How Road Blocks Can Lead to Your Dreams

About a month ago, I came out of the library, and the car wouldn’t start. Usually jiggling the key a few times was all it took, but not this time. Several times it sounded like it was about to start but then to my dismay, it died completely. A thought entered my mind: go back…

The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

Sometimes experiences in our lives are painful. The losses are devastating. It slams you one right after another, and you’re suffocating. And you wonder how you will ever make it through the heartache, the bitterness, the anger, or the grief. If you are going through these experiences right now, it may be too difficult to believe….

Happy Holidays: Look and Receive

Merry Christmas! I hope that you are enjoying your holiday so far. I’ve been sick with a terrible cough that just won’t quit, and I’d like to say that while everyone around me has been hustling and bustling, I’ve been pondering the true meaning of Christmas, but mostly I’ve been on the couch, flipping through…

Why Vulnerability Means Freedom

Putting my thoughts in writing for strangers to read is completely out of my comfort zone. I don’t think that I’ve felt quite this vulnerable in such a long time. But since I write about small steps and being brave, I should be the first to take my own advice. So I am just focusing…

When the Success of Others Make You Unhappy

When I shared my love of writing with people, it was so contagious. People would say, “I wanna write a novel too.” Inside I wanted to say, “No, no, that’s my dream! Find your own dream!” But imitation is supposed to be one of the sincerest form of flattery, right? So why was I feeling this…

What Would it Be Like?

Sometimes a large chasm exists between where we are at in life and where we want to be. And when we’ve come from a place of struggle, or we experience failure after failure, it’s difficult to imagine a better place. If this is you, then you aren’t alone. Many people feel this way, but they…

Small Moments of Joy

There are events that stand as landmarks such as getting your driver’s license, graduating from school, landing that big break, getting married or having a baby. These events are like rites of passage. And they help us to know when we’ve reached a different point in our lives—where a new journey begins. It can be…

Lazy Days

I’ve been under the weather lately, and I’ve been so lazy about everything, about writing, about eating, about exercising, and especially about singing. It’s too hard. So, in my practice, I’ve made no efforts whatsoever–barely opening my mouth and my eyes or holding my head up straight. Everything you’re not supposed to do. Can you…

Agents, Men and Rejections Galore

Within an hour of sending my query to an agent, I received a rejection. Isn’t that fabulous? Okay, you’re wondering if I’m joking, aren’t you? But I’m actually dead serious. Now, I’m not saying I don’t get sick all over and want to hideaway forever, because I do. But learning to be grateful when the door is shut…

Michelle Assad’s Breaking Cover: Gratitude Amid the Struggle

I’ve heard of people saying how grateful they were for difficult trials, and honestly, I never really understood this. Were they kidding themselves, in denial or flat out lying through their teeth? But when I read Michelle Rigby Assad’s book, Breaking Cover, a memoir of a southern bell turned CIA agent, I really believed her….