Today’s Forgiving Fridays: Taking a Blogging Break – I Love You

Hi everyone,

I’ve mentioned to a number of you that I was considering taking a break with my blog.  I’ve decided to do that, best I know for about 6 weeks.  I have a number of wonderful activities coming up, such as traveling on a new project, doing a coaching program 2-day workshop, and a trip to New York possibly to explore a sublet!

It’s not easy to write these words.  I feel scared to let go.  And one of the most challenging (up until now) parts of forgiveness for me is taking a step into the unknown.

I wrote a poem this morning that surprised me.  I include it below.  It has ache in it for the ways my parents didn’t encourage me to walk my own path.

I express my gratitude for them both.  I am so courageous to take my steps into this world.

I know it’s time for me to take a break, to do these amazing projects, and to open to what’s next for me with forgiveness.  I hear whispers of “Forgiving Fridays on the Road“….. we’ll see!

Self-forgiveness is the key to so much.  It is such a direct way for me to choose love no matter what the situation.  When I was young, I had little knowing of how to love myself. Step by step, here I am experiencing self-love and a greater peace than I’ve ever known. I hope that forgiveness touches your heart too!



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I so invite you to continue your contributions to #ForgivingFridays.  Tag this post & I will read and respond to each one.  Here are this week’s contributions:

Etta of Simply Etta D. shared a powerful and beautiful post with a transformative message to honor our Selves and heart-felt dreams.  So wise, Etta!!

DeBorah of Roaming Urban Gypsy shared two posts, one with a creative collection of an artist (her!) and a second with great photos of her gorgeous cat, Sylvester. Art – and cats – are two wonderful ways to open our hearts & to the gift of forgiveness!

Frank of Poetry, Short Prose and Walking  gave us a powerful one liner on loving and forgiving it all.  Such room for compassion in his post – I love your blog,  Frank!

Pragalbha of Infinite Living wrote a poem and reflection on the great importance of letting go, and breathing simply, and not giving up on herself no matter what.  These are such keys to forgiveness and a foundation for life.

Miriam of Out An’ About took time away to camp in nature and wrote about the blessings of slowing down and embracing where we are – with wonderful photos and video to illustrate. Thank you Miriam!

And in case you missed it from last week: 🙂

Lorelle of A Mindful Traveler shared a postcard from a fellow blogger that she received right when she needed it most.  What an example of caring and the value of small kindnesses!

Anita of Healing Words gave us beautiful excerpt from her new book (yay) on her experience with non-judgment and acceptance of people different than her.  A first-time contributor – welcome!


The very first post I wrote was on acceptance.  And here I am on my last post (for a while) with a quote on gratitude.   It’s from a dear blogger friend, Miriam from Out An’ About & is my wish for all of us!

Quieting My Mind July 7 2017


Have a beautiful Passover and Easter weekend.

I love you!



ps – Frank, I’m contributing this post for Memories.  I am aware that I make memories every single moment that passes.  I’m going to make ’em good.  So sorry again for your dog.


Here is the poem I wrote this morning: 

The Next Walk in the Heart

In the first, 

step, I took to love.

The mother in

my ear called, 

no, not

there. The dad, 

where was he?

And in the next,

and the next,

oh and the

next, small

step, I fell

to despair.

My hole is the 

depths of

What I thought was my 

HEART (all in CAPS

so I see how big

it is), there I 

found the seed to forgive.


In the sad,

aching cry,

there is a small

+ joy-filled 

(here in the unknowing)

path home,

with #Iforgive.


And the next

step? Now that 

is a _________ .



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22 thoughts on “Today’s Forgiving Fridays: Taking a Blogging Break – I Love You

  1. How absolutely joyous to be having a break and venturing into the glorious unknown. Dancing every step of the way – love the Snoopy quote and the Rumi quote – they dance well together. Loving you! Happy travels.

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  2. We will be here when you return. So go, trust your heart to lead the way and walk in the peace of forgiveness. Sending much love with you dear blogging friend. I look forward to hearing all about it when you are ready to share again.

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  3. All the best to you Debbie as you take the next step in your development, can’t wait to see what is birthed out of it all. I love the idea of “Forgiving Fridays on the Road”


  4. Oh, Debbie, six weeks is not a long break. I do hope that you could feel free and enjoy yourself. You’re courageous to let go and forgive your parents. Enjoy your break and do anything you want for yourself. ❤ 🙂


  5. I’ll miss your posts, Debbie but this sounds like an exciting and cleansing time away. A break from it and you’ll have fun getting things done. Blessings to you during your journey.<3


  6. Dear Deb, Happy Passover! I will miss you but I know that you will return refreshed and invigorated! You are an inspiration to me and a Light unto my pathway! I Love your Blog and your YouTube Videos.

    Just wanted to share my Good News. Sold my first set of Mixed Media Picture/Photo Collages today! The money will enable me to give my brother Stephen Palmer who is the most AweSome AweTism guy in the world an excellent 57th Birthday next month May 3rd. It also helps me as I was injured at work last month and will be out for a short time. Autism and Veterans! Two Great causes. I’m a U.S. Army Veteran. November 1977 to November 1981.

    Receiving that notification from PayPal that I sold some of my artwork lifted my spirits. Now I can truly Sail into Sixty! I will be 60 years young Feb. 2019! I can see a better and greater pathway before me!


    1. Hi!! It’s so great to connect with you again. 🙂 OK, here’s how #ForgivingFridays works.
      1 – Do a post on forgiveness. It can be anything that is meaningful for you. Some people do a poem, others do art, or photography, or a song! Or you can share a story. Whatever feels right inside of you.
      2 – Link your post to my latest blog post. Here’s the link for the #ForgivingFridays I just posted this morning:
      3 – Include #ForgivingFridays in your tags so I can find you.
      4 – That’s it! Oh and you can do the post any day this week up until next Thursday evening.
      Let me know if you have questions. You are welcome to email me at too.


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  7. Hi Debbie, you kindly commented on a FB post of mine today and I realised how much I missed reading you. I’m so happy to hear you’re having a break. It’s so good for the soul and I hope you return refreshed, rejuvenated and with renewed energy. Stay well my dear friend. Sending you love, hugs and peace xo 🙏


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