Summer Reading List 2017

I’ve created a summer reading list for the first time EVER. I generally don’t like to map out what I’m going to be reading, at least not for a whole season, because the freedom to choose my next read is important to me. Reading is such a joy for me, and I have such a tendency to dig in on my habits and goals, that I need to protect my reading joy from restrictions. But things feel... read more

Looking For Beta-Readers

Hello, dear readers! This week, I finished the third draft of my novel, The Loss of Our Mothers, set during the Great Blizzard of 1888. Which means that I am now looking for beta-readers. Hey, Leanne, what are beta-readers? Beta-readers volunteer to read a manuscript between drafts. The book is complete, but still in progress. My favorite things about being a beta reader are: You get a sneak peek at an... read more

Learn Your Family’s Love Language

Last fall, on the advice of the Happier podcast hosts, I finally read Gary Chapman’s classic book, The Five Love Languages. I put off reading it for so long because although I love books that help me know myself better, this book seemed cheesy and unnecessary. I know how to love myself, and I know how to love my family. I didn’t think I needed a language interpreter. Boy, was I wrong. I... read more

Why I Chose A Summer Uniform

Before I had kids, I would have scoffed at the idea of wearing a uniform. One of my favorite things to do was choose my outfit for the day. I often planned them out the night before, taking into account the weather, the image I wanted to project, and the amount of travel I’d be putting on my shoes. I loved to shop, too. I’d spend hours wandering around malls and outlets, buying random things... read more

Quote/Discussion: Do Our Choices Make Us Who We Are?

“We all create the person we become by our choices as we go through life.” -Eleanor Roosevelt Do you think that’s true? Do our choices shape the person we become, or does the person we already are dictate our choices? Does it work from the outside in, or the inside out? I’m not sure, myself. Who we are dictates what we do. But it takes a lifetime to truly know ourselves well, and... read more

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