The Importance of Dreaming Big

Originally published as a guest post on Talk Less, Say More. “I want to be a doctor, a ballerina, and a house-builder.” At my kindergarten graduation, this was my answer to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As kids, we know how to dream big, don’t we? But it seems like somewhere along the way between high school and college and needing a job that will pay the rent, we seem to forget those big dream. Instead of setting our eyes on the horizon, we set our eyes on the weekend to the time when we can binge-watch our current Netflix obsession. Don’t get me wrong, we need time to relax and unwind. But [...]

5 Questions to Help You Choose Your Next Vacation Location

Itching to travel once again? But how to choose the next vacation location? This is the dilemma that my hubby and I face every time we get hit by the wander bug... which is about every 2-3 months. We love to travel and explore new cities or sometimes just get away to relax. But as much as we love vacations, vacation planning can be stressful! How to choose when there's literally a whole world of options. 1.  Are you looking to relax, discover, revisit, or go on an adventure?  This is the quickest way to eliminate options. You want to relax? Consider the beach or a cabin in the mountains. You want to discover? Consider a city or locale you've [...]

By | 2017-02-21T10:49:42+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Everyday Adventures, Travel|0 Comments

Adventures and Victories Week 12

Hold on a second, how did it get to be February?!?! I had months to prepare for the Sketchy Tacos book launch and now it's in four days! Where did all my time go? Anyone else have a similar feeling? Tactile Adventure: This week has been a little nutty on the crocheting front. For a couple weeks now I have had the insatiable urge to MAKE ALL THE PROJECTS. So while 2/3 through one project and halfway through another, I started and finished a third random project. I think I currently have crocheting ADHD. I have now managed to wrap up 2 out of the 3 projects (kind of... there was a running out of yarn issue), and I've designed [...]

By | 2017-02-03T10:40:45+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Books, Everyday Adventures, Goals, Health & Beauty, My Journey|3 Comments

Adventures and Victories Week 11

Another crazy week under my belt in this new year. Tell me, is the weather as crazy where you are as it is here? We’ve been rocketing back and forth between 30 and 60 degrees since Christmas. My poor head is begging for a stable climate! Oh well. On to this week’s adventures and victories. Minor Victory: I created a new bullet journal design for my daily page. It's simpler and so much faster to create. I love making fancy pages when I have time, but too often I don't. I'm loving this new super simple page since it works the exactly the same as my fancier page. If you're interested in bullet journals--which I love because I can track my ENTIRE [...]

Three Games to Strengthen Your Skills as a Fiction Writer

As I was growing up, we had family game night at least twice a week. We played all sorts of card games and board games, like Stratego, Family Matters, and Cranium. Mom refused to play Monopoly and Risk with my dad and I because our haggling sounded too much like arguing. They're some of my favorite childhood memories. That love of games has transferred into my adult years, and luckily we've found friends with the same fascination. We'll lose hours to wonderful games that build worlds of their own. In my gaming I've come across three games in particular, that I believe can strengthen a fiction writer's skills. The app game, tile game, and card game exercise different skills [...]

Adventures and Victories Week 9

Hi everyone! How are you doing this fine Friday? It's been a busy week for me, but a good one. If you're a regular reader, you'll know that I'm ramping up for the launch of Sketchy Tacos--my YA travel novel that will be released on February 7. I am beginning my SHOUTING FROM THE ROOFTOP phase. Because I'm super excited... so excited that I might have gone a little overboard on the creation of merchandise front--not to sell, just for me :). Be sure to check out my Instagram page. They can print on all sorts of things now. It's pretty cool. Vicarious Adventure: This week I've really been enjoying There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones. It's been a [...]

Adventures and Victories Week 8

Happy new year everyone! Can you believe it's 2017? I don't know about you, but I'm pretty stoked for this year. I've got some big plans, the first of which is launching my YA travel novel, Sketchy Tacos, on February 7--almost one month away! I could not be more excited... I may have even made my entire family sweat shirts with the book cover. Just sayin'. Well, enough about future adventures and victories! On to this week: Victory: I finished my first draft of the International Adventures Book 2 outline. Currently titled Saucy Schnitzel... maybe? Seriously I would love name suggestions. (Adjective preferably ending in a Y) + (some kind of traditionally German food)??? No idea. Adventure: I'm trying Medium for the [...]

By | 2017-01-06T09:31:28+00:00 January 6th, 2017|Encouragement, Everyday Adventures, My Journey|3 Comments

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

So the 12-days in Europe backpacking extravaganza (check out my posts on Munich, Venice, Sienna, and Rome Part 1 or Part 2) is the thing daydreams are made of. What you may not know is that this was our vacation in the midst of a 10-week assignment in Europe for my husband's job. Being the writer/blogger/editor that I am, I stepped outside my Indiana comfort zone and tagged along for the entire trip. Now, I understand that 10 weeks in Europe sounds gloriously adventurous--and it is in many ways. But it's a whole other animal when you're there to work. There was one stretch of four days where I never left the hotel. Not kidding. Not even to eat. I had peanut [...]

Adventures and Victories Week 7

How was everyone's Christmas? We had a lovely time with family! We ate lots of good food, played games, chatted, and generally had loads of fun! This year we've added another minister to the family, so most our traditions got a bit shook up. What's your favorite transition? Victory: I managed to stay stress-free during the holidays. Between crazy schedules and unforeseen sickness, it was at times a bit mad, but I kept my calm all the way through. Adventure: I got an amazing new game called Viticulture! I'd played it once with friends 8+ months back, so I had to relearn it from scratch. It is one of the most games I've played in a long time and it's [...]

By | 2016-12-30T11:59:48+00:00 December 30th, 2016|Encouragement, Everyday Adventures|0 Comments

Adventures and Victories Week 6

Hi everyone! Can you believe Christmas is tomorrow?! I really can't. It does not seem real. Maybe because this year we didn't set up a tree--long story. But I'm looking forward to spending time with family... and my mom's fudge. Yum! What are you most looking forward to about Christmas this year?  Ongoing Adventure: I've been working on the outline for Sketchy Tacos 2. It's taking longer than I'd hoped with the holiday craziness, but yesterday, I started getting all 100+ index cards into story form. It felt really good. I'm getting super excited about it! Mini-Victory: I survived my last minute Christmas shopping experience. I've never been in the last minute Christmas shopping crowd before and it was nuts! With the [...]

By | 2016-12-22T19:15:12+00:00 December 23rd, 2016|Crafts & DIY, Everyday Adventures, My Journey|0 Comments