Is Fear Preventing Realization of your Dreams?

Is Fear Preventing Realization of your Dreams? I asked myself this question six months ago as I was enjoying a work sabbatical, spreading my wings and stretching my boundaries of what life as I knew it looked like and felt like. The answer? Yes, fear was holding me back. I was actually quite surprised by the answer. Here I was, a successful woman, mother of two, loyal friend, daughter and sister. From the outside, many would say I looked polished [...]

2018-04-10T12:17:50+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Authenticity, Change, Faith|

Starting Important Conversations, Why Not Now?

Starting important conversations, why not now? Since my goal as an author is to inspire others to be courageous and learn about their loved ones’ wishes, while creating life-long connections, I want to pose a question. How many of you know what your loved ones wishes are when it comes time to leave? I know, probably not many. It is not a popular, comfortable or pleasant experience to start this kind of conversation. I used to be in the same camp [...]

2018-03-23T01:18:16+00:00 March 10th, 2018|Authenticity, Faith, Love|

Authors Who Influence My Writing: Elizabeth Gilbert

I am grateful to the many authors who have published before me and influence my writing, including Elizabeth Gilbert. I first was introduced to Elizabeth Gilbert's writing through reading Eat Pray Love in 2006, the year my mother died. Eat Pray Love is one of those books that captivated me from the start, and kept me engaged all the way through. I remember not being able to put it down. Her book Big Magic had the same impact on me. She takes [...]

2018-02-19T03:28:52+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Authenticity, Change|

Feathered Quill 1st Place Gold Book Award

Feathered Quill recently awarded The Gift of Goodbye three book awards: 1st Place/Gold Award for best new book from a Debut Author and in the Religious/Inspirational category and 2nd Place for best new book in the Memoir category. I am thankful to my readers, each of you, my editor Annie Tucker, my publisher Brooke Warner, and my publicist Crystal Patriarche and Morgan Rath for making this huge honor possible. THANK YOU! http://www.featheredquill.com/awardprogram.shtml

2018-02-19T02:04:08+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Authenticity|

Time as a Measure of Value

Time is a helpful way to measure value. Have you ever really considered how you spend your Time, and been honest with yourself about the result? Does it measure what you value most? When you consider how you spend each hour of your day, it will give you a sense of what is really important to you, from the perspective of your actions. Many of you will read this and would agree that you have taken stock of what is [...]

2018-01-13T19:07:03+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Authenticity, Change, Love|

New Year, New Focus

A New Year, A New Focus- the age old tradition of setting new goals or resolutions, to be better at or do more of something.... As I moved through the first day of 2018, I watched the water in Richland Creek ripple over the stones and pebbles and considered the various twists and turns my life took the previous year. I felt peace and joy to be standing in a space of comfort as new beginnings were unfolding. As our [...]

2018-01-07T04:04:59+00:00 January 7th, 2018|Authenticity, Change, Faith|

Authors Who Influence My Writing: Dr. Brene Brown

I am grateful to the many authors who have published before me and influence my writing, including Dr. Brené Brown. An author of four books and several TEDtalks, her most impactful book to me at the time was The Gifts of Imperfection, which I received as a gift for my 50th birthday. I was in the process of expanding version 1.0 of my story and her words spoke directly to my heart, in a profound and life changing way. After [...]

2017-12-28T18:41:14+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Authenticity, Change|

Authors Who Influence My Writing: Wm Paul Young

I am grateful to the many authors who have published before me and influence my writing. William Paul Young, author of The Shack, is one of those authors. I can remember the weekend that I read his first book, over a July 4th weekend in 2009. I finished reading it in two days, carrying it with me to the pool and gym, hardly able to put it down. I was able to hear Mr. Young speak at a Forgiveness Nashville [...]

2017-11-02T02:15:01+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Authenticity, Grief|

What you Believe is What you Experience

Do you remember a book from about 20 years ago called Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson? It was a widely popular, best-selling book with a key theme of guiding people on how to focus on the opportunity in a changing situation, versus seeing change as the end of something. How you interpret the theme depends on if you are a “why” or a “what” kind of person. If you are more of a “what” person, you might have heard [...]

2017-09-24T01:05:51+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Authenticity, Change|

Parnassus Book Launch Event Photos

We had a standing room only turn out for The Gift of Goodbye book launch at Parnassus Books in Nashville this week. We sold out of books at the event. Good news- more are on order. I continued to be humbled by the positive feedback on the story. We are now in the second print run and have sold over 700 copies so far. Check out more about the event here: http://www.nashvillepost.com/events/media-gallery/20973576/infoworks-execs-memoir-debut

2018-01-12T23:18:25+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Authenticity|