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10 Lessons from 2011.

Yes, 2011 had it’s challenges. I was part of the group cheering it off the clock yesterday. But there’s no denying the lessons I learned during the worst–and best–times. Here are my top 10:

  1. You CAN lose power for days–weeks, even–in this day and age.
  2. There is always something to be grateful for, even when it takes a while to find it.
  3. The universe is always working, if you’re open to it. Even when something seems like a catastrophe, it’s probably working for your highest good.
  4. It is possible to become debt free and build wealth. On any salary. Thank you, Dave Ramsey!
  5. It’s okay to not be who others want you to be, or act how they expect you to act. I can be immune to those opinions.
  6. My voice does count.
  7. Families should love each other unconditionally. If someone in my family doesn’t, it’s on them. Just like if I don’t, it’s on me.
  8. No one is going to hand me confidence. I have to decide to have it.
  9. Dreams really can come true – thank you, John Talbot!
  10. Having your health is everything.

Let’s all have a healthy, blessed, prosperous, productive new year….with lots of lessons.

Let’s try this again.

Last summer when I started this blog, I vowed not to let it be one of “those projects.” You know the ones–we’re all gung-ho about them, and then suddenly we just stop doing them, run out of time, get involved in something else, etc. That was not going to be me. And I did well for the first month.
Then, life happened.
Or rather, I chose to let life be my excuse for why I didn’t feel I had anything to say one week, and then the next, and so on. But there’s always something to say, isn’t there? I think I missed a lot of opportunities to get some stuff down on paper and out of my head.
Then life happened again–good stuff this time. I sold a three-book cozy series to Kensington right before Christmas, with the help of agent John Talbot. The series will feature the cat Nutty and the dog Scruffy (based on the real Tuffy and Shaggy).

I’m thrilled and excited and have a whole lot of great stuff ahead. I need to get back to this blog–or perhaps a new one when my website is up and running–and I need to get marketing, and most importantly, I need to get writing.
So there you have it. My end-of-year resolution. Here’s to a prolific, successful 2012.

Off…And Back On Again.

I’ve been feeling kind of off lately. You know when you just don’t know what the heck is wrong, but don’t feel a hundred percent? So to make myself feel better, I spent some time thinking about all the work I’ve been doing on myself–and no, I don’t mean plastic surgery.

The past five years have been full of challenges, new experiences, opportunities, epiphanies – you name it, it’s happened. I created a whole new life, got my creativity back, took a lot of risks and made a ton of mistakes, celebrated triumphs and mourned failures. I learned a lot about myself, and I’ve validated that age-old idea that happiness does come from within. I’ve mostly figured out what feeds my soul and what doesn’t. I’ve screwed up a lot, too, but hopefully the lessons will outweigh the aggravation.

I’ve become a devoted subject of Louise Hay, Deepak Chopra, The Secret, SARK. I’ve worked with crystals, tried my hand at meditation (not so good at it yet), learned about power animals, started to change my handwriting, bought stock in positivity quotes. I’ve done Transformational Kinesiology, became a homeopathic patient, tried acupuncture and got better at yoga. I even became Reiki I certified, thanks to Kim, and Reiki II is on the horizon. I did The Artist’s Way, which totally changed my life (again, thanks to Kim). I’ve made vision boards, I’ve affirmed myself to the point of no return, and I’ve done P90X. I’ve been really sad, and really happy.

It’s all been pretty awesome.

I still have a lot of work to do–patience and forgiveness come immediately to mind–but I think I’ve done ok. I know there’s more to learn that I haven’t discovered yet. I’m hoping I can take a break from learning hard lessons for a while, and that the next phase comes a bit more easily. I’m grateful for the opportunities that have come my way. Yes, even the ones that came in the form of challenges.

And I’m thinking it’s ok to feel a little off sometimes, as long as I can bring myself back, with gratitude.

Meet the Muses, Part 1

Shaggy the Wonder Schnoodle

I’ll be introducing my many muses sporadically here and I thought I’d start with Shaggy, the South Carolina rescue schnoodle who lights up the world (and annoys a few cats along the way), and Petey, also from SC (and I can’t really tell you what he is).

Shaggy is destined to become a therapy dog. She makes everyone who meets her happy 🙂


Petey is a cutie in his own right, albeit a bit grouchy….but he’s coming along. Only officially bit me once.

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