Creativity, Healthy Habits, My Blog, Positivity, Productivity

52 Weeks of Healthy Habits

Listed below are 52 Healthy Habits. The idea is to practice ONE Healthy Habit a week by building it into your daily routine. Then, you are to add another Healthy Habit the next week, and then another the next . . .

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Writing’s Most Important Success Factor

It has been a while since I’ve worked on my blog. Life got hectic and I allowed excuses to dominate. Looking back, I realized it was actually fear that was dominating. After months of consistent writing and posting, I had put on the brakes. This was right around the time that I had announced to my… Continue reading Writing’s Most Important Success Factor

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The Art of Listening to YOU

Life does not come with a guide book.  It is filled with choices and the need to make decisions.  Should you take that new job offer? Is the person you’re dating really right for you?  Should you move into that new house? Don’t you wish someone could just TELL YOU EXACTLY what you were supposed… Continue reading The Art of Listening to YOU

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Lunch Salads Made in Advance

What should I eat for . . .lunch? I will be honest: I am not the best at bringing my lunch to work. I should be. It would save me a lot of money, calories, and angst in deciding what to eat each day. Some weeks I am diligent and bring lunch to work; other weeks… Continue reading Lunch Salads Made in Advance

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Stop It: How to Get Unstuck

It's been a while since I've updated this blog.  For many reasons . . . Time constraints. Sickness. More time constraints. The longer I was away from the writing, the easier it was not to write. The easier it was to lose my vision (or rather my belief in that vision).  In simple terms, I… Continue reading Stop It: How to Get Unstuck

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Trust the Process

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.        - Robert Collier I have big goals this year, and I have to admit: I am struggling with the process—the process of getting this blog off the ground, writing the sequel to my book, and getting fit. The process… Continue reading Trust the Process

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Saving Money with Meal and Grocery Planning

"Do you feed your kids?"   I was at a family gathering a few weeks ago when my sister in-law asked me this. We were discussing grocery shopping and how much we spend each week.  My sister in-law gasped when I told her how much I spend; she said she spends twice as much, with my… Continue reading Saving Money with Meal and Grocery Planning

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Trust Each Step

New England Patriot's Jacoby Brisett just wrote a beautiful letter to Obama after his trip to the White House.  He wrote about Obama blazing a trail for him to follow.  His posting was so genuine, inspiring, and heartfelt---I felt compelled to check out his Twitter feed which led me to this image (posted from him… Continue reading Trust Each Step

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Getting Back to Fiction

April 19, 2017 I have learned from first-hand experience that writing is indeed a muscle. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Alternatively, when you get away from writing -- well -- it (like exercise) becomes quite difficult to pick back up. I wrote my first book, Marianna Mestre: Nothing’s As It Seems (Volume 1), and published it exactly… Continue reading Getting Back to Fiction

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Party Games and a Bag Full of Fun!

Looking for a low-key and easy-to-plan birthday party idea for your child? I certainly was this winter when my boys had their birthdays. Out of smart planning (cough, cough) I mean desperation (if I am being honest), I came up with the following party idea: Get a bag full of prizes, plan a bunch of… Continue reading Party Games and a Bag Full of Fun!

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Cooking Tools That I Can’t Live Without

Cooking is not my forte. To be honest, I hate cooking. For me, it is a necessity--a means to an end.  In the corresponding post, One Hour--Seven Dinners, I describe the plan that has literally eliminated a lot of stress in our household: Pre-Cooking or what I like to call Power Cooking.  This is when I plan… Continue reading Cooking Tools That I Can’t Live Without