Happy Halloween!

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by Rita H. Azar on October 30, 2014

Bonjour! 

Back in Canada, I used to love doing Halloween.  My mother and I would dress up  and open the door to the children.  It was always an exciting night.

I do miss the spooky spirit of this celebration.  Since living in Australia, every year I debate if I should carve a pumpkin and keep my lights on hoping some children will come trick-or-treating.  I should mention for the non-Australian readers that Halloween is not usually celebrated in Australia.  Only a few people decorate their houses and send their children fetching for candies.

This year, I have finally decided to do it.  I have teamed up with some neighbours and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow night.  I have to say, I love the look of our carved pumpkin (I found the stencil for the face here.)

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First and most boring step, cleaning out the pumpkin from its seeds.

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Hubby took over the task of carving the pumpkin. It was a first for him!

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I think he did a great job!

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I kept the pumpkin seeds aside and roasted them with a little bit of salt.

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Delicious!

Happy Halloween everyone! 

Are you celebrating Halloween?

Au revoir! 

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The magic of blogging

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by Rita H. Azar on October 27, 2014

Bonjour! 

I called this post the magic of blogging because there is one thing that all bloggers will agree on: blogging gives the tools to discover what you really want to do and the courage to follow your dreams.

When I was in the process of starting this blog I asked myself the million dollar question: What am I going to blog about?

Deep down inside, I knew I wanted a personal blog with a focus on writing.  But, I was scared.  There was a voice in my head that kept saying I was not a writer.  So the blog took a different focus.

But, with blogging, I realised that I could not escape my dreams.  I’m now back to my first love, words.  Reading them, writing them, shaping them into beautiful, sad, fantastic, heartbreaking stories.

In more than two years I have seen it with so many bloggers.  They start small and they grow into the person they really want to be.  It’s amazing and so inspiring.  Blogging gives them the courage to start their business, to register in that course, to meet people, to write that book…  Blogging helps them to get out of their comfort zone and to plunge into the unknown in order to rediscover themselves.

Blogging has given me a voice, it has given me confidence in my writing.  But, most of all, it has given me the assurance to call myself a writer and follow my dream of being a published author.  It takes time and perseverance but I will get there.

The changes I have made today make the blog clearer on its direction; crafting stories, living abroad.  I love the typewriter and the cleaner look.

I’m also repossessing my middle name, I have changed all my social media.  I’m only waiting for Facebook to change the name of my page.

I hope you will continue to follow my journey.

Thank you so much for being here and for your support.

Any suggestions on the look of the blog are more than welcome.

Have you ever thought of starting a blog?

What did blogging helped you to accomplish?

Au revoir! 

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