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So I watched the movie Finding Forrester again this past weekend, because it’s just that good. And you guys, I thought about you so much during the movie! I know that sounds weird, but I forgot how much the movie is about great writing.

Like this quote, for example:

[Tweet “”You must write your first draft with your heart.” ~ from the movie, Finding Forrester”]

How could I hear that and not think of you?! I mean, that should be our Five Minute Friday motto, don’t you think? Of course, we only have first drafts up in this place. No editing, no re-writes, no backtracks. Five minutes. From the heart. That’s what it’s all about.

And speaking of what we’re all about, I can’t forget to mention our fabulous Five Minute Friday founder, Lisa-Jo Baker. Did you guys hear where she is right now?? She’s in South Africa!! I’m so excited for her (and yes, more than a little jealous). Catch all of the details about her amazing trip by clicking here.

If you missed last week, you might want to click back over here to check out the video where Asheritah and I announce a new series happening here at Five Minute Friday. It’s called FMF Introductions, and we’re (ahem, Asheritah) is going to be interviewing various FMF participants and sharing the videos with us here, in the regular weekly link-ups!

So fun, hey?

This week I’m thrilled to have Kaitlyn Bouchillon with us on video. Kaitlyn is the amazingly organized coordinator of FMF Snail Mail (a.k.a. #fmfpartysnailmail). And if you haven’t heard, Round 5 is starting soon!


Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Bouchillon

Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Bouchillon


Click here to sign up. And hurry! Registration closes at midnight on Friday, January 16th.

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Rumor has it that over 100 women have already signed up! Incredible, hey?

I participated in the mini-Christmas round of #fmfpartysnailmail that happened in December. It was SO much fun to get real-life cards in the mail! If you haven’t signed up yet, I highly recommend it. All the info can be found by clicking here.

Here are a few details about Kaitlyn before you watch the video:

kait5-1Kaitlyn Bouchillon is a 22-year-old college student, friend, and writer. She loves words, believes in the power of story, and is addicted to both coffee and queso. It’s a little bit of a problem. She’s the VA for Holley Gerth, a contributor at More To Be, and is frequently found on social media making sassy comments. You’ll find her writing at: http://kaitlynbouchillon.com

Without further ado, here’s Asheritah from OneThingAlone.com interviewing Kaitlyn, just for us!

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If you’re reading this in your e-mail and can’t see the video, click here.

Wasn’t that so great? And don’t you think that Kaitlyn is already rockin’ the Southern accent? I could totally hear it.

After you settle down from all that excitement, set your timers and let’s write.

This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:

Send 2


Deep breath .. and .. GO.

The thing is, you just never know when your words are going to make an impact. The only time they’re guaranteed not to is when you don’t say them out loud. When you don’t write them down. When you don’t share them. Now, don’t get me wrong. There is most definitely a time to keep silent, to hold one’s tongue. To keep the words inside.

But when it comes to encouragement, we can’t go wrong.

We’ll never regret giving too many words of encouragement.

We’ll never wish we didn’t send that “Thinking of You” card.

We’ll never get to the end of the day and say, “Oh, I shouldn’t have sent that text to tell her I prayed for her.”

Usually I get to the end of the day and think to myself, “Oh shucks, I meant to text so-and-so. I meant to call to check on this friend. I meant to send her a sympathy card. Maybe tomorrow.”

I heard this verse at our church prayer meeting last night:

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
    when it is in your power to act.” ~ Proverbs 3:27

Don’t you think that can apply to words as well?

Let’s spread kindness generously. Go wild with encouragement.

If you have words that do good, send them.




Now it’s your turn! Link up your five minutes of writing on the word SEND below.

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