What is your biggest disappointment in life right now? I bet something immediately popped to mind. Hold this without judgement as you read because we’re going to use it as we go. At this very moment, my biggest disappointment is exhaustion like I’ve never experienced before. This is saying a lot because I’ve been progressively … More How to Change Disappointment Into Opportunity
You know those rules we all live by? There’s the societal rules: Don’t murder your kids, no matter how badly they annoy you unless you want to spend the rest of your life in jail. Or, personal rules: Don’t show up late for work every day unless you want to get fired, go bankrupt, and … More What Happens When Your Life Rules Are Outdated?
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
“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
“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
I’ve taken a long break from posting brave acts on Acts of Bravery. Twenty-one days from when I write this post to be exact. Sure I’ve posted here and there, but inconsistently. This wasn’t a conscious decision, it was more of a need. … More Strapping On My Superhero Cape: Time for More Bravery
Today, I’m interviewing Kristin Miller. I met Kristin a few months ago through a mutual writing friend (shout-out Deb Lee!). For me, it was love at first Facebook stalk. Since then Kristin has freely shared her industry knowledge, writing advice, and given so much of her time to answer my questions and listen to my crazy. I truly cannot thank her enough! … More Ask an Author: Kristin Miller
Every once in awhile I come across authors who are extraordinary. Their work operates in Technicolor, while my is doomed to malaise and grays. It makes me want to give up. To hang my hat up and let the masters do their work. … More How to Turn Envy Into Motivation
Until three years ago, I couldn’t understand why people hated the holidays. I got it in theory. No family, bad memories, loss, loss, loss. Of course it sucked for those people, but I still had my family and life was lovely.
Now I get it.
But can I tell you how tired I am of the sting of loss during what should be happy times? … More Thankfulness in the Midst of Loss and Easter
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, being a published author is my dream job. Ten years ago, when I first started writing, authors were my rock stars. Now, I still squee on the inside, but I’m way better at taming my idol worship into a poker face. I’ve also met a few. Turns out, they’re a lot like you and me. At the beginning of my brave year, I noodled the idea of a six-week series interviewing authors. Fun, right? The rest is history. And today, I’m interviewing Dennis Ricci. … More Ask an Author: Dennis Ricci