I want the people around me to know that I love them. Just yesterday, my great uncle Arnold passed away. He’d been dealing with Alzheimers/dementia and was in a nursing home. It makes me sad. I really hope he knew he was loved by his sisters and their kids and grandkids.
This brought me to think about all the people in my life.
I don’t want there to be a shadow of a doubt in their minds, about whether I loved them or not. I want them to know. Read More
11:30 PM. The red numbers on my alarm clock flashed from my bedside table. I wiped my brow and looked back down at the mess of desk parts laying around me. Crickets chirped from my patio.
I’d finally gotten my bed up, after struggling with it for hours. When it comes to putting things together like this, I suck. That’s why In the past my brother or dad usually put these things together for me.
I rubbed my eyes and pushed myself up and toward my luggage bag to get my bed sheets. The unreadable instruction manual lays on top of the pile like a snowcapped mountain. It’s more like a confusion manual than an instruction manual.
After making my bed, I plopped onto it, sighing. I opened my iPhone and set the alarm for 6am, before leaning back onto my pillow and shutting my eyes. Sleep welcomed me. I felt myself drifting off slowly.
The #WritingHarvest Twitter Chat is back on this month! Aren’t you excited? I know I am. I have some exciting projects and things coming up for the #WritingHarvest Peeps. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom and make sure to click on the link and fill in the questions.
I wish that my summer could be as carefree as they were when I was little. They were the days of laying on the hammock reading all day, while listening to the birds singing and the wind whispering through the tree’s leaves. But now, summer… is a lot like all year long.
I wake up at around 7 am. Go for a run or a walk with my fiancé and then take a shower. This summer I was lucky to have my fiancé here with me for 6-weeks. He spoiled me with amazing breakfast and surprised me with lavish dinners when I came home from a long day at work.
By 9 am, I’m at work. I really love having a job. It really creates a sense of financial peace knowing that you can make enough to meet needs, but also to enjoy life.
But, I’ve also found that I want to have more of a passive income lifestyle. That would allow me to live the way I want to. Read More
I’d like to invite my friend and fellow writer & author Katie Cross to the blog again. Her newest book is out today! Yay! Be sure to show some love by commenting! Without further ado… learn about writing a series from someone who has done it. :)
When it comes to dessert, I know my way around a bakery.
But writing in an organized manner . . . well . . . let’s just say I’m one teaspoon short of a full set. When I started writing The Network Series, I had the equivalent of an egg and a teaspoon. I learned the hard way that one egg does not make a cake. As a bonafide pantser, however, I didn’t really care. I knew that as I went along, I’d figure it out. And I did.
But let’s just say that my little cake took awhile to bake.
This book has really opened my eyes to a new style of writing. It’s big on getting you writing. It isn’t another one of those books that bore you to death. Promise it will help you too, if you actually do the homework inside it.
I’m all about getting in shape, but sometimes It’s really difficult to go for a run around town when you have things to carry like keys, money, and your phone. And it’s not like you want to be that person who wears a fanny pack. (Nothing against fanny pack wearers. They just aren’t for me.) Check out the Flip Belt. It’s a nice way to carry what you need and in style. No one even knows you are wearing it.
I’ve been taking Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University through a church here in Vegas. I really have been enjoying his classes. This is the handbook for the class. It goes over everything that is covered in the class. Really helpful for answering all of those money questions one gets from time to time.
I am from the country. I lived on the outskirts of a very small town in rural Minnesota and had my own personal forest surrounding my home. Currently, I am living in Las Vegas. You can imagine the difference i am experiencing!
I really miss the green leaves and the trees that surrounded me. I remember reading the Secret Garden when I was younger. Did you ever read it?
Nowadays, I really wish I had my own secret green garden to escape to. So, I decided to start my own seeds to grow my own little garden – an urban garden.
Happy Fourth of July! When you think of America, what are a few landmarks that pop into your mind?
