Running Away From It All

Running Away From It All

Do you ever have the urge to just pack your bags and run away…from like, everything? The day job? The night job? The housework, the laundry pile, the grocery shopping, cooking and paying the bills? The utility representative who totally pisses you off? Maybe even (shut the door!) the husband and kids?

I totally get it because I’ve been there more than once.

Sadly, I was born with the responsibility gene, and I’m sure that many of you were too. It’s one of those genes that makes you put all other needs before your own, even when soul deep, your body is shouting NOOOOOOOOOO!

My favorite spot to run to is this little island in the South Pacific. Ocean, beach, gentle surf…a little bit of heaven on earth. And when I can’t escape to paradise…

…I’ve found escape in books. It’s one of the reason why I decided to set my laugh-out-loud Caught Between series on a tropical island in the Caribbean. When I’m feeling the urge to escape and can’t, I can always immerse myself in reading and writing. And what better place—especially in the dead of winter—is there to write about than a place with the sound of the ocean waves in the background and warm temperatures year-round.

So now tell me in the comments…where do you go to escape? And when you can’t escape, what’s your favorite escape activity?

 

Zen…Or Letting Go After A Total Meltdown

Zen…Or Letting Go After A Total Meltdown

My Sweet Man and I live on a three acre parcel of land that is half rural, half city, which basically means that we pay city taxes but receive none of the city benefits (like water, sewer, and fast internet speeds). Recently, our internet provider offered us a new package that would increase our internet speed from practically non-existent to over 25kbps.

Excited, I signed up, and after a two week trial period, called my provider to cancel the old package. The faster speed is so beautiful, I’m willing to shell out the extra cash to move into the twenty-first century.

The next morning, my Sweet Man asks if my email is working. No, I reply, no worries. They’re probably performing maintenance on their email system. But two hours later, there’s still no email access.

At this point, the brain cells begin to fire and my Zen-ness begins to fall apart.

I contact my internet provider and discover our email addresses were attached to our old internet package. Everything has been deleted.

Now, I’d like to say “my bad”. Maybe I should have done more homework. Except that we’ve changed internet packages before without ever encountering this problem.

By the end of the day, after numerous phone calls, we still have no email and I’m in a very unZen-like state. I’m yelling at the poor worker on the other end of the phone and I can’t seem to stop myself. I’m out of control, beyond help, and my poor Sweet Man leaves the house every time I pick up the phone.

And then, between calls, I start to cry.

Why am I so upset? It’s only email. It’s not like we use our email to save the world.

And that’s when I begin to rediscover my Zen-like state and finally see the lesson I need to learn.

Trust that everything happens for a reason, even when we’re not wise enough to see the reason right away.

Believing this is on my list for 2018. Learn to trust. Learn to let go.

As I write this, I’m still without email. I’ve discovered I kind of like it. Hmmmm, maybe being without is part of my lesson too.

NOTE: If you wish to read more on the true meaning of the word ZEN, then click here.

So now tell me in the comments…have you ever been without email? If so, did you secretly enjoy it or did you feel like you’d just lost a hugely important part of your life?

Turning The Page On A New Year

Turning The Page On A New Year

As the clock ticks forward toward the arrival of the new year, I like to peer over my shoulder at the year coming to a close before I turn forward to tackle the year ahead.

In 2017, I spent lots of time with family, lots of time playing in my flowerbeds, and lots of time immersed in a variety of courses. I spent less time in front of the computer writing the stories in my heart, perhaps because old stories had surfaced and I needed to clear them out to make room for some new stories.

Yes, it was that kind of year. A year filled with introspection. A year in which old paths closed and new paths began to appear. A year of opening myself to new possibilities and fresh ideas and healing…so much healing.

Tomorrow we begin a new year. I don’t know what’s out there yet. Perhaps you have a clearer vision of the months ahead of you than I do. (If so, tell me about it in the comments!) Or perhaps you’re still fumbling around and trying to find your way like I am.

What I know for sure is that 2018 is a year of letting go. Lately, everything I’ve stumbled across has steered me toward this idea until I finally opened my eyes and my heart to the fact that it’s time.

LET GO.

Relationships, anger, the truth…whatever.

Maybe you’ll see some of it here…probably…most likely. In the new year, I have stories to write and a series to finish while I open my heart and let go so I can make room for whatever the universe has in store for me in.

In the meantime, I wish 2018 brings each of you health and happiness, peace and prosperity, love and laughter. May all of your dreams come true.

 

 

A Year In Review

A Year In Review

As 2016 comes to a close, I’m looking back over the year at all I did (and even a few things I should have done, but didn’t). This year:

  • I wrote and published book three in the Caught Between series: Caught Between a Rock and a Hunka Man.
  • I wrote and published Love Under Construction, book 4 in the 12 book Thurston Hotel series. There were 11 authors involved in this project and I had so much fun.
  • I completed the first draft of A Time to be Tender, book 3 in the Rocky Mountain series, and am currently in the revision stage (which for me is usually the longest stage in writing a book).
  • I took several online courses, including Obsessed with the totally obsessive Melissa Cassera, and B-School with the heart-centered Marie Forleo.
  • I sent out 12 monthly newsletters (a first ever for me!).
  • I received my RITA scores and while I didn’t final, I was thrilled and encouraged by the 8.5 out of 10 score.
  • I redesigned my website…sort of, or maybe that was last year. It’s always a work-in-progress, so it’s on my list of accomplishments every single year.
  • I finally added a free offer to my newsletter. Have you signed up yet? If not, do so and you can download a free copy of The Valentine Grinch.
  • I redesigned the Caught Between series covers and they’re perfect for these fun, sassy books.
  • I redesigned the cover for book 2 of the Rocky Mountain series (I love the Terms of Surrender cover so much better!), then designed the cover for book 3 in the series and held a contest to give the book a name.
  • I designed the website for smscreates.com.
  • I read…of course. Lots of romance, women’s fiction, and even some thrillers. And then there were the self-improvement books, and all those books on writing, social media, and marketing.
  • I journaled, gardened, decluttered, and even got down and dirty with some dust bunnies. I haven’t had to shovel yet (knock on wood).

And I had fun. Now I’m ready to tackle another year.

How about you? What were a few of your accomplishments? Did you have any hard earned lessons or great achievements that you want to share in the comments? Do you plan out your year in advance? Or do you wing it? You know I love to hear from you so please talk to me in the comments!

Before you head to the comments section, I want to wish you a wonderful new year. May 2017 bring you much love and happiness!

 

 

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