My Second TV Appearance (hello maturity, goodbye flippers)

The first time I was on TV, the local news interviewed me in a Stop and Shop parking lot while I used a flipper to clear snow from my windshield during a blizzard. The roads were so bad, I didn’t get home in time to watch the evening news. My disappointment over missing my debut […]

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How to Create a Killer DIY Writing Retreat

Have you ever dreamed of attending a fancy writing retreat, where huge carafes of coffee and a selection of herbal teas are available all day long? You’re surrounded by woods, or maybe water, but definitely other writers. Also, there would be fruit bowls and trays of fresh scones and muffins. You’d have deleted Facebook from your phone […]

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My Impostor Syndrome Workshop at the DU Women’s Conference

If you haven’t used Powerpoint in over ten years and if you’re giving a 90-minute talk for the first since, well, ever, then there are no words to explain how highly I’d recommend choosing Impostor Syndrome as your topic. If you don’t know what Impostor Syndrome is, in a nutshell, it’s a fancy way of […]

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The Story Behind There’s No Room for Fear in a Burley Trailer

Not long after Dan and I met, he said, “It would be so fun to publish a book of your best blog posts.” I said, “Yeah!” And then after I thought about it some more, I said “No!” Dan kept bugging me about it, and I kept saying no, and after a while he started […]

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5 Things I Learned From NaNoWriMo

This is the second of a two-part series on my experience with NaNoWriMo (aka National Novel Writing Month, which is November). You can read my the first one, where I talk about how I did it here. In November 2013 a friend and I dared each other to take on NaNoWriMo, which requires you to write […]

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NaNoWriMo: How I Did It

November’s almost here. Which means it’s almost my birthday. It also means we are approaching National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I took on the November NaNoWriMo Challenge in 2013 but I never blogged about it. Probably because I was busy writing a novel, and growing a human, so by December, I was too tapped out […]

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Musings on Motherhood, Guilt, and Creativity

I struggle with guilt. When I feel burnt out on being a stay at home mom (which happens at least once a day), I remember these years in my kids’ lives are short, that I am so lucky to have the option to stay home and that I am free to work on my writing […]

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Workout Wednesday Volume 18: It’s Ok Not to Have a Fitness Goal (and why balance is overrated)

I love goals. It might even be fair to say I’m a goal junkie. Goals are what get me up before dawn (or before the kids get up, which is roughly the same stupidly early hour). Goals are what get me to lace up my sneakers when I’m not in the mood to work out and my […]

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Fast and Focused Writing

I went to a writing workshop this weekend called “Fast and Focused Writing With Lori DeBoer.” Lori DeBoer is a local writer and writing coach. I had been to one of her workshops previously and I liked it, so I thought, “What the heck?” I could stand to be a lot faster and more focused […]

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Listen Up!

I had the pleasure of being a guest on Sarah Bagley‘s podcast this week. Her blog is dedicated her struggle to live a B+ life, or working on abandoning her perfectionist tendencies. Despite the fact that I am not naturally a perfectionist, I do struggle with trying to do too many things all the time.. […]

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