A Personal Update and a Poem: What’s Been Going on & Italian Sonnets –“The Race’s End” #poetry #amwriting #life #nonfiction 

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I feel like I’ve been distant on here lately. But sometimes you need a break from the usual. I have always found it easy to pull a lot of inspiration from myself and those around me. From past experiences and from my friends and events around the world. Christianity too can be something encouraging as well as a vivid imagination.

I have been trying my hand at some freelancing but it’s been a lot of effort. It saddens me to see how little a writer’s words are worth be they for blog, article, or essay. But at least where I am now pays a better than where I started at which was doing short pieces of writing for experience only. So I have been trying to do some other writing as well as blogging. Some days it’s works and others not so much. I know I’ve had to cut back on my prompts recently so my blog schedule will be based on how much I have to do each week for freelancing. I’m not earning much of a thing but at least I feel like I’m contributing a bit more and learning new ideas.

I also continue to look for and submit poetry and some short story fiction to some different sites and magazines as well as edit my novel when I’m able to focus on a couple of chapters at a time. If anyone enjoys writing and is interested in being a beta reader for a paranormal romance please let me know. I would appreciate your opinions very much. My book is on Wattpad so you’d have to read it in their, but it has an app and allows a person to comment on each chapter after they’ve read it. Or you can go to the site on your computer HERE. Just check it out and if you’re interested in reading my book, let me know in the comment section below. I appreciate it! 💕❤ My user name is @mandibelle16

One thing I love about writing is that I am always acquiring more knowledge. Recently, I have been doing more academic writing and I have been relearning citation and rules for academia. At the same time I think about my novel and my other creative writing in the back of my mind, finding distance has given me a better perspective on my plots, characters, and stories.

Also sometimes watching your favourite TV or Netflix programs, reading books, and walking outside in the warmer weather we’ve been having, makes one feel well and helps me think things through and visit different angles. “Suits” is an excellent and entertaining legal drama if anyone’s interested in watching the seasons on Netflix. As I’m going through my own case right now, it drew me in but its characters are witty, charming, and funny except for the character of Louis. But you have to hand it to the actor, he does a superb job of being slimy and repulsing lol.

Additionally, I’ve also been drawing, working on portraits, and colouring using various mediums. Art very much  inspires me so it’s been fun to play around with that a while. I’m also working on a few technical glitches with my blog and the WordPress app, trying to figure some of those things out as well. I do want to make some changes to my blog. It’s only a matter of sitting down, figuring them out in the little time I have concentration well enough — along with everything else — and then doing those changes. Eventually, I’ll figure it out 🙂

As well, I’ve been working on my health. This year I have tried to learn a more basic healthy recipes and I’ve researched my health condition a bit more. I’m doing this 5:2 Diet which means five days a week you eat how many calories you would eat for your body and amount you exercise. It’s recommended for CFS/ME patients as medication can cause significant gain.  As I can do little beyond a small walk now and then and some weight loss yoga, I eat just over sixteen hundred calories a day but of course a woman who exercised more or was just out and about more would eat around two thousand calories or more on a normal day.

On a side note: I so recommend an online subscription to Gaia if you can’t make it to yoga classes at the gym always. They have all different levels and lengths of workouts. From beginner to difficult yoga of all types, to Pilates videos, meditation and breathing videos, and short little videos that relieve back or neck pain in around ten minutes which I love. Everyday new videos are added and you there is such an array of options that it is so worth the subscription about $13.00 (in Canadian currency)/month and I think anywhere from about $7.00 to $9.00 US depending on your subscription.

Anyways, two days a week on the 5:2 Diet, you choose which days you eat only 500 calories as a woman and only 600 if you’re a man. Once you get into it, it’s not so bad and you learn what foods are filling and healthy to eat. I haven’t been able to drop to five hundred calories but about to 600 on fast days. I do yoga of twenty to twenty-five minutes for two and sometimes three days a week and I’ve been able to lose what the diet promises, about a pound a week. So for me after three weeks, three pounds and today was the first time I noticed my clothes fitting better. That’s my hope honestly, for my clothing that I own and like a lot, to fit well. Also, to be able to continue purchasing future clothing in regular sizing. (P.S. I have plans for some spring fashion and makeup blogs so we’ll see how things go later!!).
Once a person gets to their ideal weight on the 5:2 Diet, they can keep fasting two days a week or drop to one day a week to maintain. Out of all the programs/diets I’ve tried I love that this is safe weightless and healthy because it’s four or five pounds a month and about making choices to eat better and to exercise instead just for a little bit at a time.

You don’t receive that instant ‘wow factor’ as fast-diets promise but I believe this is healthier for you because it takes place over months and is doable for ‘life.’ If you mess up, choose another day that week to fast and after the first week you honestly are used to the fasts for the two days. Two days are easier than dieting for an entire week all the time.

I didn’t think it would work as I had read about it before with caution. However, the plan worked for a family member first who showed my some YouTube videos on it and they were quite convincing. He has lost the weight and maitained his level of exercise. So something to check out if you’re interested. I borrowed the book from the library and it’s a simple diet to be sure.

Also, I’m afraid my biweekly interview is going to be a day or two late this week as I’ve got to finish a project first. So apologies there. As for my lack of writing and commenting, I will do as much as I’m able.

So without further ado, here’s a poem I wrote a while back. It’s comforting but also sad. It’s based around, knowing a loved one is facing the end. It’s difficult for the person and their loved ones, but at the same time, relief because that person will never feel pain again in Heaven.

Thanks for reading!


