I just got back from a Pilgrimage in Italy, and I’m in the process of writing about my experience. However, there is one observation I wanted to share now. . . It is about our pilgrimage leader, Sister Joanne. Sister Joanne is a positive and dynamic ball of energy who led our trip. At 75, … Continue reading Living Closer to Free
Do we have any cross stitchers out there? I am not one, nor have I ever cross stitched (it involves more tedious patience than I am equipped with). HOWEVER, I have watched others cross stitch and I know what happens when they do. The backside is a mess. It is mangled with unorderly thread and … Continue reading A Frontside Perspective
As I was driving to work this morning, the sun was intensely bright, so much that traffic was backed up from it. I said to myself, "We haven't had sun like this in the morning for a while---where the sun is so bright that you can feel its warmth and the prelude to spring. Rather … Continue reading Here Comes the Sun
"It is easy enough to be pleasant when life flows by like a song, but the man worthwhile is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong." My grandmother wrote this to me I was twelve (she’s not the author, but she put this in a card when I had to spend three … Continue reading Focus Series: Fueling Up
I am so far from perfect . . . And sometimes I slip up and do something that proves this fact. Where is that re-wind and re-do button when you need it? Sadly, there are no mulligans in life. And when I mess up like this, I am horrible to myself . . . I … Continue reading Be a Goldfish
Writing doesn’t always mean writing. Not in the typing away at the keyboard, sense. Sometimes, it means stopping to reposition. It may mean mulling things over and figuring out certain specifics—background information on your characters, plot points, pathways, and resolutions. Learn what to do when this step is necessary.
How easy would it be if we all had magic wands? If only we could simply wave that bad boy and have everything that we wanted done, done. My head is always overflowing with things needing to be tackled, but there just doesn't seem to be enough time. Does this sound familiar? If you are … Continue reading How to Write a Book (or Pursue Your Goals) While Working Full Time
Today’s stream of consciousness writing—when I feel the need to start writing, but not sure exactly what it will be about. I allow the words to come without editing. The following was written after I had been thinking about the whole creative process: The words you write don’t always have to make sense to you; sometimes … Continue reading Just Write
I took a short, but very sweet trip to Colorado—God’s country. The fresh air, babbling brooks, mountain ranges, magnificent red rocks and boulders transported me to a place of simplicity. The grandeur of it all reminded me of our insignificance in the grand scheme of life and it left me feeling humbled and refreshed. It … Continue reading How to Get Back to Your Ted Lasso-Self
To Thine Own Self Be True. . . I woke up to those words, plastered on my self-conscious. I get a lot of my story ideas, plot points, and “morning musings” when I first wake up. Sometimes, they come because I’ve gone to bed mulling over a story idea and I’m hoping for some Theta-induced … Continue reading To Thine Own Self Be True
It's Monday. Deep breath. I don't know about you but Mondays make me anxious. It's the start of the new week with work (and more work) and deadlines (and more deadlines) awaiting. There are several things, however, that I've recently initiated that have helped me with my work-week anxiety. One is establishing a wellness nighttime … Continue reading Incorporate a Wellness Nighttime Routine
Mistakes happen. That is how we learn. That is, if we CHOOSE to learn rather than dwell on our failure. It really is that simple.