Have you ever dreamed of being a writer?

I have!


It’s been nine months since I shared my new writing adventure, self-publishing a book.

Diligently researching, writing, rewriting and erasing, it has been fun. Today, I formatted my unfinished manuscript for Kindle and decided to print a copy for editing the old fashioned way.


I have to say, aside from my kids, signs, and cakes, I’ve never been more proud of something I’ve created. Holding these pages, it seems more real than typing away tirelessly and staring at a screen.


There is something more special to me about holding it in my hands. Although, it’s only about half done, I can almost taste the reward of accomplishing this dream of mine.


It actually looks like a real book! Ha!

I have my hands in a lot of pots right now and it seems the more I put myself out there in these creative outlets, the easier and less scary it becomes. Don’t get me wrong. I’m scared out of my mind, self-doubt filling my bones with every word I type.


“what if noone wants this?”

“what if they laugh?”

“what if my computer, memory card and external hard drive all simultaneously combust and all my hard work is lost?”


I can’t help but think about all the things I want to say but can’t.  All the things I think are important but not relevant to my (hopefully) future readers.

Needless to say, I will be editing tonight, the old-fashioned way.


Wish me luck!


Love & gratitude,



… to be an author?

I have an announcement!

It’s one thing to write a letter, comment on social media or an email, it’s another thing to proclaim oneself as an author.

Even just writing this blog I don’t think I’m good enough. Self-destructive criticism of my own thoughts written out on the screen before me is frightening.

But, I’m taking a leap.

drumroll please…

I’m becoming an author.

Self-publishing a book of my own is a huge undertaking. I find time to write and research while my babies are sleeping. I beg my husband to read and re-read everything 1,000 times. I’m afraid I won’t actually get it done because my perfectionism is getting the best of me.

In publishing this post I hope that you all will hold me accountable, pray for my sanity and eventually read my non-fiction masterpiece.

A book about homeschooling and getting over some of the hurdles that accompany it, I’m writing to help others on the same journey as me and I also hope to shed light on this wonderful experience that is educating our children at home.

I’m scared and excited all at the same time to be taking the next step and make something of this “thing I” can’t stop thinking about.

Wish me luck!

How to beat the blues: 10 FREE steps to happier you

If you have your BLUE suede shoes on today and need some help figuring out how to beat the funk check out my easy list of 10 FREE ways to kick the blues.

  1. Go for a walk – getting some fresh air and moving around a bit can refresh your mood, especially when birds are chirping or squirrels are about. Something about nature that just makes me happy.
  2. Music – no brainer here: as long as it’s the right type of music. Unless it’s really upbeat and you know it has a happy ending I’d steer clear of country music if you’re sad. Unfortunately this genre has some sad songs about heartbreak.
  3. Call a friend to talk it out – even if just to say “Hi, Judy, I’m having a lousy day.” Talking to a friend can help tremendously. You know you’re not alone and having someone to talk to can lift the spirits.
  4. Take a nap – sometimes even a 15 min. power nap on your coffee break can rejuvenate your mood. It’s like a reset button in the middle of the day.
  5. Shower – I always feel better after a shower! Washing all the negative energy right down the drain, literally.
  6. Fit in a workout – In recent years, its become common knowledge that working out releases hormones called endorphins, which create a chemical reaction in the brain and make it happy. They’re Happy Hormones. Working out can also clear your head as you’re focusing on sweating and counting reps instead of what was bringing you down to begin with.
  7. Read a book – Reading makes the brain work. It strengthens it. It also whisks you away to a magical land of wizards or vampires or whichever fiction novel calls your name (fiction is good because it’s fantasy, and let’s face it: who doesn’t love a good fantasy?)
  8. Fantasy brings me to number 8 Get some lovin’ I’m not going into detail here because… you know.
  9. Visit an animal shelter – you don’t have to stay long because even 5 minutes with a happy puppy or playful kitten can pick up even the lowliest of funks.
  10. Make someone smile – Just by saying hello to a stranger or making a funny face at a kid to see them smile and have an interaction with another human being can really cheer us up. I have no doubt that laughter, smiling and in general, happiness is contagious.

So no matter how sad a song you’re singing get out there, keep your head up and believe there is good in the world!

This post is a Daily Prompt How do you get out of singing the blues?

You’re a stay at home mom? So you don’t HAVE a job!

My job? I don’t have one.

Oh, but I do work. I work hard, too!

Every morning, I wake well before I’m “ready” to and make my bed. WAIT! I can’t make my bed, yet. There are still people in it. That’s right PEOPLE, none of which are my husband.

So I do the bathroom thing, get dressed and make the people’s beds who are now in MY bed… they hear me scurrying and hop out to follow me around and start the chaos.

I go back, make my bed and prompt the people to get themselves dressed.

We venture downstairs where I fill their tummies with food and drink for breakfast. All while tripping over a dog and three cats that are hungry too. Feed them.

The rest of the day is a balancing act of cleaning up, filling tummies, cleaning up, playing, reading, learning, laundry, walking the dog, taking out the trash, filling tummies, cleaning up etc. (not in any particular order)

I’m a stay at home mom! While I don’t “go to a job” My job might be more important than having a conventional employer. My employers need me more than I need a paycheck so I can send them to daycare. We live, laugh, love, and learn at home together.

Some days we venture out into the world, depending on what activities we’re committed to that day. Sometimes we stay in our pj’s.(ah the freedom of homeschooling!)

Besides the physical work, what I do is emotionally, mentally draining. I have my moments but most of them are filled with laughter, fun and silliness.

photo credit: Jenny Grant Digital Imaging

photo credit: Jenny Grant Digital Imaging

I LOVE what I do! I may not jump out of bed every morning excited to get to work – maybe because I’m not a “morning person”- but at the end of the day my feet are tired and my heart is warm so, that’s paycheck enough for me!

This has been a Daily Prompt post

Lights, CAMERA, Action!

Photos can make or break the blog… the camera can make or break the photos…the photographer can make or BREAK the camera.

I have had this happen a time or too. Between, thief, sand, a clumsy 4-year-old and plain old carelessness I have gone through 4 pocket digital cameras in just a few short years.

The quality on these little guys isn’t the greatest but with my track record I’d be a fool to spend a fortune on a high-powered DSL or anything nicer than my little shooter.

I recognize that the integrity of the blog might suffer until I can afford a professional photog or take the risk and invest in something better for myself but until then, I apologize for the poor quality photos.


For my first post I would like to share the inspiration for this web log.

A few years ago, while reading my “juniper”  stories out of this great book, The Book of Children’s Classics, I came across this one: Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney, maybe you know it. It describes the life of a girl who becomes a woman by way of asking questions fulfilling dreams and keeping promises. The best line and most moving moment was that of her grandfather who makes her promise, “there is a third thing you must do” he says to little Alice, ” you must do something to make the world more beautiful.”

It stuck. It rang true for my every existence. So simple, yet difficult.

I too have set out on this very task and intend to keep my promise.

If only with this blog, make one life in this world more beautiful with my words, thoughts, or love.