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” I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” – 1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV)


One last mile, one more Christmas comes to pass,
Praying for ages, memories and lifetimes.
The quicksand buries, but light still yet shines,

A beacon, slowly immersed — death’s paid wrath,

We don’t know how long the present will last.

Keep wide the door, heaven’s gate you’ll enter,

All time converges, earth isn’t center.

We’re a blip, nothing’s linear, we’re the past;

Before glory, laud, and honour shown,

Is to God, in our eternal rest and home.

Someday you’ll go, tears mark your finish line,

But these days you run, pray you’re unconfined;

To be free of your burdens, what you dread,

Your time with us not taken — not the end.


You’ve run the race my friend, endured the course,

And all our memories are so dear, of your face —

Brightly lit, your smile, a fighter’s proud grace.

You kept it up, as long as you could, and would —

Have had a runner’s chance, enduring pain, stood —

Humbled but kept striding in all you faced.

Every hill with vision, pose, setting your pace;

Life, your race, needed winning; without fear —

Embrace the end engaged; approaching so near,

Throw yourself into battle you’ve waged,

Never to be a victor, not to be caged;

Instead found eternal rest, your end page,

Last word fin, your Lord called: “Come home dear one.”


©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved.


10 thoughts on “A Personal Update and a Poem: What’s Been Going on & Italian Sonnets –“The Race’s End” #poetry #amwriting #life #nonfiction ”

  1. your words have always been soothing, soft and gentle, even when you are in pain yourself, your sharing is amazingly not about you at all! But about being a good person with everything that life is pushing on to her. I wish I could just reach out and give you real hugs across the miles, (( hugs))! Lovely to catch up on what you have been up to and your plans for the future. I see that you do things in small increments and look for small victories and this is the beauty of you, don’t stop seeing the joy in everyday miracles. Life can be so enriching when you do so. I myself have been through some really really tough financial times but never thought to use that as a reason to celebrate life any less each day, my kids today thank me for being happy even when we did not have much to celebrate about, they are happy today that I was always able to make them see the bright side of life all the time. And this is what you do, you write about the stuff you are going through but there is much passion for life between the lines. thank you for sharing sweet lady!

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    1. SingleDust you see right through me at times and it’s alarming lol because few people do and you do even in my writing. So thank you. I do try to put a positive spin on things and look for the bright side and figure out how my difficulties can help others and encourage them. My Mom has always been positive and I have a great mentor in writing my Godfather Uncle B who is an amazing writer himself and has really taught me how to bring hope out of every situation. He inspires me and his is and my Aunts house is honestly one of the only other places besides where I live, that I feel immediately at home in.

      I think you have to hope and have faith, it’s what drives us and helps us from being depressed ‘hope stings eternal.’ As well, you are right about how I do things in increments. That’s the best way to do it 🙂 When I first became ill almost ten-years ago and came out of the hospital my Mom told me that I had to find ways to entertain myself and all I had to do was take things one day at a time. It’s some of the best advice I ever received.

      I’m sorry you went through a financial dry spell with your kids and I’m glad your kids were/are uplifting and tried to make you feel better and not worry. I know right now, it’s for only a year it just turned out to be an expensive year with three weddings and needing some clothes a size up. But I’ve been doing it and every little bit helps. It’s a good lesson, teaches you that something’s you think you need, you don’t. Growing up until High School began, we didn’t have a lot of money and things were easier when My Mom started working in grade 9 or 10. When we were little they were quite poor. But now they make good wages and have lots saved for retirement and are travelling so things work out I remember and it’s good to know how it is to be without because then you are grateful for what you have.

      You sound like a wonderful mom by the way and your kids are very lucky to have you.
      You are right, we have to passionate about some things in life 🙂

      Enjoy your Sunday. I look forward to reading some more of your work my friend . 😊🤗

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      1. you write beautifully Mandi sweetheart and the words touch me so the response just wrote itself. You touch more lives than you know with your writing. Lovely to know that things are better now for your parents and family, good people do last, just take a while getting there, but they inspire and nurture a generation of good people in the process. Thank you for your kind words too, I am not perfect and just try my best especially when it comes to my kids. Thank you for supporting my writing too!

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  2. Hi Mandi, thank you for updating us and bringing us into your world again. I have to add, (and truthfully too, not just superficial), you are one of the most creative bloggers I know. In the sense, you could write numerous different creative stories and poems all within a short span of time. I honestly do marvel how you do it. All the best with your freelancing and dieting too,

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words Ameena. My goal is pretty much to jam as much in as possible when I’m feeling fantastic. At my best I can do three or four poems/pieces of flash fiction or a freelance article essay perhaps in rough draft with sources. But then next day comes and I can only do one piece or not one. Or I know the one I did will be thoroughly edited the next day. Thanks so much Ameena so far things are going okay so I hope they continue 🙂 The trick is remaining positive when things aren’t okay. Right? 😊🤗💕


  3. Sounds like you are doing great with your writing. Being able to freelance plus blog and earn a little with it, all wonderful things!
    Was good seeing into your life a little. Wishing you great things with your writing and your health!
    Good poem!

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    1. Thanks so much JR. The freelance is slowly coming. Funny enough, doing it for just a few hours a week is difficult. I’ve had to turn down positions that were full time or even full part time because it’s just too much. Other times someone wants a 400 word article, no mistakes, with sources and all for $10.00, 20 percent of which the freelance site takes so that can be frustrating lol. Day by day. Just want enough extra $ so I can shop now and then and afford the three weddings I have this summer — you know a dress to wear, shoes, and gifts for the couple. Thank goodness I covered shower gifts way ahead of time (at Christmas)! Thanks for your kind words. 🙂


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