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Page Turner Resolution for 2013

1 Jan

I’m pretty sure it was just last week when I was making my 2012 resolutions. Where did the last 365 days go?

Simon & Schuster tweeted a quote from one of my favorite country artists, Brad Paisley. It was a simple little statement but it stopped me in my tracks.


And I thought, “Yes!” It’s so true for everyone but especially for a writer. A clean slate. An unfilled notebook. A word of possibilities.

So here goes my New Year’s resolution: stress less.

What does that mean? I’m going to fill my new book with at least one thing every day that makes me happy. I’m going to call it my “happy thang” in honor of Mr. Paisley. While I’d love to say that I’m going to blog about it everyday, the reality is that life is going to get in the way.


I will at least try to recap some of my “happy thangs” every week as I am embarking on another project. My 52 weeks of “Pin Me.”

I love me some Pinterest but I find that I pin away and then rarely go back to review or actually do any of the pins. Oh sure, I tend to pick up products I want when I’m out shopping. And I have made a few recipes here and there, but for the amount of things I had to pin because I didn’t want to forget them, I find myself not executing most of them.

That is all going to change in 2013. I promise to once a week do/make/purchase/ponder/engage in at least one of my pins. It might be a DIY project. It could be a new recipe or I may just enjoy a good quote, but I am going to start utilizing my pins.

So, with that said, be sure to visit my blog again where I will be posting my  “Pin Progress.”

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you today’s Happy Thang. Went for a late breakfast (1pm) with some friends and hung out for a couple of hours talking over coffee.

Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!

PS…What is on the first page of your new book?

Danger! What You Know Can Hurt You!

10 May

Is it just me or does it seem that every time you turn around there is some person or product or website warning you about the dangers of living?

Yes, living. Or trying to live. Or maybe better yet, trying not to die, because basically life as you know it is out to get you.

Maybe it’s because we’ve become a nation where suing everyone is so prevalent, that people/companies are just trying to protect themselves. Or maybe the danger has been there all along but not until recent days were they mandated to tell you. Or maybe, just maybe, the news thrives on horror, tragedy and all-things-bad, that they are driving the recent crisis.

Here’s just a few examples:

1) I’ve been taking ibuprofen for years for everything from headaches to fever. I’ve never had a problem. It works. The other day, I picked up a package that came with a BIG STICKER warning me about all the bad things that could happen if I took these pills. Wait a minute! If I didn’t have a headache before reading this, now I do. I wondered if taking it was worse than just dealing with the pain?

2) My front porch steps were in need of a new paint job. I’ve painted them before sans mask, but recent headlines about airborne toxins had me thinking maybe I should wear a mask. So I go to my home improvement store and pick up a mask only to read the warning that says if I don’t use it properly it could make me sick or worse…dead!

3) I signed up for a wellness newsletter about a year ago. It used to be filled with helpful tips like what foods would make my skin look younger, exercises that could reduce stress and helpful mantras. Now it’s filled with things like “breaking up” with your favorite tv show could cause stress and  if you are exposed to low levels of sunlight and have a history of mononucleosis, there is a greater odd of developing multiple sclerosis.


I’m advocating for a healthier, happy life that is filled with positive affirmations, good ideas for a balanced diet and stress reducing activities.

My local news station has taken to having the anchors stand up (Why? It doesn’t make the news any easier to hear) and including an annoying scroll bar of other news that distracts from trying to listen to the anchors (who, by the way, look like they can’t wait for the break so they can sit down).

So here’s a challenge: how about some of these news organizations focusing on positive news…feel good pieces…things that might make folks smile instead of frown. Now I know they will argue that devastation and panic and worry is what gets headlines, but I’d be willing to bet that the station that reported on good, helpful and enlightening news would gain viewers/readership ten-fold.

Now, I’m getting down off of my soap box, taking it with me to the park, and doing some gentle yoga while I enjoy the sunshine.