Living Sooner

Mila, a devoted wife and mother of adult children found herself late in life the caretaker of her aging and mentally deteriorating husband. Although the children visited as often as they could, naturally the bulk of the time spent caring for him fell to her. Despite her being pleasant and accommodating, he was often demanding…

Bittersweet

I expected that over the following months, there would be a number of reality shifts.

Keep Going

I have been at the end of myself more times than I care to admit. And, in talking with a friend last night, you’d think that someone who gets as beat up by life as I do, would have given up by now. But, I’m not a quitter. And I don’t know what that would…

The Bearer of Great Power

When my siblings and I were kids, our parents bought a plot of land about 30 miles outside the city where we lived and began building their dream home. They drove back and forth every weekend checking on various things and in the summer they went several times during the week. For us kids, the…

Kicking Fear to the Curb

Since I’ve actively begun rooting out fears and staring them down, I’ve learned that I am not alone. As much as we desire to be fearless, I’ve discovered a great many of us are fearful. It can be anything from parallel parking (formerly one of mine) to driving in traffic (another one formerly of mine) to…

Measuring the Cost

My husband is dangerously close to running out of peanut butter, our car needs gas and I need to replace various items in my wardrobe. For me, hopping into a vehicle and running to the store, popping by a station to fill my tank and a brief detour to Kohl’s pretty much satisfies all those…

Are You the Best You?

In another lifetime, you would have found me meandering around art shows perusing paintings, admiring pottery and wishing I had enough money to buy the whole collection of metal wind sculptures. To say I was into art was a vast understatement. For years I drew and painted and sculpted and threw pots. My passion was…

Purple Mindfulness

When nothing is certain, everything is possible. ~Unknown After writing for many years, I finally took the plunge and launched my new business last year. I became a full-time professional writer. As any entrepreneur can tell you, it’s without a doubt the most gripping ride of your life. Before I left my part-time office gig,…

True North

What happens when the beliefs we’ve carried around our whole lives turn out to be untrue?

The Tail of A Year

I’m not big into new year resolutions. I find that turning over a new leaf really does hold a lot of promise, but without an actionable plan, most new endeavors fall flat fairly fast. I think about the recently passed NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) as an example. While a great many people are able…

Can What You Put in Your Mouth Affect Your Positivity?

Many years ago, a friend of mine slipped and fell on the ice dislocating their shoulder. Because of the timing, I was the only person they could reach to take them to the hospital. Having a bone out of joint causes extreme pain. Muscles are stretched in ways they were not intended. As I drove…

Where Will Positivity Take You?

Last fall, my mentor had suggested that I attend networking meetings. The very idea made my heart race and sweat break out on my forehead. I’m a writer, after all. Prone to long and blissful days of solitude. But to my mentor that equaled living in a vacuum. Instead of imagining all that could go…