2019 – A Fresh New Year

Do you have disappointments, regrets and missed opportunities from 2018 bringing you down? We all fail at our resolutions, fall short of a goal or regret a missed opportunity, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Brush it off and stand up straight because you have a whole new year in front of you and a fresh start with 2019.

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Give yourself a few minutes to recall positive moments and goals from 2018…

  • I finished writing my second romance novel and began querying for representation and publication.
  • I created my plot/timeline for book #3. plot line storyboard
  • I began creating my new office/library/craft room.
  • I discovered some new, healthy recipes.
  • I completed my 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 48 books.
  • Both of my sons are now living down in NC with us. North Carolina State Line Sign

Good for you!

Now, set some goals and inspirations for 2019…

  • I want to complete a second draft of my third book.
  • I want to gain a contract for book #2.
  • I will begin querying for a reprint of my 1st book (Hong Kong Treasure – publisher closed within a year of its publication). Hong Kong Treasure
  • I will complete my 2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 50 books.
  • I will limit my consumption of sugar, dairy and wheat.

Great! Now don’t let any doubt and negativity creep in. Fight it. Start each day with positive thoughts and energy. Remember, you are a great you. Don’t let anyone tell you different. You can shine in 2019!

2019 New Year's

Tell me your positive items from 2018 and a goal for 2019. Let’s share some much-needed support 🙂

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In Case You Missed It … 2018

2018 is almost done and 2019 is approaching fast.

So, while we are still here in 2018 let’s recap. “In case you missed” any of these…

2018 with fireworks

Feng Shui

Want a Lucky 2018?

 

Romance

What’s More Romantic Than a Wedding?

8 Romance Sub-genres To Find Your Next Love

6 Romantic Getaways Right Here In The Good Old USA

6 Nontraditional Places To Have A Romantic Wedding

 

Inspiration

What Can Spring Teach Us About Life?

Heroes of Hurricane Florence

 

Cats

Photo Challenge: What Makes Me Smile

 

Friday Fun

4 Funny Jokes To Start Your Weekend

 

Blogiversary

It’s Blogiversary Time! 5 Years!

 

I thank all my followers and visitors for your support and friendship through 2018.

I hope meet and connect with even more of you in 2019!

Beauty After Breast Cancer

A powerful post about beauty after breast cancer. Do breasts alone determine our beauty? Are women less feminine without them? What are your thoughts?

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Beauty is more than a skinny body, fancy clothes, and makeup. Going through cancer can put your body through harsh treatments and sometimes multiple surgeries. Some lose their hair, some have only the spot where the cancer is removed, and some have both breasts removed. Radiation and chemotherapy are harsh treatments. Going through these treatments and surgeries can make you feel ugly and less like a woman.

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When I was given the choice to have a mastectomy, I thought I had to have reconstruction to keep my beauty. I thought I’d be less of a woman without breasts. After the surgery it took me a while to look at my chest or look at myself shirtless in a mirror. I was afraid to see the scars where my breasts used to be. I was afraid I would look ugly and disfigured. When I finally looked at my chest, I cried.

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It’s Blogiversary Time! 5 years!

Wow! Can you believe it? I’ve been blogging and connecting with people for 5 years.

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To see some great blogs I’ve connected with, check out my updated Blogs I Follow page.

So let’s have a party. Grab a slice of cake…

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…and settle in to meet some new friends.

In the comments below, leave a link to your blog or website. Let’s see how many new friends we can meet and support.

Thank you all for your Likes, Comments and Follows over the years. And let’s hear it for 5 more years of blogging!

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Here’s a look at last year’s blogiversary post.

Philadelphia, A City Of 12 Firsts – How Many Did You Know?

I love the City of Brotherly Love, Birthplace of America, The City That Loves You Back — Philadelphia, PA.

Philly, PA

That’s probably why my next book takes place in Philadelphia (more about this later).

     Philadelphia’s Firsts:

  1. Benjamin Franklin started the first library in 1731.

  2. The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, that opened in 1805, is the country’s first art museum and school.
  3. The Philadelphia Packet and Daily Advertiser is the first daily newspaper, begun in 1784.
  4. Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond started the nation’s first hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital.
  5. The first university in the nation, The University of Pennsylvania, began the first medical school in 1756 and the first business college, the Wharton School of Business, in 1881.

  6. The Philadelphia Zoo was the first ever American zoo, opening in 1874. Philly Zoo
  7. The first organized protest against slavery was the Germantown Quaker Petition, drafted in 1688.
  8. Mother Bethal A.M.E. Church is the first African American church established in 1794.
  9. First Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in Philly in 1920.
  10. The Philadelphia Naval Yard was the first naval shipyard in the nation, 1801.
  11. Johann Behrent built the first piano in America in 1775.
  12. The Philadelphia Stock Exchange was the first stock exchange, founded in 1790.

Have you ever visited Philadelphia? What do you like the best?

For more fun facts about Philadelphia, check out the following sites:

 

 

Inspiration For Dealing With Mental Illness & Breast Cancer

Aimee’s blog is a necessity for anyone dealing with mental illness and/or cancer but also an inspiration for anyone dealing with life and its struggles.

Please leave your comments on Aimee’s blog page, thank you.

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Life is hard. Things we don’t plan for happen to us. Illness strikes us unexpectedly. When things happen, we can choose to fight or sit down and have a pity party. Some decide to wallow in self-pity and they want everyone else to feel sorry for them. They tell the world about how awful things are for them and how there is no help. This only leads to an endless road of hopelessness. Others decide to fight. They stand up to their illness and face it head on. With mental illness and cancer, if you want to reach recovery, you must decide to stand tall and fight.

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I know a woman who is suffering from mental illness. She tells everyone there is no help for her. She goes to her friends and talks on and on about how awful her life is. She blames her husband for not understanding and…

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Wish Your Man Was More Romantic?

Life is hectic.

Life is busy.

Life is crazy, but does that mean there’s no room for romance? Absolutely not.

However, you know the average man is not naturally romantic. (Remember “Wham, bam, thank you Ma’am?”) They generally consider romance just fluff before you get to the good stuff. So, you’ll have to let him know how important it is to you.

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(I’m not talking about every man. There are some out there that are truly Romance Masters. I applaud them. This post is about the average Joe, clueless about romance.)

Let’s face it. Most of you gals have probably spent years throwing out little hints about how to be more romantic without much success. Well, if you haven’t figured it out yet, I’ll lay it out for everyone.

Hints Do Not Work On Guys

You have to use a 10 lb. sledge-hammer to get their full attention. Of course, that is not a literal suggestion but you do have to stop being subtle about this concept. Get your man away from any distractions (TV, cars, friends, food, etc.) and talk to him about what you what. Be sure to make it a conversation not a confrontation or you won’t get anywhere.

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Give him a few examples of what romance means to you. Then hand him a list of about four or five simple examples because you know he won’t remember the conversation past the next car show on TV or round of golf.

Some examples you could include in your list:

  • Holding hands while walking
  • Evening walks together where kids, finances and work are off-limits to discuss.
  • Foot rubs
  • Breakfast in bed
  • Bubble baths together
  • A soothing cup of tea or glass of wine
  • Chocolates and flowers

The possibilities are endless. Come up with things that appeal to you.

Good luck and be patient with your budding-Romance Master.

Tell me some of the things on your romance list…