February Already!!

 

I can’t believe February is here already!  January is always a month of recovery from the craziness that December brings (three birthdays in our house, Christmas and several other family birthdays), but not this year!  This year, I hit the ground running and started another dream team with my fabulous writing teacher, Christina Katz (www.christinakatz.com).

Writing classes started last week and they are stretching me to become a better writer.  In one class, we are currently focusing on memoir writing and that has been incredibly draining.  I see potential there, but it is definitely draining.

The thing I am most excited about is that my work is getting published.  And not just getting published, but CONSISTENTLY.  Last month Oregon Family ran one of my pieces and this month I am featured in both Westchester Parent and Parenting Plus magazine.

I am thrilled to finally see results in my writing again.  I know that hard work pays off and I am working harder than ever to keep it paying off!

What I Have Learned So Far About Daily Blogging

This month I am participating not only in NaBloPoMo and posting to my blog every day in November, but I am participating in #thankful as well.  It is amazing to me that, eight days in, I am still sticking to it!  It hasn’t been easy to remember to post something that I am thankful for every day (even though there is so much to be thankful for), but I’m doing it!  The act of remembering to Tweet it, share it, use the right hashtag and actually the thought out there is what I struggle to remember.

That intentional act of sharing gratitude has made a difference not just between my ears with the thoughts that I have running through my mind, but with the way I deal with my children and teach them gratitude as well.

Blogging daily challenges me constantly and there have now been two days where I’ve doubled up so as not to forget the following day.  I love writing.  Getting my words onto paper every day is a habit I have been sorely forgetting in recent months.  My writing teacher, Christina Katz, has a challenge called “21 Moments” that I am participating in this month in order to stretch my writing.  And a stretch it has been!  In the best possible way.

I think I have gotten more words into my computer this month in just eight short days than I have in the last year!  I am so excited!

I am really working on that list.

This afternoon, I am planning to do some serious self-care before I pick the kids up and then spend some time helping Maddie get ready for her first middle school dance.  I am psyched for her!

I hope you all have a fantastic Friday!

“Effective Family Meetings” in St. John’s Parent!

Cover of StJohnsParentBeing a mom excites me.  It is a never ending challenge to get bedtimes organized and homework checked while making sure that everyone is getting the required amount of mommy time, attention and love.  I have never found anything as rewarding as parenting, but writing comes in a very close second.  When I see my name in print, pride kicks in.  It’s that same gleeful feeling inside that I feel when my kid kicks a winning soccer goal or (especially) when my son holds a door open in order to be a “gentleman.”

Last month, one of my articles hit the stands in Florida as a feature in St. John’s Parent.  I’m pretty proud of the article on family meetings as it is something I do with my own family every week.  If you have a chance, check it out.  You can click here to access the full issue.  My article is on page 10 of the magazine.

NaBloPoMo Here We Go!

NanoCrestWriting a novel (or fifty) is a bucket list item I would like to tick off sooner rather than later. I have always wanted to (and vow that one day I will) win at NaNoWriMo.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month.  During this time, the organizers encourage participants to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in 30 days.  If you finish, you’re a winner.  If you don’t, well, hopefully you have the beginning of a great work.

After weeks of pneumonia and a sick baby, however, NaNoWriMo ain’t happening for this Mama.  I am going to stick to writing shorter pieces for a little while.  While I am still actively submitting work to magazines for publication, I plan to participate in NaBloPoMo as well.  Like NaNoWriMo, National Blog Posting Month encourages writers to do what we do best: WRITE!  I will be posting at least once a day for the next thirty days, maybe more often, we will see.  The point is, it’ll be regular.

I’m looking forward to a weekend of writing and hope all of you enjoy yours as well!

 

Leap of Faith

A wise person I know once said that real writers write.  They don’t just talk about writing or think about what their lives would be like if they were writing.  They put pen to paper (or fingertips to keyboard), first and foremost.  So what is stopping the rest of us?

I for once could go back into my childhood, pinpoint the exact moment as a young adult where my hopes and dreams of writing for a living were crushed and when, ultimately, I stopped writing.  But it really doesn’t matter.  That wise, wise woman is right.  Just like personal hygiene and exercise don’t become a habit unless you make it a priority, so writing doesn’t get done unless you make it happen.

So here I am.  Writing.  Continue reading