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Writing Wednesday

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Wednesday is the day I like to share information, tips and inspiration with writers and bloggers. The kind of information that I wish someone would have shared with me back then.

I stopped making New Year’s Resolutions many years ago for the usual reason. I never, ever accomplished them and I was so tired of the feeling of failure. I would start out every January promising myself I was going to exercise, eat right, visit more people; become serious about my writing and so on and so on.

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Keep Moving Forward…


Keep Moving Forward Challenge:

I will post an entry in the Keep Moving Forward Challenge every Thursday from now through March 2015. To join in on the journey, use the comment section to tell us about how you “kept moving forward” that week. Write about it on your own blog site (and include the link in the comments), make a video, and/or use the hashtag #KeepMovingForwardChallenge on the social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).


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Keep Moving Forward

It’s always easier to move forward when we have something to look forward to or something or someone special waiting for us.

I am an obsessive planner. I want to know what is happening every second of everyday and if for some reason I can’t know, I become anxious. Then there are those times that you know something unpleasant is coming and thinking about it causes anxiety.

confused woman

Before a recent surgery on my jaw (the 6th in a series of 8,) I was anxious because I knew the recovery would be painful and long. I also knew I would be craving my favorite foods for weeks.

I gave up worrying two years ago for New Year’s and an exercise I used to stop worrying was to close my eyes and imagine the most positive outcome for the situation that had me stuck in worry. If I was worried about my daughter arriving safely with the children, I closed my eyes and pictured them walking through the door.  That positive thinking is pretty much a habit now.

Recently I started using that exercise to help me get unstuck, to give me something to look forward to when I moved forward.

Faking it till you make it is working for me.

Before that recent surgery I pictured myself on the other side of recovery enjoying a steak and a salad, smiling. It wasn’t easy but it did help.

Feeling stuck during the editing of The Stranger In MyRecliner, frustrated with waiting for the answers to research questions and dealing with seemingly endless contract issues, the anxiety tried to get the best of me. When I felt the familiar soreness creeping in on my shoulders I would get up from the computer and take a break. I would close my eyes and imagine myself at a Barnes & Noble author event or a book signing/happy hour at the most amazing place for a book signing, the library at my favorite beach.

Doreen and Barbara meet IRL Schaivo Library (at the beach)

Doreen and Barbara meet IRL Schaivo Library (at the beach)

I used to get into a lot of trouble for daydreaming when I was younger. Spending time imagining positive outcomes feels a lot like daydreaming but today I’d rather think of it as time well wasted, like a vacation for my mind that fuels my creativity and leaves me wanting to #Keep Moving Forward.


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10 Suggestions to help you achieve your 2014 goals…




I stopped making New Year’s Resolutions a few years ago and moved on to creating New Year’s Goals. This year I am also planning to have a ‘word’ of the year. A word, that reminds me to focus on those goals.  It took me a few years to get serious about my goal list but I believe 2013 was one of my most successful thus far at achieving those goals. My list of goals for 2014 isn’t quite finished yet so I thought I would share a list of suggestions that helped me to achieve my 2013 goals.

     1.  Quit worrying NOW! Worrying is nothing but a major time suck. It is like running on a hamster wheel. You will use all of your energy and get nowhere. Worrying will NEVER change the outcome of ANYTHING.

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US Airways employees need sensitivity training but I don’t believe…


I do not believe in sensitivity training, it was that bad…

Welcome to my edition of Friday Fragments. If you want to learn more about Friday Fragments visit our lovely hostess, Mrs. 4444.

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Thursdays Favorite Things…








Good Orderly Direction

My husband uses this little phrase quite often. I have been thinking about it a lot lately.

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O is for OMG

OMG- is a common abbreviation used in SMS [short message service] It stands for Oh My God, Oh My Goodness or Oh My Gosh.

I thought the abbreviation came about in the 21st century but no the first time OMG was used was in a letter to Winston Churchill in 1917 []

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Good Orderly Direction…

Happy Week two of the A-Z Challenge!

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Good Orderly Direction

My husband uses this little phrase quite often. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately.

Direction is something most of us don’t give a second thought to anymore. We just get in the car and plug the address into our GPS and the annoying voice in the box tells us exactly where to go.

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Post # 250, Friday Fragments and a monster snow storm…really??

It’s Friday and on Fridays I like to join some friends in something we call Friday Fragments. You can find all about this fun filled Friday fest along with finding out about the lovely host Mrs. 4444 over here:

Friday Fragments


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