My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

You Have To Begin Somewhere

I’ve spent a lot of time listening to what other people say. Listening to what they say about what to write, how to do things, who to be. I’ve listened to a lot of people, but I forgot one.



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I’ve lost track of listening to my heart. Have you ever been there? That place where you have spent so much time and effort doing good things for people in your life that you forget about yourself? It’s easy to do and there’s only one way out.

You have to change.

I realized that if I want to do things that make me happy I have to make them happen. No one is going to do it for me. Sometimes I don’t even know what those things will be. But this is the start of something.

Tomorrow I will start a new series. It’s not the first time I’ve participated in 31 days. I loved writing my 31 days of Exhale series two years ago and last year was filled with great reminders in my series Worthy. 31 Days of Believing. But so much about this year feels different.

It’s time for me.

I’m going to spend the month of October finding my way back to my love of writing. I’m going to play with words and give myself freedom to make mistakes. And I’m going to do it all in five minutes a day. In the spirit of Five Minute Friday I’m going to participate in 31 days of five-minute free-writes. Each day has a word for inspiration and the only guideline is that you write for five minutes without editing or second guessing. I will correct spelling and add an image, but I want to spend a month falling in love with words again.

I want to write scared and bleed on the page. I want to be raw and real and find my happy. I want to hold the pen and keep moving until it feels like I never want to stop.

Maybe you need to find something just for you in October. Maybe together we can uncover pieces of ourselves that have been buried under the best intentions and sacrificial love. Maybe we can find our way home.

Don’t miss this freeing series!

We all lose our way sometimes. This is about finding our way to the place that makes our heart feel at home.

Linking up words and hope.

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

14 Replies

  1. Your series sounds great, Becky. Praying you find freedom in the words and that God works in you through them. Have fun!

  2. Becky, I love the topic you chose for the #write31days challenge. I decided last night at 6 pm to join in on the fun with a 31 days of Uplifting Quotes and needless to say, I haven’t slept much since then. Bleed on the page girl, it’s worth it!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thank you Sarah! Your words are so encouraging. And I love your topic. Can’t wait to check it out 🙂

  3. This is such a freeing, inviting post, Becky. I’m glad you linked up at #ThreeWordWednesday and I hope you continue to.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thank you Kristin. I’m glad to connect with inspiring writers!

  4. Good for you, Becky! It will be an inspiring month!

  5. Just now found this, ack! Yes. Right on. Thank you! I remember a few posts from this series! : )

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