Unplug and recharge #TheRunningWriter

Have you ever gone without your internet and phone for an extended period of time–by choice?

Just actually unplugged for a bit?

I did a couple years ago. Unplugged and recharged in Sanibel Island for about a week, minus a couple short windows of social media fun. It was awesome. Refreshing. I read seven books, swam in the ocean, and napped.

Boy oh boy did I take all the naps.

It’s that time again. Here we come Jamaica!!

So, #TheRunningWriter daily posts will take a brief pause. But I’ll be back to the trails & writing soon, my friends.

Here’s to unplugging and recharging.

The four Fs #TheRunningWriter

I can easily get stuck in the tiny little details of daily living to the point life passes me by.

I’m a to-do list girl. There’s no doubt about it. One thing I’ve noticed is that when I feel out of control in my life, I really try to control my lists and checking things off of it even more.

But each day needs to be more than a checklist. More than a day filled with I have to. When that happens it usually means other things fly by the wayside, like Faith, Friends, Fun, and Family. Because I just don’t have time.

But you need the four Fs pretty regularly to keep balanced. And that’s what it’s about, guys, balance.

When things get out of whack we fight so hard to regain balance when what we need to do is step back, take a breath and see what’s out of line.

Stay strong, my friends.

Pain to prosperity #TheRunningWriter

Our instinct is to recoil from pain, avoid it at all cost, right? I mean, who enjoys pain?

Not me.

I’ve had some pretty fun adventures as an author, and some that were not so amazing: broken contracts, failed books, abandoned by my agent (not my current one-she’s awesome).

These events, while painful and disheartening, have shaped me, and they still are. I’ve become a better writer, a wiser person, and a more encouraging friend.

There’s no way to avoid pain, so let’s embrace it. Let’s look at it as a chance to grow, a chance to learn.

Stay strong, my friends, and let’s turn that pain into prosperity!

Hang on #TheRunningWriter

Is every breath you take a battle? Are the people around you teasing, bullying, harassing you to the point you want to quit everything? Does it feel like everyone is against you, tearing you down to nothing?

Please hang on. Hang on to the fact that, no matter what you’re thinking this very second, you are worth it. You are loved.

You are on this earth for a reason. You may not see that reason at this very moment, but if you hang on, you’ll see it.

Stay strong, my friends.