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The longest goodbye?

This week I am at a writer's workshop and had all intentions of going all gung-ho on writing my book, but something has me so unsettled that I had to break free from the formality of writing my manuscript in order to tell you about it. It's really weighing … [Read More...]

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Metamorphosis

Have you ever been on the precipice of something big in your life but you just couldn't put your finger on what it was? Like, you knew that your life was going to change (or needed to change) and that it was just beyond your reach and hiding behind a veil that … [Read More...]

Stage 1 of the baby book is underway!

Blog Hop: State of the Union {volume 1}

Welcome to the first edition of the State of the Union series. The goal was to offer a glimpse into the details of my life and show a bigger picture overall....I wanted people to truly understand the complexities of our life and see what's milling around … [Read More...]

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Wanting isn’t so bad, is it?

I struggle with wanting more when I have so much to be thankful for already. I crave more. I ache for things that may or may not ever come. I wish along the way. I want my husband to be whole again; mind, body, heart and soul. Isn’t it enough that he is still with […]

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EDOE Rule #1: You have permission to give up

“Never, never, never give up.” ~Winston Churchill I call bullshit, Sir Churchill. Society has conditioned us to think we would be a failure if we gave up. Let’s look at what the dictionary tells us: Definitions and examples of “give up“ To surrender: The suspects gave themselves up. To devote (oneself) completely: gave herself up […]

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The secret ingredient to moving on in life after combat

(Or, “Mourning the loss of what once was”) I realize it’s been a few days since I last posted but life got a bit hectic again. Today’s post will be short and sweet in the context of how much I could really say. Because I am short on time and this is a complex issue, […]

“How I Created My First E-Book” link you should check out!

I follow Rachelle Gardner’s blog and really enjoy it.  She is a literary agent based out of my home state in Denver.  She provides excellent advice and resources on her blog, both for publishers and those who wish to be published.  You should follow her blog if you are a writer.  She never disappoints me. […]

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Introducing: Free Your Mind Friday Blog Hop

On Kristle’s list of 101 things to do in 1001 days, you will find that one thing she planned to challenge herself with is to answer “50 Questions that will free your mind.” Even though I didn’t put that on my own 101 list, I wanted to join her in the fun and encourage you […]

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Why I need my own parental controls

Or, “My Fight Against Digital Distraction” A funny thing happened on Tuesday night. My internet took a total dump. I mean, a total blackout of all internet access inside my home. I am ashamed to say that I yelled “GLORY BE! and THANKYOULORDJESUS!” like a televangelist on crack when I realized I still had access […]

New Family Caregiver Program for Post-9/11 Veterans

VA now provides additional support to eligible post-9/11 Veterans who elect to receive their care in a home setting from a primary Family Caregiver. Eligible primary Family Caregivers can receive a stipend, training, mental health services, and access to health insurance if they are not already under a health care plan. Applications can be made […]

Update on the GoFundMe campaign

Earlier this month I posted a campaign to raise money to keep this website running. That was not easy for me to do. I had to swallow my pride and ask for help to cover the costs of running it. Well, I am so glad I did! I am thrilled to announce that within a […]

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How old is your oldest item on your to-do list?

Do you have an item to do that is so small and {likely} inconsequential that it keeps getting pushed to the bottom of your to-do list to make room for more important things? Have you ever thought about how LONG that item (or items) have stayed at the bottom of the list? If you are […]

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I’ve been in ‘survival mode’ for far too long. It’s time to stoke my fire.

Anyone who has built a fire can relate to this analogy: A fire is essential to many; it warms our homes or camp sites, it provides light, it provides protection from predators, it provides comfort.  The heat from a fire warms the body, dries wet clothes, disinfects water and cooks the food we need in […]

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