Captivating … Your Heart Matters!


One of my favorite New Year’s Resolutions is to re-read some of my all-time favorite books. With a head full of congestion and little- to-no energy this past week, I was able to get a jump start on that resolution! The first book on my list that was literally pulling at my heartstrings was Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge.

“The message of Captivating is this: your heart matters more than anything else in all creation. The desires you had as a little girl and the longings you still feel as a woman — they are telling you of the life God created you to live. He offers to come now as the hero of your story, to rescue your heart and release you to live as a fully alive and feminine woman. A woman who is truly captivating.

Every woman was once a little girl. And every little girl holds in her heart her most precious dreams. She longs to be swept up into a romance, to play an irreplaceable roll in a great adventure, and to be the beauty of the story. Those desires are far more than a child’s play. They are the secret to the feminine heart. Because that is the heart God set within every woman.” Continue reading

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Common Cold/Flu Bug Got You Down

Common Cold Symptoms

So I’ve come down with a nasty bug this week that’s making me stay in bed! I probably don’t need to go to the doctor’s office but I feel awful. When I get sick, it’s always an upper respiratory infection (URI) that settles in, including the common cold, sinus infections, chest colds (bronchitis), or the flue, caused by the influenza virus. I can’t breathe, my head is heavy, and my body aches. The only thing I can do is rest in bed. The good news is there’s so much we can do at home to feel better, but we have to learn what works best for us as well as when to do what. Continue reading

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Life’s Too Short

Life is too Short Book Cover

As I wake up today I realize that this book author video will help determine my future as an author. This is either the start of an epic journey, or the one and only book I may ever write. What flows from this video and how the rest of the world responds to it will decide if I leave a legacy for a few or for many.

If this is the only book I ever write, I want to say I am so grateful to my forever friends and family for their unwavering support, encouragement, and prayers. And if this is the last book I ever write, I want to thank God for the patience and determination it took to share my written word with others. With the love and support of my faith community, friends, and family, I have made it through the hardest season of my life, and I’m truly looking forward to all that God has in store for me!

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Own Your Favorite Books in Hard Copy

Live Love Laugh Books (2)

Living life to the fullest is one of the top 3 items on many New Year’s Resolution lists … specifically, exploring a new hobby or skill. What’s the secret to sticking with that resolution? For me, it’s constant praying, reading, writing, and researching. As a result, I myself have bought more books and journals in December and January than probably any other time of the year. That being said, every 2-3 years I turn around and give many of those books away! With so many choices today, which version should I get when it comes to buying a book? I personally have never gotten used to the whole eBook thing … I like sitting down in a comfortable chair with a book in my hand! As for hard or soft back, I like both, depending on the purpose of the book. If it’s for research, I’m most likely to get a soft copy that I can easily carry around with me. But, if it’s a book I know I will want to keep in my personal library then I go for the hard copy. Not only will it last forever, but I can use it when decorating my desk and shelves. Nick Douglas, staff writer for Likehaker, also suggests buying your favorite books in hard copy, and here’s why…

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Family Getaways


Although I grew up on the east coast of Florida in the sleepy little town of Indialantic Beach, many Christmas and spring break holidays have brought our family back to the central west coast of Florida. All within an easy hour drive of each other there is a perfect mix of beaches and culture among the cities of Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater, and Tarpon Springs. Besides chilling and just simply enjoying each other and the sunshine state, we always find something to do, from attending music and dance festivals, performing arts, and sporting events to visiting theme parks and sandy beaches. Continue reading

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Life is too Short to be Anything but Happy and Healthy

LIfe is too Short Book Cover Front and Back

Crazy good … my book is now available! Hard back … Soft back … eBook … Amazon …. Barnes and Noble … Xlibris! Happy New Year!


“People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.”

We’ve heard it said that “people come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.” For most of my life I didn’t have any real life experiences that had given me an empathetic understanding of how profoundly true this statement is. During my life thus far, the deaths I had experienced were my grandparents timely deaths at older ages. And, I had left behind many dear friends having moved seven times in my adult life. And sure, there were plenty of scary trips to the doctor’s office and emergency rooms with sick and injured family members. But then, within a five-year time span many of those I held nearest and dearest to me went out of my daily life forever. With the death of both my parents, the end of my vocation as an active mother, the end of a 27 year marriage, and the death of my oldest son at the young age of 28, the reality of this profound quote hit me like never before. Continue reading

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Yeah, I know “All Dogs (Don’t) Go to Heaven” but Weezy did!


For those who are not familiar with this movie, All Dogs Go To Heaven is an animated musical fantasy comedy-drama film released by United Artists in 1989. Not knowing how heavy this animated film was, I took my boys to this movie about dogs when they were six and four, and remember hoping afterward that they were too young to absorb the darkness in the story line. I thought it would be a good life lesson, especially if the dogs put a fun spin on the message of going to heaven. But, in the movie only the good and obedient dogs went to heaven. Not exactly the message our loving and forgiving Father gave us through his Son. And anyone who has or ever had a dog, knows that they love unconditionally just as our Father does. That being said, I, must say that I have always enjoyed the company of a good dog. The following reflection on the cutest Pug ever, Weezy, is yet, another example of me processing my feelings by expressing them in writing. Continue reading

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