Pieces of Me

Three Wishes

In a heartbeat we are here again. The end of September and another year of writing passed. My blog turned three over the weekend. Past blog birthdays have come with some fanfare: a brand new blog design last year and so much excitement the year before that.

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The mood is somewhat different this year. Yes I am excited and happy that my blog is here celebrating another year, a third year, but the fanfare? Well I think the year itself has been a little different, with a lot less fanfare so it is only right this blog celebration follows in the same way.

Today I am using this chance to make three wishes. Three wishes for the blog, my words, me and three wishes for the incredible community who gathers here to read my words. Even in moments when I am not writing and publishing I can still feel the presence of this amazing community and many times it has been a reassuring comfort to know you guys are here. Thank you.

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The first wish is for curiosity. Last year on my blog birthday I wrote about curiosity and today I still believe in those words. Still believe that curiosity can be our saving grace when we feel down or defeated. Curiosity can be what turns an idea into a dream. A fleeting thought in the shower into something real. Even during times when I have felt the road has been too hard and the day too long curiosity has picked me up and danced me around the room, offering me an escape. Curiosity is the hand that turns on imagination and possibility. Curiosity makes my heart feel light even if the moment is only fleeting and the realisation of that curiosity only goes as far as my dreams at night.

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The second wish is for bravery. I have hardly spoken about being brave, here or in real life conversations. But it is something I have been thinking about more and more often lately. I may not have come full circle on what I think bravery is and certainly how it fits into my life. But I know there is a need for it and without bravery it becomes the hesitation in my step. Without bravery it becomes the voice of negativity and comparison. I am not just talking about being brave with my words, our words, but being brave in life. Facing our decisions, their consequences and accepting how it all comes together to paint the picture of who we are. We are always in control of that picture. So I wish to be brave and paint the best picture I can.

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The third wish may be the most important. The third wish is to always speak from the heart. There is no voice, no thought and no opinion more important than the one that comes from the heart. I am not saying it is easy, nor am I saying that we can always hear that voice. But it is the only one we should listen to. The only voice we should allow to guide us. I know when I write I try and find a quiet moment to still the voices in my mind and allow the voice in my heart to take over the words instead. When I do the flow is always better, the feeling of lightness is always there and I feel at peace with who I am.

These are the wishes I have for my blogs third birthday. Three wishes to start the next year with and three wishes to come back to if the road ahead gets a little dark or a little wearisome. These are three wishes for you too.

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Now the love affair I have with books is no secret and a birthday demands some sort of celebration, even if it is only small. So to celebrate my blogs third birthday I am giving away three incredible picture books. The three books pictured in this post will be given away to three readers of this blog.

Lately I have been enjoying picture books more so than novels, finding their message and the peace I gain from reading them more beneficial than a lengthy novel. So these beautiful pop-up picture books will be yours to keep, as a way to escape into a world of curiosity, bravery and a place where the words speak from the heart.

In the comments below please let me know what has been your most favourite blog post in the past three years? Please also let me know which picture book you would like to win?

 

Follow always Josefa on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter – that would be nice. Share this post on your social media – that would be nice too. Leave a comment below even if you don’t want to win a picture book – I would love that the most. This giveaway is not sponsored in any way. It is simply my little way of showing gratitude to you. Thank you continuing to be part of my journey xx

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  • Beautiful words as always, Josefa. I always feel a sense of peace when reading your words. I don’t know what it is. Yours is one of the first blogs I ever followed and I remember emailing you that day that I first started reading to tell you your words in the about us section really resonated with me. You’ve been an incredible support to me and my blog from that day forward, so I thank you. I love your three wishes – especially bravery and heart. I need to keep those close to me also. As for favourite blog posts, there are so many. One that sticks with me is the day your son nearly choked and another when you saw a woman stopped at a rail crossing, but I think my favourite is Maltese Qassatat (I just had to search your blog to find out how to spell it). I’ve loved hearing about your Maltese heritage and traditions over the years and this one doesn’t disappoint. It comes with such a great sense of warmth and belonging. Happy birthday xx

  • I think my fave is a Pieces of Me post “Words always matter”. And I’d love the Wizard of Oz pop up for my grand daughter Lola!
    Happy blogoversary Josefa!
    Mine is just around the corner too … eeeeeeek ….

  • Happy Blog Birthday – 3 years is awesome! And those books are just gorgeous, how are we supposed to choose just one favourite from 3 classics?
    I love all of your posts, they are always so well written and it is a constant joy to come visit your blog. I loved your ‘humanity without borders’ post, possibly because it is front of mind, but it was well said.

  • I loved this post- http://www.alwaysjosefa.com/the-kinnie-club/heart-family-pizza/ Because not only did it make me drool but also painted a lovely picture of your family 🙂 These books look utterly amazing- works of art!

  • Rebecca Bowyer

    Three years? Wow time flies! Congratulations. And yes, I think curiosity is essential for a fulfilled life. #TeamIBOT

  • Natalie @ Our Parallel Connect

    Congrats on 3 years – mine is coming up later this year too. Some days/weeks and even months are easier than others when it comes to blogging… I’m in a good place at the moment.. lets hope it lasts.

  • Happy bloggy birthday 🙂

  • writeofthemiddle

    Happy blogiversary Josefa! On 12 September it was 3 years that I have been blogging too. However, my current blog is not quite 12 months old yet. I can’t think of a favourite post of yours, however I can say that I always enjoy reading your posts. You most definitely write with heart and I feel a sense of peace when I read your words. There’s a lovely aura around what you create here. Which picture book would I like to win? Wow – any of them really but if I were to choose one – probably Alice in Wonderland. 🙂 xo

  • Lovely post and what a nice way of celebrating your blogging anniversary. I love any post which is heartfelt and that’s something you do beautifully.

    I don’t have kids, so not entering the comp but wanted to say happy bloggiversary (hmm… not sure how to spell that!!) anyway!

  • Such a fabulous Birthday post Josefa. Those picture books look delightful and are a great prize for your third Blogaversary. The blogpost that I liked the most was one you wrote a couple of years ago about conversations with a mirror. To be honest I enjoy all your posts!

  • I won’t enter the giveaway but wanted to celebrate with you and say congrats on three years xxx

  • Happy bloody birthday Josefa.
    Picking a favourite post of yours seems impossible. There are so many beautiful ones. xx

  • TiarePrincess

    Happy 3rd Birthday Always Josefa xx My favourite blog post this year is from January – Conversations with a Teenager because 17 years later I too need to reconnect with her. And I like really really really need to win the Wizard of Oz pop up as my daughter and I are obsessed with anything OZ! So big hugs and kisses from both of us XOX 😉

    • Congratulations you have won The Wizard of Oz book!

      • TiarePrincess

        Thanks very much Josefa! We are so excited- what a lovely book for our collection! xox

  • Happy 3rd Blogiversary Josefa. Your words are always honest and heartfelt, the reason I come here. I can’t choose a favourite post, as your writing is always so beautiful. xx

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  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    I love your three wishes – all so important. You’re so right – the fact that you speak from the heart is why your blog is so authentic and relatable. Cant wait for your next blogging birthday!

  • Congratulations on making three years.

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