Being Happy Now


I have a new website! It’s in addition to this one. I have been working on a book project for almost a year now titled Being Happy Now. I have a publisher! I still have a lot of work to do and the book will most likely be published in 2017.

I decided to make a new website to support this project as well as the new journals I am creating.

Please take a look, and may you enjoy it as much as I did creating it!

New website!

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!


How to Declutter Your Closet in 3 Easy Steps

I don’t like clutter at all. Things get cluttered and I don’t even know how it happens. Here are some things I have noticed about decluttering.

  1. I’m not sure how things got this way.
  2.  I find things I had forgotten I had.
  3. If I added all the times I thought about decluttering and just decluttered, I would have the task done.
  4.  I get rid of a lot.
  5. I feel great when I am done.

I recently sent an article to an online magazine called Midlife Blvd. It was published Friday, Oct. 21st. The Importance Of Decluttering My Closet. Click the link to read it.

I basically take 3 steps to get the job done.

  1. I put on good music. On the day I decluttered my closet,  I went to Pandora and listened to “Today’s Country Radio.”
  2.  I set the timer. This last time I set it for 28 minutes. (I did set it again because 28 minutes wasn’t long enough.)
  3. I simply handle every item in my closet. I try items on if I need to. I just ask myself if I like it. I keep it very simple. If I don’t like it, it goes.

I should also say I make a few piles of the items I no longer want. I have a pile to donate, give  away, and pitch. I make sure to deal with these piles immediately. I don’t want them sitting around.

And, there you have it. Pretty simple and feels really good.

The Night Before Christmas Book Review


This is a children’s picture book based on the Christmas classic by Clement Clarke Moore. There is a slight twist in the story because on Christmas Eve Santa visits a family of bears.

The illustrations in this book are so well done! It honestly is a joy to read and look at. I can see how small children would enjoy this book very much. I read it electronically, and I can imagine kids viewing it on a tablet and swiping the screen themselves.

This book is very reasonably priced and can be found at:


Barnes & Noble


*I was given the opportunity to read and review this book by the book’s publisher.


Tip #2 for a Little Less Stress in Life


Maybe the number of emails you have in your inbox do not bother you. Well, they do me. They bother me because most of them represent something I need to do. Maybe I have saved something to read later, or it’s an email that doesn’t require an immediate response, but I do need to respond at some point.

The other day I realized that having a bunch of emails sitting in my account was actually causing me a little stress. So, I dealt with it.

I went through and looked at every single email. I deleted what I could, dealt with whatever I thought needed to be dealt with, and decided I loved having only 8 emails in my inbox. Yes, 8.

The reason I kept 8 is because I am not ready to let those go yet.

So, how do I keep the emails at 8? Well, I am dealing with my emails on a regular basis. I try to check my account 2-3 times a day. I set the timer and I get to it. Sometimes it’s easy and other times it takes me a little while.

I know sometimes I find joy in peculiar things, but I can tell you it makes me feel happy to have a handle on my emails.

Have a great weekend!!

*photo by Sean MacEntee via flickr.

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!

This Works! One of the Best Tips I Know About Life

I wrote this article for Lifehack and I am sharing it with you today because as the days get shorter, it’s harder for me to jump out of bed. I don’t mind getting up early in the summer. I love summer mornings very much.

Now that it’s dark when my alarm goes off, sometimes I need the motivation to get moving.

I hope this helps you if you need the help like I do.

This Is What Would Happen If You Woke Up Just An Hour Earlier.

Have a wonderful week!