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A Holy Week Playlist

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Holy Week playlist
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I listen music almost all the time; when I’m working, when I’m running or biking,
when I’m sewing, and definitely when I’m cooking. Making dinner after a day of
mentally wrestling with characters and plots absolutely requires a peppy playlist. And
possibly a few equally peppy dance moves? It’s been known to happen.

My musical tastes are wide and varied. I like Gilbert and Sullivan, Rogers and
Hammerstein. I also like Yo-Yo Ma and Mozart. And the Beach Boys. And Queen.

You’ll find a lot of Christian contemporary music on my Spotify playlist as well.
That’s something I tune into often when I’m working out. Those joyous, hopeful
lyrics lift my spirit as well as my feet.

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SOMETIMES IT’S GOOD TO BE LOST

Adventure and Travel, Grow in Wisdom
getting lost
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In case you hadn’t picked up on it by now, I am a planner.

I love a good to-do list and am utterly devoted to my schedule.  Seeing my Living Well Planner with my daily tasks time-blocked and color-coded, fills me with the satisfaction and the comfort of feeling in control of my circumstances. People frequently ask how I’m able to get so much done. Organization is my secret weapon, making a plan and sticking to it.

Take my workout routine. Even when I’m traveling, I block out time in my schedule for exercise.  It’s a good plan when it works, and sometimes even when it doesn’t.

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Growing in Knowledge Just for the Sake of It

Grow in Wisdom
learning for a lifetime

It’s my birthday this week. Letting my new age sink in and embracing this next year wholeheartedly has got me thinking about a few things.

As I reflect back on what I’ve accomplished with my life, what I’m still working on, and what I hope to do before I cross the finish line, there are a few main themes that run through it all.

Some are more prevalent during certain times. Sisterhood. Motherhood. Family. Career. Creativity. Quilting. Glamping. Simon Baker. Chocolate. I could go on. continue reading

Coping With Grief by Helping Others

Nurture Your Soul

From Marie:

I don’t invite people to guest post here unless they are very special people with something important to share.  Tierney Davis Hogan, definitely qualifies.

Tierney was the first friend I made when I moved to Central Oregon.  I actually met her before I moved, at a fabric trade show. Her husband was with her. When Terry learned I was a novelist, he asked what kind of books I wrote. With a completely straight face, I answered, “Erotica.”  Terry blushed all the way up to his ears! It was a terrible trick to play on someone I’d just met. But something told me he was a guy who could take a joke. I was right. He was a very good sport about it.

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Prosperity Is So Much More Than Money

Grow in Wisdom
prosperity
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I bring you more sparkling wisdom from the very fierce and very wise Peggy Doviak, the same CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM practitioner that has shared insights on the Fierce blog like how to celebrate the holidays without blowing your budget, setting and achieving financial goals, and how to afford retirement

I’m an enthusiastic fan of hers because she has helped my husband and I get our own finances in order and her book has brought us a treasure trove of inspiration as we plan for the future. 

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Goal Setting Tips: Looking Backward

Nurture Your Soul, Shape Your Legacy
goal setting tips

If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, you know I am a big believer in the power and importance of goal setting.  There’s no better time to think through your goals than when getting ready to kick off a new year.

Please note: I’m not talking about making resolutions but about setting goals. There is a big difference!

RESOLUTIONS VERSUS GOALS

More often than not, making a resolution involves little more than throwing out some vague idea regarding how you’d like to do better in the coming year and hoping it will kind of, sort of, magically work.

Goal setting involves taking time to seriously consider what you want to accomplish and then coming up with a real plan to make it happen. Setting goals means coming up with an action plan that involves specific steps, strategies, and timelines for completion. It’s an activity I take very seriously and invest quite a bit of time in.

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Waiting For Your Stoning: Why You Need To Forgive Yourself

Healing and Hope
forgive yourself

I’ve received so many lovely notes of congratulations on the airing of Christmas Everlasting, the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie based on my novel, The Second Sister.  Thank you so much to everyone who wrote. Your notes have touched me.

Those that impacted me most came from people who wrote to say that the movie’s themes about self-forgiveness hit very close to home. Like my character, Lucy, these people feel terribly guilty about something they’ve done in the past and say they just can’t let it go.

I get it.

I think that most people feel like that at some level, as though they have made mistakes that can never be erased completely. Sometimes, it’s really hard to put the past in the past. continue reading

Love You Because…

Cherish Relationships, Grow in Wisdom
love languages

Before the start of each new year, I think carefully and choose a word to represent a personal quality or trait I want to focus on for the coming year. This isn’t something I thought up myself.  The first person I heard talk about this was Debbie Macomber, a wonderful author who is also a wonderful friend. Debbie is someone who has mastered the art of living intentionally, and that quality shines through in her character and her life.

Since then, I’ve met many others who also choose a word of the year. If this is a new concept for you, I recommend you give it a try in 2019; it’s a practice that can help focus your intention and even change your life, in large ways and small.

My word of the year for 2017 was love, and it was one of the most challenging words I’ve ever chosen. However, searching for ways to live out that word, intentionally showing love to someone every day taught me a lot. It also changed me, in some some good ways. continue reading

Our Journey: What I’ve Learned Since My Husband’s Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Cherish Relationships, Family, Healing and Hope

Two years ago, my husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

This is something I haven’t talked about much until today, not online and not on this blog.  There were a couple of reasons for that.

For one thing, though it impacted me as well, it really wasn’t my story to tell.  It was my husband’s and he is a very private person.

Also, in our usual straightforward and efficient way, we handled it.  After talking with doctors and doing quite a bit of research, my husband had surgery to remove his prostate.  The margins were clear and no chemotherapy or radiation was deemed necessary. After a few months of recovery, everything seemed fine and we went on with our lives. continue reading

How to Face your Fears When Self-Doubt Tells You To Give Up

Grow in Wisdom, Marie's Triathlon Journey
face your fears

I’m writing this on a Saturday.  Not just any Saturday but the Saturday that falls exactly one week before September 8, 2018.

That’s the day I’ll be running my first triathlon. It’s the day I’ve been dreaming about for nearly a year. But lately, not necessarily in a good way.

A month ago, I wrote a post on how to train for a first triathlon. Near the end of that post, I recalled all the miles of training and hours of preparation I’ve put in for September 8th.  Though I was nervous, I said I felt confident that I was ready and would finish the race. Not only that, I predicted I would finish strong.

That was then.

Now I’m not so sure. continue reading