Yes, I bet we all can’t believe it’s the end of the year, and already time for the December Linkup! The pandemic and the unpredictability of it all have made it a long, drawn out year. Yet at the same time, that mundaneness also becomes a blur and before you know it, you are living a different ‘normal’. Sounds familiar, my fellow spoonies?
My apologies for getting the prompts out late this month. The Chronic Illness Christmas Giveaway really took up all my blogging energy, and I ran into a massive pain flare as a result. (You can join in the Giveaway here, too!) I even missed the November prompts, when I had quite a bit to write about! But it was all worth it; I truly hope that you enjoy the fun and games, and win a little gift along the way to make you smile! I’ll share about it more in my own December Linkup entry 🙂
So let’s take a look at the writing prompts for the December Linkup, which you can find below! Have fun with them, and have a safe, warm and comforting season. Sending good thoughts from me to you x
December Awareness Dates
Seems like the festivities ate most of the awareness dates for December 🙁
- World AIDS Day (01 December)
- Human Rights Day (10 December)
- National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month (3D)
*Note: This is not a comprehensive list. Let me know if I missed anything out and I’ll add it in!
What The December Linkup is About & How to Participate
The linkups are a monthly get together for anyone with chronic illnesses. An opportunity to share, to listen, and to learn from one another through shared writing prompts. I also think it’s a great way to provide insight into life with chronic pain, from many different points of view.
All you have to do is write a short excerpt for at least three of the listed prompts, and publish it on your blog. Then click on the blue ‘Add Link’ button below to add your blog entry here. Voilà, you’re now part of the party!
A Few Simple Rules for the December Linkup
- Only one link submission per website.
- Do comment on at least two other blog posts in this December linkup if you participate. Helping to spread the word on your social media is always appreciated, but not required.
- Linkups start on the first of every month. There will be five different writing prompts. It will close at the end of each month before midnight. All timings listed are in Singapore time (+8 GMT).
- Pick at least three of the writing prompts to write about. Five is best, of course! 😉
- We also ask that you share this main link to at least one of your social media outlets within the same month.
- Failure to follow these rules might get you blacklisted from future linkups. Let’s keep it fair for all 🙂
Writing Prompts for the December Linkup
Has it been an exhausting day, month, year, life for you? Or perhaps you find someone, a pet or something exhausting (like the ongoing pandemic…). Perhaps you are exhausting your supplies, savings, energy, patience, etc and reaching a boiling point. You might live with chronic fatigue, and find even the simplest everyday activities exhausting.
Do you find the festive season exciting? What about it excites you the most? Or perhaps you find a new venture, the arrival of the new year soon, a new hobby or project exciting. It could even be a game (traditional or digital!), or even blogging. Perhaps you are learning something new, whatever it is, and that excites you. You could even be excited about something in the distant future, or promising gains in your health or wellness.
Yes I know, it’s tough to socialise, especially for this entire year. But what workarounds have you found, or plan to use for Christmas (if you celebrate), or in general? You could possibly be socialising with only your immediate family, which includes your pets. Perhaps you have found some interesting research on socialising and its impact, especially with all that’s gone down in 2020. Or maybe you’re just pissed off at all the Covidiots out there, socialising freely without giving a damn about the health of anyone around them, including their own loved ones.
Tis’ the season for indulging…or is it? Do you or do you not indulge yourself a little during the holiday season? (I know I do…or perhaps I indulge myself all the time *ahem*.) If you do indulge, what boundaries do you set for yourself? If you don’t, what prevents you from doing so? You could also be indulging a loved one, a child, a pet, or even your dreams and hopes.
You could literally be cutting paper and making cards for Christmas, or have sliced yourself somehow. You could be cutting a cake, turkey, or other foodstuff. You could also be deciding to cut out toxic people from your life, or choosing to cut back on all the negativity on social media or the news. You could be cutting back on sugar, oil, or other ingredients and edibles, and chemical products. You could be deciding to cut down on working hours or nipping bad habits, or even cutting to the chase of something…
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