Monday, September 19, 2011

I've Been Tagged!

So I’ve been tagged! Which means I have to share ten facts about myself. I will do my best to keep them interesting! You can get to know the very intriguing blogger who tagged me at this location.

1.      While I love peace and quiet for some reason I tend to turn out more pages when chaos is going on behind me.

2.      My favorite book still to this day is C.S. Lewis’s The Loin, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

3.      Gluten is my kryptonite. If you ever want to see me double over in whimpers and sobs trick me into eating the stuff.

4.      Putting personal stuff out in the internet universe (including this) scares the living you know what out of me. You might find this rather confusing since this is posted on my blog which is in itself very personal, *but notice, I don’t have very many posts.

5.      Even though I do my darndest to come up with an outline before starting a new ms, I always end up staring at a blank screen. Things make sense and unfold as I’m writing…majority of the time I have no idea how a story is going to end.

6.      I can’t spell worth a darn…spell check is a crutch for me.

     !?! That was only number 6! Geesh, I don’t think I’ve ever reflected this much on myself. Let's see...what else....

7.      From the ages 16 to 24 I had an eyebrow ring.

8.      My favorite movie is Top Gun, solely because it triggers a flood of nostalgic feelings.

9.      If I were a stranger watching my facial expressions as a story played out in my head, I would think I was a crazy person….I’ve been known to randomly bust out giggling.

10.  Even though I would *love* to see my name on a novel in a book store, I write for two reasons. One, to relieve stress. Two, there’s no good movies out and I have to entertain myself.

There you have it, ten facts about me! Take them or leave them. Now it’s my turn to start tagging….
JulieAnne Lindsey

Monday, July 25, 2011

What inspires you?

What inspires you to pursue your dreams? It could be as simple as a whiff in the air, a smell that you can’t shake, brining you back to a place where anything is possible. It could be an inspirational movie or book, a song that describes it shockingly to the tee. A person’s story of successes, making you think if they can do it why can’t you? I have found inspiration in all of these at one point or another, but the one inspiration that has stuck, the one that has me pressing in and striving for gold is my children.

My sister picked up a wonderful tradition (one I hope continues) of creating short music videos of my children’s birthdays. This last one has pulled at more than one heart string. It’s of my little girl’s fifth birthday, clips of her enjoying her day with Brit Nicole’s Set the World on Fire as the music. If anyone has heard of that song, it in itself is an inspiration. But seeing my little girl so small, just barely starting her life, with the words ‘take my dreams, come and give them wings’ resonating around her, just aches at my heart. I want the world for her. I don’t want any limitations to touch her, all things are possible, all dreams are attainable. If you are a parent you fully understand this. You see them as a clean slate; ‘child-like faith’ is standing right in front of you. Wishing to have wings to fly is very much a realistic wish for her. To wake up one morning and find beautiful, glistening wings is expected. But how do we keep that in them? How do we teach them to hold on to that? Then it struck me. Like with anything else, we have to be examples, role models to them. If we want them to pursue their dreams, we have to pursue ours.
I’m not saying I want my daughter at my age to go to bed expecting to grow wings over night, but I want her to reach for more in her life than the one she’s comfortable with. Do the things you gotta do, take care of your responsibilities, but leave room to go after that one big dream you just can’t seem to shake. Dreams don’t die on their own, someone’s holding the knife I just hope it’s not you.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Would you care to care to dance?

Sometimes life is hard….scratch that, majority of the time life is hard. Headaches used to plague me. I would wake up with my head pounding and go to bed with it still accompanying me, popping Tylenol like they were skittles. Then one day it dawned on me. I was clenching my jaw so tightly it would take a crowbar to unhinge it. Why? Because I was stressed, frustrated and exhausted.  

So what’s my cure for the stressed, frustrated and exhausted? Easy….

 Step one: Close all the curtains, blinds, shutters (believe me when I say, no one’s gonna wanna see this)

Step two: Find whatever song you’re into now and blare it (I mean it…blare it until you can’t seem to come up with a coherent thought)

 Step three: let go and dance.  (it might start off slow, a foot tap, a bouncing shoulder, but just go with it until you’re jumping up and down flailing your arms and legs. I agree, it might be a very loose definition of dancing, but do it anyway.)

This ‘cure’ does a multiple of things. It’s great exercise. It gets the endorphins pumping. But mainly, it lets you get out of your overcrowded mind for a little bit. It’s kinda like a vacation for your brain. You don’t have to think when you are dancing, just let the music move you, pulsate through you. Let it breathe for you, pump the blood for you. Before you know it, a smile will appear and maybe even a few giggles will escape.

***side bar to all the parents: This is great if one of your ‘stressors’ is under 4 feet and runs around calling you mommy. Kids love to dance too and they’ll think it’s hilarious to see mommy doing it with them.

*** here’s a link to some ‘cure’ songs for me. (Don’t ask. For some reason I’m into old movie songs right now. Don’t worry, it’ll pass)