Spooky Season is a great reminder to loosen up and have some fun! I’ve loved having that rare bit of free time to pick up some for-fun projects, read mysteries, scout out my holiday shopping, and simply let myself recharge.Continue reading “October 2021 Recap”
It’s always surprising how much can sneak into a month when my attention is on other things. Between the deadlines and distractions, I’m really amazed to look back and see details I had overlooked at the time. Ready for a recap?Continue reading “September 2021 Recap”
Hello, friends! Summer is my very favorite season, so it feels fitting to gather all of my highlights from June, July, and August in one place. Curious what I’ve been doing to beat the heat? Here’s your moment of enlightenment.Continue reading “Summer 2021 Recap”
Change often happens at a gradual pace. News and accomplishments quickly becomes part of your normal day-to-day as the novelty wears off and we move on to the next thing. Huge changes or life-altering events are oh-so easy to recall, but what about the small daily efforts that got you there? What about the other things that happened concurrently? I think those are worth something, too.Continue reading “April & May 2021 Recap”
There are times in life when every square on the calendar is filled, every scrap of paper in sight is scribbled with To Do lists, and the only thing keeping you going is the series of alarms on your phone that tell you to eat at regular intervals. These are the times when a little Spring Cleaning: Personal Schedule Edition is in order. Refine, rethink, remove. Even a few small changes can make the whole world feel new.Continue reading “February & March 2021 Recap”
WriteOnCon is an online writing conference that I’ve been attending and volunteering with for four years now. Time flies!
I’ve shared my experiences and takeaways as an attendee before, but it struck me this year that I’ve never shared what it’s like to be part of the team! Being part of the behind-the-scenes crew is a unique and amazing experience that I think a lot of people would be totally excited about if they only knew the opportunity existed.
Today, I’m going to share my Top 10 tips, tricks, and favorite things about being a conference volunteer in the hopes of shining some light on the fantastic people behind the scenes and also, maybe, inspiring you to give it a go!Continue reading “WriteOnCon 2021 Afterglow – Volunteering My Top 10”
There’s no better excuse to leap at new opportunities, try something different, and start new routines than a brand new year to play with. I’ve found a lot of fun and interesting ways to give myself that fresh start feeling this January, and I believe it’s been an overall success.Continue reading “January 2021 Recap”
December is my month of preparation. Everything lingering on the To Do list gets reassessed, rescheduled, or tossed into the reject pile, leaving me with a clean slate and a shiny new set of goals for the new year. I also take some time to reflect on accomplishments, using that as fuel to take on fresh challenges. And I celebrate, because what’s the point if you can’t kick back, have some sweets, and splurge on gifts for the people you love once in a while?Continue reading “December 2020 Recap”
Sometimes we plan, plot, schedule, and set goals… only to realize life is heading in the opposite direction. In times like these, it’s tempting to sit back and feel sorry about all the undone things on last month’s To Do. Instead, I add them to the list. I can still feel accomplished for a job well done, even if it’s not what I had in mind!Continue reading “November 2020 Recap”
Gift giving is one of my talents. Any gift-centric holiday or event that requires shopping is automatically a favorite of mine. But maybe you don’t share my enthusiasm for Secret Santa exchanges and workplace White Elephants.
If finding the perfect present is stressing you out, I’m here to help with a few ideas, some tried and true methods, and a sprinkle of sage advice.Continue reading “The Giver’s Guide to Gift Shopping”