Thursday, April 24, 2014

Top 10 Observations from the Jury Box

January 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Blog, Service

This last week, I had the opportunity to serve on a jury. While there, I noticed a lot of little details about jury duty that I’d never realized. So, here are my Top 10 Observations from the Jury Box 10. Judges and their clerks are responsible for the current global sticky-note shortage. 9. Most of [...]

How Do You Refuel During the Holidays When You’re Running on Empty?

December 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Balance, Blog, Holidays

I feel like the last couple of weeks I’ve been coasting down hill, running on empty. Like many people, my life has become insanely busy during the holidays and the more important things have been pushed to the curb or all together forgotten. Often times I’ve thought of pulling off the interstate to refuel, but [...]

Writing Interruptions: Handling the Holidays

December 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog, Encouragement, Faith, Holidays, MidWeek Motivation

“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time. Ephesians 5:15-16a” One of the biggest interruptions I deal with lasts over two months, is tons of fun, often is full of sweet family memories, and always plays havoc with my entire schedule – starting with [...]

Practicing Hospitality During the Holidays

November 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog, Home Management

Oldie but Goodie Repost What does it mean to practice hospitality? I recently had the opportunity to utilize my home as a ministry tool and host two sisters in Christ for a week. As you might guess if you frequent my Home Management posts, this was a bit of a mountaintop moment for me. However, [...]

A Funny Thing Happened On My Way To Thanksgiving

November 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog, Home Management

Oldie but Goodie Repost 2012   Last year I wrote about listing your Thanksgiving “Lessons-Learned” to track those once-annual thoughts of adjusted recipe measurements and where the fancy serving platter is stored. (Mine was in the guest room closet. Obviously.) I’m sharing my notes from this year’s feast, because sometimes the best you can be [...]

Leave Martha off Your Guest Thanskgiving Guest List

November 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Holidays, Home Management

Oldie But Goodie There are two words that send my normally calm husband into panic as Thanksgiving Day approaches – and they are not “dry turkey” or “lumpy potatoes.” The two words that make him break out in a cold sweat are “Martha Stewart.” My husband knows how easy it is for me to get [...]

Thanksgiving and Community: Who Will You Invite to Your Table

November 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog, Faith, Holidays

Oldie but Goodie Repost “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is begotten of God, and knoweth God.” 1 John 4:7 I used to dread the holidays. Sometimes I still do. I grew up in a NY Italian family that celebrated every holiday together. Then I [...]

Recognizing Lies and Beating Them with Truth

October 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog, God First

If you write fiction, you may know all about crafting lies that drive your characters, but have you ever had to beat the lies in your own real-life story? As I write this, my head and heart are full of the lessons and fellowship of my first ACFW national conference. It is both a spiritual [...]

Organizing Schedules So You Can Find More Time to Write

September 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Balance, Blog, Home Management

As writers it’s easy to make excuses not to write, but add a busy family and back to school schedules, and it seems like squeezing in writing time is impossible. The key to finding writing time is getting organized and intentional about your “free time” no matter how much or little you have. But first [...]

Conference Debriefing: Easing Back into the Real World

September 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Balance, Blog, Conference Preparation

Repost Sept 27, 2012 Conference is over. You met with like-minded people, heard amazing speakers, and spoke with an editor or to, but you’re back home and easing into the real world. Normal life must continue despite all the emotions and excitement you’ve just experience, so how do you handle it all? Rest You’re body [...]

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