Monday, September 1, 2014

Organizing Schedules So You Can Find More Time to Write

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 […]

Practicing Hospitality During the Holidays

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

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

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 […]

How Do You Find the Time to Write as a Homeschooling Mom?

Have you noticed all of the happy, relieved moms about to get their lives back as their children run off to 7 hours of school each day? I confess; I’ve been secretly jealous before. Recently. Okay, every stinking year about mid-September when volleyball season is at its peak. School starting for the home-schooler means more […]

3 Ways to Simplify Your Life and Write!

We all have the same 24 hours in a day. But it’s what we do with those 24 hours that separates the productive from the unproductive. So how can writers simplify their life so they can find more time to write? Prioritize Think of the three most important things in your life. The three things […]

Reorganization: The Cost of Starting Over

Maybe it’s the writer in me. Or the perfectionist. Possibly the perfectionist writer. In any case, when it comes to organizational systems, I’m forever revising, producing new drafts of my methods, and occasionally scrapping what I’ve got and starting over. If necessity is the mother of invention, then annoyance is its kooky uncle. (TWEET THIS BY […]

When There’s No Time to Make Dinner Under a Writing Deadline

You’re pounding away at the keyboard in the middle of losing a feverish word war with time itself, and suddenly you hear a sound that you probably shouldn’t recognize, but you do. Someone has opened the very last sleeve of Ritz crackers in the house. “Excellent,” you think. “Now I don’t have to make dinner.” However, do […]

Preparing for Holiday House Guests

Let’s see, by now you’ve decorated the tree, sent cards, wrapped presents, baked cookies, roasted chestnuts and sung carols, all while achieving a daily average of 2000 words, and your house is ready for hosting the perfect Christmas, right? Or maybe not. The holidays are always busy, particularly if you’re preparing for a houseful of […]

Project ADD? Why It’s So Hard to Finish

Is there such a thing as project ADD? If so, I’ve got it! Probably had it all my life. I remember when I was little my mom saying I always start things, but never finish them. I see that in my adult life now as I look in my office with piles of writing and […]

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