#ThrowbackThursday Photo #TBT

Me and my grandma. I can’t believe I made her get down on the floor to play with me. She was so sweet. Wish she was still here.

I look quite irritated that my mom made us stop playing for a picture, but I’m so grateful to have this photo now.

Quote I Love: Acceptance

“My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.” ― Michael J. Fox

This is such an important statement but also so very hard to achieve. It’s one of the things I’m striving for in my own life, but it is a daily struggle. From little innocuous things that pop up during the day to the bigger events and relationships that impact nearly my entire life, I’m trying to learn to accept the things I cannot change and focus on loving my life, my mind, my body, my passions, and most importantly, the people who surround me.

Thank you to all my readers for giving me the opportunity to continue sharing one of my passions. It means the world to me.

Some of My Favorite Childhood Books

Over the last year or so, my hon and I have been doing a lot of downsizing, getting rid of maybe 50% of our stuff. Which means I’ve been sorting through everything and taking a lot of trips down memory lane. I found this gem the other day. Based on my favorite miniseries when I was a kid. And apparently one of my favorite books. By the look of it, I may have read this book a few times during my youth. Check out the fine duct tape work on the spine.

I also found these. Such an odd collection.

What books do you still have from your childhood?

Quote I Love: The Woman I Am

I’m proud of the woman I am today because I went through one hell of a time becoming her. – Author Unknown

A New Year, A New Journey

This past year certainly had its ups and downs. Some days it was nearly impossible for me to even glance at the latest world news or venture onto Facebook or Twitter and see the turmoil that so many people have been living through. More than once, I was saved by turning to the world of fiction–both reading and writing it. Going along for the ride with a story’s characters is one of life’s greatest treasures for me, and that was certainly never more true than in 2017.

But this past year was also an amazing journey for me–both personally and professionally. I’ve learned so much and grown in ways I was not expecting. I’ve simplified my life, regained confidence, and found a more productive way of living and working. I couldn’t be more excited to see where this new year takes me. There has been a lot of turmoil and change in the writing and publishing world, but thanks to the support of all of you, I’m more excited than ever to share new stories in 2018.

THANK YOU to all of you who’ve read my books this past year. I’m beyond grateful to those of you who took the time to send me a private note or write a review. It means the world to me to hear from you.

I hope you all have a wonderful new year filled with much love and laughter and peace-filled days.