The Value of Networking

Do you participate in networking with other writers or freelancers in other areas of specialization? In my experience, networking has made significant differences in my productivity, my time management, and my overall sense of “community” with like-minded people. Let’s face it, everyone needs encouragement from time to time. Accountability partners provide a valuable service, as […]

Amazing New Year’s Fireworks from London

Since we are just about one week into our new year of 2012, I wanted to share this video of London’s amazing fireworks display. What was your favorite part of this fireworks display? I watched more than one version, and I was awed by the brilliance of the colors, the length of time and number […]

My Mom Passed Away Six Months Ago

It doesn’t seem possible, but my Mom passed away six months ago today. My Dad is also gone, since September 2, 2002. It’s odd to think of myself and my three siblings as “orphans,” since we’re all adults – but one of the church leaders who led Mom’s memorial service talked to us shortly after […]

National Hobby AND Hot Tea Month – How Convenient!

Happy National Hobby Month – oh, and Happy Hot Tea Month! How convenient that they both occur in the same month! While I occasionally partake certain other beverages, hot tea is definitely my drink of choice, especially during cold New England winters. I frequently sip tea while planning my next project, or refill my tea […]

Check Out Etsy for Quality Handmade Items

I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge again, since it helped me get started on blogging regularly LAST year and I needed the motivation to get going with it again THIS year. I was happy to use today’s suggestion to talk about online retailing sites such as Etsy. I admit to being rather biased, since […]

What Are You Doing for YOU This Year?

That may sound like a selfish title or idea – but it really isn’t. Think about it – if you do all you can to take care of yourself, it means you will be a better person for all those people in your life who care about you. Pay attention to your health. Work on […]

10 Confidence-Building Quotes from Joyce Meyer

I am a big fan of Joyce Meyer, one of the most well-known Bible teachers and motivational speakers of her era, who is also a #1 New York Times bestselling author with more than 80 inspirational books, as well as thousands of audio teachings and a video library.   Her down to earth, practical teaching […]

Each New Year Brings – CHANGE

Change is inevitable, yet we often tend to resist it, even if it represents a GOOD change in our lives. Each new year typically brings change in some area or another, whether in our personal or professional lives, or both. A major change that began in 2011 and continues into 2012 is the restructuring or […]

Welcome 2012 – Time to Establish Goals

Hello and welcome BACK to my blog – I say that to readers as well as to myself, as the author of this blog! The second half of 2011 was difficult, to put it mildly. Following highs of my best freelance month ever, back in May 2011 (over $2400), and my youngest daughter’s wedding in […]