Taking Time to Catch My Breath

Taking Time to Catch My Breath

The past month…make that months…have been crazy busy and cram-packed with all sorts of good stuff. January brought the launch of the first book in my new castle series (Stepping Into the Light) along with a writer’s retreat with friends and the unexpected encounter with an elk! February ushered in my husband’s new job and the overwhelming number of details to make that transition possible including his retirement paperwork and switching medical insurance companies. And

Thick Skin Required If You Want Honest Feedback

Thick Skin Required If You Want Honest Feedback

Recently I took the first few pages of a new work-in-progress to my local writers’ group seeking honest feedback. While it might have felt like facing a pack of crocodiles, I discovered once again that being a writer requires thick skin. Having cut my teeth on non-fiction and then contemporary fiction with romantic elements, my latest project requires me to dive into the unfamiliar waters of historical time periods and locations far away. While I

When Baby Steps Are The Only Steps

When Baby Steps Are The Only Steps

Last week, I shared about our change of pace on vacation thanks to my son’s surgery and need to use crutches. Well, he’s now been given permission to start putting weight on his leg and have officially entered a new phase in his recovery and injury rehabilitation where baby steps are the only steps. First, weight-bearing with crutch- or cane-assisted walking. Until he can ditch the help and walk pain free. Then we work on

Mixing It Up

Mixing It Up

Like I said last week, I love the power of a good routine. But I also know that routines can get boring and doing the same thing over and over can soon land you in a rut that’s incredibly hard to break out of. That’s why I’m also realizing how important it is to be mixing it up with some variety this summer. Sometimes, I just need to turn things upside down. So, rather than

The Power of a Routine

The Power of a Routine

I love a good routine. Perhaps it’s my natural bent toward organization battling back against the chaos of a busy household, but having certain procedures in place helps maintain my sanity and whip my never-ending to-do list back into submission. For example, I always make my bed immediately after getting up and before staggering to the bathroom. I tend to pray while washing my face and brushing my teeth and I don’t leave my room