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anxiety, balanced life, depression, living for real, real life, self care, writing life / 23.02.2017

  As a writer with anxiety and depression, my work days usually fall into one of two categories: Extremely productive with lots of happy checkmarks on my to-do list or completely void of anything worth mentioning. Rarely do I come to the end of a day and look back at it as being “okay” or “not bad.” I’m either on top of a mountain with hands raised in victory or in the corner of a dank dungeon rocking back and forth. Nothing is ever in the middle for me....

balanced life, be present, book review, freedom, kids, living for real, writing life / 09.02.2017

Good day, my friends. It’s a beautiful snow day here in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The kids have been traipsing in and out of the house all morning, overjoyed that school is closed. Our exchange student finally got to experience a significant snowfall for the first time! The snow came overnight. The midmorning sun is now shining that crisp brightness that causes snow to glisten and sparkle like a fairytale.   For some of you who subscribe to my blog, please accept my apology for spamming you with over a hundred emails last...

freedom, grace, living for real, past, some things you keep, suicide, writing life / 25.03.2016

Happy First Birthday to me! March 25, 2015, a dream became a reality when my book Some Things You Keep was published.   A year later, I am still satisfied with my work, my writing, my story. Doing it all over, I would rearrange some things and correct errors, but for the most part, the finished product has held up. I’m proud of myself for not disparaging anyone, for being respectful (yet honest) concerning my family.   Most people don’t know the difference between traditionally published books and self-published books. As a book...

acceptance, crying, disappointment, friendship, some things you keep, writing life / 27.07.2015

  The library had warned me that people don’t show up for book signings. The author before me brought in three people.   Being a bit of an eager beaver and blindly optimistic about my newly released memoir, I prepared for a standing room only crowd with paparazzi and reporters trampling one another in hopes of a better shot at me, sure that “best-selling author” was soon to be part of my bio.   Okay, I lie.   I figured one or two or zero people would show up, but I still prepared a speech...

balanced life, fear, living for real, persistence, some things you keep, writing life / 11.06.2015

I was asked a question on my Goodreads author page: “What was the toughest part about writing your memoir?” (Some Things You Keep)   As I was unable to narrow my answer down to one “toughest” thing, I decided to write a blog post as my answer.   Top ten tough things about writing my book:   10. Convincing myself I was a writer. I knew I had the story in my head and I felt called to get it out. When I whined that there were already enough books in the world, a...