Thursday, December 12, 2013

I am NOT a Failure!


In my writing career, I've had months in the black and months in the red. Sure, I've had more months in the red over the years. However, I have not failed. I have not given up and I will continue to work at my dream of being a traveling writer and photographer. Until the day I stop writing, I have not failed.

Like Thomas A. Edison  said, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

I look forward to continuing to find the way that my path will work and I will be a "success." Until then, I will simply keep going, keep trying, keep writing...

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

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#NaBloPoMo December 2013 Prompt for Thursday, December 12, 2013
Would you rather have one more hour with someone you like, or one fewer hour with someone you can't stand?

I feel like this is a trick question! I was taught to surround yourself with positive people because the negative people will only bring you down. Because of this I would choose to spend one more hour with someone I like. In my opinion spending that extra hour with someone I like will make the people I can't stand stay away from me in the mental and physical sense. The longer you spend with people you like, the less time you have for the people you can't stand!

Are You Santa Claus?

 

 

Yesterday, I came across a letter about Santa Claus that I must keep in mind should I ever decide to have children. The gist of the letter is that a kid asks their mom if she is Santa Claus. Mom's response? "The answer is no. I am not Santa. There is no one Santa." Fast forward to the end of the letter and she concludes with, "Santa is love and magic and hope and happiness. I’m on his team, and now you are, too."

One of the things my husband and I have discussed when talking about when or if we want to have kids is whether or not to have our child grow up believing in Santa Claus. On one hand it feels like deception, but on the other hand it feels like giving our kid the magic we had when we believed in Santa.

The interesting thing to me is now that I have read the letter about Santa Claus, I feel like I can believe in Santa again. "Santa is love and magic and hope and happiness." Doesn't that line just make you feel all warm and fuzzy? I personally want to recapture that feeling around the holidays once more.

Read the entire letter about the Truth About Santa Claus HERE.


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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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#NaBloPoMo December 2013 Prompt for Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tell us about a time you took the less traveled path. 

I was on track to be a teacher. I was in my second year in the College of Education. I was a substitute teacher. I was looking into internships and all the requirements necessary to graduate in the four year plan...then, a glitch in the matrix...

I was taking an art class as one of my liberal arts requirements and my teacher took a liking to me. I would visit her in office hours and one day she told me she had a crazy dream about me being a wildly successful writer. She urged me to take a mass communications class. The next semester I signed up for Rick Wilber's Introduction to Mass Communications and the rest, as they say, is history...

I could have stuck with teaching. That would have meant stability, regular paychecks and pretty much guaranteed work. Instead, I'm chasing my dream of being a traveling writer and photographer. I've had months where I had full time income and months where I could not pay my bills. I hope I'll make it big, but no matter what happens- I'm happier chasing my dream than I ever would have been as a teacher.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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#NaBloPoMo December 2013 Prompt for Tuesday, December 10, 2013
C.S. Lewis said, "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less." How good are you of placing others before yourself? 

I'm a little too good at placing others before myself. I worry and fuss over others so much that I neglect my needs. I'm trying to get better about that, however. I am learning that if I don't take care of my needs before taking care of others that I am not going to have anything left for myself -let alone anyone else. I do believe it is important to take care of others, but I have learned it is just as important to take care of yourself too.

I do wish that more folks would take care of others. So many people seem to care more about themselves and have the mindset of "not my problem" when it comes to others. I genuinely feel like if more people helped there fellow man we would all be better off. I don't feel like people should sacrifice or do without to help others, but if you have extra money, time, food or clothes you should try to lend a helping hand. Take care of yourself and your family first, but if you have extra anything after- help a fellow man/woman/child in need.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

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#NaBloPoMo Prompt for Monday, December 9, 2013
If you could banish one thing from this earth -- tangible or intangible -- what would it be? 

I wish I could banish evil. With evil of course comes greed, jealousy, wickedness, immorality, etc... I wish I could see more people caring about one another and helping their fellow men/women in need. I wish I could see people who work hard being rewarded rather than overlooked. I wish I could see those that are always lifting others up being lifted up when they are down. I wish I could witness people giving rather than taking.

Instead, I often see people who expect to be given things they don't earn. Instead, I see people "stepping on others" to get to the top. I see people working themselves to the bone barely making enough to survive while some make more money than they deserve by lying, stealing and cheating.

