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Friday Five: Water

As an Aquarius, water is a massive part of my life! I like these questions for this week all about water.

  1. What’s a memory you have of a nearby stream?
    There is a stream in a park I enjoy going to in the foothills. I have had a photo shoot there, spent time with a notebook and pen working on my writing, taken long walks around the banks, and just get away and get some time for me.
  2. What’s a good film scene or song lyric involving a river?
    One my favorite Adele songs is River Lea.
    ♫ Everybody tells me it’s ’bout time that I moved on
    And I need to learn to lighten up and learn how to be young
    But my heart is a valley, it’s so shallow and man made
    I’m scared to death if I let you in that you’ll see I’m just a fake
    Sometimes I feel lonely in the arms of your touch
    But I know that’s just me, ’cause nothing ever is enough
    When I was a child I grew up by the River Lea
    There was something in the water, now that something’s in me
    Oh I can’t go back, but the reeds are growing out of my fingertips
    I can’t go back to the river ♫
  3. What fond memory do you have of a lake?
    One of my favorite places is a mountain lake that I retreat to when I need to reconnect with myself. I swear there is a piece of my soul up there.
  4. What’s the most fascinating sea creature?
    I love seahorses. I think they are so pretty and dainty!
  5. What’s something that caused you to cry tears of laughter?
    The other night I had dinner with a friend and her children. Her teenage son was freaking out because his little sister was trying to give him a kiss on the cheek. He was thrashing around and yelling for her to leave him alone and then busts out the line, “I need an adult!” Of course at that point, I’m rolling in laughter and I couldn’t stop laughing long enough to even say anything in response. It was hysterical!

I hope you all have a splendid Easter weekend (if you celebrate). If not, have a fantastic weekend and spend some time doing something you love. That’s my plan.

TTFN ~ H

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Friday 5: Something is a astir

Hello! Today’s post is going to be a quick one. Much to do to wrap up a very busy and successful week. Without further into, here’s this week’s Friday 5:

  1. What did you last use a spatula for? Hashbrowns
  2. What did you last use your can opener for? Tuna
  3. What did you last pick up with a pair of tongs? Pork Chops
  4. What did you last use a ladle for? Spaghetti Sauce
  5. What did you last stir with a wooden spoon? Spaghetti Sauce

Hope you all have a great weekend! I am behind on my writing goals, so I’m hoping to find some time this weekend to catch up. 🙂

Have a great and productive week!

~H

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Friday 5: Quarters

Hello Friends!

Hope that this cold and rainy March day (here in Colorado at least) is treating you well!

It’s been a busy week of adjusting life, goals, and priorities this week. Gotta love life changes that throw little wrenches into your best laid plans. Oh well! As they say – life goes on and you begin to find the new normal as the dust settles.

This week’s Friday 5 is on Quarters, which I think is neat since the first quarter of 2017 is wrapping up today. It’s time to pull out those quarterly goals and see what all we’ve accomplished!

  1. The first quarter of 2017 is now behind us.  How has it been?
    It has been enlightening. I have learned a lot this year. I’ve learned what truly is important to me, what I will and won’t stand for, and what I actually am fighting for. It’s been a good one overall, but there have been some heartbreaking lessons involved.
  2. How has this past quarter of your life been surprisingly good?
    I have found my power once more. I can now say that I am fully healed and back to where I was prior to my surgery 18 months ago. It’s been a long, hard battle with my health – but I feel AMAZING now! I am down an astonishing 130lbs, have finally found the right medication combo to combat the pain from my nerve condition and not leave me feeling drugged out, and I am now fighting low blood sugar versus high blood sugar. 2017 has been remarkable for me in many, many ways so far!
  3. When did you last drop quarters into a vending machine?
    I would say that was at the safari park in Missouri a couple weeks ago. I bought Little Miss and I a soda to share.
  4. How do you feel about your state’s twenty-five-cent coin?  If you’re not in the U.S., which of the coins do you think is especially striking?
    It’s really pretty. I love the mountains on the back on it. Then again, of course I would! These beautiful mountains keep calling me back.
  5. Google’s corporate headquarters is called the Googleplex.  What would be a good name for the corporate headquarters of your life?
    The Queen’s Hive. Okay, before you think I am a narcissist, let me explain. I have the nickname of the Social Media Queen handed to be by a former business coach I worked with prior to his retirement several years ago. He was an older gentleman who didn’t quite understand the social media phenomenon and how it can help businesses grow. In our work together, he got to see first hand what that means. I was teaching a class on social media one day and he made a testimonial about how important our work together had been – and called me the Social Media Queen. Needless to say, when you work in a small town and someone gives you a nickname – it sticks! I would say it is the Queen’s Hive because we are super busy planning, expanding, dreaming big, chasing goals, and teaching small businesses how to manage their social media. There’s always something going down in headquarters – and it’s absolutely beautiful and brilliant – just like a bee! ❤

That being said, the Hive is calling me back! Have a few things to wrap up before we close out for the weekend. Hope you all have a great one!

