WAVING BYE TO 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, I’m sitting in my office with mixed feelings. I’m wondering if I’ve done everything I can to be a better person. If I’ve pushed myself hard enough, or long enough. I’m not certain I can say I did.

 

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I’m wondering in the remaining days of this year, what else I can accomplish. I’m a person who likes list and I love checking stuff off as I accomplish them. But sometimes I’m so driven by getting things done I forget to enjoy the now, the moment. Maybe next year that’s something I can work on.

There is a long list of people who will not journey into 2017. I’m missing those loved one that did not make it this far into the year. There are some losses that shocked me and others that rocked me. But I still wake up each morning with a heart full of thanks and praise. I’m sure one day I’ll have the answers to the questions I seek.

 

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I’m hoping 2016 doesn’t deliver any more surprises. I’m not so sure I’ve got the strength to handle anything else. And even as I type those words, I realize how absurd they are. As if I had some control over anything or could deem them so, just by writing them down.

I’ll prepare for 2017 with the optimism that circulates in my soul. And like always I’ll try to see the lighter side of life. And just in case I don’t post again before 2017, I’m wishing you and yours all the best.

Lena Hart – The Devil’s Bedpost

 

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Good looks. Thriving business. Beautiful fiancée. Life for casino owner David Carrone and his sweetheart Athena Lewis is at its peak—until a scandal of lies, a secret from his past, and an unspeakable tragedy tears a wide rift between them.

 

He lost it all…

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COMING SOON!

COMING SEPTEMBER 15, 2016

THE SWEET ROAD SERIES

Three sisters, Three love stories. All different.

Who said relationships were easy?

 

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LISTIFYLIFE CHALLENGE WEEK 3

Listify Life – LITTLE THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY

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I like to think if myself as an uncomplicated creature. I tend to be optimistic, even in the face of hopelessness and I’m easy to please. I can find happiness in the simplest things.

  • Hearing my children laugh
  • Sunny days
  • Sitting beside my husband
  • Spring flowers and the sound of birds

Flowers

  • Walking the dog
  • Writing a good chapter or a good book
  • Finishing a manuscript
  • A good meal

Dinner

  • A good workout
  • Being with my friends and sharing
  • The sound of ocean waves

Ocean Waves

  • Relaxing with a good book
  • Finding the perfect pair of shoes, or shoes in general
  • Talking to my mother
  • Ice Cream

These are just a few things.  I’m sure I could go on and on. How about you? What makes you happy?

LISTIFYLIFE CHALLENGE Week 2

 

ListifyLife –THE BOOK I’D LIKE TO LIVE IN FOR A WHILE

 

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The book I’d like to live in for a while was not an easy topic for me.

A good book is about how much an author can torture the characters. Really make them suffer. They have to go through quite a bit to reach that happy ending. Sometimes the places where they live aren’t La-La Land.

I’ve lived in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Texas and Delaware. Life in all of these places was good to me. I have wonderful memories of each. I’ve written stories that took place in most of these places and life was good for my characters by the end of the book. But getting there-not so much.

Welcome to Delaware

 

Welcome to Houston

Welcome to Washington

 

 

 

When it comes to a book, I’d want to move in during the Epilogue. By then the bad guys are behind bars, the sun has come out, the couple has kissed and made up and all is right with the world again.

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Do you have a book you’d like to live in for a while?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LISTIFYLIFE CHALLENGE

I am a goal orientated person. Nothing gives me more pleasure than making a list of things that I need to get done and then checking them off.

This year I decided I wanted to get more organized. I wanted to keep track of what I ate, how many words I write, how many pages I edit, when my newsletter is due, when I workout and the list goes on and on.

I’ve purchased four planners and more pens in more colors than I care to count. I’ve got stickers and clips and post-its. I should be the most organized and accomplished person on the east coast. Am I any closer to getting more stuff done?

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Pens

 

Sticker Stuff

No, I’m not. But I’ve found a way to make keeping track of stuck so much more fun. That’s why I decided to participate in the ListifyLife Challenge. The ListifyLife challenge is the brainchild of Roni Loren. Sierra Godfrey came up with the gorgeous graphics.

