Testing 1,2,3

Hello. Anybody out there?  I’ve been away from my writing far too long. The thought of this has been pawing at the back of my brain along with the growing list of guilts and anxieties regarding my well intentioned tasks–cleaning my house, visiting my brother, spending more time with my kids, not getting enough exercise. They jockey for position in my head like a kindle of thirsty kittens trying to drink from their mother.

When I was a kid my mother would sometime say, “Keep your thoughts to yourself.” A way of  trying to teach me to have a filter, I suppose–those who know me well, know that it obviously didn’t work. But that is what I have been doing lately. I have been walking around with thoughts, large and small. I’ve had great intentions of putting them down on paper but at the end of the day I fall into bed exhausted and tell myself that tomorrow I will get to it.

As every day passes it becomes more and more difficult to sit in this chair and write. But today I will start slow. Like when I have been away from running too long, I start back up by running a mile or two, ease into it.

Much has happened to me and around me in the last 6 months which I would like to share with you.

But first I need to know if you are still out there.  Let me know. Because I have a lot to say….

About francesbarrie

Cancer survivor,mom,triathlete,writer,jewelry maker, baker. Staying happy and healthy,living life and enjoying it one moment at a time.
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21 Responses to Testing 1,2,3

  1. lifeofkaren says:

    We have been waiting for you, nice of you to show up! LOL

  2. Amy says:

    always here!!

  3. Don Twomey says:

    I’m still here, Frances, and you’re a very nice girl.

  4. Alici says:

    Bring it on sister! I can relate. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Sarah says:

    I’m here, too! I thought about you & your friend with my twin bike when I registered for the PMC again this year. We never met up at MMA, but I’m still loving my earrings 🙂 Thank you for your post….you put my same pulled-in-too-many directions reality into words in an honest & eloquent manner. Hope you are well & will be riding again this year! Peace. Sarah

  6. Jane says:

    Can’t wait!

  7. Nancy says:

    I’m definitely listening and anxious to hear all about what’s happening in your life….

  8. sjbrody says:

    mic check, mic check. yup. you’re there, we’re here, let’s go.

  9. We’ve never met, but somehow I stumbled onto your blog more than a year ago, probably in connection with supporting another rider in the PanMass Challenge. I once responded to a post of yours by calling you “kickass”, which, you said you liked. I subscribe to your blog by email, and read every post. At the time you were reconstructing your life after your separation/divorce, I was watching my life spiral into disarray. My husband committed suicide this past July, and I’ve been writing about my recovery from that since September. My most recent post involves lessons learned while riding my bike… feel free to check it out and laugh. (If you’ve potty-trained boys, you’ll get the joke in the title.) rideofthevalkyries.blogspot.com

    Meanwhile… KEEP WRITING!! You have readers, including those you’ve never met.

  10. Cotter Family says:

    Fran, I am here!!!


    Sent from my iPad

  11. Marianne says:

    Your mother might have been wrong — please don’t keep your thoughts to yourself. And, my mother, grandmothers and aunts all gave me the same advice. But I tell my son to express himself!

  12. Brody thinks the reference to kittens is your way of saying you love him… let me know. He has a kindle, too. We’re standing by.

  13. Linda says:

    I’m here and will pass this along to my friend Judy who last week asked me if you were still writing!!

  14. peg says:

    Never left Fran. Still here.

  15. mgkane@mac.com says:

    I’m still here and listening, thanks Fran.

  16. Connie says:

    I am here!! Always a little slow to reply but I am here 🙂

  17. Judy F. says:

    You’re very talented. Keep writing. Have you ever thought about writing a book?.

  18. Julie says:

    Hello again! ‘Please sir…I wnat some more’!

  19. carladag@verizon.net says:

    Hi Fran, Sending this from my new email. Hope all is well….Started working with Connie

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