She’s not a blogger who publishes often. In fact, she calls herself the “deciduous blogger”, and says,

It seems I have a natural tendency to take frequent breaks from blogging; my blog often lies dormant while I gather strength, ready to reach for the sun, put out fresh new growth and blossom again.

When she does share her words, the voice of the writer in her shines through.

The blogger I’m talking about is Janice from Sharing The Journey.

In her post titled How to Write like Adam Lambert (revisited) she ended the post with these magical words. Words which I thought make a perfect mantra for bloggers and writers alike.

With Janice’s permission, I’m sharing them here. Enjoy!

Isn’t that beautiful? And so true.

I’m thinking we can’t go wrong if we follow Janice’s words of wisdom.

With the holiday weekend upon us, there will be no assignment or lesson for today, however comments will remain open for those of you who would like to share your thoughts.

If you’re in the States, enjoy the Fourth of July holiday. If you’re elsewhere in the world, enjoy your weekend.

The next lesson will be published on Tuesday, July 6, 2010.

P.S. As a reminder, the words in the mantra were written by Janice Hunter of Sharing The Journey and cannot be reproduced without her permission. Be sure to check out her blog for more of her beautiful writings.

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  1. JeanneNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, thanks so much for sharing this, I’m off to visit Janice’s website. I may have to make a mini-poster of the mantra and put in on my wall!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Jeanne,

      I know you’ll enjoy Janice’s blog. Although she doesn’t update real often, her archives are filled with real treasures.

  2. That is a beautiful mantra – thank you for finding and sharing!
    Today was/is Canada Day – happy Canada Day to my friends and family up north!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Long-Winded Scribbler,

      I agree, Janice’s words are beautiful.

      That’s right. Today was/is Canada Day. Like you, I hope all of our friends up north had a marvelous day.

  3. Chania GirlNo Gravatar says:

    I’m so glad you shared about Janice here. She’s amazing, isn’t she? And I currently miss her little updates in the corner of my blogosphere. Hoping we see her more actively soon.

    In the meantime, thank you for sharing this nugget of hers with us. Have a marvelous 4th of July weekend, Barbara. πŸ™‚
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Chania Girl,

      Yes. Janice is not only an amazing writer, but a sweetheart of a person. Like you, I also miss her words of wisdom. Thankfully we can always dig through her archives and find more.

      Thank you for the well wishes. I hope you have a fun weekend planned, as well.

  4. HilaryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara .. thanks for sharing this .. and I love the way you’ve projected it here for us to read ..

    Janice is a wonderful blogger .. posting from her heart .. she has such a soft tone .. and we can ‘be with her’ in her journey as she is so true to herself and to life.

    Great that you’ve brought Janice to the fore .. thanks .. and have a wonderful celebratory weekend yourself .. Hilary
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  5. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    You’re welcome Hilary,

    I agree with what you said about Janice’s tone and how she writes from the heart. Her blog is truly a joy to read.

    Have a fabulous weekend too, Hilary. ((Hugs)) to you and your mom.

  6. Excellent mantra for living life in general. πŸ™‚

    Thank for sharing this Barbara.

    Have a wonderful weekend!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Heather,

      I hope you had a great weekend, too. πŸ™‚ And yes, this is perfect for life, as well.

  7. Happy fourth Barbara!

    Thanks to you and Janice for these sweet words. The graphics look great too making the words stand out. I particularly liked how the part about blossoming. We all need a break now and again.

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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Julie,

      I agree. Breaks from blogging can help all of us. I think it’s better to take breaks when we need them, then to burn out because we didn’t.

  8. Silly GirlNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you for sharing this. It is a great mantra. I plan to apply it my other life as a reporter. Have a wonderful holiday!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Silly Girl,

      What a great idea. As a reporter, Janice’s words would work perfect.

  9. What a great mantra Barbara. Can you even imagine the power that would have if every single blogger took that advice to heart and refused to hit publish unless it fulfilled that criteria? Wow. A changed world.

    Happy Independence weekend to America, and to those outside of USA, enjoy a personal Independence weekend and celebrate yourself! You/we are all worthy!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Wendi,

      You’re right. Blogosphere would change completely if everyone took these words to heart.

  10. Beautiful! I’ve just returned from a 3-week vacation. I kept MomGrind quiet… and the world did not come to an end! πŸ˜‰

    Have a good weekend and a happy 4th of July!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Vered,

      Your recent vacation is a perfect example of how we CAN take a break from blogging and not see any repercussions because we were gone.

