have at least 2,000 or save at the end of each year.
  6. Take advantage of Dave’s Ramsey 1 free financial coaching call! The coaches are phenomenal. It blew me away on how I could save money. 
  7. Join my 30 Days of Prayer for Financial Freedom Challenge. Every November for the past four years, we pray God’s Word daily and post it on social media. Here is the list of daily scriptures, https://bit.ly/3Bcme7D .

All that I’ve experienced since starting a fire four years ago still doesn’t add up, but I can tell you it’s God’s supernatural blessings. My girls and I traveled to France for a week. I bought a used car (it’s still running fine after 2 1/2 years), paid off $6,000 credit card debt ( I don’t own any credit cards), paid off a 3,000 car settlement, paid cash to remodel 2 1/2 bathrooms in my home, and still have an emergency fund, my For Ministry and Me Account, and a nice amount in savings.

I’m in awe. If I started a fire, so can you. As I continue to let the fire burn, I believe my student loan debt of 250,000 will be dissolved. I’m currently on the PSLF plan for my loans (some people say it’s not real), but I’m believing God’s promises and biblical truths that I will no longer have that debt. “The bigger the debt, the bigger the miracle.” 

If you have any more strategies, please leave one and tell me which one resonated with you the most. Please like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.

Fighting Resistance

Writers face resistance, but we can overcome it..

Since May, I’ve experienced resistance. Steven Pressfield describes resistance in his book, The Art of War, as an opposing force in the world that keeps you from fulfilling your dreams. It could be inner creative battles or self-sabotage. However, I am an overcomer and according to Pressfield, “Overcoming resistance is for more important than talent.” So, here are three ways I fight resistance.

Immerse Yourself
Get your hands on as many writing resources as you can. Whether it’s reading books about writing or watching moving about writing, it will fuel your creativity. Writers understand the struggle, and they will share how to explore your voice and strengthen your craft. Also, get a writing partner or join a writing group. Being around other writers will give you the motivation you need to fight.
My Favorite Writing Books:
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
My Favorite Movies about Writing:
Finding Forrester
Freedom Writers
Dead Poet’s Society
Favorite Writing Apps/Websites:
Archuleta Chisolm http://www.archuletachisolm.com
Word Wise Tip http://www.nonprofitcopywriter.com
Jeff Goins http://www.goinswriter.com

Keep fighting like a pro.

Exercise
Any form of exercise improves your health, which benefits your writing. After all, your thinking sharpens, and your energy levels stabilize. For example, when I reduced my daily walks, my writing declined. Since writing is mental and physical, exercising is essential. It creates discipline, increases energy, and pushes past limits that writers need.

Bible Plans
Since resistance is an opposing force, I combat it with something positive. I complete Bible Plans on the YouVersion App. The plans provide relevant experiences that help me focus, grow spiritually, and become inspired.

How do you fight resistance? Share in the comments and tell me which one way I fight resistance resonated with you the most. Please like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.

3 Hacks to Combat Your Inner Critic While Writing

When you sit down to write, do you hear applause or hear yourself saying no one will read this?  If you hear the latter, that’s your inner critic. It happens to the best of us.  As Steven Pressfield states in his book The War of Art, creative people fight resistance, and to overcome; we must fight it like a pro.  Here are three hacks to combat your inner critic:

Turn off the spellcheck or editing tool

This hack will help your writing flow better. There is nothing worse than seeing a highlighted or underlined word in the middle of you completing your thought.  It’s the same feeling you had when you submitted your paper, and your professor drew on it with a red pen. Spell-checker or any editing tool interrupts the flow, and it makes you second-guess yourself. The focus should be writing. You’ll have plenty of time later to edit.

Write with Pen and Paper

Although technology is great, some old-fashioned things you shouldn’t get rid of like pen and paper.  Writing with them limits interruptions from your inner critic because you’re exploring your creativity.  The thoughts flowing with your hands keep you in great company and in touch with the writing craft. 

Talk to Your Inner Critic

Has your younger sibling ever told you weren’t the boss of them, yet your parent left you in charge? Be like the younger sibling and let your inner critic know who the boss is. You have some writing to do, and you don’t have time or space to doubt your work anymore. There is a place for your inner critic to be alive and well, and that’s when it’s time to edit.

If you are like me, you are your own harshest critic.  But using these three hacks will fight your inner critic like a pro.  Let me know what you think in the comments. Please like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.

How to Write Your Book Faster in 3 Quick Tips

If you are anything like I was, you’ve been saying to yourself that you were going to write your book this year, but 5 years have passed. I am a published author now, and with these 3 quick tips, you will have your book complete faster than you thought.

