Do You Know Your Worth?

It doesn't matter how long I've been doing something, there is always more to learn or better ways to implement that knowledge. I used to tell my kids to learn from my mistakes, as there are plenty of opportunities to make their own without repeating mine. With that in mind, here's my latest opportunity for …

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“Just right” is a myth–do it anyway

So many people are waiting for life and circumstances to be "just right" before launching that business, writing that book, starting a family, or unleashing the next chapter of life. Here's the big secret of those you think are successful: the time will never be "just right." If you want it bad enough, you sacrifice, …

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Are you keeping up with the changes? Life & Social Media

We've all heard some version of the old adage, "If you're not changing, you're dying." Since you last read a blog post from me, I've done a lot of changing. July and August was spent working on a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for my book Why's That Dog in Here? (it wasn't successfully funded, …

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Life and Blogging on the Disabled List

Welcome sports fans, it's baseball season! Unfortunately, I've been on the DL since April 3rd. I've made an effort through the years to keep this blog upbeat, positive, and encouraging. What I've noticed is that when I don't feel those things, I tend not to write. The regular struggle for me is that as a …

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Enjoying the Journey Dad, but Missing You

Dad died eight years ago today. (This last minute post started as a note for family and friends on my personal Facebook page, but before hitting send, I decided it’s appropriate to share here with the world…) I come from a practical, rather stoic family. Birth, taxes, death…just parts of every life. We acknowledge the …

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Celebrating 28-years because and in spite of…

Last weekend Steve and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary. We enjoyed meals at new-to-us restaurants, visited Fort Worth, museums, Sundance Square, a night in a hotel, church with our youngest and his girlfriend, and reminisced about so many things we have experienced and learned over those years. Steve did some Facebook check-ins and status …

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Giving Paws–Book Review and Recommendation

Giving Paws, Martha L. Thompson, Self-Help: Personal Growth/Happiness Stars: 4.5 I must confess at the outset that this book was sent to me by the author. She discovered my website a number of months before her book was released. As we both write about experiences with invisible/chronic illnesses and our service dogs, we quickly connected. …

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Cactus & Kangaroos Wrap-up

This past weekend was the culmination of six months of dreaming, planning, researching, and accomplishing a huge project for Dallas/Fort Worth writers. I have slept and thought for the last three days, and I think I can now summarize what I’ve learned… It all starts with an initial contact. I knew the writers in my …

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5 Years, 100 Posts, and Chocolate

On one hand, it’s not like I ran a marathon. But then again, it kind of is. Today is the fifth anniversary and my one-hundredth post on Unleashing the Next Chapter. Part of me wants to celebrate with champagne and chocolate, and part of me wants to treat it like just another post. If I’ve …

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8 Lessons from WORDfest

For those who follow my social media, you probably recall posts about #dfwWORDfest. It was a huge event for writers in North Texas on April 8, 2017 at Tarrant County College’s Northeast Campus in Hurst, TX. This one day event was planned for months by over a dozen people representing over a dozen different writers groups …

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