I was blessed to be able to retire early from my W2 job in May 2021 and to begin filling my days with family and things I'm passionate about as an entrepreneur: writing and life coaching. The job I retired from was sucking the life out of me while my self-employment status breathes life into… Continue reading We All Have 24 Hours in a Day
Daily life can take you on a wild rollercoaster of twists and turns and throw you unexpected curveballs. Sometimes trauma hits home, washing away the very foundation on which you’ve built your life. I can help you navigate the waters of uncertainty. Through my program, Rise from Victim to Victor, I will show you how… Continue reading Let What Happens To You Work For You
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
The human race seems so busy "doing" that we forget to just "be." Never hesitate to press the pause button on the busy-ness of life and enjoy simply being with your loved ones. Doing life with others brings incredible joy. ― Karen Ehman,
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
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
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
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!
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
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?