Thanks to You!

I just wanted to thank each and every one of you that reads my posts, hits the “like” button, takes the time to comment, shares my writing, buys my journals, and just in general thinks kind thoughts and offers me support. I appreciate you, very much!!

The last year or two I have had goals of getting paid for my work and feeling contentment in my life. Well, my dear, old dad always said, “be careful what you wish for, it just might happen…..”

Whew, this year has been busy. Recently I was reading a bio of myself that I had written and it made me tired just reading it! I realized it was time to simplify a bit. Some people like to be constantly busy. I am not that kind of person. I like down time, quiet time, sit-outside-and-let-the-sun-kiss-my-face-time, pet my dog time.

The good news is I am making some money with my journals, college teaching (I took on more than I have in years), and my part-time job as an elementary school librarian. (I love this job! Every day that I work, I walk into my little library and say, “This is a happy place.”)

I have a lot to be thankful for.

What I wish for you is that you have some quiet time to think about what your life looks like from the outside looking in. I hope you see what’s working and what can be let go of. I hope you have a few moments to think about all you have to be thankful for.

This is what I have been doing today.

Thanks so much for reading. Have a wonderful day!

p.s. Here is the travel journal I recently created for my friend who is a traveling Emergency Room nurse. Travel Journal

Catching a Falling Leaf

Standing next to a tree that’s letting go of its cloak of summer,

 Seeing its branches,

Seeing its scars of battles,

And as it lets a tiny piece of clothing fall

to the floor,

You try to catch it…..

it will make you dance like a fool,

diving and twisting,

laughing like a child, unaware as you’re laughing,

forgetting all about your scars and dropping your guard….

When and if you grab one, you’re granted a wish –

You’ll smile and make the most heartfelt wish,

guilt not included.


Author, Chris Warren

Love Being Love

I was out early this morning, and as I often do, I observe my surroundings as I pass by things. I saw what looked like an abandoned house. It was a small house with red siding. There were overgrown bushes along the front of the house and weeds coming up by the two front steps that led to an old, dirty door, with cracked paint and a broken window pane.

What caught my eye, though, were the beautiful pink flowers tucked neatly inside an edged flower bed to the right of the door. They were perfect. So pretty and bountiful.

I thought how the flowers didn’t know where they were blooming. They were just there to do their job.

This made me think of love being love. Just like most dogs. They are love because they express love. I think that’s why so many people love their dogs. Many people will tell you they like their dogs better than people. Think about it. Who give you such unconditional love? No matter what our flaws may be, they still love us. They love us a lot.

I wonder if we could be more like the flowers and the loving pets. Can we just be love?

A Thoughtful Graduation Gift


Just in time! I think this is a thoughtful gift to give to high school graduates. There are so many benefits to writing in a journal. From stretching your IQ to sparking your creativity. See this article from the Huffington Post: 10 Surprising Benefits You’ll Get From Keeping a Journal.

Starting college starts a new chapter in a young person’s life. There will be all kinds of new experiences. This journal can capture thoughts, goals, dreams, achievements, hopes, etc.

What a wonderful gift that is fun to receive now and even better in the future when one can look back and read all that he or she experienced that first year of college.

You can find this journal on Amazon.

Dreams Come True

Something exciting has happened in my life. I have an author page on Amazon!!

Tomi Rues – Author Page

I have six theme based writing journals for sale on Amazon. (They are all under $10, and I write in mine every day!) If all goes well, I will have my first creative nonfiction book Being Happy Now  available this year.

I started my book project in November of 2015. It’s been life changing. I am thankful I had the courage to start it. I’m excited to see what the finish project will be once an editor gets done with it. There have been times I have felt like throwing in the towel, but then I continue knowing that writing a book has always been something I have wanted to do.

Also, since that year of writing made a huge difference in my life, perhaps someone else might learn what I learned or might just enjoy reading it.

Thanks for reading this and thank you for all the support. I really appreciate it.



