Acts of Bravery: A Year in Review

You know those years that turn out nothing like you planned? Certainly not how you hoped.

That sums up my 2017.

Can I get a do-over?

I asked, and Father Time said “no”. The jerk. … More Acts of Bravery: A Year in Review

No Going Back

As a bright-eyed and fairy tale-dreamer bride, I wanted one thing—to give my kids a sense of permanency, a sense of belonging to a place, to a community. Better yet, I wanted them to grow up and get married and bring their children and their grandchildren to our family home.

Think Father of the Bride circa 1991.

But this is life and not a dream. Things rarely work out the way we plan. … More No Going Back

Excuse Me. You Diagnosed Me With What?

You know those moments? The ones that alter your perspective so totally that your life is irrevocably changed?

I had one of those a few weeks ago.

Let me set the stage.

If you kept up with my Acts of Bravery challenge—one brave act every day—then you know I’ve had some health issues. Health issues I believed to be related to celiac disease. I’d tried everything to keep it under control—diet, exercise, mentally beating myself up—short of going to the doctor. But after another flare up so severe I missed my kids’ robotics tournament (my son’s last before he graduated high school) lying in bed with screaming gut pain, I realized I needed an expert’s help. … More Excuse Me. You Diagnosed Me With What?

Acts of Bravery Guest Post: Kicking Up Change

“Constant change is here to stay,” an oft quoted and long displayed sign in my life.

But I prefer the ​stay and not the change. The ​tried and true versus the new. The carefully calm as opposed to adventurous.

And I contemplate this as I careen headlong, and far too fast, into the intersection of Grandparent Ave. and Hot Flash Blvd. Ai yi yi. … More Acts of Bravery Guest Post: Kicking Up Change

Acts of Bravery: 3 Reasons I Decided to Indie Publish

Anyone who has known me for a length of time has heard me debate traditional publishing (getting my books printed with a New York publishing house with distribution to book stores across the nation) versus indie publishing (I become the publishing team for my books and distribute them through digital bookstores). It’s been a long, … More Acts of Bravery: 3 Reasons I Decided to Indie Publish

Acts of Bravery Guest Post: How Wonder Woman Band-Aids + Cheesy Theme Songs = Bravery

“This is going to make such a hilarious story!” At least, that’s what I tell myself when I have the choice to be brave or to bail out.

My second-grade teacher called me abnormally shy. She encouraged my mom to put me in a few clubs so I could learn social skills. My mom was astonished . . . … More Acts of Bravery Guest Post: How Wonder Woman Band-Aids + Cheesy Theme Songs = Bravery

Ask an Author: Jami Amerine

Today, I’m interviewing Jami Amerine. I met Jami over a year ago at Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference. I sat down next to the coffee shop fireplace for a little R&R and Jami struck up a conversation. During which, she showed me the ropes of blogging (Canva, Hoot Suite, etc.). Since then, she has been a wealth of information and a cheerleader. Thank you so much for being here today, Jami! … More Ask an Author: Jami Amerine