Your List of Nine

A young teacher I know gave this assignment to her grade 2 students. Name nine things that make you happy. How difficult would we as adults find this task? How easily can we identify what brings a smile to our face and makes us giggle? My friend’s youngsters had their list finished in moments flat, some even scrawled a #10 and #11. Their lists included wearing my pink sweater, lying on my back on the grass and making up things when I see the clouds, to just plain (excuse me here) farting....more

Savor (almost) every moment

Imagine the Air Jordan logo. Now imagine it rotated 90 degrees to the right. That was me standing in front of the blackberry bush, except I wasn’t doing anything with a basketball. I was reaching to pick berries from a cluster on an out-of-the-way branch, bracing myself against the barbs that threatened to disrupt my almost-precarious balance, lest I drop the container of already-picked berries that I held in my other outstretched hand. The sweet smell of the leaves and grasses and marshy foliage reminded me of picking blackberries during my childhood....more

Why Write? The Article That Led Me to Blogging

Before I became a blogger, I first had to convince myself that I am a  writer. Then, I had some trouble thinking of myself as  a real blogger.   Now, after six months of hard work, 166 posts published on the most - - of every moment, and several featured posts - I finally believe that I have earned both titles....more

Getting My Southern OnBeing a Belle is hard work sometimes. We are raised to have certain standards and expect the rest of the

Being a Belle is hard work sometimes.  We are raised to have certain standards and expect the rest of the world to have them also.  So many of them are unspoken and we've learned them through osmosis from being raised by other Belles. You'd think, at my age I'd know that not all people have those same standards, even if they're from the South.  It's a lesson that I really need to work on learning....more

A Year Ago Today, My Life Changed Forever

It's still so surreal. It feels like just yesterday that my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was so quick, so aggressive, so painful, so hard to watch. I have never experienced anything like it, and I hope to never have to again. ...more

#TransformationTuesday: How an Internet Meme Helped Me Realize That I'm Happy

As an avid Instagram user, I always try to keep up with the latest trends. I don’t always participate, but as someone who loves social media and uses it daily both in my life and career, I like to know what’s popular. Social media is always evolving and changing, and it’s important to me to keep up with those changes. One weekly hashtag that I’ve had an interest in has been #TransformationTuesday. ...more
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When the children are watching

Ever think about the things your child may say or do, or even the personality they develop over time. How much of that do you attribute to genes? How much of that do you attribute to learned behavior or learned response? When people say, “you got it honest,” in reference to someone’s attitude or temper etc., I consider they are attributing the characteristics you are displaying, to your surrounding or experience in seeing that as a way to respond. ...more

Exciting Update & Free eBook

 A collective, “Oh…” joined the waves rushing along the beach beside the volleyball net. Everyone stared. Some dawdled, dragged their feet in the sand. Others shielded the sun from their eyes and squinted toward the dilemma. But no one acted.Except for my husband....more

Week 1: Quiet Time Before Bed

Sleep is the most important thing we can do to keep ourselves healthy ,balanced and focused. Most of us have hard time getting restful sleep, falling asleep or even waking up.My challenge to you is to take 20 minutes before bed all this week, put on quiet music, lie on the floor and do basic stretches and breath clearing exercises. If you are not sure how, look on page 68 of my book. Pay attention to how tight your muscles are and focus on breathing and relaxing. Start to get to know your body and how stressed it is....more