Two books to kick off your best year yet!

This Christmas, my brother and I participated in a very 21st century version of the ritualistic exchanging of Christmas lists by sharing our Amazon shopping lists. Correction, I exchanged with him a modified Amazon shopping list because my actual wish list includes the shampoo I regularly reorder and at least 16 things I’m saving for…

Pick up a pen and write something

A friend recently shared the Writing Contest: You are enough with me on social media. As a blogger, I’m always looking for new thoughts and ideas to share with my readers. But readers, hear what I have to say today. I love and appreciate you as a audience, but today, it’s time for you to pick up…

Quick quotes, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend

It’s time to throw yourself a party! A big spectacular party with a theme, and decor, and a nice meal, and a good bottle of wine. If you 4th of July barbecued this week, that kind of counts. But my guess is if you worked on Thursday, that Wednesday started to feel like a letdown!…

The right fit, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend

About a week ago, I took my wedding/engagement set into the jewelers to have them look at it for maintenance. It’s a white gold ring, so it occasionally needs to be replated in rhodium to keep it look vibrant and sparkly. The back of my ring has become so worn the last few years, that…

Getting published and our quest for validation

Fill in the blank… I am a______________________________________________________. (And be nice to yourself about it! This is a post about validation.) I am a writer. This is an innate truth about myself that I have always known. I love to write. I have always loved to write. As a kid, I wrote stories in booklets my parents…

thINK about it: Can you accept your greatest compliment?

Good morning and good Monday! Think of the nicest thing anyone has ever said about you. Think of who said it, and what the occasion was in which they said it. And then ask yourself, in that moment, did you believe that it was true? I am inherently bad at accepting compliments. I tend to…

Monday Mantras

I’m not a morning person, and I’m not a Monday person, and this is the hardest Monday of the entire year! This is the first Monday back to work after summer vacation, and that, my friends, is a BIG slap of reality in the face. Though I will suffer through this Monday with the rest…