How Soon Is Too Soon For Couples Therapy?

Since I had not read Bared to You, the first book in Sylvia Day's Crossfire series, I was surprised to find that Eva and Gideon were in couple's counseling. Based on what I had read to that point in Reflected in You, their relationship still seemed young and new. By Eva's own admission, they hadn't been together that long:...more
In real life, I think if you need therapy from the beginning it's probably not a good match. ... more

The Magical Post-Breakup Makeover

After a breakup, particularly one you did not initiate, your self confidence can take a bit of a beating. During this time my friends and I frequently turned to the magical healing powers of a post-breakup makeover. We would change our hair or buy a new outfit and they became our new armour against the hurt....more
A good "makeover day" does wonders to give me a pick me up when I'm feeling down. Even if it's ... more

What Does Independence Mean To You?

At some point, we all strive for a little independence in our lives. We want to make our own decisions -- call the shots. We want to control our own destiny. Eva, the main character in Sylvia Day's Reflected in You, craved independence from an early age, in large part due to the fact that in many ways her mother was dependent on the men in her life. ...more
My personal definition of independence means that I live life on my own terms at all times. It's ... more

How Do You Recharge?

Sometimes, we all need a little time to recharge. We each have our own way of doing that. Sometimes we do it alone. Other times we call upon our friends and loved ones to help us recharge our batteries. In Sylvia Day's Reflected in You, Eva recharges with her best friend, Cary. ...more
I recharge by reading or sleeping. I read a lot as it is. So I might relax by reading a novel ... more

Red-Hot Romance: Reflected in You

As a long-time reader of romance novels, it's been really interesting to see how they -- and erotica in particular -- have suddenly exploded in popularity in 2012. I've always known people who have read erotica and romance, but the books are receiving media coverage as I've never seen before. I believe that many people are discovering what we long-time readers have always known -- it's the connection between the two main characters that takes center stage in these novels. I believe that it's the connection between Eva and Gideon that has skyrocketed the second book in Sylvia Day's Crossfire series, Reflected in You, to the top of people's reading piles and to the number one spot on the New York Times trade paperback bestsellers list. ...more
I love this series. One of my friends recommended it to me and I tore through the first book in ... more

Heather Wells is Size 12 and Ready to Rock

I've been accused of being a Meg Cabot fan girl. It's true. I do find her books fun but no matter how much fun a Meg Cabot book is, there's always something going on below the surface. In the case of Heather Wells, there's some personal reinvention, self confidence and a whole lot of positive body image. Mandy was wary about reading Size 12 and Ready to Rock but found that there's a whole lot to love. - Karen ...more
Thanks for sharing my review Karen! I loved Size 12 and Ready To Rock and I can't wait to go ... more

Lessons Learned from Weekly Writing Exercises

Weekly writing exercises aren't quite as difficult for me as daily morning pages, but I'll admit that I still struggle with them. Yet I still find myself thinking about the writing prompts in Julia Cameron's My Artist's Way Toolkit, even if I don't put a pen to paper. I'm not always good at putting my thoughts down but these exercises are still teaching me some important lessons....more
Oh Karen! You hit the nail on the head with this post! There is so much I can relate to. Most of ... more

Do You Ever Go On Dates - By Yourself?

While it's true that I suck at morning pages, it's equally true that I love ...more
I like the idea of the Artist's Dates but sometimes I tweak them. For example, instead of a walk ... more

Where Do You Find Inspiration?

One of the things that I appreciate about Julia Cameron's new My Artist's Way Toolkit is how she's forcing me to pay attention. Yes, my morning pages may be a to do list most days (and yes, I still suck at them) but maybe one out of five days I'll find myself writing out a really good idea. I may not write down a single word after an Artist's Date but during it I'll be observing the things around me. Inspiration can happen anywhere. ...more
This month I am drawing inspiration from my children and our home. July is first month in months ... more

I Suck at Daily Morning Writing Exercises

When I mention Julia Cameron or The Artist's Way, chances are one of the first things you will think of is morning pages. When I signed up for the My Artist's Way Toolkit, I was a bit hesitant. I knew that morning pages were part of the bargain, and I've never been good at them. After a few weeks of using the service I can tell you that I still suck at morning pages. ...more
I also suck at morning pages. I understand the purpose of them, but I am a night owl. Sometimes ... more