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

Writing Christian Fiction

People think I'm pretty laid back, but that's only most of the time. Occasionally, I have high standards, and either the ordinary becomes extraordinary, or I become super irritating and somewhat irrational. The former is when I apply my high standards to myself. The later is when I try to apply my high standards to others (usually … Continue reading Writing Christian Fiction

When to give up…thoughts from Kristen Lamb

An amateur is not someone who is merely new. An amateur is a mindset. via Maybe It’s Time to Give Up — Kristen Lamb's Blog My family has a motto: never give up! But recently I've been thinking that sometimes it's okay to let go. Tonight, reading Kristen Lamb's post gave me further perspective. Maybe it will … Continue reading When to give up…thoughts from Kristen Lamb

The last day of summer…

Today is my last day of summer, and tomorrow I go back to teaching. Honestly, I'm slightly anxious, and I wish summer could last forever. But then I found this awesome Tolkien quote: "The greatest adventure is what lies ahead." - J.R.R. Tolkien I love it! Everyday is a new opportunity for adventure, relationship, trying cool … Continue reading The last day of summer…