Almost three years ago, shortly after I started writing again, I received my first rejection. It was also my first submission, so I was clearly starting out with a bang. I didn’t fret too much. I was submitting for a spot in a book, after all. And I hadn’t published anything other than a couple… Continue reading Launch Day!
Not that I ever had any doubts, but for the record, you can never get too much of the California Wine Country. My husband (who is much more an oenophile than I am) and I recently returned from our third visit to Napa/Sonoma in the last four years. Once again we tasted amazing wine. Once… Continue reading Back to Napa + Guest Post
I’m not sure for how long you have to be a writer in order to sensibly take a break from writing. I’m pretty sure it’s longer than I’ve had this blog, but take a break I did for most of the summer. I was still writing in other places like Richardson Living Magazine and Grown… Continue reading Weekend Reads and Listens – Return Edition
As a parent, you learn to make the most out of the rare moments of alone (or at least “child is distracted”) time. You can turn a 30-minute episode of Paw Patrol for them into a completed blog post for you. You figure out how long it takes the toddler to eat a snack and… Continue reading Finding “Me” Time Abroad
I had planned to craft this post last week when I was in Washington D.C. co-leading a group of 22 college sophomores around our nation’s capital. We left the hotel every morning by 8 a.m. and usually didn’t settle back in for the night until after 10 p.m. (I am just going to assume my… Continue reading Weekend Reads and Listens
Sometimes I watch House Hunters International and think who the hell does that? But I know who does that. Alex and Jordan and their two kids and scrappy dog who want a “simpler lifestyle.” They pack up their house in [INSERT EXTREMELY COLD AND/OR FAST-PACED CITY] and move to a beach in Nicaragua. They conveniently… Continue reading House Hunters and Reinvention
Happy Saturday! The beautiful weather continues in Texas (sorry Midwest and Northeast), so we’re trying to spend as much time outside as possible. Hopefully this early spring weather doesn’t mean that summer will start in April, but that is all the more reason to get out and enjoy it now. All that to say, I… Continue reading Weekend Reads and Listens
It took me days to hit “publish” on my first post when I re-entered the blogging world a few months ago, this time as a parent with a lot of “stuff” on my mind. I had worries I imagine are similar to other new writers: Does anyone care? Has everything already been said? Am I… Continue reading When Writing Gets Personal
If there are two things I love, it’s writing and personality assessments. The scientific validity of these assessments, including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, is always a matter of debate, but it’s hard to deny that it’s just damn fun to answer a few questions and generate a report telling you “who you are.” Maybe… Continue reading What Does Your Writing Say About You?
Like so many of us, work and family commitments during the week leave little time to relax with a good book or podcast. Or rather, the time eventually does come, but I fall asleep about 10 minutes into the endeavor. At this point in my life with young kids, gone are the hours to unwind… Continue reading Weekend Reads And Listens