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I went for a walk today, alone and social distancing, while I listened to music. It was an amazing, warm, sunny day, and the song Living Hope by Phil Wickham came on at the same time I saw a man with 5 little girls dressed in bright colors, all twirling around and laughing (the girls, not the man 😂). Such needed food for the soul during this time in our world. It reminded me that no matter what happens, no matter the state of our world, everything is going to be okay, because He is in control. 🙏💖
Listen and Enjoy.
After some thought–careful thought, at that–I’ve decided to switch gears a bit and travel some new roads. In an effort to maximize my time (working a full-time job, authoring books, being wife, mom, and grandma to nine precious humans and squeezing in coffee with a friend here and there takes 30 of my 24 hours a day), I’ve made the decision to focus my attention on a newsletter rather than blog every week. The decision wasn’t made lightly because I truly love the blogging community and have made some amazing friends in the blogosphere, but change can be a very good thing. And I believe that is the case here.
I would love to have you join my newsletter so I can still connect with you in my world. I promise not to bombard you with emails, as I only send a newsletter when I have something worthwhile to say and/or give to my subscribers. I will still pop in on my blog from time to time when I have something exciting to say that I simply cannot keep to myself. 🙂 And I will make it around to other blogs as I can.
So hop on over here and sign up for my newsletter! A chance to win a free audiobook is forthcoming!
Also, I’ve started a private Facebook Group called Salon Talk I would love to have you join. It’s a place where we will share anything light and fun whether it be about reading, writing, pets, grandkids, kids, or anything in between. It’s a place free of politics, agendas, hate or derogatory speech about any person, place, or thing. Just good, clean fun. Sounds a little like a retreat, doesn’t it?
It’s not good-bye, it’s only changing locations. Like changing coffee shops or hangouts.
Coming March 21st, 2020!
Book 2 of 2 in the Whispering Pines Mysteries.
Last summer Abigail Sinclair narrowly escaped her abusive ex-husband, who was bent on revenge. Finally, victim turned survivor, she is free from a life of watching over her shoulder at every turn. Abby focuses on running Whispering Pines Resort in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains and learns to trust again while growing a relationship with new love, Gabe Coleman. She’s living her dream until she finds the body of a woman who endured the same horrors that she once did. The demons of Abby’s past reel her back into the nightmare she thought she’d put to bed.
Juan Robles, Homicide Detective with the Blue Mist Mountain Police Department, familiar with Abby’s history and with a history of his own, is driven to find the killer while protecting Abby. But how does one protect someone who, at every turn, is more driven to find the killer than even he is, exposing herself to danger?
Abby’s intense desire to help a fellow domestic violence victim propels her forward, entangling her in a web of deception, lies, and terror. Can Abby solve the murder and find justice for the dead woman before Detective Robles is forced into solving her own murder?
February is National Heart Health Awareness Month. Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States? That’s the bad news.
The good news is, there are things you can do to change that for yourself. Among those things are eating healthy, getting adequate physical exercise, and getting enough zzzz’s.
I have found that healthy foods do not have to taste less appealing than junk food. In fact, exactly the opposite. And making healthy food doesn’t have to be as inconvenient or time-consuming as you may think. Again, exactly the opposite. The closer you can get to eating food as it comes from nature, without all of the additives–and, yes, without the sugar–the better. Simple = healthier.
Physical exercise, too, can be easy. When are you supposed to fit one more thing into your day, you may ask? Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Get in a few extra steps by parking further away from where you’re going instead of circling for a closer spot. Walk for your 15 minute break instead of scrolling social media. Keep a set of weights by your desk and get in some curls when you have a couple of minutes to spare–or even if you’re on the phone. It only takes one hand to hold the phone. Zero if you’re using a headset. Instead of sending Fido outside, standing by the door and watching to be sure he does his “thing,” take him for a walk around the block. It won’t take any additional time and you’ll both be happier and healthier.
As for sleep–as an adult I used to dream of getting sent to my room for a timeout so I could nap without feeling guilty! Now I’ve dumped the guilt and take that nap if I need it and get to bed at a reasonable hour. And I’m all the more productive for it.
So turn off your computer–yes, stop reading this blog now–and get in some steps. While you’re at it, have a snack–a healthy one–and, heck, maybe just 30 minutes of rest. You’ll be happy you did. And your heart will thank you.
See you in a couple of weeks! 🙂
It’s that time again. Time for My One Word.
My One Word is a movement where you prayerfully choose one word to help narrow your focus for self-improvement. I don’t know about you, but a long list of resolutions is daunting. And quickly broken! Focusing on just one word and creatively applying that word, impacts your life in all areas.
In the past I’ve found soothing stones with my word printed on them, jewelry, posters, and anything else that happens to fall into my path with my word.
This year my word is Peace. The past year I’ve discovered that Peace can be mine, regardless of my surroundings or my circumstances. All it takes is mindful practice. More often than not, it’s turbulence from within, caused by undisciplined thoughts and actions, that robs me of peace. This year, to make the most of my word, changing my life in the direction I’m striving to go:
And as the year progresses, I will take advantage of each life circumstance, both difficult and joyful, to practice peace. Because afterall, practice makes perfect, right?
Let’s talk: If you participate in the My One Word movement, what is your word for the year. If you haven’t but are interested, it’s not too late. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. If you’re not interested, what is the one word you would choose if you did participate?
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. -St. Francis de Sales
Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace. -Dalai Lama
Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. -John F. Kennedy
2019 was a challenging year in many aspects, but the lessons learned make everything a gift. Top lessons learned in 2019:
Have you learned anything in 2019 that you will bring with you into 2020? Please share.
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. -Edith Lovejoy Pierce
We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives … not looking for flaws but for potential. -Ellen Goodman
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas! Cherish your time spent with family and friends!
The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things. -Thomas S. Monson
One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly. -Andy Rooney