  11. Alien GhostNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Thank you for sharing this.
    Wouldn’t that be the ideal? To be able to create feelings, to change their mood and thoughts with words? Just like a composer can make us cry, laugh or dance with his/her music.

    At the other hand, how frustrating to write from the heart to find out later that no one perceives. So the continuous task of self improvement in the way we write and express the thoughts and feelings we want to express in our blogs.

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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Raul,

      Your comment reminded me of how even though we THINK our words may have not had an effect on someone, we never really know. It’s only when they comment that we do.

  12. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    Wonderful wonderful words!! And – so good to hear they are words shared by Janice…someone I have so much respect for as a writer.

    Janice, your words in that mantra land on my heart…and are touching.

    Much peace to both of you…always…
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Lance,

      I agree. Janice’s words are truly wonderful. Like you, I also have a lot of respect for her.

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  14. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Happy 4th of July, Barbara.

    This was lovely work from Janice. I too miss her posts, but I also admire her for allowing herself to take the time away.

    My favourite part of blogging is knowing the writing has made people ‘feel’ something… even more than learned something.

    You designed this presentation of Janice’s words, didn’t you? Am I right? πŸ™‚ It’s as beautiful as the words written on it.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Davina,

      I hear you. If we can make our readers feel “something”, than we’ve done something right.

      Yes. I did design the graphics. Thank you for the nice compliment.

  15. LoriNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,
    Happy Independence Day, too. I hope you have a refreshing weekend. πŸ™‚
    That was a lovely mantra, indeed. Thanks for sharing Janice’s words.

    I have found the same thing, sometimes I need to take a brief break and come back after a brief hiatus. I agree with Davina, too, making someone laugh or feel *anything* makes me feel wonderful. To incite the reader to pause and think of something in a different way — what a lovely thing.

    Great post (again!), Barbara. Thank you!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Lori,

      Yes. Taking a blogging break gives us a great opportunity to not only recharge our batteries, but to also appreciate that which we have in our real lives.

  16. This is a nice mantra to all the bloggers and writers out there who loves to write about anything. If you can’t sting them with the flow of your wordings then tingle them with a radiating emotions in it. Keep your words on a personal level and make sure you connect with them internally.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Print Companies Online,

      I hear you. Connecting with our readers on a personal level is very important, as is having the ability to radiate emotions.

  17. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    Doing beautiful posters is a great way to make the mantra come alive! Great work there!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Evelyn,

      Yes. Posters can give words a greater impact as it gives us the chance to showcase each sentence individually.

  18. Janice and Barbara,
    What a duo! Janice I’m sorry for your losses and I certainly remember those times when so much was going on during the time my four daughters were teens at once.

    You are a gifted writer and no matter how much time you take off you’re like a squirrel storing nuts for the winter…when the time is right we feast on your writing. I’m sending thoughts of love and light. Thanks Barbara. I just printed off the mantra. Oh how I need to see those and absorb them;) Happy 4th.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Tess,

      Enjoy the mantra. I’m with you. Seeing the words and absorbing them makes a big difference when we’re trying to apply wisdom.

  19. Words to live by indeed!

    I wish I could be my “best self” every time I sit down to write a post, but it just doesn’t happen that way.

    Sometimes I set out to write stellar content and I’m lucky if it’s passable. Then other times I think I will just write a quick post to fill in the holes, nothing special. And then poof, suddenly out of nowhere I get smacked up the side of the head with unexpected inspirations. Suddenly the mundane becomes star performer.

    Inspiration is a fickle critter, sometimes as elusive as the mythical Unicorn. But when you get it – wow, what a rush!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Joella,

      Isn’t that the truth? Inspiration can be elusive. But like you said, when it shows up, it’s magical. πŸ™‚

  20. Mandy AllenNo Gravatar says:

    Brilliant share, Barbara, thank you so much. Oh I aspire to live up to those words…

    Enjoy the journey.

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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Mandy,

      You and me both. Oh, to live up to those words each and every day. How awesome would that be?

  21. I think so its very useful and knowledge able.I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in this beautiful mantra. Thanks for sharing.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome SEO Web Solution,

      Yes. This mantra is very useful. I’m thrilled Janice gave me the permission to share it here.

