Penmanship, Parties, Paper

Blogtember prompt: If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do?

pretty penmanshipThanks, Lindsay, I couldn’t have put it better.

Life is full. Days are busy.

The only thing longer than my to-do list is the time My Mr. has been stolen away from me for work.

Given the chance to take 3 months off from life & do anything, I’d head to the airport. After a trip to the hair dresser, a full body massage & throwing some essentials in a bag.


I head for the big ol’ US of A & devote my days to soaking in new things. I’d find the people I love who are already there, & fall in love with many more. My very best travel experiences have been ‘behind the scenes’, and I would relish the stories of communities so different from my own.

US flag

I’d sign up for a hand lettering course! At the moment I’m totally inspired by the work of Lindsay Letters & Kelly Cummings. I already have a board devoted to the things I’d love to be able to create myself. Armed with a journal, nibs & ink, I’d book us on to a river cruise & hope the waves don’t ruin my art work.


Oh my – the stationery stores! I would have to buy My Mr. a new book & leave him in a cafe somewhere while I browse to my hearts content. I would seek out specialists & revel in the smell & texture & variety that is paper. I would make friends with the people in the stores & shriek with delight over things only stationery nerds get.


I would sign up for a half marathon at the end of our trip, & explore each new place we stopped from my running shoes. Maybe it’s crazy that I’d take time off from life & responsibilities, but still choose to run. I actually don’t love to run. I do love the view & the perspective, the pace & the peace that comes with it.

I would read on the water & I would read by the fire. I would write on a hundred different street corners & I would read some more. I would hold hands with my love & get butterflies at his touch. Catch glimpses of him out the corner of my eye that take my breath away all over again. We would get lost walking in new places & talking about our dreams, and not care when we made it to our destination.


Given 3 months off from life, I would pray & ponder & doubtless be so excited to go back to my life. This line from the Desiderata says it so well, ‘With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world’. Despite what seems arduous & even aimless, my life is rich & beautifully complex, blessed & purposeful. And I am ridiculously grateful.


4 thoughts on “Penmanship, Parties, Paper

  1. This was so lovely to read & kind of inspiring. Running the marathon, girl – you’re good!
    I would probably just read a good amount of books, blog a lot (oh well) and travel as much as i can. 🙂

    Greetings from Germany.
    Found you through Blogtember linkup.

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