Jenny’s Story

INTERVIEW:  JENNY BOYLE PENNEY The day I turned 13 this beauty came into the world – a brand new baby cousin to share my birthday. Truth be told, at 13 I wasn’t sure if this was a good thing or not. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share my birthday. In hindsight, I couldn’t […]

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Heart Connections in the Cardiac Unit

Around here we don’t really believe in bringing in the New Year quietly. A typical January includes our wedding anniversary, my birthday, and oftentimes, travel. Dr. J teaches at a college that has an interim — or January term — and this often finds him jetting off across the world with students in tow for […]

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It’s the stories we tell ourselves

In sixteen days I turn 49. Yikes. I’ve jokingly been telling people that this is the last birthday I’m going to celebrate . . . ever. I’m not much looking forward to turning 50. But, maybe not for the reasons you think. You see for a significant part of my 30’s and all of my […]

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Rachel’s Story

  INTERVIEW:  RACHEL DUNHAM I am so excited to welcome in 2018 with our very first Inspiring Interview!  If you missed my introduction to this series, check it out here. It is my belief that we can learn so much from other people’s stories — they help us understand our own journeys, give us guidance […]

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“Create Where You Belong”

This statement floated across my Instagram feed recently (posted from Danielle LaPorte, from her book White Hot Truth, I believe) and it stopped me mid-scroll. As humans we are always seeking to belong – somewhere. We look for groups and individuals who share our interests, beliefs, and values. Too often we feel like we don’t […]

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The word for 2018: Storytelling

You may have noticed I’ve gone missing round these blog parts the last few weeks. Not to worry, it’s not that I’ve run out of ideas, rather I took a step back and asked myself, “What do you really want to do with your blog in 2018?” And, that question, of course, took me down […]

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Feminism: Is it in her shoes?

I’m normally a pretty optimistic person. And, most days I believe, with my whole heart, that this challenging time we’re experiencing will result in large-scale positive change – for everyone. Then other days, this crap pulls me down. This is one of those days. So what is it today you ask? Another mass shooting? More […]

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Goals: beginning or the end?

I hit a big goal last week. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you already know this. When I decided to give this fiction-writing thing a go I had no idea how many words made up an average book. So I did what everyone else does – I Googled it. Turns out that […]

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How Do You Define Success?

This is a question I’ve been pondering a fair amount lately. When I graduated from a college, like a hundred years ago, I pretty much defined my success in the way that seemed most culturally acceptable — a good job with a chance to move up the ladder, which of course included, making more (and […]

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Where are you most creative?

So what’s the deal with coffee shops? They are the haunts of many a writer, me included. Whether I’m writing copy for a client’s website or working on my manuscript, one of the most productive places for me is the local coffeehouse. Is it the caffeine? Is it the break in isolation that so many […]

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