  22. Hi Barbara,

    Commenting mostly to share that I’m back posting in English, less often than in Spanish, but yet, from time to time, you’ll be seeing some of my stuff in English.

    I’m bilingual and so it must be my blog, isn’t it about being who you really are?
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Miguel,

      It’s good to see you here again. And yes, our blogs need to reflect who we are. Stay authentic and enjoy blogging. πŸ™‚

  23. John HoffNo Gravatar says:

    Excellent words of wisdom. It’s refreshing to read something on a blog with words of encouragement.

    And I feel you Janice. My blog posts are not always consistent as well.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you John,

      Like you, I enjoy reading words of encouragement. Can we really ever get enough of that?

  24. Keith DavisNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara
    What a great phrase β€œdeciduous blogger” – could certainly describe me.
    Mantra sounds good.
    The final line “Be yourself – be your best self.” is a phrase I have used for a long time when I tell people how to be when they deliver a speech.
    Most bloggers appear to be following the mantra – some of the posts I read are creative, informative, clever and well written.
    Scares me to death. LOL
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Keith,

      That’s great advice, isn’t it? “Be yourself – be your best self”. If we can follow that in our lives, we can’t go wrong.

      Psssst. Don’t be scared. You’re blog is pretty awesome, too. πŸ™‚

  25. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    Happy 4th and what a lovely card – sharing.

    I tweeted because I can not top what is already said with beauty and light….true fireworks
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Patricia,

      Yes. Janice’s words are true fireworks. They’re hard to beat, aren’t they?

  26. Tony SingleNo Gravatar says:

    To all my American chums, have a wonderful 4th of July! And to Barbara, thanks for introducing us to Janice! I will have to check out her blog very soon (I have a bit of catching up to do first). πŸ™‚

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Tony,

      Please do check out Janice’s blog. I know you won’t be disappointed.

  27. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – That is awesome. I’m looking forward to checking out Janice’s blog. Hope you’ve had a great holiday weekend.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Cath,

      I agree. The mantra is truly awesome. Such wonderful words to live by.

      As I told Tony, you won’t be disappointed with Janice’s blog.

  28. MarieNo Gravatar says:

    I am so happy to have found your blog and subsequently Janice’s. The amount of talent in the blogging world never ceases to amaze me. Janice’s mantra is a tall order but a wonderful goal! Thank you so much for sharing it.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Marie,

      I’m happy you found me, too. And you’re right. The mantra is a tall order, but it’s definitely doable.

      I hope to see you here again soon. πŸ™‚

  29. Dear Barbara:

    Came here as I was blog-hopping. Love your wee place. Almost like a journal, I flipped through the pages and I appreciate the way you reply to each of the comment inspite of receiving so many.

    Shall follow your blog and wait for the lovely insights to unfold. In the meanwhile let me check Janice’s blog.

    Joy and peace,

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Susan,

      It’s great seeing you here & I hope you’ll be back soon.

      P.S. I’m sure you’ll find many treasures in Janice’s blog, too.

  30. Hi Barbara – That is wonderful, very nice. Top post. I look forward to reading more. Cheers

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Custom Size Canvas Prints,

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the mantra.

  31. janiceNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, Barbara…what can I say!! As you know, I’ve been offline – truly offline – and haven’t read emails or my favourite blogs for weeks. I hadn’t realised you’d done something so generous and uplifting with those words you asked for permission to use. You’ve managed do do exactly what I urged folk to do; I’m trying to type this with tears streaming down my face. Your post, the banner and all those comments from folk I’ve come to know and admire are an invite to my Best Self to come back out and play when I’m feeling restored and replenished; it’s reminded me why I love sharing my writing on my blog and why I love the community spirit in the blogs I visit.

    A lot’s been going on here, as you know, but this is the second day in a row that I’ve logged on for a few disciplined, balanced hours and swept the cobwebs off my blog with no ill effects or back pain. What a precious homecoming gift for anyone to receive on their first wee wander to a friend’s blog. Thank you, all from the soaring bits of my heart!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Janice,

      Again I must say “thank you” for allowing me to share your wise words. As you saw from the comments, they touched everyone deeply. THAT, my friend, is a sign of a great writer.

      I pray things are looking up in your life. In the meantime, take care of yourself. We’ll be here waiting when you’re ready to resume blogging. πŸ™‚

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