5 Surefire Ways to Turn a Bad Day Around

When you’re having a bad day, the last thing you want to hear someone say is, “turn that frown upside down.”  But if you’re willing to hear me out, here are five things you can do to make your sucky day bearable. 1. Leave. Get up and physically remove yourself from the situation. Heck, take…

How to not lose your mind in transitions

I can’t write a lick this week. Okay, I’m writing *this* but as for fiction, I’m toast. My energy is wonky and for good reason. My household is in transition. My husband started a great new job this week, my boys returned from 5 days in California (missed ’em!), I’ve been to three schools for…

Self-discovery on the Road and the Sisterhood Tour

It’s one thing to navel gaze when you’re in your own element, but I believe you can discover who you really are when you’re away from your daily grind. This summer I’ve spent a lot of time traveling and am getting ready for five stops on my fly sisterhood tour to promote TWIN FALLS and…

On Twisters, Teachers and Time

If you’re raised in Oklahoma, tornadoes become a character in your life story. Growing up in western Oklahoma, we regularly trekked to the neighbor’s cellar in their backyard – typically in the middle of the night. The dank smell, tight quarters and spider companions didn’t ease your fear that a swirling villian had interrupted your…

Summer and Taking Turns

The end of the school year is mocking me. I can hear summer coming, whistling and skipping closer to me while I shrink back into the shadows, covering my ears and pretending the days of “I’m bored” and endless interruption aren’t at hand. As a mom, summer is a blessing. No more early morning ritual!…

Making History Right Now

What does living authentically mean? My #truedo list: Learning, discerning, improving and believing. Purposeful action. Listening with an open mind with awareness to your reaction and thoughts. Trusting yourself to do what is best for you despite what others may think. Going for it. Living your passion, even if that’s only part-time or a hobby….

Next Big Thing Blog Hop: Twin Falls, Paranormal YA

Special thanks to author Brenda Janowitz, RECIPE FOR A HAPPY LIFE (St. Martin’s Press July 2013) for inviting me on a new round of the Next Big Thing Blog Hop. This time I’m promoting a book by my younger alter ego, Lena Brown, (younger because I feel like a teenager when I write teen books!) I’d also like…

Hope Floats Storygrams

In doing the True-Do Track over on my Facebook page, which began in January with a month of journaling prompts, I’ve realized a few things already, including that I’m going to have MORE FUN with books and work this year. I felt like 2012 was all to-do list which is partly what inspired my True Do…

True Do Track for living a You-Full 2013

For the Type A among us, a to-do list feels as automatic as brushing our teeth or blinking. So with that in mind, I created a True Do Track for my readers to join me in trying to live our best year yet. Less stress. Less drama. More fun. More adventure. More authentic relationships and…

Are You the Little Brand That Could?

When I was brainstorming ideas for a branding book, the story of the little engine that could kept coming to mind. Every aspect of building the train, creating the journeys, getting passengers and making the tough journey despite the odds all seemed very relevant. I’ve personally witnessed and assisted more than 150 little brands with strategy and campaigns,…