Keep a Binder or Notebook

One of the biggest challenges of writing a novel is keeping all of your ideas in one place. With a binder or notebook, there is little to no flipping through to hunt down information. Your notes are intact in one place. Plus, when you know your material is in one place, it motivates you to write more and faster.  

Join a Writing Community

As I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs titled 5 Myths about Writing, There are some aspects of writing you should do internally, but having a group helps with the writing process. Writing groups provide accountability and feedback. With this process, you can become a better writer faster than learning alone. And this is the premise of Ignited Pens. We are a community that encourages, inspires, and motivates you through writing.

Write Without Editing

According to Anne Lamott, everybody’s first draft is messy. The goal is the process and not the product. If you worry about editing, it slows down the writing flow because you switch between writing mode and editing mode. You can’t be creative and critical. Just writing keeps you focused on the main thing, finishing your book. Also, in Lamott’s book Bird by Bird, “…the first draft is the down draft — you just get it down. In the second draft, you fix it up. You prove to say what you have to say more accurately. And the third draft is the dental draft where you check every tooth to see if it’s loose or cramped or decayed, or even, God help us, healthy.”

If you have any more tips, please leave one and tell me which one resonated with you the most. Please like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.

3 Ways to Fire Up Your Writing: Even When You Don’t Want To or Think You Can’t

Being a teacher, writer, and creator, I’ve come across students and adults who immediately say they can’t write whenever I bring up writing. My immediate response and our motto is “The Fire to Write is Within You; Ignite it!” Let me share with you three ways that will set your pen on fire, even when you don’t want to or think you can’t write.

Accept: You’re a Writer
Grab your journal, grab your pen, and say, “I’m a writer!” According to Natalie Golding, who is the writer of Writing Down the Bones, accept yourself as a writer. I agree. Embracing yourself as a writer not only confirms the creative nature you have, and it ignites your writing. By doing this, you place yourself in a position to spark your mental fire and let your creative juices flow. The sentences, poems, stories, and novels you write are indelible creations with lasting impressions—what a significant effect is in accepting yourself as a writer.

Time Yourself Writing
Give yourself stints of 5 or 10 minutes (set a timer) to write without stopping—a total brain dump. You’re not editing. You are writing whatever comes to mine. Lose control. Eventually, you will end up wanting to write more and writing longer than 30 minutes. The purpose is to have something to work on later, and this helps eliminate writer’s block.

Share Your Fire
Have you ever seen fire afraid? No! It confidently spreads, and that is what you want to do. Share your writing. It may mean as much as to someone else as it does to you. In addition, you can never be the best judge on your own writing–in most cases; you are emotionally attached to it. Sharing increases your confidence, and you would want to write more. Last, writing has a job, and that is sharing. Your audience is waiting.

Even though there are many more ways to fire up your writing, these three ways will get your pen moving consistently. Please leave a comment sharing which of the three ways ignites you or share a way you fire up. Like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.

5 Myths about Writing

Over the years, I have learned many myths about writers and writing; and I am here to call out the assumptions and share the truth. So, hold on to your pens.

Myth 1: Writers have to be an expert in every genre or aspect of writing. 

Truth:  When it comes to your writing, the issue is not about expertise; it’s about content. Are you engaging your reader in the genre or topic you prefer? There are many genres and areas of writing; it’s hard to become an expert on all of them. Stick to what you know and get great at that. If you are great at everything, eventually, something will go lacking. Because someone is an athlete doesn’t mean they are good at every sport. I learned more about Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time, as an athlete watching the Last Dance Documentary. Although Jordan was an outstanding basketball player, he wasn’t great at baseball. 

Myth 2: Writers have to be original.  

Truth:  Writers emulate their influencers. Since many writers are readers, their favorite authors are influential in their writing. And chances are their favorite authors have been inspired by others. Traditionally, training for painters was copying their masters because they believed their voice and style would emerge as they grew as an artist. I agree with that exercise. When I attended a writing workshop with Kansas City native Glenn North, he taught poetry emulating the poem “When Death Comes” by Mary Oliver. My “When Death Comes” poem is one of my best writing pieces. I did the same emulation exercise with my high school students, and they loved it. Even those who said they had never written a poem or didn’t know how to write poetry. Whether you are trying to develop as a writer or are a product of all the reading you’ve done, emulating your influencers is good. Every writer does it.

Myth 3: Writing happens alone.

Truth:  There are some aspects of writing you should do internally, but having a writing partner or group helps with the writing process. Partners and writing groups provide accountability and feedback. With this process, you can become a better writer faster than learning alone. And this is the premise of Ignited Pens. We are a community that encourages, inspires, and motivates you through writing.  

Myth 4: If you publish a book, you’ll make lots of money.

