Weary But Willing

Have you ever been to the beach and found yourself stuck in a barrage of oncoming waves? Unable to catch your footing or your breath before another wall of water knocks you over? It’s a debilitating combination of fear and exhaustion. I’m in a season that feels like a perpetual turnstile of wave after waveContinue reading “Weary But Willing”

I Must Be Crazy – NaNoWriMo and Other Fall Things

We’re knee deep in autumn here in Middle Tennessee. Leaves are an impressive array of golds and reds and oranges, the breeze is a little cooler every day, and pumpkin has permeated everything from our porches to our coffee cups. Halloween has come and gone, ushering in what, for most of us, is the busiestContinue reading “I Must Be Crazy – NaNoWriMo and Other Fall Things”

Back in the South Again

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ve likely seen that my family and I recently made a big move. We packed up and left the summer furnace of Texas for the rolling warm hills of Nashville, Tennessee. And my Southern-loving heart couldn’t be happier. While a new job opportunity for me sparked theContinue reading “Back in the South Again”

Embracing Freedom (Not Guilt) When Taking Control and Doing Things Your Way

When I blogged earlier this week, it was for the first time in months. If you’ve been a long-time follower, you know that there have been other seasons when I’ve backed away for various reasons. Life happens, people. I have learned a great deal about myself through the process of blogging, writing at my ownContinue reading “Embracing Freedom (Not Guilt) When Taking Control and Doing Things Your Way”

On Choosing Truth

I’ve been seeing a wonderful, divinely-matched-with-me therapist for several months now. She has helped me work through a lot of baggage that I didn’t even realize I’d been carrying. Generally speaking, she approaches our time together with kindness, compassion, and patience. She gently guides me to discover things on my own. Except for those timesContinue reading “On Choosing Truth”

You Won’t Remember the Pain: Birthing a Book

I’ve heard authors compare publishing a book to childbirth. Metaphorically, of course. But on that vein of thought, I think I’m in the throws of birthing pains, friends. Someplace Familiar is my “first born” book. She’s gestated for three years, not counting the decade or so I dreamed of her…the possibility of her. Like allContinue reading “You Won’t Remember the Pain: Birthing a Book”

I Gave Up Writing This Week

I stepped in dog pee the other morning, just minutes after grumbling at my relentless alarm. It was the perfect sour cherry on top of what was shaping up to be a top-notch-awful-week sundae. Frustrations at work…laundry held hostage in the dryer…a master bedroom that housed my 8 year old on the floor in a sleeping bagContinue reading “I Gave Up Writing This Week”

Resurfacing, New Release & Announcement

Well, hello, friends. It’s me. Finally managing to claw my way out of the busiest time at work and home of the whole year to check in. (Can I get an Amen?) In the last few weeks I’ve finished up a huge 365-day calendar design project, written a few short stories, edited for a fewContinue reading “Resurfacing, New Release & Announcement”