Crafting Your Unique Love Story This Valentine’s Day by Josie Riviera

With Valentine’s Day behind us, let’s turn the spotlight inward and get on board a journey of self-discovery and self-love. Let’s break free from the traditional notions of romantic love and focus on crafting a unique love story that celebrates individuality, personal growth, and the beauty of embracing the present moment.

Valentine's Day

  1. Love as a Personal Journey: View Valentine’s Day as an opportunity for personal exploration. Acknowledge the highs and lows that have shaped you. Embrace self-love as an ongoing adventure rather than a destination.
  2. Mindful Self-Care Rituals: Engage in mindful self-care rituals that nurture your body and soul. Whether it’s a rejuvenating skincare routine, a peaceful meditation session, or a long walk in nature, prioritize activities that promote self-love and well-being.
  3. Gratitude for Self: Create a gratitude list focusing on the aspects of yourself that you appreciate. Celebrate your strengths, resilience, and unique qualities. This exercise fosters a positive self-image and a deeper connection with the essence of who you are.
  4. Artistic Expression of Emotions: Channel your emotions into artistic expression. Whether through writing, painting, music, or any other creative outlet, allow your emotions to flow freely. This process not only serves as a cathartic release but also deepens your understanding of self-love.
  5. Solo Date Night: Treat yourself to a solo date night tailored to your interests. Whether trying a new recipe, watching a favorite movie, or exploring a hobby, revel in the joy of your own company. This solo date becomes a celebration of your individuality.
  6. Setting Personal Intentions: Set intentions for personal growth and self-love. Identify areas in your life where you can nurture yourself more and commit to fostering a positive relationship with yourself. These intentions become the building blocks of your evolving love story.
  7. Acts of Kindness to Self: Practice acts of kindness toward yourself. It could be as simple as affirming mantras, treating yourself to a favorite treat, or taking a break to relax. These acts create a compassionate and supportive internal dialogue.
  8. Cultivating Self-Compassion: Embrace self-compassion by acknowledging that imperfections are part of the human experience. Treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding you would offer to a dear friend.
  9. Embracing Present Moments: Shift your focus to the present moment. Allow yourself to fully experience and savor the joys, challenges, and beauty of now. In doing so, you cultivate a deeper connection with your own narrative.

Appreciate the growth you’ve achieved, and reflect on the chapters of your own extraordinary love story.

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February, a Time for…

It’s Valentine’s Day: a time for romance… Did you receive or give flowers, chocolate, cookies? Did you go out to celebrate, start or revive a relationship?

It’s Lent: a time to fast and pray, but not to go on a diet! “Give Love and Time to your neighbors, your family, friends or anyone who is lonely and in need of help,” our pastor said.

It’s snow time: a time to stay warm. Avoid careless and unnecessary driving. Get someone to shovel your driveway if you’re not in your best shape. OR it’s snow time: do you ski? What better time to enjoy a fun weekend on the slopes!

If you’re a student, it’s time for hard work and thorough studying. Keep the social gathering, partying, and celebration for vacation time.

It’s also time to get cozy: relax on your couch, sip a hot chocolate or tea, and enjoy a good book.

DOCTOR’S ORDERS

DOCTOR’S ORDERS series (a set of three winning novels): Babies in the Bargain, Right Name Wrong Man, No More Lies ( previously titled Rx for Trust)

We’re All Heroes

Contemporary Romance with emotion, passion, action, and humor.

Audiobooks

Following Dani Haviland’s advice and example, I decided to accept Amazon’s invitation to create an audiobook using AI voice. It was so easy!!!

  1. I chose the book–one of my books where Amazon put a note [Your eBook is eligible for an audiobook.]
  2. I clicked on Add audiobook with virtual voice
  3. I chose a voice–when the story was mostly in the heroine POV I chose a female voice
  4. I listened, enjoying my own story in a different way.
  5. I paused and corrected the word that weren’t pronounced right–again so easy.
  6. So here are my new audiobooks– those published so far:

Honeymoon Cruise Audible Logo Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

Mona Risk (Author, Publisher), Virtual Voice (Narrator)  212 ratings See all formats and editions This title uses virtual voice narration. Virtual voice is computer-generated narration for audiobooks.

Mother’s Day Babies Audible Logo Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

Mona Risk (Author), Independently Published (Publisher), Virtual Voice,    216 ratings

A Bride For Prince Paul Audible Logo Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

Mona Risk (Author), Independently Published (Publisher), Virtual Voice (Narrator)    96 ratings

We’re All Together Audible Logo Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

Mona Risk (Author), Independently Published (Publisher), Virtual Voice (Narrator)   8 ratings

We’re All Winners Audible Logo Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

Mona Risk (Author), Independently Published (Publisher), Virtual Voice (Narrator)    11 ratings

We’re No Saints Audible Logo Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

Mona Risk (Author), Independently Published (Publisher), Virtual Voice (Narrator) 12 ratings

Heal my Heart Audible Logo Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

Mona Risk (Author), Independently Published (Publisher), Virtual Voice (Narrator)176 ratings

For Sarah’s Sake Audible Logo Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

Mona Risk (Author), Independently Published (Publisher), Virtual Voice (Narrator) 94 ratings

A Cook Book For Happy Meals

In our family, joyful get-togethers at holidays and special events were celebrated with boisterous gatherings and hearty meals prepared by the loving mothers and grandmothers. Over the years, some of the favorite dishes became an essential part of our traditional menu.

For the grandchildren born in the U.S., the delicious ethnic food prepared in abundance represented a vital bond to their background.

Following in my grandmothers’ and my mother’s footsteps, I took over the sacred duty of preparing the Christmas Eve dinners. Since the scrumptious dishes are always appreciated, I don’t mind spending hours cooking and baking. Our dear guests’ precious chat, laughter and happiness echo in my heart for the rest of the year. Now Thanksgiving and Christmas are celebrated at my children’s houses.

During the pandemic, the children stopped going to school and followed classes on line. My granddaughter Madelyn who was thirteen years old at the time came to spend a few days with me and learned to cook her favorite meals. I was amazed by her eagerness to cook and the speed at which she assimilated instructions. At the end of the day, she took her new creations home for the family to taste.

The next day she called me with a special request. “Nonna, I want you to write a cook book for me.”

And that’s why I wrote this cook book and dedicated it to my lovely Madelyn who must have inherited her culinary talents from her paternal great-grandmother Rose, or from her maternal great-great-grandmother Helen, or… from the amazing dear old ladies who spent hours in their kitchens feeding their children and grandchildren, and bringing joy to the family reunions.

Hopefully this cook book will inspire the young grandchildren to continue the tradition of joyful
family reunions and delicious meals.

Recipes for Madelyn Paperback – December 14, 2023

by Mona Risk (Author)