Celebrate This Week {Link-Up}

Happy Saturday! I’m glad you’re here to celebrate together. Share your links below. You can also share on Twitter (#celebratelu) or on Facebook at the Discover. Play. Build. page.

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For more information about why we celebrate on Saturdays, check out the CELEBRATE This Week page. Grab the image and share one or many celebrations from your week. They can be in the form of images, links, or texts. The only “rule” is you find something to celebrate and share it with others. Then comment on some other celebrations.

Celebrations from My Corner of the World 

I’m celebrating these treasures today. Instead of quickly collecting words on the page, I’m sitting quietly and waiting for the words to find me. I’m blessed by friends who offer inspiration and encouragement even on the tough days. I’m remembering an important new layer to my writing process. I start by reading inspiring words. These books are fueling me to write with courage and truth.

 Christy Rush-Levine sent this book to me. It is charming and helps me believe in living celebration.
Franki Sibberson sent this bit of happy mail to me this week. It’s a book about pausing and discovering positivity. (The title is a fun play on words.)
I’ve been thinking about this journal since I found it in my mailbox at school from Tam. I knew I wanted to use it in connection to my new writing project, but until Friday I was sure how. I presented about Celebrating Writers in Michigan on Friday. There’s a cool thing that has been happening recently when I present, as well as in response to some of my blog posts. People are sharing their stories with me because they were touched by one of my stories. I love this. I’ve decided these stories and connections are precious and I want to keep them. I think this journal is the perfect place for this collection. It will be evidence of the things that truly matter — the stories and compassion that hold us together.
Stories matter. Always. I can’t wait to read the celebrations happening in your corner of the world.


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  1. Beautiful small things that give pleasure, Ruth. That's exactly what's important. Looking forward to seeing what everyone writes-their stories! Thank you!

  2. I'm glad you are recording your stories. Stories do connect us. I sometimes hesitate to share a story, but when I do, I realize that I am connecting and others can connect to me. Keep on telling your story.
    What special friends you have who see books and think of you!

  3. I love your idea for that beautiful journal. Those books seem like very inspirational reads, and I love the play on words of the title also.

  4. Both of those books sound great! And I love the idea of a journal for collecting people's stories. Thanks for hosting this time of celebration.

  5. What beautiful gifts, especially the journal. One thing I have learned from you and TWT is that yes stories do matter. I just hope that I successfully convey that message to my students.

    Also, I am working on a story for SOL on Tuesday that reminds me of the relationship between you and your kids, the mother you are, and the difference you make. If you get a chance, stop by on Tuesday and take a peek.

  6. I love the cover of This Little Light of Mine! I also love the play on words PAUSITIVITY. We definitely need to pause to let the light in! Beautiful journal, too.

  7. Rereading your post, I meant to add how joyful I was to see how friends reached out to encourage you this week. Treasures to hold dear when the moments of discouragement appear. Keep writing from the heart, my friend. Your stories inspire and lead. Hugs!

  8. If you think of nothing else today please remember you inspire many! In my post this week I talked about time lost and found. Without the focus on Celebration writing I would have not seen the found time, only the lost time. And it is truly in the found time that I want to be and live!
    Never doubt the power of what you do- the words will find you, be ready!

  9. What a gift to you to be given the stories of others, and what gift to others to have their stories preserved through your words in that beautiful journal! I am also happy to see that book could lift you up in some small way. A tiny token of thanks for allowing me to stand on your shoulders so often.

  10. I smiled when I saw breathe on your journal, as taking time to take some deep breaths was something I celebrated this week. It really takes me back to some of the most simple things in life that we shouldn't take for granted.

    I also loved your stories matter line. That is what I said in my dissertation for my methods section, a rationale for choosing narrative inquiry.

  11. Thanks for sharing my words and all your celebrations. I would have written a soliloquy if I would have known! You've always been my most vigorous cheerleader.