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…

Feeling the Heat

I hope your summer is going better than planned. With longer days, the workload has been ramping up as well–and that’s not a complaint. Also with extended daylight, I’m inclined to go out and enjoy the company of others. Last week I overheard someone say that though it’s just now July, for them, summer is…

The Astounding Effect of Little Changes

As bored summer kids in Sterling, Ohio, my brother and I used set pennies on the railroad tracks. The train would flatten them out and stretch them commensurate with the number of cars that ran over them. The grownups who learned of our adventure discouraged us because of the possibility that anything on a track—even something as small…

What Are Your Big Plans for Summer?

My apologies for the delay in getting this post out! This is a shout out to all the new followers that have come on board since the beginning of this year. Thanks for following! Now that summer has officially started, I love being outside. The sun, the heat, the beautiful weather. Biking, hiking, sitting by the water….

One Tiny Brave Step

I wrote a short story a few years ago that was a lot of fun to write and really went in unexpected directions. I got some good feedback from my beta readers and made corrections. I found a publication, uploaded the story and hit “send.” And then, forgot about it. Meanwhile, life continued. I wrote…

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,…

A Life of Choice

The baseball game blared from a portable television and everything in my apartment reeked of cigarette smoke:  courtesy of a roommate for whom I didn’t harbor good feelings. I woke up one day to an iteration of my life that wasn’t pretty. Not much food in the pantry, all of my socks had holes in them,…

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…

How Bright Is Your Future?

If you’ve ever taken a science class and studied rock formations, you know that it is possible to change the face of a rock, any rock, by repeatedly, over time, applying something to it. Water dripping in the same place on a rock will eventually, molecule by molecule, wear a path into that stone. The longer…

Light Your Goals on Fire

  How do you plan to achieve your current goals? Have you made a list of your current goals? Do you know what your current goals are? So many of us are able to keep plates spinning in our minds where they take up brain space and energy to keep them there. I liken this to…