The Most Successful Fat-Loss Plan of My Life

Right out the gate, let me be clear about one thing: I don’t believe in the term ‘weight loss’ as a healthy mindset.  Lots of things add up to your body weight — organs, muscle, bones, fluids that keep you alive.  And believe me, you wouldn’t want to trade your heart to weigh a few less pounds. ButContinue reading “The Most Successful Fat-Loss Plan of My Life”

5 Ways to Love Yourself and Reveal Your Awesome

WARNING: A little extra language in the pictures of this post — because I was feeling passionate! In life there are two pulls — the urge to become more and the necessity of loving yourself as is.  I don’t believe these forces are incompatible but we too often tell our story as ‘I’m broken andContinue reading “5 Ways to Love Yourself and Reveal Your Awesome”

A History of a Writer

I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember and, as I’m turning 35 in a few months, it looks like the odds are good I’ll be telling them for the rest of my life (not just gonna yell ‘That’s it!  I’m done!’ as I blow out my birthday candles).  But howContinue reading “A History of a Writer”

10 Tips for Building Believable Love Stories

For those of you who couldn’t make it to my Athens Writers Association class in Athens last weekend, here’s a taste of what we discussed — Make your characters interesting. The best way to make me believe the love story is to make me believe in them. No matter how good the blueprint, if yourContinue reading “10 Tips for Building Believable Love Stories”

Can enrolling in an imaginary academy change your life?

Ah Sumar Academy.  I’ve just arrived here two days ago and I’m already learning so much.  I’m a little home-sick and a little intemidated but mostly I’m excited.  People graduate from here to do GREAT things. Oh, BTW, did I mention this place is totally only in my mind? From classic English stories to moreContinue reading “Can enrolling in an imaginary academy change your life?”

Would You Join a Health Club if You Never Had to Leave Your Computer Chair?

Then join us!  This next year, for FREE, you can be part of the rockingest, funnist health club in the universe.  Details below — New year, new ideas. As much as I’ve enjoyed our real life ‘Come Alive’ meetings, I wanted to do something different for the new year. So, starting with December, we’ll haveContinue reading “Would You Join a Health Club if You Never Had to Leave Your Computer Chair?”

What’s Holding You Back?

The following is a guest post from a good friend and fellow Athens Writers Association member, Jennifer Innes.  Jen has shown an incredible amount of courage and persistence in going after her dream and I think we can all learn a lot from her.  Enjoy!    I started my first novel at some point in middle school. ThisContinue reading “What’s Holding You Back?”

How To Become Beloved

Give it away — your time, your love, your heart Say the sweet things you usually only think Work hard Always be honest, even about the little things Keep your promises Help others achieve their dreams go the extra mile Don’t take your frustrations out on others Seek the things that make you make smile,Continue reading “How To Become Beloved”

You Are A God

When you woke up this morning, you may not have thought about it.  As you hurry through your day, you may, for a moment, forget it.  But know it is always true — You are a god.  A wonder.  A perfect spiritual being living out a divine destiny. AND YOU KICK ASS. Too often we judgeContinue reading “You Are A God”

Everything You Want is on the Other Side of … Sugar?

Now, all my life I’ve loved sugar and the sweet foods that contain it.  And in a very real way, I think a life where you couldn’t enjoy an ice cream cone, or a birthday cake, or a piece of chocolate would be sorely lacking. That said, I’m enjoying feeling better than I’ve ever feltContinue reading “Everything You Want is on the Other Side of … Sugar?”