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Embracing the Latest Chapter

This past week, I attended the Oregon Christian Writer’s Summer Conference. Well, sort of. This conference has been a part of my life — a major part — since 2009. I met some of my very best friends there. I found my amazing literary agent there. I worked for the organization itself for several years. I taught at the conference multiple times. It’s been a catalyst in my writing life and personal life. But this year, I had a few strings that made it a bit difficult to fully attend. Cute and fluffy strings.   Things are different now Life is crazy and blessed as ever with my 8-month-old son...

Getting Real: The Ups and Downs of Working Full-time from Home (With a Baby and a Puppy)

Before I really begin, I’ll add in a disclaimer. I know I’m a bit crazy. Really. I fully admit that getting a puppy while raising an infant and working a full-time job is outrageous. No excuses, no justifications. However. I love my life. Even in the moments where I’m broken down, wondering how I’m going to do it all, how I’m going to keep my sanity intact — I know how good I have it. I’m so very, very blessed. So I thought I’d share a bit of how the days flow (and stumble) and some of my biggest reflections in all this chaos. ### 6 am – Puppy whining...

Starting Where You’re At

Writing is a muscle. A discipline. A calling, yes. But a practice. The more you do, the more readily it can come. The more smoothly. Not all the time. Writer’s block is a thing for a reason. But the blank page. The atrophy of “not having written”. These things can make the first few times back more painful. More full of stumbling, bumbling moments. So I’m starting where I’m at. I can’t wait for the perfect time — there will never be one. I’ll perhaps forget to post a weekly post, but I can’t let that stop me today, this week. So many excuses. So many hurdles. So many “I’ll wait...

Dots and Threads: What is your ONE thing?

Funny things happen when you seek direction and clarity in your life. Sometimes you wander, grasping into a fog that may seem never-ending. Sometimes, lightning-bolt moments happen during a conversation, during a shower, during a movie. Sometimes, a book jumps out at you, and alters the course of your week. Many of these have happened to me lately. Brene Brown in Rising Strong encourages keeping your eyes open to the dots in your life — the events or moments that perhaps add up once you connect them all together. Since reading that a few weeks back, I’ve been better about journaling and being more aware of my feelings and events...

Why, hello again!

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Hello, blog. Long time, no see. It’s been what? A little over a year? Gosh, you’ve changed. Me? Oh, you won’t believe everything that’s changed for me in the past year. Where do I even begin? I’m a whole new person. I’m complete. I’m, as Elizabeth Stone said, “forever to have my heart walking outside my body.” What a beautiful gift motherhood is. What a challenge, what an adventure. On December 18, 2015 at 11:19 p.m., we welcomed the sweetest early Christmas gift I’ve ever seen. Before, during, since and for a long time to come — my world has revolved around this darling thing. We lost our beloved Honey right after...