Acts of Bravery: How to Climb Out of that Rut!

My adversary—change—and my hatred of wasting time, gets me stuck in ruts. Deep ones. Sometimes I stand on my tip-toes to try to see out of them. Sometimes I sink to the bottom, burrow in, and make a day of it.

Raise your hand if you know what I’m talking about. … More Acts of Bravery: How to Climb Out of that Rut!

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

Ask an Author: C. S. Lakin

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 C. S. Lakin. … More Ask an Author: C. S. Lakin

Thankfulness in the Midst of Loss and Easter

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

Ask an Author: Dennis Ricci

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

Self-Caring Your Way Out of the Pit of Despair: Step #2 Body, Mind, Spirit

I’m disconnected from my body.

Settle down. I’m not practicing astro travel or having out-of-body experiences. I’ve just disconnected, disassociated. I don’t listen to its basic needs. I don’t rest it. I don’t feed it right. I push it to exhaustion, then drink caffeine to get more done. I stress it out. And I work it too much.

Then, I get mad at it when it gets sick. … More Self-Caring Your Way Out of the Pit of Despair: Step #2 Body, Mind, Spirit

Self-Caring Your Way Out of the Pit of Despair: Step #1 Taking Your Power Back

You know all those “shoulds” in life? The ones constantly pulling at you? You should eat healthy. You should exercise. You should clean the house. You should volunteer more at the kids’ school. You should make more time for your friends. You should fix that relationship. You should do (fill in the blank) to make so-and-so happy. Shoulding gives away power. … More Self-Caring Your Way Out of the Pit of Despair: Step #1 Taking Your Power Back

Acts of Bravery Week 8: Anger. How Wallowing in the Mud is Healthy

I’m about to get vulnerable. Flay myself open on the page kind of vulnerable. I tried journaling—alone, safe, hidden—but the words wouldn’t come. I needed the keys beneath my fingers. I knew whatever came out, I need to share with the world. So here goes . . . … More Acts of Bravery Week 8: Anger. How Wallowing in the Mud is Healthy

Stop Dreaming and Do Something Already!

We know this though. Logically, we know we won’t live our dreams if we don’t get off our butts and do something. Still we stay immobile. Why?

Probably for as many diverse reasons we all have for being brave. Which means it comes down to fear. It always comes down to fear, doesn’t it? And if it comes down to fear, it means I need to step up my game. … More Stop Dreaming and Do Something Already!