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Writing Me: A Writing Tradition {Melissa}

‘Tis the season of hayrides and pumpkin pies, costumes and candy corn, drifting leaves that turn into falling snow and crisp mornings with flannel sheets and chunky sweaters that lend way to days full of tradition. What does the word tradition make you think of? What does it make you feel? Is there a tradition you partake in every year, or one from your childhood that stands out?

Take the word TRADITION and tell us what it means to you.

Go where your words and recollections take you. A few lines, or dozens, in whatever form moves you, write as your heart responds to the prompt.

Today’s post comes to us from Melissa:

This time of year is all about traditions. Traditional celebrations, meals, rituals. We have a little tradition here at Bigger Picture Blogs, it’s something I personally look forward to every single year.  ‘Twas the write before Christmas  a writing and creativity event.

I love the five (or more) minutes of me time I get by participating in the event. I cherish the stories it brings out of me when I can just sit and think about the holidays and this seasons from different prompts.

All good traditions evolve and so has ours. This year we are giving you words and pictures, and we’re giving you a head start. Below you will find a list of all the prompts text portion. Pin it, share it, save it.

Starting on December 3 we will have the prompts post here, daily with a new picture related to the prompt. You can take your inspiration from the text or the picture or both! There will be a linky opened on each post where you can share how the prompt inspired you, in a words, in images, in butter cream frosting, however you are inspired.

In a time of year where the hustle and bustle of all that we have to do can sap us of all our creativity and inspiration this is a quick and easy way you can take some time to feed your creative soul and focus on what this season  means to you.

Happy creating!

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We would love to feature you {yes, YOU!} and your piece here on Bigger Picture Blogs. We would love to encourage and support our community in this writing exercise, and we hope you all will join us! Click HERE to find out more!

Writing Me {Melissa}

Writing Me is Bigger Picture Blogs series of writing exercises created to help our community dive deeper into writing, grow creatively, and learn about ourselves and each other. This quarter we are writing from the prompt “I Remember…” and each week we will feature one of our community members.

This week’s post comes to us from Melissa.


© M. Haak | Peanut Butter in my Hair.com | 2012

 I remember nothing and everything. I forget the mundane, the why I came into the room, what I was supposed to do. The feelings, the fears, the memories of yesterday cloud my head. I try to capture them, hold them down on paper and clear them from my  head.

I remember the time before sadness and fear moved in but it’s like a figure standing down the road in a fog. I can make out the silhouette but can’t tell who it is.

I remember not to wallow or to punish but to but to focus the joy of today. The light that has entered and goodness that surrounds us.

I remember, daily that there is no joy with our sorrow.

I want to remember it all the good the bad, the ugly the beautiful. It’s all part of my story and deserves a place.

Creative Inspiration


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso

I believe that quote to be so very true. I look at my children and they are creating all the time, in every action, game, craft. They look around and they see the beauty in so many things that adults over look.

I try very hard to foster and encourage their creativity. To allow their talents to shine through, to teach them that creativity needs to be practiced and nurtured. One of my goals this year was to take at least 3o minutes a day to be creative, make something, do something creative. Lately with the hustle and bustle and lack of sleep that has mostly been playing with and editing my pictures for my 365 project.

One day a few weeks ago now, while we were still having our unseasonably beautiful weather I was sitting outside watching my kids run around and play with the other (6!) kids that live on either side of us.

It was the end of the day and the kids were getting wild and a a little crabby. The littlest one was clingy and climbing on everything. I sat there watching and honestly as a little detached. I was thinking of the things I wanted to do, needed to do, writing in my head.

So I got up and decided to make art.


I drew scribbles and squiggles and started to color with chalk. It was not the art I wanted to create but it was art none the less.


Soon all the kids were with me creating. It was not the art I had set out to do in the morning but it still filled me. The creativity renewed me. It inspired the kids, who wwent off to make more “Art Squares”.

All it took was taking the initiative to make the time.



Do you need a push to be creative today? Head over to our Facebook page and check out our creative prompt, see where it takes you.

Monday’s on the Bigger Picture Blogs Facebook page we’re going to introduce some Creative Inspiration. We will post 1-3 words and encourage you to roll those words around in your head and be inspired. Use them to propel you out of the Monday funk and into a creative mood.

Use them as you will.

Take a Photo
Write a Poem
Write a post
Write two sentences
Paint a picture

The point is to use them to infuse your Monday with 5 minutes of creativity.

There is no link up, no need to post by a certain day. Just inspiration and creativity on what could be an uninspiring day.

We encourage you to write on our Facebook wall or leave a link with what you were inspired to do.

Live. Love. Create.

Have you written about creativity? Do you want to guest post for us on the subject? Just email Melissa at PBinmyHair (at) gmail (dot) com