TTFN ~ H

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Friday 5: Food Me Once, Food Me Twice

Happy Friday Peeps!

We have made it through another week – hallelujah!

This week’s Friday 5 is about things found in the pantry. It’s a fun topic!

  1. What do you like on your frozen yogurt?
    I like chocolate or peanut butter chips.
  2. How do you feel about hot breakfast cereals?
    I prefer hot cereals over cold ones.
  3. What did you last put brown sugar in or on?
    Malt O Meal – yummy!
  4. What’s a food item you willingly overpay for?
    Starbuck’s White Chocolate Mocha. I think I’m addicted!
  5. What did you last add vinegar to?
    Salad dressing.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Best wishes on your writing!

~H

Posted in In The Heart of London, Novels In Progress

Happy Monday!

It is amazing to me how quickly the week passes by these days. I suppose that is what happens when you have your hands in a million different projects – there is always something to do. But, I wouldn’t have it any other way! 🙂

The book is progressing along quite nicely. I have two more scenes and the epilogue to write. I feel as though I am on the right track to hitting my goal for completion at the end of the month. Plus, I have some bonus writing time on a plane this week, so that will help as well! Woo hoo!!!!

My friends, this has been a journey. This book has provided so much healing, so much soul searching, so many tears and happy moments. It truly has been a labor of love.

As I approach the end, I have mixed emotions. I don’t know if I am ready for Phoebe’s story to be over. But yet, I am ready for her to have told her side of life. She deserves that completion. I have toyed with the idea of a sequel, but time will tell if there is more of her story that needs to be told.

I am thankful that I have several other projects in the works and characters that are chattering away to help me move onto the next story. I even have a request for a friend to be written into a story somewhere along the line – which I think is adorable. He has requested that he either meets an honorable death or is the character that saves the day. I’ll have to see what I can do for him, lol.

I hope this week finds your own writing to be successful and progressing well. Stay well my friends and may your muse be on your side. 🙂

~H

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Friday Five: Rest

This seems like a fitting topic to finish off the week. We’ve had my brother-in-law in town and all three of us have come down with cold/sinus issues this week. 😦 Some rest is definitely in order!

  1. When did you last need a few days of complete rest and nothing else?
    I did that last Mon and Tues when I got the flu.
  2. How do you keep yourself occupied when you have to be in bed all day and night?
    I read, play games on the laptop or phone, and sleep.
  3. Who do you most want to hear from when you have to withdraw to your bed for a few days of rest?
    No one. I just want to be left alone and heal.
  4. What adverse effects have you experienced while staying in bed for a few days?
    My body is usually quite angry with me for not moving for a whole. It causes a fibro flair up. So even when I feel like death, I’ve still got to keep moving.
  5. When you first notice a few symptoms, are you more likely to shut everything down right away, or try to power through until you don’t have a choice anymore?
    LOL, power through until I don’t have a choice, and even then I am going down fighting. My amazing business coach tuned into me the other day and sent me a text about how I need to be in complete self care mode right now. I had to laugh. That was the day I got my cold. (Flu and cold in two weeks is NOT fun!). I’m trying to listen and actually cleared my schedule today so I can attempt to rest (and caught up on admin work!)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Mine has a few client meetings, my nephew’s 15th birthday party, writing time, and a catch-up phone call with my Bestie in Austin. It’s going to be a great one! ~H

Posted in In The Heart of London, Novels In Progress, Reflections

An Update – In Monday Fashion

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Mine was filled with catching up on personal stuff and gearing up for this crazy week ahead.

I missed the Friday 5 blog on Friday and thought I would give a more personal update of sorts for today. I am 5 scenes away from completing the book I have been working on for the 10 years. It has been a labor of love, for sure. It’s taken me so long because there were lessons and healing that happened alongside my main character. It’s been an enlightening, growing, beautiful experience.

With just the few more scenes to go before the book is ready to go to the editors, I am determined to get it finished. I have set the goal to finish the book by March 31st, 2017. My fiance and our roommate have put a hefty price to pay if that deadline is not met. J told me that if I don’t finish it by then, he gets to edit it after a bottle of whiskey. Yikes! I can’t let that happen! So March 31st it is. 🙂

I have been diligently been working on it in the evenings and it feels good to be closer to the finish line.

I will keep you all posted about the progress as I move along in the next month.

Have a fantastic and inspiring week ahead!

~H