I’m currently in the self edit stage of preparing a book for publication!
Writing has Changed for Me
My writing journey has changed a TON since having a kid. My son is 6 months old now and I have gotten back to writing, though not exactly in the way I was before.
“Get To” Vs. “Have To”
Once I quit thinking of it as “I have to get up and lose so much sleep”, things were much more bearable.
My Ruby Ribbon Story
I’d thought bras were just a necessary evil, but I discovered I was wrong thanks Ruby Ribbon!
On Being “Mom”
Being “Mom” is absolutely magical.
Writing as a Mom
I have been writing since high school, improving gradually as time went on. I have had to adapt several times as my circumstances changed. Now, I'm on the brink of an especially big change: motherhood.
Dressing Modestly During Pregnancy
When trying to find maternity clothes, I hit a strange roadblock in the form of modesty. Nearly everything was skin-tight and usually short or extremely low-cut, if not all three.
Pregnancy After Miscarriage
Pregnancy after miscarriage is a strange thing. It's bittersweet, but you have to hold onto any sweetness you can, since sometimes there's no getting rid of the bitter part.
Don’t Punish Yourself For Creating
Don't punish yourself for creating. Now that sounds a little too obvious right? But it isn't.
Be Your Spouse’s Biggest Fan
Okay, okay, I know the title sounds cliche, but I mean it. Max and I just passed the two year anniversary of first speaking to each other on CatholicMatch, so the dynamics of marriage were on my mind. One of the best pieces of relationship advice I'd heard was the above. I was already doing …
Engagement and Wedding Ring Advice
Since a lot of engagements and such often take place around Valentine's Day, I thought this would be a good time to talk about my experience with my engagement/wedding ring.
Life after 6 Months of Marriage
I heard so many people say that we were going to have a hard time in the first year. So many people said I didn't know what I was getting into, getting married so quickly. I was frequently told I didn't have a real relationship with my then-fiancé if we hadn't had a screaming fight. We were told we were too young, too hasty, even foolish.
Can You Revive Your Old, Unfinished Novels?
Have you ever had that one story that you could never seem to write properly, but you keep making attempts every few years to reboot it as your skills as a writer increase?
Living in a Post-NaNo World
The above phrase is always how I think of what life is like after NaNo is over. Even if you don't make it to 50k, your imagination usually feels like some kind of post-apocalyptic wasteland after all the work done. At least mine always does.
A Different Thanksgiving
As you may suppose from my previous post, this year's Thanksgiving will be a bit bittersweet.
Dear Little One …
A miscarriage means a lot of sadness, but at least it means that we'll get to see you in heaven someday. I'll love you forever, my little one!
Finding Your Wedding Dress Online: Pt. 2 – Pros and Cons of the Experience
If you’re like me and dreamed your whole life of getting married, then you probably have a lot of ideas about what you want the lead up to that experience to be like.
Finding Your Wedding Dress Online Pt. 1: Modesty
Personally, I found my wedding dress online. Now, this wasn't the original plan. I had seen enough episodes of Say Yes to the Dress to have an idea of the experience I wanted while finding my wedding dress. However, I ended up hitting several roadblocks that sent me in a completely opposite direction, especially since I wanted a modest dress.
First Week of NaNoWriMo!
Here we are! We've finished the first week of NaNo! Doing NaNoWriMo can be a nearly all-consuming endeavor, but it can get overruled if you're also working or in school while doing it. Personally, I'm a teacher, as well as a house-wife, so finding time to work on my novel in between my other obligations can be hectic.
Halloween 2020 – Jedi: Fallen Order
I'm obsessed with Halloween. I immerse myself in spooky music all October and most of all, I make a point to dress to the nines as much as I can every yearSo we decided to go all out this year (budget considered of course). Our costumes were inspired by the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The characters of Cal Kestis and Merrin (the Nightsister) were what we chose to base our costumes off of.
NaNo 2020 – The Hallowmas Box
The Hallowmas box can only be found between the hours of midnight and 3am between Halloween and Hallowmas. The box itself is full of several mysterious objects, related to the passage/ties between worlds. Preston Everett is an unusual academic in search of the box. He has a fascination with the supernatural and often dabbles too deep in the ancient and arcane. What he'll find will be secrets beyond what he anticipated, as well as stories of those who have delved too deep into this Otherworld, like himself.
Prepping for NaNoWriMo!
It's October! And we all know what that means! Halloween! Which I love, but that's not what we're preparing for right now. The start of October means NaNoWriMo is one month away.
Are we really being grateful? I feel like that's a question many of us ask ourselves. “I should be grateful for what I have,” I tell myself. “My life is good. So what if I don’t have everything I want?” “Don’t some people have it worse?” Isn’t that the most common way we make ourselves feel bad for our desires? Of course some people have it worse, but that's not really the point.
A Catholic Woman’s Search for a Holy Spouse
Fair warning for any non-Catholic reading my blog. This is a very Catholic post, as I'm a very Catholic woman. This title is the goal of many Catholic women. For those of us who aren't called the religious life with a vocation as a nun, many of us anxiously await to find our future husband. I've found mine, which means I am removed from this search, but I still vividly remember it, since I am only recently married and only met my husband just over a year ago.
Almost There …
Remember that song from Disney's The Princess and the Frog? Tiana's song "Almost There"? I sure do. I've sung it pretty much every day for the last two years. This song has been my constant companion, lifting me up when I felt overwhelmed. I had a whole playlist specifically for that, but often ended up …
I fully understand November is still a whole two months away, but for those of us who annually participate in National Novel Writing Month, we sometimes start planning as early as August. But today NaNoWriMo opened the site to be able to announce this year's project, so I thought it was a good time to start talking about it!
Is 2020 the Worst Year Ever?
A cliche title this year, I know. But we've had other "worst years" before. There were plenty of people who hated 2016, whether for the political climate or the fact that there were clowns running around frightening people. Or maybe they just had a bad year, everything seemed to go wrong for them. 2020 has …
Love – During Coronavirus
For those of you who know me, you may be aware I got married one month ago. The road to marriage for us has been a wonderful one, though not without its obstacles, from outside our relationship rather than within. Our wedding was an Extraordinary Form Tridentine High Mass, by which I mean: we're Catholic, …