12 Things to be Thankful For

It is Thanksgiving day! I have so many things to be thankful for and take far too much for granted. So today, I’m posting 12 things to be grateful for. 1. I’m thankful for butterflies. While sitting here, there are butterfly wind chimes hanging above me, and I have a butterfly design on a folderContinue reading “12 Things to be Thankful For”

(Re)Write What You Know – A Twist on Writer’s Advice

A common bit of writing advice that you will find if you read books on writing or attend a writer’s conference is this: Write what you know. I’m not refuting that bit of advice in this post, but I do want to offer a little twist on the main idea. First of all, let’s discussContinue reading “(Re)Write What You Know – A Twist on Writer’s Advice”

No Such Thing As a Small Decision

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle You’re standing in the check-out line and see the headline of a magazine. It’s a favorite actor of yours and he’s broken up with yet another girlfriend. You pick it up, eager to know the details of his life.Continue reading “No Such Thing As a Small Decision”

How My Work-from-Home Journey Began

My work-from-home journey actually began in India. I moved there at the age of 16, along with a group of young people who wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of others. We spent the summer involved in a variety of social projects — workshops for prison inmates, ministries to support mentally-challenged individuals,Continue reading “How My Work-from-Home Journey Began”

Seven Reasons to Advertise Your Work-from-Home Business

When you’re working from home, advertising can be as simple as letting someone know who you are and what you do. When you let a neighbor or friend know that you are working from home and doing thus-and-so, you are, in effect, advertising. But while word of mouth is powerful, it can only go soContinue reading “Seven Reasons to Advertise Your Work-from-Home Business”

Is There a Perfect Time to Start Working from Home?

There will never be a “perfect” time to start working from home. I considered waiting on working from home until I earned a graduate degree. When I started working from home in 2010, the only degree I held was a high school diploma. I also thought that perhaps I could better focus on it onceContinue reading “Is There a Perfect Time to Start Working from Home?”

NaNoWriMo: Are You Crazy Enough to Write 50K in 30 Days?

It’s the first day of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. It’s also my husband’s birthday. This happens every year on November first, an extreme conflict of interests in my own life — my desire to do nothing but write, and the fact that life just gets in the way. Participating in NaNoWriMo means taking onContinue reading “NaNoWriMo: Are You Crazy Enough to Write 50K in 30 Days?”

Working from Home — Is It for You?

Do you have a difficult time making decisions? I know I do. I’m somewhat of a perfectionist, so I like to know for sure something is the right path before I take it. The problem is, there’s often no way to know for sure. I read somewhere that you’ll never be more than 80% sure of anyContinue reading “Working from Home — Is It for You?”

Rhythm – A Short Story

Melody peered over the dock. Ripples trembled along the ocean’s surface. She stepped into the ferry, glancing around to get her bearings. “Melody, over here!” Her sister sauntered up and pulled her to a line of reclining seats. “We arrived early to find a good spot. Isn’t this exciting?” Melody tried to share the exuberanceContinue reading “Rhythm – A Short Story”

Four Reasons to Write Short Stories

Photos can be poignant, powerful, or precious glimpses of a moment in time. Each one tells a story. And usually, the story is more than the caption you might see beneath the photo. Far more. There are photos that strike us with awe at the power of nature, like this one: Some photos strike usContinue reading “Four Reasons to Write Short Stories”