Faith and Spirituality, goals, Gratitude, Life Lessons

Lessons Learned in 2019

2019 was a challenging year in many aspects, but the lessons learned make everything a gift. Top lessons learned in 2019: Insecurity, lack of confidence, anger, resentment, and impatience are by-products of fear. Fear robs us of any kind of peace and contentment. Others' behaviors and criticisms can only affect us if we let them.… Continue reading Lessons Learned in 2019

Family, Fun, Life Lessons, Quotes

Connections

I did an author reading from my latest book, Shear Murder (Book 4 in the Melanie Hogan mystery series) this past weekend. While it was fun to participate in an author event and hang with other local authors--one of them dear friend Karen Whalen who did an author reading from her new release, Peaches and… Continue reading Connections

Faith and Spirituality, Family, Life Lessons

Welcoming 2019 with Words

In 2015 I joined the My One Word movement. This movement is an opportunity to choose one word that best determines how you would like your life to grow in the coming year. It's much more realistic to focus on one word for the year than set New Year's resolutions, only to break them by… Continue reading Welcoming 2019 with Words

Gratitude, Life Lessons, Quotes

Gratitude

I've written plenty of posts over the years on gratitude. I've even authored a book called Finding Peace Through Gratitude: The Secret to Healing From Trauma and Discovering Joy in Every Moment, written under pen name Alexandra Benn. It's in large part because of gratitude that I have the life I have today. It's gotten… Continue reading Gratitude

Fun, Life Lessons, Quotes, Writing

I Found It!

For years I have searched high and low for the perfect planner, as well as the perfect handbag.  I've found the planner, the handbag I'm still on the hunt for. As you can probably tell, I'm huge into organization and these two tools are all about making my life so much easier and, well, organized.… Continue reading I Found It!

Family, Fun, Life Lessons

Black Friday

For every person who loves Black Friday, there's another that dislikes it equally as much. I'm of the latter camp. Shopping and everything that relates to "stuff" is my least favorite part of the Christmas season. I'll take the lights, the music, the uncomplicated joy of the season well before Thanksgiving--much to my husband's dismay--but… Continue reading Black Friday

Life Lessons, Quotes

What is Minimalism–Really?

The past couple of years have brought with it a desire to live fully by minimizing not only my possessions, but other areas of my life as well. With that desire came the discovery of The Minimalists. I've listened to numerous podcasts and read articles galore and always come out on the other side with… Continue reading What is Minimalism–Really?

Gratitude, Life Lessons, Quotes

Remembering 9-11

The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom. —Rudy Giuliani… Continue reading Remembering 9-11

Advocacy, Faith and Spirituality, Gratitude, Life Lessons

Compassion

For those who have followed my blog for a while you know I have three sponsor kids from Africa: Alex from Tanzania, Amede from Togo, and Mamounata from Burkina Faso. These kids have enriched my life in more ways that I ever could have imagined when I first started sponsoring them. A couple of weeks… Continue reading Compassion