Spring has arrived and with it

the hopes of flowers,

gardens and warmer days ..

Bicycles find their way out of the garage

& hiding spots..

People remember why they planted pear

and red bud trees ..

you hear the laughter of kids playing..

And if you live in a two-story house

and the windows are open

the birds are sitting in the trees

making sure you don’t sleep in…

Spring, the gateway to loving

the outdoors ..

Along with the anticipation

of thunderstorms.

With only 70 days left

to  Memorial Day..

So dance to the first day of spring !!

-Chris Warren, author

Peace of Mind


When I look at this picture I just feel a sense of peace. I wanted to share it with you in the hopes that you might feel it too.

I think there are times when we all wish we could feel at peace mentally. I think there are all kinds of ways to work toward that goal. For me, it’s through writing. Are you familiar with the saying, “How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” by E.M. Forster. I often feel this way.

Here is an article I wrote for Lifehack: Tips for Life.

Want More Peace in Your Life? Try These 5 Simple Steps.

I hope you enjoy it! And, if you decide to write it out, good luck to you.


Journal Writing and Why You Might Like it


I have been writing in journals for as long as I can remember. I love a good pen and a journal or notebook to write in. Do you like to write? I know there are a lot of people who do. There is something so therapeutic about writing something down.

Here are some things I have noticed when I look back on past journals I have written in.

  1. I usually laugh out loud at some point.
  2. I reach some clarity about my life.
  3. I don’t have the best handwriting.
  4. Most of the time how I was then is how I am now.
  5. I am by nature a positive person.
  6. I often write about how much I love my family.
  7. I write down things I hope will come true.
  8. I don’t write anything too embarrassing or hurtful.
  9. I’m thankful I took the time to write.

If you currently write, keep it up. If you don’t normally write, try it. You might be surprised at how good it feels to put down your many thoughts on paper. You can reach a clarity you might not otherwise.

Often times I wonder who I am writing to, and honestly, I think I am writing to myself. To me, it’s such a worthwhile thing to do. I hope you try it and enjoy it as well.

Here are a few journals I have created and are sold on Amazon.


5 Great Resources for Anyone Who Wants to Write

I chose this picture because it looks like something you could write about. You could make up a story, poem, or simply sit by this stream and pour out your soul through your writing.

So you would like to be a writer? Cool. Me, too. There are so many resources out there to help you. Here are a few I have enjoyed.

  1. I subscribed to Jeff Goins’ blog some time ago. I have also listened to a few of his webinars on writing. He has a blog and a podcast. He offers all kinds of information relating to writing. You can learn a lot from him.

2.   If you are thinking you might want to give blogging a try, here is a good     resource to get you started. How to Start a Blog by Amy Lynn Andrews. She  breaks the process down in easy steps to follow.

3.   I subscribe to Eleanor Brown’s site called The Writers’ Table. She offers  workshops and classes and some of them are free. If you subscribe to her blog you will receive 11 Ways to Quiet Your Inner Critic (….so you can write!).

4. Buy a journal or notebook and just start writing. Put no expectations on yourself. Just write because you want to. Tell a story, make a wish list, write a poem, etc. It doesn’t matter. It’s just for you. If you feel the desire to write, then just do it. I love journals so much that I have started creating them. You can find them at May Designs and on Amazon.

5. Check out It’s a great resource that I have been following for several years now. They have writing contests, articles about self-publishing, and they also offer a section called Paying Markets for Writers.

I hope this helps you start your journey to become a writer. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Have fun!


Attention All Creatives: This is for you


I have the perfect journal for you or a loved one. I have bought journals and written in them for as long as I can remember.

I created a journal that I would buy myself. It’s attractive, the right price, and you can write, draw, sketch, doodle, make lists….whatever you wish.

It’s for sale on Amazon. Be sure to check out the back cover. I am really pleased with how it turned out.



P.S. If you buy one, please leave a review on Amazon. That would be fantastic and much appreciated!