Dinah’s Coffee Chat & #10minchallenge Day 2

Prompt: What was fun in childhood?

Hello my friend! So glad you could stop by for coffee. It’s always so nice to connect. Once again, grab a glass or a cup of some thing you love and let’s chat…

If we were having coffee…. I would start by telling you that I have entered into another month-long challenge. It’s called #10minaday. The goal is to help you develop a better routine to support creativity. I haven’t been writing regularly so, I hope it works! Or should I say… I hope I work! We get a writing prompt every morning. Today’s prompt was to think about and do something fun… Especially something that was fun in childhood. So, since I want to use these prompts to improve my writing commitment, I’m choosing to interpret the prompt as a writing assignment.

If we were having coffee… I would say that just about any memory that comes to mind when I try to remember something that was fun in childhood has to do with being outside especially near water. Nature fed my soul even as a child.

We had a pretty rustic cottage in a very small town. It was on the bay. We had probably an acre or two of land. My happiest memories of childhood are of being at the cottage, during the summer, and doing anything and everything outside. Swinging on our makeshift swing, playing on the sand, riding my three wheel grandma bike up and down the driveway… It didn’t matter what it was as long as it was outside. And it didn’t matter if I was outside with a friend or with my brothers or by myself. I just loved being outside!

I’m realizing that nature has been my support and my healing for my entire life….especially any time spent on/near bigger bodies of water. It’s where I feel the best… Where I am most alive… Obviously, I’m needing to do more of anything and everything having to do with nature!

If we were having coffee….I’d also tell you that I’m making plans to get together with a friend from college next week. We haven’t seen each other in like 30+ years. I’m so looking forward to her visit!

If we were having coffee….at this point I’d be concerned that I was talking too much. I’d honestly want to hear about you now….

So my friend? What’s a fun childhood memory that comes to mind? And what fun thing can you do now to support your own healing and health? Is it something that started way back in childhood, like it did for me? Feel free to share in the comments section below.

I’m so glad you’re here 💜

The weekend coffee chat is hosted by Natalie the Explorer and you can find more coffee chats Here.

The #10minchallenge is hosted by Tammy Breitweiser

24 thoughts on “Dinah’s Coffee Chat & #10minchallenge Day 2

    1. Yes, growing up with it was a gift. But I think as adults, even if we grew up with it, we can tend to forget the benefits the natural world. I hope to be more mindful going forward. Thanks for visiting. Hope you have a great weekend 🌺🌺🌺

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  1. We spent a lot of our summer days in and around the water. Catching frogs and tadpoles, swimming and taking swimming and diving lessons, an fishing for bullheads in a tiny lake maybe four miles out off town. I also liked climbing cottonwood trees in a nearby cow pasture, taking along a book to read, so as not to be bothered by the neighborhood kids. Childhood! Very much a good writing prompt from almost any angle. I still spend a lot of time outdoors, although these days, it’s often in the windowed gazebo that my husband built for me in our back yard. I love being close to nature, no matter what the weather.

    So happy to have an opportunity to revisit and share memories of good times. Thank you!

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    1. That sounds wonderful! It’s amazing that, what we knew instinctively as children, we (or I) need to work to connect with as adults. Even as I write this I’m listening to my windchimes and smelling the damp morning air and feeling nature’s peace. It’s all around us. Thanks for sharing and for visiting! Have a fabulous weekend 💜

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  2. Nature have always done the trick for me was well. At the moment I like to walk, or ride my mountainbike on the trails of the forests surrounding our town. I like to do that because it’s something I easily can do every day as a part of my routine, both when I am working, and now when I have vacation. I LOVE hiking in the mountains, snowboarding and horseback riding, but that is not something I can do every day at the moment. When I was a child some very found memories of me and my little sister cross-country skiing in the forests around the town where we used to live then comes to mind. Thank you for the coffee and your positive, encouraging post!

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    1. Ohhhh yes! Horseback riding! When I was in high school my friend had 2 horses and we rode several times per week all summer! It was therapeutic! So glad you can stay close to nature all year long! -Hope you have a great weekend 💜🌺💜

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      1. Thank you Dinah! I’ve had horses of my own for several years, but right now my life doesn’t look like that, but I do enjoy getting out when I can. I probably will get another horse one day 🙂 Have a fabulous weekend!

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      2. Yes, that is me! I had a blogging break for a few months. Things were so busy at work, and in combination with a feeling that my old blog was a little outdated I decided to take a break and come back with something new and fresh.

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  3. Donna Brady

    I also love being by any bodies of water. I have lived my adult live at the Jersey shore . In the last couple of years have been introduced to lake life . Each such different areas … both such happy places . I like to zero in on the sounds of water. Steams , brooks , rivers , ocean , waterfalls . I find so stress relieving and soothing . Outside is a place I love to be . As a kid we were on our bikes and at municipal swim pools . Some camping . Here’s to Mother Nature and all her beauties !

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    1. My dream is to live right on the water… Lake Michigan or the ocean… I find water to be the most soothing! And I love watching the way the lake changes daily! So glad that you get to experience the water regularly also! Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you have a fabulous week ahead!💜

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  4. Hi Dinah. This is a fun topic for me because these kind of memories are what got me into story creation, collection and blogging to share them.

    The small gang I ran with were crazy independent (but such were the times) and our neighborhood was close to lots of hills, trees and ranches where the model seemed to be let the kids come and explore as long as they didn’t break stuff or become a nuisance.

    So to answer your question with some fun, here is one of my favorite memories. We only did it once (you’ll see why) and it was outta sight fun, that we never told our parents about.

    If you would enjoy a laugh about how it’s amazing that any young boy survives to puberty, this might be your laugh for the day.

    The Eucalyptus Sprouts Adventure

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    1. I just read it….wow! Good story but yeah, you guys would have been responsible for tons of grey hair if your parents had known even a fraction of your escapades! Glad ya’ll lived to tell the tales.
      Have a great week 🌺😊🌺

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    1. Me too Bear! I grew up in great dysfunction. Nature and horseback riding saved my sanity… And probably my life! Believe me, I get it!
      Thanks for visiting… I hope you have a better week ahead.💜🌺💜

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  5. Nature has always been important to me too. I lived in the Swedish countryside as a child, and also later in my life I’ve always been drawn to nature, the forest, lakes… a lake in the forest is special. It gives such a sense of calm. Now I yet again live near nature and I’m so thankful for that. Even a stroll in the garden, watching insects, flowers, and listening to the birds, is soothing.

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    1. Yes! I so agree! My flowers bring me so much joy! I look forward to them throughout our harsh winters. Glad you are still able to connect to nature too. Thanks so much for visiting and sharing your thoughts 💜

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