I know personally even I have had moments of evil. I have said something bad about another person. I've gossiped. I've lied before. We all have. The difference to me is I feel guilty for my personal acts of evil. I just can't stand those who don't seem to be bothered by committing these and even worse acts of evil.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

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#NaBloPoMo Prompt for Friday, December 6, 2013
What do you wish you had more time to do each day? 

I wish that I could spend more time with my husband each day. I also wish I could hang out with my family more often. Spending more time with my family is weighing especially heavily on my heart this week with the unexpected loss of my Uncle Eddie on Tuesday. As I sit here in Kentucky, just a few hours before his funeral, typing this blog post, all I can think about is how much I want to spend more time hearing his laugh, hearing his stories and just enjoying his company. I thought I would have more time with him. He was taken too soon.

It's typical for families and friends to say that they will not waste the time they have left with those still living in moments like this. Sadly, after all is said and done we then get caught up again in our daily lives with work, school, chores, appointments, errands, etc... thinking we will have more time later to spend with those we love and care about. Then, something like an unexpected loss occurs and we stop everything and spend time mourning the loss and wishing we could go back and spend more time with them. Of course, we can not. All we can do then is try to keep the promises we make to ourselves that we will make time to see those we love and enjoy their company while we still have time...

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

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#NaBloPoMo Prompt for Thursday, December 5, 2013
Set a timer for 10 minutes and try to write your whole daily post. Now go back and give yourself 5 more minutes to write about how you felt working under such a tight deadline.

I don't need a timer to write a post, I generally write my NaBloPoMo posts in ten minutes or less. When I have used a timer in the past, however, I write better and faster. I have always been better at writing under pressure. The only exception to this? Writing about subjects I don't know much about/have passion for. Generally when it comes to things I really care about and know a lot about I can write quite a bit in just a little bit of time.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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#NaBloPoMo December 2013 Prompt for Wednesday, December 4, 2013
How often do you go back for seconds? 

Not really all that often because I make small meals. On Thanksgiving and Christmas are the two times of the year that there are large meals that I can go back for seconds for. The rest of the year I typically only make enough food for me and my husband. The problem with this is I have to cook more often. My plan for the future is to start cooking bigger meals and split them into small portions before serving them that way I can cook less and continue having small meals.

Folks that cook a bunch of meals in advance- what is your favorite way to cook ahead? What do you use to portion things out? School me!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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#NaBloPoMo December 2013 Prompt for Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Do you see the glass as half full or half empty? 
The glass is always full! Since the glass is always full, that means everything will be alright. There is no reason not to be optimistic. See proof here:




 

Special Charity Announcement for December 2013!

Since today is #GivingTuesday I've decided I want to give back for the rest of the year. If anyone purchases a blog post, photography session, one of my eBooks or any other item I put online for sale in the month of December, I will take 25% of the proceeds from those sales and give it to The Spring in Tampa Bay
The mission of The Spring in Tampa Bay is to prevent domestic violence, protect victims and promote change in lives, families and communities. Since their founding in 1977, The Spring has provided sanctuary and services to more than 60,000 abused adults and their children.

- Buy Five Buck Christmas and $1 goes to The Spring. Purchase the eBook HERE.

- Buy 50 Ways to Keep Me From Gambling and $0.70 goes to The Spring. Purchase the eBook HERE.

- Buy a set of blog posts from me and $18.75 goes to The Spring. Purchase three 300 word blog posts for your blog HERE.

- Buy one hour of photography services and $12.50 goes to The Spring. Purchase one hour of photography services HERE.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013


#NaBloPoMo December 2013 Monday, December 2, 2013
Do you think you're more or less likely to complete December's NaBloPoMo?  Why?


I'm MORE likely to complete December's NaBloPoMo because I'm more committed than ever to make a go of being a freelance writer and photographer as a career. I also know that the best way to get better at writing is to write MORE. So, I plan on writing as much as I can, as often as I can, come what may! I just published my second eBook, am working on my third and have a full list of eBook ideas I want to write for every month in 2014.

Five Buck Christmas Now Available!

 

I mentioned this to pals on Facebook on Friday, but now I'm proud to announce here on this page that my new eBook Five Buck Christmas has been published on Amazon!!

In this eBook you will find ideas for gifts and crafts for Christmas that will cost $5 or less! The first section is filled with d├ęcor and craft ideas for your home. The second section is filled with fun gift ideas.
Get your copy of
Five Buck Christmas today! Thanks in advance for your support!
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