National Suicide Prevention Week, 9/10-9/16

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, and it's been both challenging and beautiful. Challenging: just barely even teenagers, yet so many young people are hurting. already. Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death among those 10 to 24 years old? Chances are, you know someone who desperately needs encouragement. … Continue reading National Suicide Prevention Week, 9/10-9/16

Good writing, like a favorite pair of jeans

I think that a person's favorite kind writing is like a favorite pair of jeans. Everyone has a different style. Anyway, I've been trying to determine what I think makes for awesome writing so that I can mimic it. {BTW, do you have book recommendations? I'm especially looking for 3rd person POV. Probably YA. Probably fantasy. … Continue reading Good writing, like a favorite pair of jeans

The joys of cheesy romantic Christmas movies!

In order to decompress from my lack of progress on the one-millionth rewrite of the first quarter of my novel, I have started watching some of the cheesy romantic Christmas movies that Netflix has to offer. It was by accident, really. If you can push through the first twenty minutes of each of these movies, … Continue reading The joys of cheesy romantic Christmas movies!

Pomodoro

I write everyday (well, almost everyday). But, with the busyness of parenting, teaching and my ensuing lack of energy, on some days it can be challenging to write. Now, add random commitments, household tasks, insecurity and writer's block to the mix. It's a wonder I ever get any writing done. Pomodoro has helped me a ton. Not … Continue reading Pomodoro

Are you good at managing money?

Over the last nine weeks, my husband and I participated in a Financial Peace University Class by Dave Ramsey. It was a life changing experience. Max and I have tried to do budgets and our finances before, but the reality was frustrating. Managing our finances was super challenging! This class made a huge impact, and … Continue reading Are you good at managing money?

Being too kind?

A quick internet search reveals how many people feel about excessive kindness. Kind people make less money. Kind people are more likely to be depressed. Being kind can be "lazy, inefficient, irresponsible and even harmful." The world is a mean place, after all. And, if you're too kind, you're bound to suffer the consequences. In the end, … Continue reading Being too kind?

The House by the Side of the Road, by Sam Walter Foss

"Let me live by the side of the road and be a friend to man." I love people, very much, but it takes tremendous effort for me to interact with folks. I can't remember names or faces. I can't seem to get in the loop of basic popular culture. I struggle with adhering to social rhythms. The … Continue reading The House by the Side of the Road, by Sam Walter Foss