How to Navigate through Mighty Winds and Storms

As I came home from leave, I expected another quiet summer as always, picking raspberries, sweet tomatoes, zucchinis, and plums with my friend’s children, watching fireworks from my front yard, and if I’m lucky, taking a short road trip somewhere. But within two weeks of being home, out of nowhere, my roommate was given the…

Healing from an Unexpected Source

Today’s post is from one of my dearest friends: Jeniann Nielsen, a dedicated mother of five wonderful children and an amazing, generous friend. We met in college where she was my senior editor. And now years later, the roles are finally switched. Thank you, Jeniann, for sharing your thoughts and allowing me to be the…

A Pizza Box Message

One day, we stopped and got pizza. As the worker rumors rang us up, a thought came: “Why don’t you open one of the boxes and check.” And let the worker think that I thought he was incompetent? I just couldn’t. I walked to my car: “Open the box and check.” And fiddle with the…

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….

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…

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….

The Secret Ingredient of Success

A couple of years ago, I attended a writer’s conference where Arthur Levine, the American publisher for Harry Potter, was the keynote speaker. Though some had looks of interest and admiration, it was the glow of greed I saw shining in most of people’s faces. The question that everyone wanted answered was not how to…

My First Pea Soup

A new year. A new resolution. But to be perfectly honest, I feel like a robot, checking off this and that. So, I’ve held off making any resolutions or big changes. Instead, I’ve been making pea soup. No strange analogies to glean from this post. Really, I’ve just been making pea soup. I’ve been making…

Do It with Love

When I first created this website over a week ago, I had a follower right away.  I’m so wonderful, I thought to myself—until I realized that the system is set up to make you a follower of your own website.  I felt silly, but it also got me thinking. Truthfully, when we are doing things…

A Life Lesson from Pear Picking

Every year in September I help my neighbor pick pears. I relish it as a rare treasure that many don’t get to enjoy and look forward to it much like a child at Christmas time, imagining the mouthwatering sweetness coupled with a crunchy texture, just the way an Asian pear should be. But each year, I get more…