Appreciating the Little Things

I’m big on quotes and usually share some encouraging words on my personal Facebook page each day. Overnight, I heard of the death of someone from my church, who had recently been ill. The news served to remind me of how tenuous life is and the fact that we should appreciate each moment for the joys and potential pain they bring. I like to say, every day above ground is a good day.

As much as we may not all believe it, it’s the little things that make life worth living. For me, all of the following help me appreciate life as I know it, as well as the people around me.

  1. A good morning greeting from a stranger.
  2. A baby’s smile and delight at learning something new.
  3. The rustle of the wind and its caress against my skin.
  4. Sharing a joke with friends.
  5. Being with relatives for a family get-together.
  6. Enjoying a good story.
  7. Hitting my stride while writing a story.
  8. Listening to my son as he shares his dreams and vision.
  9. Spending time praying and meditating.
  10. Being a part of ministry activities.

What are some of the things that bring you pleasure?

The story I’m sharing with you, Sacrifice, is about a couple who have had their lives upended by the loss of their daughter, but their faith eventually brings them back to center. It’s on special at 0.99, so if you like inspirational stories, be sure to grab your copy here.

Resolution or Word- Whatever it takes to Inspire Your Life #amwriting #inspiration

Did you choose a New Year’s Resolution or Word for 2022?

Resolution:

From Merriam-Webster Dictionary

1: the act or process of resolving: such as

a: the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones

b: the act of answering SOLVING

c: the act of determining

Word of the Year

From Elizabeth Rider

INSTEAD OF A RIGID RESOLUTION, A WORD OF THE YEAR IS YOUR CONSTANT (YET GENTLE) REMINDER TO FOCUS ON CREATING POSITIVE CHANGE.

Your Word of the Year Sets an Intention, A Theme Per Se, For How You Want Your Year to Flow.

It depends on the person, of course. Some are dedicated and work hard to make their resolutions a reality.

For me, not so much. Resolutions tend to be set aside after the first month or two and I end up navigating the year with no real guidance.

So, when I heard fellow authors choosing a Word for the year, I became intrigued. The one you choose is meant to be a guideline for the goal you want to achieve, whether personal or professional. It can make your life more rewarding and help you to make choices that count rather than impulses you regret.

Some words I’ve come across so far, curiosity, reflection, calm, centered, successful, healthy, generosity.

So many choices!

I thought it over for a couple of weeks and came up with…

Stretch

I plan to extend my creativity and have started a new-to-me genre- YA (young adult) duet written simultaneously in first person. It’s challenging, but maybe that’s what I need in order to grow and find my voice.

Stretch myself physically with more walking and I’d like to try biking again. A couple of years ago, I wanted to join DH (darling hubby) and kiddo for a ride but found my leg wouldn’t make the swing over the seat. Kiddo tried to help by lifting my leg and I almost went over like a felled oak! lol

I want to stretch by expanding my horizons. Travel this beautiful island we live on and make a trip back home to see family and friends. Try new things such as whale watching, hiking, zip-lining (maybe :))

I’m going to work on expanding my readership by writing more meaningful blog posts, as well as communicating regularly with newsletter followers. If you’d like to chat with me there, sign up below:


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Take two humans who pretend they can’t stand each other and one matchmaking canine and the fun is nonstop!

Val Hodgins is on the road to success. His architect firm handles some of the biggest contracts along the western seaboard. He doesn’t have time to babysit his aunt’s aging house or her pain in the butt dog, but when she falls ill with pneumonia he drops everything to go to her aid.

Sierra Johnson’s dreams of owning a catering company go up in smoke thanks to a bad choice in boyfriends. Now, she’s stuck working for a tyrannical boss, care-taking an aging townhouse, and being tormented by the owner’s aggravating, caustic, way-too-attractive nephew.

Will these two get over their prejudices in time to realize love comes without a price tag?


Have I inspired you to STRETCH your limits?

What are You Thankful For? #Inspiration #HolidayVibes @jacqbiggar

Thanksgiving is almost here. What are you the most grateful for?

A blogger I follow asked why we show gratitude on Thanksgiving and not the other 364 days of the year.

This made me think. How can we turn Thanksgiving into a year-round celebration?

There are a variety of ways we can make a difference in someone’s life. Anything from donating to a worthwhile charity to knitting scarves for the homeless.

This past week, British Columbia was struck by disaster. We had an ‘atmospheric river’ occurrence, which in essence meant Mother nature turned on the taps and walked out the door. Roads collapsed, homes flooded, cities had to be evacuated, and thousands of animals perished. It will take months, and maybe even years, to recover- if it’s possible at all.

We aren’t the only ones; California faces hellish firestorms, Louisiana flooding, Texas hurricanes- my point is, we need to band together. Help is essential. Without the aid of strangers, many will lose everything.

Climate change is here. It’s a fact. If we want to survive, we need to step up to the plate and help our fellow man.

That’s what Thanksgiving 365 looks like.

I hope you and yours have a safe and thoughtful Thanksgiving. Gratitude is something we earn.

Facing Life’s Challenges Head-On- #amwriting @mgtab @jacqbiggar

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No one said it would be easy…

Why is it some people seem to breeze through life as though they’re blessed by every good luck charm known to man? Gorgeous, popular, healthy, rich, if you want it, they’ve got it.

Obviously, there’s more to these divine beings than what we lower humans see, but it’s hard to believe. They’re just so… perfect.

For the longest time, romance writers focused their H/H on these imaginary deities, the dashing earl or beautiful movie star. But as the industry grew, readers demanded more. They wanted relatable characters. One who go through real life traumas and come out the other side stronger, wiser. It’s not enough anymore to have a meet-cute relationship ending in a happy-ever-after. Writers need to dig deeper, make readers gasp, cry, and swoon as they follow the protagonist’s journey of growth and personal awareness. We want to share their pain, laugh at their blunders, and celebrate their successes.

Romance is still an important component of these books, but not as necessary as knowing in the end, the H/H have overcome their internal crises and vanquished personal demons in order to enjoy a fulfilling relationship with the less-than-perfect love interest.

Because life is real, and while we might dive into a book to escape to an imaginary world for a few hours, we crave a deeper connection and count on our favorite author to make our emotions sing.

The story I’m working on will hopefully achieve this goal. It’s based on the true story of a little girl’s life-changing battle with cancer. I met Luna on Instagram and was immediately taken with her warm spirit and positive attitude even though continuous chemo treatments are ravaging her body. She works hard to stay strong and her beautiful smile is never very far away.

If you get the chance, follow her. She’s an inspiration!

https://www.instagram.com/luna_perrone/

Love, Me

Will a Christmas wish bring two lonely hearts together and give a little girl the family she’s always wanted?

Single parent, Grace Donovan arrives in the small town of Emerson with the hope a trial program at the local cancer clinic will be the answer to prolonging her young daughter’s life. She doesn’t expect to fall for her handsome boss.

As principal of Emerson Elementary, he is aware of the students’ medical issues and his heart goes out to little Cassie Donovan and her mother. When he learns Grace is in need of a job, he fabricates a childcare program, and is pleasantly surprised by its success. Now, if only he could help Cassie’s recovery and get Grace to give him a chance before she learns of his duplicity.

Cassie Donovan barely remembers the father who died when she was just a toddler, but she does know her mother is sad. Even though Cassie wants a puppy more than anything, she gives up her wish to ask for a daddy from Santa Claus, that way if she gets sick again, Mommy won’t be alone.

This Christmas, two families are brought together by a Christmas wish and a child’s need for a miracle.

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What do you look for in a romance novel?