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

For You!

Happy day to you. As I write this, the sun is shining and my spirits are lifted. I think spring brings such a sense of renewal. I love the hopefulness.

I am sharing some sites that I have been enjoying. I hope you find some of them useful (and fun!).

*I am enjoying the website Not Entirely Perfect. The creator’s name is Stephanie. She is a young attorney in Chicago. She is fun and bright and writes entertaining and helpful posts. Here is how she introduces herself:

“Welcome to Not Entirely Perfect: thoughts on life from a hyper-organized and frugal minimalist who loves animals, holidays, peach champagne, and Taco Bell.”

Her posts are helpful and organized well. I especially liked her latest ones on building a capsule wardrobe and spring cleaning.

*This time of year can be a little challenging with the time change. I have been doing my best to establish and maintain a good sleeping schedule. I tried this short, relaxing yoga practice the other night and I had the most restful and peaceful sleep. It’s called Yoga for Bedtime.

*I also read a great article that helped me figure out how to best structure my day based on my sleeping patterns – Do You Sleep More Like a Bear, Dolphin, Wolf or Lion?

*There are times where I just crave chocolate no bake cookies. A few weeks back I got out my recipe and found that they require two cups of sugar. What?!? I didn’t realize that. That’s just too much sugar. So, I found a recipe that calls for honey instead of sugar. Yippee! The Best Healthy No-Bake Cookies.

*I have had several friends and acquaintances ask me about blogging. I always refer them to Amy Lynn Andrews. She has a website that offers advice on how to start blogging. She keeps it really simple and shares great advice and instruction.  Here is her article How to Start a Blog.

Hope you have enjoyed some of these sites. If the weather is nice where you are, get outside and breathe some fresh air and send up a little prayer of thanks to the heavens above.

Three Reasons to go on an Adventure Today

A few months ago a close friend of mine sent me a link to an article. The title was The Unrivaled Canyon Hike in Kansas Everyone Should Take At Least Once.

I think I surprised her when I replied, “Let’s do it! Pick a date.” She replied, “That’s the challenge, isn’t it? She had included another friend in the message as well. We went back and forth and settled on a date.

Often ideas sound better in theory than they do in reality. However, this was one of those things that I felt like was a great idea. I wanted it to happen. Like so many things in life, we have to choose to make the time for what is important to us.

When the time came closer I found myself looking forward to it, but wondering whether I should take the time to go off on a short adventure.

I am happy to tell you that I’m so glad I did.

Here are 3 reasons you should go on an adventure:

  • It gets you out of routine.. I told my children that I couldn’t take anyone to school and I wouldn’t be here when they got home. I skipped yoga.  I put my writing work, teaching work, and family work on hold and told myself I would deal with whatever I needed to later.
  • You unplug. On my way to meet my friends to hike, I didn’t listen to the radio at all. I didn’t listen to any podcasts and I didn’t make any phone calls. While hiking I didn’t check emails or messages. I only used my phone to map out our hike and take a few pictures.
  • Your mind and eyes are open to something new. I saw beautiful scenery I had never seen before and I felt how good it feels to push myself physically.

*Top photo credit to Pixabay

Not Sure How, But I Will

I am writing this instead of doing the work I am supposed to do on a class I am teaching. Don’t get me wrong, I am excited about the class. It’s called Oral Interpretation and I pretty much love everything about it.

Here’s the deal. It’s the first online college class I have ever taught. Not only did I have to create the content for the class (basically from scratch), I also had a huge learning curve on the technological side of it.

It’s been a long process. It’s been a rewarding process. The thought that has come to me throughout this experience has been: I am not sure how I am going to do this, but I know I will.

My mom has always said that the more you do, the more you want to do. I think there is a lot of truth to this.

A few years back I enrolled with a local university and signed up to take their Grant Proposal Writing class. I didn’t tell a soul. I was scared. I had taught for many years, and I couldn’t imagine what it would feel like to be the student.

The course was all online. I had to navigate my way through the university’s Blackboard e-Education platform. It seemed so strange and foreign at first, but soon became very easy.

I took the course very seriously. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to be a grant proposal writer, I just wanted to push myself. I think we grow when we do things we are afraid to do.

And, guess what? The course went very well. I passed with flying colors. I did it. This was a bit of a jump-start for me with writing, entering the online world, and learning new things.

I think it’s important in life to keep growing. Sometimes I have to remind myself  I am not sure how I am going to do this, but I know I will.

I’m thinking this applies to you too. So the next time you feel compelled to do something and fear makes its appearance and tells you to be scared, that’s okay, you just tell fear: I am not sure how I am going to do this, but I know I will.