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passions & a dream



Not in the way that we are published here on the blogs, but as the writer of books, the author of literature, the lady who pens the novel that you just can't wait to add to your shelves.

I've longed to have my name proceed the "by" on book covers since I was a little girl. It's been my dream to have people pick up my book and smile as they read the pages born of my passion. sharep1

I feel like I have so much to offer... so many ideas. I actually lie awake at night thinking up new plots for my romance novels and insightful chapters for my memoirs. It drives me nuts trying to figure out how to bring together all the bits and fragments of my writing so that it culminates in a beautiful, meaningful text that people will want to experience.


My favorite author once shared how she brings her thousand-page novels to completion. She said that she'll often keep three or four projects open on her computer screen while she's working, allowing her to write as the mood strikes. Some days you just aren't feeling the story that you've been working on for the last few weeks. She also said  in the same blog post, that while she'd love to do more book tours and visit her faithful readers, that unless we wanted to wait another year or two for the next book to go to press, she'd be skipping the road trips to sit at home and write....and write....and write. Aspiring writers, take heed.

I remember this all the time and have several "open" projects going on, myself. I just need to get with it and actually do the work!


I am tired of this dream of mine succumbing to my fears.


five things that make me happy.



Sometimes it's the little things that make us the happiest. A smile. A giggle. A silly moment. When I reflect on my life and the people in it, I cannot help but react with joy. It is overflowing with those very things. The people that I love make my heart swell... we are blessed.

Five "Little" Things That Make Me Happy

5freeI love that my girls enjoy life...that they embrace their childhoods so wholly and passionately. I love being a part of that. And I like to think that I still retain a wonderful sort of free spirit, myself. When I sense it emerging, I feel like I'm living well.

5imagI am so thankful to posses an imaginative mind. And even more thankful that my bebes have been blessed with them as well. Listening to their stories & their dreams, watching as they discover something new and find joy in makes my heart full. Now... all I need to do is invent the thought to text helmet to harness all the genius that is born of my imagination late at night when I should be sleeping.

5realI remember, when we took that photo, I had just been taking "posed" shots of my sister's wedding weekend guests. People were lining the deck with the moon in the background, making faces, and holding up was how they wanted to remember that moment. I wasn't really a "part" of that moment, though. But then... Lucas walked up, wrapped his arms around me, and kissed my cheek. And I was brought into a special, and very real-un-staged, moment of my own. The happiness I felt then was one full of contentment and love. It's moments like those... "real moments"... that make me happy.

5goalWhether it's big or small, reaching that finish line is a great feeling. I've set so many different little goals throughout the course of my blogging life.  I've finished some and fallen short with others...and there's a running list that I'm slowly but surely ticking off. Whatever the case may be, I'm sure you'll all agree with me when I say that completion is a good, good feeling.

hapIt's an obvious one. If you've ever spent any time around me, or here on the blog, you'll know that I am a goober...and that I love that about myself. But really... being silly is one of the things that keeps my spirit light. I can't imagine living a life that was spent 100% in the serious plain. Remember that Friends episode, The One With Rachel's Going Away Party... Chandler can't hug Rachel without blowing a raspberry. He has to lighten the mood. I love to bring goofiness to people like that. Actually...if I'm being honest, everything silly and wonderful about that show makes me happy. This photo really should have been a pic of the cast of Friends. Ha!

What makes you happy?

This is part of the 30 Days of Blogging Prompts.

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