Everyone needs a little encouragement on their adventures. I want to lift you up and give you the courage to face any fear or obstacle.

Big Announcement!

We interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to bring you a big announcement! I’m going to be a published author!!! The publishing house, Clean Reads, has contracted Sketchy Tacos, my first travel YA novel. Mila’s summer in Mexico is going to be perfect. She has a plan. If only life would stick to it. After facing everything from a flash flood to Moctezuma’s revenge, from a romantic date for two to a gaggle of snide girls, teenage artist Mila Gulick finds the biggest challenge comes from the war within herself. Her heart, her art, and even her safety are at risk as she struggles to find a balance between cultural differences, old assumptions, and strange romance. Will her trip end in [...]

By | 2017-04-06T11:47:13+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Books, Encouragement, My Journey|19 Comments

Don’t Allow Past Thoughts to Dictate Your Future Actions

Have you heard of the First 5 app? You can use it as your alarm or you can open it when you wake, and it gives you a five minute devotion so that you can start your day out right with God. I absolutely love it and highly recommend it. On Tuesday, Lysa Terkeurst wrote a devotion called "Getting Unstuck From My Thinking Rut" that really struck a chord with me. (I really suggest downloading the app and reading the full text, but I'll paraphrase below.) The devotional was based on Romans 12:2. "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve [...]

By | 2016-08-09T14:30:22+00:00 August 11th, 2016|Encouragement, Faith, Relationships|15 Comments

How to Have Faith When You Question Religion

Adapted from original post on September 2015. Last year I put out a call on Facebook, asking readers to tell me what they'd like to hear more about on The Busy Life. The response was: How to have faith when you question religion? I have to say, my heart just about stopped when I read it. This is a very hard, but a very important question. I pray I can do it justice, but please speak up in the comments section and help me out! Sometimes looking at religious institutions, and even religious leaders, can be discouraging. Pettiness, deceit, and hateful actions and words are just a few of the issues facing churches today. I was at a church for many [...]

By | 2016-06-16T08:16:52+00:00 June 16th, 2016|Encouragement, Faith|3 Comments

When Anxiety Beckons 

When I was first married, I had an almost crippling fear when my husband left the house. Anxiety would grip me as my mind raced through all the things that could happen to him the moment he walked out the door—car accidents, shootings, machine malfunctions on the plant floor, terrorist attacks. I have an active imagination. It was not my friend. Does this sound familiar to anyone? This went on for weeks. Then months. I was terrified of losing him before our lives truly began. And I didn't know what to do. Then I came across this verse: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians‬ [...]

By | 2016-04-24T00:02:39+00:00 May 12th, 2016|Encouragement, Faith|6 Comments

Find and Keep Your Inner Joy

So often, inner joy is a hard thing to find and an even harder thing to keep. Do you know the feeling? On a drive home, I'm too busy thinking about the thousand and one things on my to-do list instead of taking in the brilliant day. I'm too busy thinking about what's next to enjoy a lovely, quiet moment with my husband. I get too caught up in everything else to pause and find the joy in the little moments. In the big moments, it's easier to find joy. Like on my wedding day when I couldn't stop beaming. Or when we brought our pug Pascal home. Or just this last Monday, when we bought my new car--my first [...]

By | 2016-04-20T17:32:03+00:00 April 21st, 2016|Encouragement|4 Comments

Insecurities and How to Combat Them

To the world, I appear a confident woman. On occasion, I actually feel like one. Most of the time, that's the last word I would use to describe myself. I succumb to my insecurities more often than I wish to admit. But I'm also finding ways to fight them. Sometimes a confidence killer comes from other people. A thoughtless word, or maybe a pointed barb, bursts our fragile bubble of a confidence. It may be a "I'm not sure those jeans fit you anymore" or "I would never talk to my spouse/mother/child/coworker that way." Or it could be a well-meaning question like "Have you sold your book yet?" These questions and comments have a habit of shooting straight to our inadequacies [...]

By | 2016-04-07T01:24:03+00:00 April 7th, 2016|Encouragement, Faith|20 Comments

Find New Focus in the New Year

Hello everyone! Thanks for sticking with me through the holiday break! It has been an insane couple of months and I am so excited to kick off this new year! I've got some incredible news that I've been dying to share with you. I got an agent! My YA novel, Sketchy Tacos, is now being represented by Cyle Young from Hartline Literary Agency. We've been working on my proposals and sample chapters like mad these last couple weeks, and they will soon send out to publishing houses! It's still a long road until there is a physical book in my hand, but this is an amazingly different first step. With this and other impending changes (stay tuned, and no, it's [...]

By | 2016-01-06T18:31:08+00:00 January 7th, 2016|Encouragement, Goals|14 Comments

Pursuing Your Passions

In a month from today, we will all be setting resolutions. These resolutions are based on our dreams, on our passions, on our heart's desires, but how often do those promises fizzle out and die in the first months. Why is that? Is it because we lose our passions? I think not. I am determined to find the root cause so nothing will hold me back in 2016 and beyond. Are you ready to wholeheartedly begin pursuing your passions? Here are a few things that I am passionate about: Writing novels. I truly believe that fiction can change the world one life at a time. Fiction has made me see some many things in a new light and helped me [...]

By | 2015-12-01T00:15:02+00:00 December 1st, 2015|Encouragement, Goals|9 Comments

The Volunteer Paradox

Last year I made teddy bears for an girls orphanage in Mexico. I have a confession. I'm bad about volunteering. It's something I think is really important and something I think should be done. But I'm horrible at it. Here's a few reasons why: I guard my time ferociously. Free time is a scarce commodity and I hate to give it up. I especially hate committing to giving it up on a regular basis. My schedule is a mess. Right now, due to a bought of work travel, I never know when I'm going to be home. I can't commit anything more than a few days in advance and even then, it's subject to change. That drives the [...]

By | 2015-11-16T18:46:30+00:00 November 17th, 2015|Encouragement, Faith|15 Comments

The Leaves are Changing, So Must I

I love fall. I love pulling out my jeans and boots and sweaters. I love wrapping my hands around steaming mugs of tea to warm them in the crisp fall air. And I love the colors of fire dancing on the wind as the leaves turn and fall. It's a beautiful time. And a time of change. And I have certainly been needing a change. This summer has been a wonderful, mercurial, and ridiculously busy time. I've barely seen my house, finished my first novel, prepared for and attended a conference, kicked off the application season for my editing business, and started this blog. I've had a blast learning about blogging. And have an entirely new respect for those who [...]

By | 2015-10-25T15:39:47+00:00 October 27th, 2015|Encouragement, Goals|15 Comments