Once upon a time…

Once upon a time…

Hi there

Thanks for popping in. It’s time to start writing that book that’s been sitting inside me, writing itself for years and years. It’s time for that story to come into the light. Thing is, where does it start? At the beginning, I hear you say. But which beginning? I actually started writing a childrens’ book many years ago. It was quite romantic, a little socio-political, definitely had potential, and was going swimmingly – until my then husband left me and the kids, and this little life changed rather radically. Switched from California living the dream, to Kent start again. But it’s ok. Looking back, it really was exactly what needed to happen. And it’s fine now. No regrets. But let’s just say I had to switch off the budding author in me, and put on my wurkurnmunny hat very quickly. There was no time to write books, and I even lost the manuscript to my childrens’ book somewhere. Bummer. But I remember the gist, and I bet I could write it again – time permitting.

Maybe that’s the starting point. Where I left off over thirty years ago. I had planned on illustrating it too, so that would be a great little passion project, wouldn’t it? There’ll be a few plot twists that wouldn’t have featured in the original draft, too. Thirty-two years of additional life and experiences are bound to influence, don’t you think?

We are going to say a last farewell to a dear friend tomorrow morning. She died way too young and too quickly. Heidi was a real inspiration to me personally, and I guess her early departure has made me reassess my own mortality again. It’s later than we think – it really is. I am really waking up to the fact that my bucket list is languishing while I workworkwork – and that book in me is definitely bubbling to the surface. Heidi is whispering in my ear too…

As Dave always tells me; JFDI.

Love always

Barb x x x

20 thoughts on “Once upon a time…

  1. I hope you get to write your book and to illustrate it – amazing!

    If it’s the Heidi I met at the open day last year, she was truly amazing- how sad! 🙏.

  2. Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. Sometimes it takes something like that to give us a nudge doesn’t it? Dave is right….if that’s what you want to do….JFDI! It would be a best seller for sure! x

  3. I have lost a few friends who were too young to go. I was only speaking to a lady today who’s son died suddenly of bowel cancer aged 39, with no symptoms until 3 weeks before.

    Live whilst you can, spend the money, wear the good clothes, eat the cake, do what will make you happy!

  4. Sorry to hear about your friend. If it’s meant to be you’ll do it but, in the meantime, you’ll carry on giving lots of people confidence and inspiration to do things they never thought they would. Hugs 🥰

  5. Sometimes it is a case of JFDI – but most of just us just plod on doing the same things as we always did, saving up for our retirement by which time we either have health issues ourselves or have family members needing our time. So live for today – sort tomorrow out when it comes !!

  6. Hi Barbara.
    So sorry about your friend. Very sad.
    So, yes, JFDI, write the book. Give yourself you time.
    I learnt very quickly how life can turn on its head, and still can’t believe it.
    But, There always seems to be ‘something else’ that prevents us doing what we really want.
    So, JFDI. Time won’t wait.
    Lots of love. X

  7. You really don’t know what’s round the corner. Follow Dave’s sage advice.

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friend.

  8. Ahhh Barbara,
    So sorry to hear of your very sad loss, my thoughts will be with you all tomorrow.

    My Mum always used to say “What are you waiting for? use the best china now” how very true that is! And Dave’s right JFDI!

    You are just a brilliant inspiration to us all, we are all so lucky to have you in our crafting lives….thank you Penny xXx

  9. So sorry to hear about your friend. You never know what’s round the corner waiting for you so as Dave quite rightly says jfdi whilst you can. Work will always be there but your health and ability to be able ‘to do’ may not so just do whatever makes you happy.

  10. Don’t save things for best! Don’t wait until the time is right as it never will be!
    Some time ago I lost a good friend who had spent her life scrimping and saving for when she retired. She worked until due to ill health she had to retire. And then 18months later she passed away a very wealthy woman. It was her relatives that had the benefits of her amassed wealth! It’s one of the reasons I decided to take early retirement. And now it’s my choice to do things I want to do.
    More recent events have made me look at life even more urgently and I realised that life is precious and we shouldn’t waste it.
    We all have an allotted time on this earth. If you want to do something don’t keep putting it off. You never know what’s going to happen tomorrow!
    Dave is right! JFDI. Xx

  11. So sorry to hear about your friend. We lost two of our closest friends nearly 20 years ago both aged 55. It certainly changed our outlook on living to work . I agree with Dave xxx take care

  12. Dear Barb, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend Heidi, sending huge hugs. We recently lost a good friend too, and it does change your outlook, especially when they are younger than you. I second every comment about you just doing it, and writing your book, I am sure it will be amazing. Take care. Bx

  13. I think there would be many people who’d love to read that book Barbara. So yes JFDI!!!
    You are a great ‘story’ teller and we all know the illustrations would be fab! Also, what fabulous legacy for your children to keep x

  14. Many true words on here today carpe dies. Yes I had a couple of very good friends taken in three weeks such a shock. Go for it!

  15. Very sorry to hear about your friend. I know Dave is right but I find it very hard to put it into practice.
    I would buy your book as would many others.
    Take care,

  16. Condolences on the loss of your friend.

    I wish I could JFDI but things keep getting in the way. So many people think they know what, according to them, we should be doing, offering help we don’t need at present, it is getting harder to do our own thing without offending the “do-gooders” . They mean well but we just need to be left to our own devices so we can enjoy what time we have left together.

    Write your book Barbara, in your own good time, and I am sure there are many like me who would buy it. I know it will be a fascinating read.

    Stay well, enjoy the sunshine.

    1. So sorry about your lovely friend xx
      And you know Dave is right – so just do it – you will love the process and it will be brilliant. All of us will be queuing up for it!

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