#NaBloPoMo: being thankful for the bad

I have totally flunked this daily writing challenge. I have missed several days in a row now. The worst part is that I have knowingly, intentionally missed these days. Where have I been? Introverting hardcore. Mindlessly browsing pointless things on the Internet, splurging in Breaking Bad episodes, eating comfort foods with no real appetite, unplugging for Thanksgiving and prepping for Christmas, snuggling my dog, snuggling my baby, snuggling my husband.  Continue reading “#NaBloPoMo: being thankful for the bad”


I am happy, but that doesn’t make me superhuman

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Nov. 21: What is the one thing you wish people better understood about something in your life?

One of the biggest misunderstandings people have about me is my happiness. I am an optimistic person, and I do have a generally happy-go-lucky personality. I firmly believe that this positive outlook is contagious and self-fulfilling. That said, there’s nothing that bothers me more when people use my optimism against me.

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The art of marriage and parenting

The writing prompt today is, “What’s the dumbest thing you and your partner have ever fought about?” When I posed this question to my husband, his response was “It’s always my fault.” 

Me: That did not answer the question. What are you talking about?

Him: I don’t know

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You’re wrong: my dog is still my baby, too

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Today’s daily writing prompt begged the question, “What is the hardest or best lesson you’ve learned from having pets?”

My eyes lit up. I.LOVE.MY.DOG! I could write a novel on all the wonderful things he – and his predecessors who have furever left paw prints on my heart – have taught me about life. Animals are incredible beings who I refer to as Earth Angels. They teach us unconditional love, loyalty, strength, and so much more.  Continue reading “You’re wrong: my dog is still my baby, too”

NaBloPoMo: open mind, bigger world

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One of the prompts for November asked what was it like to be me in 2016. Well, to be me in 2016 was to see the world as I’ve never seen it before.

We left our Hawaii ohana behind, flew to LA and spent the next several weeks driving  across the country. We put our footprints in more than a dozen cities and towns, stopped at historical markers and world wonders, and conversed with people we otherwise never would’ve met. It was beautiful.

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Actually, I don’t have 10 minutes

I had every intention of publishing timely, daily blogs for this challenge of joining National Blog Posting Month. I was doing really good the first week. I had time to preview a few prompts, hash out a few drafts. Now that I’m in the thick of it,  I realize how difficult it truly is to find even just 10 minutes a day to dedicate to myself. I am learning to not only appreciate the art of writing so much as I’m learning to value my time.

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