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NaNoWriMo 2017: I Did It My Way

Uhh, Leanne, it’s mid-November. NaNoWriMo started three weeks ago. Why are you posting this now? Well, mostly because I’ve been so wrapped up in actually doing NaNoWriMo that I haven’t had time to blog about it. But the lateness of this post also makes a point: you can tap into the NaNoWriMo spirit anytime you want! It doesn’t have to be November 1. It doesn’t even have to be... read more

The Surprising Link Between Discontent and Growth

My daughter turned one year old recently. She’s an amazing baby, the light of all our lives. She’s sunny and smiling and cooing and happy, nearly all the time. She loves people and is entranced by music. She’s an observer who engages with all of her senses. But one thing she hasn’t done yet is walk, or even crawl. Back at her 9-month doctor’s appointment, we expressed this... read more

Habits, Routine, Process, Wellness

Happy October, everyone! October is my favorite month of the year– at least, it is when I slow down enough to notice the crisp fall weather (a bit warm here, this year), enjoy the tastes and scents of fall food, and snuggle into my warmer clothes. It’s also a month when I look closely at my own habits, routines and wellness procedures to make sure that everything I’ve put in place during... read more

The Summer Reading List Recap

Back in June, I announced my summer reading list. It was the first time I’d ever committed to reading a specific list of books within a set time frame, and I wasn’t sure if it would go well. I generally prefer to read according to whim and mood, sometimes bingeing on a particular genre, or re-reading old classics. The idea of committing to 23 books in a season seemed contrary to my usual... read more

The Writing House: A Reflection on Blogs, Readers, and Connections

The Story of the Writing House Imagine you own a beautiful house. You’ve built this house from scratch, designed it with the intention to be welcoming. Every week, you add something new to your house: something inspiring, entertaining, or¬†useful. You invite people to visit your house. You hope that they’ll return, week after week, to see the new things you’ve added. You begin to form... read more

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