5 Things I Learned While Writing

I’ve worked on my novel for more than six years. On multiple occasions, I did full stops with writing. Luckily, I didn’t give up and I’ve grown as a person and as a writer. Nearing the end of my revisions, I decided to make a list of some of the most important things I’ve learned as a writer. Writing Is More Work Than You Expect … Continue reading 5 Things I Learned While Writing

A Bit of Thanks

Manners are important. They define you are as a person. It drives me crazy when someone can’t manage a please or thank you. Too often, it’s people who believed their entitled who don’t say so. Whether that’s simply them or a failure on their upbringing, I don’t know. What I do know is if you need something, you don’t demand. You ask and add a … Continue reading A Bit of Thanks

What’s A Little Mess?

Cleaning and organizing was my thing since I was a kid and well into my early twenties. Every thing was vacuumed, wiped down, and dusted frequently. Then I became a mom and all of it seemed pointless. At first, it was okay. My son couldn’t move far on his own yet and I was able to maintain everything as usual. Then he learned to crawl. … Continue reading What’s A Little Mess?

Literacy Lunacy: Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle

Know that I am furious I have not seen the movie to this yet! I missed the opportunity while it was in theaters and I’m still waiting to hear if it’s out on DVD. I read Jeannette Walls’ novel for a class and I’m glad we did because I don’t believe I would have come across it on my own. Before I even finished it, … Continue reading Literacy Lunacy: Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle

Always Worth Celebrating

I was stressed this holiday season (as most are). It really snuck up on me once Thanksgiving was over. I kept telling myself there was more time, but the next thing I know, I was scrambling to get last minute gifts. I swear I’m planning better for next year. Overall, our festivities went quite well. We spend the day before Christmas eve with our closest … Continue reading Always Worth Celebrating

A Favorite Of Mine

What an interesting existence we live when we can have a favorite person the way we have a favorite flavor of ice cream or candy. There are so many people I label as my favorite, in my family or not. There’s my sister, my son, each of my best and closest friends. Being biased, I’ll pick my husband (almost) every time. I mean, why not? … Continue reading A Favorite Of Mine

A Long Life Worth Living

We influence one another every day. I want to say from when we wake up to when we go to sleep, but sometimes we even dream about each other. The things we see our friends post on social media impact us more than we know or believe. To pin point who has made my life worth living is would have to depend on what point … Continue reading A Long Life Worth Living

Graciousness in Bloom

People are complimented so often, we become desensitized to what exactly they’re complimenting us on. A stranger could tell me I have lovely hair or a nice smile or that they found a short story I’d written done extremely well. If I hear it enough, I know a part of my brain will turn it off and I’ll forget about how much people enjoy the … Continue reading Graciousness in Bloom

All You Need Is Joy

Every day is another opportunity to achieve my personal goals. Last night, my husband and I discussed motivation and how to work through slumps when you’re lacking it. While we both agreed it’s your drive to reach the end goal, even when your dead tired and just want to hide in bed all day, I also  believe it’s the little things that people often forget … Continue reading All You Need Is Joy

A Little Bit of Balance Goes A Long Way

There are three things that help keep me balanced: having a routine, talking with my husband, and being mindful of the present. Communication is key to any and every relationship. Without it, everything’s bound to crash and burn. If the relationship/friendship falls apart even though there was an open line of communication, then there was a deeper problem going on. But, that’s not where I’m … Continue reading A Little Bit of Balance Goes A Long Way