Today I am joining Lisa-Jo and others for the 5 Minute Friday where we are given a word prompt and write for just 5 minutes simply for the joy of writing. No editing or backtracking necessary. No need to be perfect. Just words freely flowing from my heart to yours.
As a teenager, I strived to belong, so I would continually join groups in search of love and acceptance. When I was in high school, I joined the track team, the Latino Club, the Yearbook group and the Senior trip planners, all in an effort to belong.
In 2008, I joined another group of individuals, women of all ages and from all a walks of life, with one common purpose — to write to encourage the hearts of other women. I joined Blogger back them and starting writing in white space when I thought no one was reading. I remember the day I received my first follower, and my first comment. I thought I had arrived.
Several months ago, I stumbled upon Lisa-Jo’s blog. Another blogger had posted about a 5 minute writing exercise and asked if we would join her. I headed over but was hesitant to join in. As I browsed the list of bloggers who had already joined, I was a little intimated. But the words that these women wrote touched my heart deeply. I was compelled to join in, and now I’m hooked. I’ve joined for life and no one can keep me away.
Here we are, a community of women, all linking up to share our heart on just one word. I never thought I would find so much love and acceptance from a 5 minute writing exercise. These women have become some of my closest blogging friends. I am so thankful I joined in.
Will you join me for the 5 Minute Friday? It’s not scary, I promise. Just one write, for just 5 minutes, and you will be hooked.