Category: Life

How Curiosity Helps You Become a Better Writer

Writing tips often focus on the technical aspects of becoming a better writer. And sometimes the abstract. But what is often overlooked is the practical precursor—curiosity. Writing is more than getting words down in the correct order to tell a compelling story. Most of us don’t open a blank...

Simplify your Goals for 2021

Does planning goals for 2021 seem overwhelming? It was to me. That’s why this year I decided to simplify. I don’t make traditional New Year’s Resolutions, but I do like to work towards some sort of resolution. The difference is that instead of just naming my resolution at midnight...

Feeling overwhelmed? Make a decision.

Does uncertainty have you feeling so overwhelmed that all you want to do is crawl in bed? It does me. Especially, because it’s been rainy here. I’ve been trying to make the best use of my time. I’m making a slipcover. I’ve learned new things from watching marketing and...

Dear Baby, Don’t Abandon an Idea out of Fear of Failure

Dear Baby, You got your first bike, a pink radio flyer tricycle, for Christmas when you were about 3. It was an adjustable one that would grow as you got bigger. You had no idea how to use the pedals to make it go. But that didn’t stop you...

Sewing Dragons

My daughter asked me to make this dragon for her back in January. It was supposed to be a Valentine’s present, but I got behind. I’m used to sewing teddy bears, so much so, I don’t have to read the patterns anymore. However, this dragon was a bit tricky....

Too Tired to Write

The biggest reason I don’t write as often as I should is that many nights I’m too tired to write. It’s frustrating to read about other writers who stay up until 4 in the morning or people who give up everything so they have time to write. I seriously...

Dear Baby – First letter in new series

Dear Baby, I can hear you groaning at this whole letter thing. You’re probably rolling your eyes and shrugging it off as either dumb or embarrassing. But I’m hoping on some level, you secretly love it. As a writer, my mind goes places I sometimes wish it didn’t. But...

The Good and Bad of Working from Home

The Good Working from home has definite perks. I usually work at an office about a half hour drive away. Today, I got a text saying that the power was out. It was perfect timing, I still had on my yoga pants. Who doesn’t dream about wearing yoga pants...

Too many projects and not enough time

Sometimes I wonder if I have too many hobbies and activities. I write stories and read books. I crochet and sometimes knit (although I probably shouldn’t include knit because I keep having to start over the dishcloth I’m trying to make). I sew. And I like to exercise, and...