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What I Learned in November (from John Grisham to Bullet Journaling)

There’s something thought provoking about taking the time to dwell on what I’ve learned. My entire fall has been all consumed by book knowledge and know-how (or which I have little) so settling on a few simple things for November gave me some much needed perspective. In no particular order, here’s what I learned: FB… Continue reading What I Learned in November (from John Grisham to Bullet Journaling)

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About NaNoWriMo & Lowered Expectations

Chances are if you’re NaNoWriMo-ing (writers love to make up words), you’re halfway through and you might’ve hit that wall. The first five days it’s all bliss and world-building. You’re as smitten by your characters as they may be with each other. Then this story has to actually go somewhere. You’re halfway in–maybe you’re even… Continue reading About NaNoWriMo & Lowered Expectations

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Ordinary Graces (Book Review + $75 Giveaway)

I believe wholeheartedly in the glory of the everyday ordinary. The morning light through the window on the hardwoods of my kitchen floor. The coolness of clean sheets after a long, weary day. The colors of peppers and onions caramelizing in a cast iron skillet. In her new book of everyday devotions, Lucinda Seacrest McDowell… Continue reading Ordinary Graces (Book Review + $75 Giveaway)

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What Makes Your Story

My first morning on Edisto I poured my coffee and wandered down to the beach that’s almost unrecognizable behind the tower of manmade sand piles standing in for washed away dunes. And I walked right into the sunrise. I sat in that damp sand in my yoga pants with the bleach stain, closed my eyes,… Continue reading What Makes Your Story

reflections · writing

The One Question Undoing Us All

How’s it going? It’s asked so simply, so quickly, so this-is-what-I’m-supposed-to-say that almost always I respond with that ingrained response–Fine. All good. Can’t complain. Pick your poison. Because what if we all actually answered that question honestly–How’s it going? It? Life? Finances? Motherhood? Job? State of the union? Facebook following? There’s too much, maybe. Really.… Continue reading The One Question Undoing Us All

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Why I Don’t Enjoy My Grocery Store (and other things I’m learning)

We moved over a year ago. Ten miles down the road, jumped the county line. New schools, new community, new grocery store. But I keep going back to the old one. Because I like my routine and I like what I know and I don’t like it when I have to figure out something new.… Continue reading Why I Don’t Enjoy My Grocery Store (and other things I’m learning)