One Instant Doesn’t Define You

One Instant Doesn't Define You

Like most, I try to shake mistakes off and move on. I like to offer other human beings the benefit of the doubt: maybe that guy who just cut me off has a in-labor wife, maybe that snippy comment stemmed from a sleepless night, maybe my friend is too busy to text me back. Some days, I pick up litter and keep up with the news with TheSkimm. But sometimes, I don’t even realize that my thinking has gotten a little whacked...
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June 2017 Inspiration

June 2017 Inspiration

I’m late for June’s inspiration post because I had too many wonderful books to share! I just wrote about Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette and Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands by Carrie Fancett Pagels. Both authors are pretty amazing. But I so enjoy creating this inspiration posts each month. So here’s JUNE! What I’m Being Inspired By I’m still in love with circus performance arts if you’re curious, but I’m trying not to overwhelm this space with...
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Author Interview (and Giveaway): Carrie Fancett Pagels

I met Carrie Fancett Pagels from the place where many good things come…the internet! We both attended an online party celebrating books, and I happened to win one of her giveaways. After reading her Christmas novellas, I knew I’d found a well-written author. So I’m thrilled to participating in a blog tour of her newest romance collection: Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands! Better yet, she’s agreed to answer a few of MY questions! Genre: Christian, Historical Publisher: Barbour Publication date: June...
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Book Recommendation: Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

Book Recommendation: Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

I love being a part of book reviewer groups because I meet so many new authors. Two things drew me to Wings of the Wind: the cover and the heroine. I have a soft spot for a woman who chooses to dress up like a man to fight in a battle. Basically, if that’s part of the story, I want to read it. Does anyone else have a similar bent? Cordially Barbara Review On a scale of cotton candy to...
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What I Learned By Attending A Writers Conference

What I Learned By Attending A Writers Conference

Almost three years ago now, a friend encouraged me to attend the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Yes, that is a mouthful. And so is #BRMCWC. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve mixed up the words and letters of this conference. What I Learned By Attending A Writers Conference Never have I ever been a team spirit kind of girl. I don’t like big gatherings of people, and I just have no team spirit. Some of this...
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What To Do When You’re Not Athletic

LIVE OUT grace

Hi, I’m a book nerd, and for at least twenty-five of the years I’ve been alive, I’ve been a non-athlete. When others suggested any type of exercise, I grabbed a book and mumbled, “I’m not athletic.” Sure, my 13 years at a dance school count for something, but that was once a week and non-competitive. I didn’t practice at home, and I didn’t train at home. Basically, exercise was not on my radar. I’m not athletic. What To Do When...
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Spartan Race: sometimes we need to be carried

Like a dam breaking, the Spartan runners sprang across the starting line. My sister, Rachel, and I followed the crowd. After a quick stumble, I glued my eyes to the ground. Because of the many runners who had already left their footprints in the mud, the path was pockmarked with divets…perfect for a twisted ankle. As other Spartans raced past us, my sister chanted to me, “I’m so glad you came.” For you see, my sister is the Spartan sprinter and...
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10 Summer Reads for 2017

As the summer approaches, it’s time to grow our reading lists. And I’m on the lookout for wonderful books to sweep me away just as the sunny weather will. So I figured I’d share with you some perfect summer reads (and yes, this is a biased list of some of my favorites). [affiliate links in use. thank you for supporting my website.] 10 Summer Reads for 2017 At one time, I’m likely to have 2-4 different books going at once....
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May 2017 Inspirations

May 2017 Inspirations

Is it really May? The thunderstorms break the quiet of winter while the neon green of spring slams my eyeballs on the daily. But best of all, flowers flaunt fabulous phases of furple, flue, and fwhites. Okay, sorry, but I couldn’t think of an appropriate f-word for colors. Shh. It’s okay. What I’m Being Inspired By What haven’t I been inspired by? Okay, well, Pinterest tracks my obsessions best of all, and I think sometimes I’d be embarrassed to have...
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7 Reasons I Love Aerial Silks

Sometimes I daydream about being able to fly. Yes, ridiculous, I know. But, I’ve always loved flying. While others say that flying in airplane terrifies them, I love it. So much so, I’ve considered getting my pilot license. But, then, one day, I learned that you could fly without wings. In the circus industry, any type of aerial silks, trapeze, pole, or hoop are considering flying. As an addict to adventure, whether physically traveling to a new country to exploring...
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