Truth: Using your book as a marketing tool to promote yourself or your business will help you make lots of money, but it depends on how much you want to invest in marketing. Publishing a book is prestigious, and it shows personal growth. You leave a legacy, and you affect others. But you want your book to be a stream of income for you. So you have to devise a brilliant marketing plan that goes beyond your book launch.

Myth 5: You are not a Writer

Truth:  Everyone is a writer. It takes working on your craft and exploring your voice to embrace the significance of being a writer. Like Anne Lamott, the author of one of the best books on writing called Bird by Bird, reminds us, we think that excellent writing either comes naturally or not at all. Even professional writers struggle. They struggle to begin writing, they struggle with writer’s block as they write, and they even struggle to feel that their finished work is inadequate. Therefore, you are a writer. It’s within you; you have to ignite it. 

While you may come across more myths as you continue your writing journey, challenge them and create with your own using your experiences. Please leave a comment sharing which of the 5 myths grabbed you. Like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.

3 Benefits of Keeping a Journal

Although we live in an age of laptops and smartphones, writing has never been better. There are two tools essential to writers: pen and paper. And, just like a phone you never leave home without them.

I’ve been keeping a journal for over 30 years. Even the big blue binder I carried around my sophomore year of high school was a journal. Let me share with you some tips from my journaling experience on the benefits of keeping a journal.

Keep Memories & Material in Place

Journals keep memories and material in place. When I traveled to France in 2019, I kept a journal. I have notes from the trip to Paris where I ate the best-tasting tomato basil linguine pasta at The Ostera Cafe. I took pictures in front of the Eiffel Tower. One of them captured a couple taking wedding pics. I went on a foot tour of the left bank (artistic side) and right bank (fun side) because my girls were not skilled enough to ride bikes around Paris, and I learned to become a traveler instead of a tourist with the Black Paris Tour.

Re-reading the journal brought back so many memories of my trip I had forgotten entirely. The benefit of recording details of your experience can enrich your writing or storytelling and negate the choice of losing material.

Also in my journal in Paris, I wrote additional heart sparks (nudges of the Holy Spirit that starts a change and awakening truth) that I introduced in my book Flint to Flame. These heart sparks made the fire burn brighter for me to finish my second book called Heart Sparks.

A few of the sparks I wrote:

Heart Sparks will help when your’re going through the fire.

Heart sparks want your ashes.

Heart sparks are not the pictures you choose to post on Instagram.

Heart sparks know when you need a spark.

A heart spark is an ember that floats to you.

Your journal will always remind you of your precious memories and material and that’s a benefit you never want to forget.

Self Connect

It’s hard to know how you think and feel when your thoughts are always running in your head. Writing your thoughts and feelings helps you process your emotions and self-worth. Your senses become more transparent, and you can edit them. As feelings emerge in this process, they become intensely personal, private, and, many times, spiritual.


I have experienced moments when I let go of everything – a literal brain-dump. My pen didn’t leave the page, and I felt better about my present and future.

Relive Expression – Create New Material from Golden Lines

As I mentioned before about re-reading my journal, I had forgotten some details and lines I wrote. The lines stood out that they compelled me to create new material. A line that stands out is a Golden Line. It usually a powerful quote that automatically provides interesting discussion material or starts a discussion or a unique piece of writing.


I had so many Golden Lines that I will always have something to write. What a great way to relive expression and nurture the artist in you.


How do you feel when you re-read something you wrote, and a line grabs you? When it happens to me, I create new material. Creating fresh material from Golden Lines could be a strategy to keep writing. Many times people say they have nothing to write. Re-read your journal.


Here is a poem I wrote in a journal on August 22, 2019, at 6:20 pm ( I usually forget the time, but that day I didn’t.)

Deep in my mind

I wonder if you know

how much I dream of you

You are the symphony

of the waves that flow

as my eyes gaze

fixated like the moon’s glow

over my honey

No money can buy

your heart 

it is so pure

You are waiting

for me

I can see

No need for words

Let our hearts speak

Deep in my mind

I wonder if you know

how much I dream of you

You are no figment

of my imagination

I run with my vision

And I wait

Yes, I wait for you

From this poem, I took the highlighted line, our heart speaks, as my Golden Line. As a result, I wrote the following on December 22, 2020:

Our Hearts Speak

We greet

not saying a word

our eyes meet and then

our hearts speak

We feel the melody

of each other heartbeats

like the unforced rhythm of grace

glimpses of it become

spoken word and a symphony,

the perfect collab of you and me

our eyes meet and then

our hearts speak

We feel the warmth

We move closer and

The crackling of our fire

grow bolder and bolder

Embers dance

to the tune of our frequency

Our hearts become one

Just let our hearts speak.

Keeping memories and material in place, self-connect, and creating new material from Golden Lines are three benefits of keeping journals. Writers are artists, and everything we write in our journals is indelible expressions.

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