a quick paragraph describing someone you just met;
something you noticed which amused or excited or intrigued you;
a record of a conversation you just heard;
random facts like the population of dung beetles in California!
a running list of things that you find scary, or funny, or surprising, which you can keep adding to;
a dream you had last night;
a list of books you’d like to read in future;
descriptions of any special traditions your family keeps like religious festivals, special celebrations for school results, maybe a funeral for a pet – anything a bit different that could be a fascinating part of a story at a later date;
quotes that inspire you;
a list of rhymes for words, or great names for characters, or a terrific title for a story;
newspaper clippings of interesting articles;
quick drawings or sketches of people or places or objects you’ve seen;
ticket stubs, photos, maps and brochures for places you’ve visited (great tools for a story setting at a later date).
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
We must let go of the life that we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched-they must be felt with the heart.
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret to success.
Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices- today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
Keep your face always toward the sunshine- and shadows will fall behind you.