My list would be:
Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota
Statue of Liberty, NYC
St. Paul’s Chapel, NYC
The Wild West
Medora, North Dakota
And many others…
There are many places that stick out to me. And it’s because they carry the traits of the American values and our history. The pride to be an American.
I went to New York a few years ago with Johan. It was my first time there. When I saw the Statue of Liberty I was blown away with emotions.
You probably ask why?Because, I was listening to their audio guide and one of the ladies had written in her journals about how trying and tough the boat ride to America was and that when they finally saw lady liberty, they couldn’t help but cry. They were coming to a new country that was opening their arms to them. Saving them from religious persecution. Saving them from countries being run by Tyrants.
I put myself in her shoes. I put myself in my ancestors shoes. Some of my family from the past went through Ellis Island. Lady Liberty greeted them.
My ancestors went through many trials to come into America; the right way. My great great grandma lost a child at sea when coming over from Norway. She tried hiding the little kid so she could bury them on land, but the captain found out and they buried the kid at sea. How sad! I read the letter my great great grandpa sent back to his family in Norway describing this whole story. Once she met up with my great great grandpa to make the trek to Minnesota, they lost their other child. They were starting out NEW. Completely new.
They fought for what they had. They worked hard for what they had. They started over.
I believe this is what describes an American.
If anyone wants to be an American, they must be willing to fight for what they have.
They must work hard for everything. They mustn’t expect to get things for free.
That means they shouldn’t expect the government to take care of them.
An American must take care of themselves.
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Do you ever feel like you are a trapeze artist who is walking across a wire balancing fine china on your arms, head, and shoulders when it comes to balancing your life with work and your writing?
Yes? I know I have felt that way!
I realized now more than ever, while working a full-time job that requires a lot of work to be put in, that sometimes when I get home I am completely tired and feel absolutely no motivation to write because I’m pooped from everything I had to get done earlier.
So how does one deal with all of these plates (responsibilities) and how do you manage balancing life so you don’t end up dropping them and breaking them all. If you want to know some things that will help you keep all of the plates balanced read on.
1. Get Moving
I’ve found this to be so helpful. If you set aside 30 minutes a day to exercise your body will thank you later.
I get to work at 9 am every morning. Lately I’ve been trying to wake up earlier so I can get a run in before work as well as some words written before I leave home. Check out this cool bedtime calculator. You type in when you want to wake up and they tell you when you should go to bed in order to wake up at that time.
I’ve been working on a new novel. I bring my novel freewriting notebook with me wherever I go. Whether that is to work or church or even on errands. You never know when an idea will pop into your mind. In this notebook I answer questions that get me thinking about who my characters are, what kind of world they live in, and what the rules to their world are. I’ve really found it helpful.
4. Cook Before You Are Busy
Get a slow cooker. Prepare meals on the weekend and then freeze them. Then before you go to work, throw your frozen prepped meals into the slow cooker. Your food will be ready for you by the time you get home from work.
Make sure you set aside some relaxation time for yourself. Maybe that means a bubble bath or a massage on the weekend. It’s just important that you take care of yourself during your busy lifestyle so that you can recharge.
6. Take Time To Chat With Writer Friends
I have some great writing friends who totally understand the work that goes into balancing life with writing and work. It’s nice to have people around you who understand your daily struggles and joys.
7. Go Someplace
Remember when Anne from Anne of Green Gables said “There is so much scope for imagination.”
She was right. There is so much scope for imagination in the world around us. Go somewhere on the weekend to fill your mind with new thoughts and ideas.
BONUS – Leave Work At Work
I have found that once I leave work I need to keep work related stuff out of my mind, because if I don’t I get stressed and irritable.
The secrets to living a healthy balanced lifestyle have to do with finding a happy medium in the many areas of your life.
What are some things you’ve found helpful to balance life, work, and writing?
If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to check it out now! I have the first chapter on Wattpad and I will be putting the second chapter up this week! –http://w.tt/1BL3EE6