Category Archives: Journal

When you feel like giving up…

The age-old question, “are you going to give up?” plagues every one of us at some point and often many times over. We are tempted to ask the words when we are on diets or in the throes of a tough exercise routine or neck and neck at the end of the race. These words […]

40 lessons learned from 40 years of life.

1. You can’t make someone love you let alone like you. And in the long run, you should not be seeking the approval of men, although it’s a nice thing to have. All that matters is that you not just know but fully grasp that God loves you. 2. You should never buy a used […]

Houston, we have lift off!

I had always wanted to be a mother. When I was a little girl I loved baby dolls and played with them often with my sister and the friends that also enjoyed them. I did a lot of pretending and practicing of parenting on those fabric and rubber dolls. I chastised them when they got […]

Your clothing speaks…

How we dress, do our hair or wear accessories actually says a lot about us without saying anything at all. It can in many ways tell you about personalities and the core make up of people. Now I realize this isn’t always the case and it can come across as judgemental, but I can assure […]

When a 9-year-old teaches the 39-year-old…

“Hey mom! Check out this roly-poly!” the almost ten-year-old girl said with excitement. I glanced quickly down at her dirty little hands and saw the tiny grey bug cruising along her pink skin. She has been ever so busy the last few days with building a roly-poly habitat in a large bucket. She has all […]

A Haunted House Experience

My husband and I recently rented a 150-year-old Victorian Home off Airbnb. We needed a place to stay during a Love After Marriage seminar we were attending. He knows I like vintage things, and from the ad, this home seemed like a lovely place to stay. The home had all period furniture. It had three […]

I will no longer shop at Victoria Secret

When I was about 14 years old, magazines from Victoria Secret would flood our home weekly. Or at least it seemed weekly. Before I was even 14, I had self-esteem body issues. I began dating the man who is now my husband at that age. I was fairly mature for a 14-year-old and desired to […]

Run Away Notes 101

Movement moves my mind. Yes, Whether I’m in the car, on a train, in a plane, or making my body work by jogging. My brain is coming up with all sorts of creative ideas. My imagination is creating new chapters of stories, little fine details of peoples faces, adding emotions to the characters and sometimes […]

I Need You and You Need Me

I came to my desk to write and stopped to stare a moment out the bedroom window this afternoon. I was sipping on a little jar of kombucha. The chimes clanged and clonged with the wind knocking them together. We are probably going to get an early spring and the juniper tree that offers it […]

Hey North American women. What are you marching for?

Hey North American women! What are you angry about? Why do you proclaim to be so enraged? Do you not have everything you need plus more? Have you been in the shoes of an innocent ten-year-old girl on the streets of Thailand playing with a passing butterfly unaware that you were to be given to […]

Friend or no?

In today’s society, I don’t think its easy to keep and develop good friendships. We are too busy, too swamped, to make it worse, we communicate so often over cold, impersonal mediums such as texting! If you’re communicating with a friend of text message, things can be misread, or misstated and often ignored altogether. It’s easy for them to pretend they never saw your message.

Project Novel in the Face of Fear

The last year, I have not been writing much on my blog, but I have been writing. I have been working on my first Novel and have completed it to the point of editing it. I don’t know if people will enjoy the story or not, but the accomplishment in and of itself is big […]

About that word BRAVE

Everywhere,  we see the word brave. What is it, what does it mean? Everyone is sure they want to be it, the word is pure adrenaline and highlighted with a lovely shade of the coolness factor. We all want it because when we are brave, we allow the change in ourselves that is most certainly not […]

The Way I Voted.

If you think this is a post telling you all about who I voted for and why you would be mistaken. I wouldn’t share that with you, no matter who I voted for. Because, really, why would I want to know that about you? And, Why do you need to know that about me? So, you […]

I can’t be your friend; without you.

I’m unclear who coined the phrase, “ If you want a friend, be a friend”, but it rings true. I don’t know how many times I have repeated this to my kids, probably at least five thousand times. 😉

Exercising your TRUST muscle

Central Oregon flipped its switch from Spring to Summer about two weeks ago. It’s been warm and right now, we are getting drenched by rain that is falling so hard you would think the drops are in competition with who can get down to the ground the fastest. It’s one of those rain storms where […]

I struggled for a long time and didn’t realize it.

This was not easy for me to write, but I feel it’s important to write it, even if just one person reads it and it helps them it’s worth it to me. So I did, I wrote it. I hope that it may be able to help you. Once upon a time, I didn’t know […]

Bubble Morphing

I can see us human beings as bubbles. Being blown out of the same wand and floating in the same air drifting where the air takes us. We bump into one another and when we touch, we are molded into something new and become different. It could be ever slight, but still, we manage to […]