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Goal Recap (and August goals)

Has it already been 6 weeks since I posted my mid-June/July goals?   Where has the time gone? The goals I posted back in June were for the end of the year so each month I could report my progress. I thought it was a way to hold myself accountable. So here is my first share…. Continue Reading

Fab 5 Friday

Books that you MUST read! The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – Although easily interpreted as a coming-of-age story, Salinger’s most notable work has many elements that pertain to both adolescence and adulthood, which is precisely what makes it a classic. The struggles with belonging, loss of innocence, sexuality, and most importantly, identity… Continue Reading

Making Yourself Finish

I love starting things. Why? Don’t act like you don’t know it’s a lot easier to START an idea than to fully execute it. But starting and not finishing doesn’t pay the bills. No one wants to read a half finished blog post, a half finished novel, or a half-finished movie. Nope, they want the… Continue Reading

My First Writing Memory

A question I get asked a lot is how long have you known you wanted to be a writer. I can definitively say, since the 2nd grade when I was in Mrs. Pierce’s class. Sitting in alphabetical order between Don Stevens and Michele Yuresko. How do I remember that you ask when I can barely… Continue Reading

One Step At A Time

Sometimes I have a hard time motivating myself. Especially, when it comes to being healthy. I blame Netflix for that because it can be a lot easier to binge watch TV with a bag of chips and a glass bottle of wine than it is to work out. It’s even harder when you’ve spent several… Continue Reading

Fab 5 Friday

Gal Meets Glam – La Baguette Didn’t get the chance to take that European vacation this summer? Live vicariously through Julia Engel as she details for us her Parisian shopping adventure looking for sweets, treats, and bread for her picnic on Bastille Day. Casual, right?   Love & Lemons – erin’s adobo eggplant quesadillas For… Continue Reading

That’s Not My Suitcase – releases August 25th

Sterling Towne decided to take a last minute vacation to a sunny paradise to cheer herself up after a divorce. When the airline misplaces her luggage, she thinks it’s just a typical airline snafu until she gets her luggage back only to find out it’s not hers. Rather the suitcase belongs to someone who thought… Continue Reading

The Importance of Planning

“Failing to plan, is planning to fail.” I’m sure you’ve heard that quote before. I love to plan, most of the time. There are times when I get to the end of my plan, and then I wing it until I find the time to plan again. Because planning is hard, and it takes time…. Continue Reading

Fab 5 Friday

1.Minimalist Baker – Blueberry Quinoa Salad This salad warranted two recipe posts in this weeks fab 5. The frozen yogurt below sounds sinfully good, but this salad looks just as delicious without the calories. Plus, I love me a berry salad in the summer!   2.apartment therapy – Best Cotton Summer Blankets I always want… Continue Reading

Out of Control Spending

People often say money is the root of all evil when really the saying is the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. The point is not to love and/or want money to the exclusion of other things because money won’t really make you happy. Though I have to be honest, I sometimes… Continue Reading

Before and After Paint Job

If you’ve been reading my blog you know we bought a new house in May, and it needed a bit of updating. Part of the work it needed was cosmetic, and some were more intensive remodeling. We are about in the middle of the intensive remodeling piece and thank goodness I’m excited about it, or… Continue Reading