Listify Life Spring Challenge - Join up!

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If you like to make lists or keep track of stuff come on and join me. The challenge starts next week- March 20th,  so there is plenty of time. I’ve even bought two more notebooks I’m excited about participating with other on keeping track of stuff. Of course you don’t have to spend a cent to get involved. Just follow the link above and get started.  Let me know how you’re making out. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

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HELLO 2016

I’m one of those people who makes lists, set goals and likes challenges. Of course I make resolutions. For 2016 here they are. Goals for 2016How about you? Do you have any resolutions for 2016?

THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT

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As we near the holiday the same question always comes up again and again. What can I give my husband for Christmas and what can he give me. After several years of marriage I’ve given this question a lot of thought. I think I can finally answer this question without hesitating. I know what I like and I know what gifts I like to received. I’ve told him he can never go wrong with anything in the following categories.

Lingerie – if he buys me something sexy to wear then we both will be happy. This can include sleep wear, lounge wear or sexy panties. Who wouldn’t be happy with that?

Leather. – Almost everyone likes leather. It can be a coat, a wallet, a handbag. Either way I’m sure I’ll have a big grin if he gives me something from this category.

Cologne – I wear lots of different scents depending on the time of year. If he were to choose one from my many bottles on my dresser he can’t go wrong. I told him I like layering my scents, so by including lotion or shower gel he’s got a decent gift.

Gift card – I was born to shop, but I might not want to do it all at once. Gift cards allow me to get the right thing just when I need it. I’ve been known to pull one from my wallet in July. The timing is always right for a gift card.

Cashmere – I don’t think I need to say another thing.

Pampering – I’m always ready for a manicure, pedicure, facial or a massage. An afternoon where I can get one, two or all four treatments is always a welcomed gift.

I’m still at a loss at what to give him, but I hope I’ve made it simpler for him. What are your top six gifts?

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THE HAPPINESS BLOG

Talk of happiness is everywhere now. Everyone wants it and, yet it’s very elusive. For me the question was why. Happiness is mentioned in the Bill of Rights, it says we all have the right to pursue it, so we do.

I found a way to be happy most of the time. And it wasn’t as hard as I thought. Everyone has an opinion about how find happiness. I’ve found a way that works for me because it was simple, easy and I enjoyed doing it.

 

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One day while having lunch with a very dear friend, she told me every evening she wrote down at least three things that happened to her that she was grateful for. I couldn’t get that idea out of my head. It seemed simple, and a good way to register thanks.

When I settled down for the evening I used to contemplate my day, but I often focused on the negative instead of the positive stuff.

The driver who cut me off in traffic.

The long line at the checkout counter.

The rain that almost ruined my new shoes.

That extra cookie I shouldn’t have eaten and was certain to show up on the scale the next morning.

Everyday something pleasant had happened to me, but I tended to want to focus on the things that were unpleasant. Those events were zapping my joy and my energy.

 

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But I flipped it. Now every night before going to bed I jot down those events that I’m grateful for, that happened to me during the day. In the beginning it was difficult coming up with three things, but then I started paying more attention to small gestures that I tended to overlook.

I even began to smile as I registered them, thinking to myself that’s something I can write about.

Like the dog sleeping an extra hour in the morning instead of waking me up at the crack of dawn.

Or walking during my lunch hour.

Talking to my mother who lives in another state.

All these things brought me joy and if any one of them happened to me in the course of the day I had a better outlook. But, until I started writing them down I tended to ignore these simple joys.

 

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Some people will think this is too insignificant to be of any value. But I had to stop looking for happiness in big demonstrative ways. Even on my worse days, when I wanted to hit the wall, there was something leading me in the opposite direction. Something that I can say I’m grateful for. It could be a call from a friend, seeing a hummingbird at the feeder, or getting in bed early enough to read a few chapters of a good book.

You see, for me it’s all about perspective and I’ve decided to look at my life through a much simpler pair of glasses.

How do you view your life? Could you use a new way of evaluating happiness?