open invitation no. 29: shed all the shoulds

Be true to you.

There is no one in the world like you, and you are just the way you should be. When the year piles up, sometimes it can weigh us down and be heavy on our shoulders. It’s easy to think we should be different than we are. Take time today to shed all the shoulds, and relish in being you.


Open your blog and write a post. Just write.


Reply to this post, jot a note and paste your URL.


Pop around and visit some other blogs. Leave a comment about the ideas or the craft…encourage and soak up the magic that will find you.

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Use one of these images so we can find each other…and you can invite others to share their stories with us!

Offer an invitation to others.

I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic

Published by Ruth Ayres

Unhurried. Finding the magic in the middle of living. Capturing a life of ridiculous grace + raw stories.

25 thoughts on “open invitation no. 29: shed all the shoulds

  1. At first it may not seem like I followed the prompt. To be fair, I didn’t actually read it before writing. BUT, it was better that way, because then Ruth’s prompt was more affirmation than prompt!

    I was inspired by Julie — to write about books. Thing is I don’t read nearly as many books as she does. But I do read a lot of picture books! And I love them! They are fantabulous, fun, inspiring, and all around great. So I decided I’d embrace me — the relentlessly positive kindergarten teacher, and share one of my new favorite picture books.

    Hope you enjoy my post, and the piece of PIE 😀

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