Monday, August 22, 2016

Don't



Don't let life pass you by
Don't let regrets take over
Don't settle
Don't postpone
Don't minimize your self-worth
Don't doubt your abilities
Don't sit on the bench
Don't be afraid of love
Don't shy away from inspiration
Don't worry about eating cookies
Don't let the important people go
Don't live small
Don't dwell in your comfort zone
Don't look back
Don't forget to explore
Don't lose sight of what's important
Don't dull your light
Don't hide from who you are
Don't be afraid or ashamed
Don't listen to the haters
Don't shy away from praise
Don't stand by and do nothing
Don't ever ask is that the best I'll ever be


*This post was inspired by the weekly writing prompt from The Figment Forum, a free Facebook group for writers. Click here to join. 



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Words of Encouragement


The other day, I received a card from a dear friend. I wasn't expecting anything and getting that surprise in the mailbox made me smile. And when I opened it, the very first line said, "Dear Mia - I believe in you." And I immediately burst into tears. 

I had been doubting myself, as I normally do, and thinking about giving up on something I was working on. And her words of encouragement just really hit me in the feels. It's a very powerful feeling to know that someone believes in you. It means that they can see past your weaknesses, and see past your excuses. They know that you have the strength, the capability, and the kick-assery to get stuff done.  

And when someone believes in you, it gives you a sense of accountability. It motivates you to succeed. Because you want to prove them right. Even if you do fail, then knowing that they'll be there to cheer you on as you pick yourself back up and try again - it means so much. It can be the little shove you need to stay the course. 


"When you believe in someone you profoundly increase their ability to have faith in themselves and achieve." -Jason Versey


I sent a love note to my newsletter subscribers last week (click here if you want love notes, too!) about just being there for someone. Being there doesn't have to mean spending a million dollars on presents. It means letting someone know that you care, that you are willing to listen to what they have to say. And that can mean the world. 

So, take time out today to tell someone you believe in them. And watch their eyes as they shine a little brighter. Watch them stand a little taller and smile a little wider. Watch their jaw set in determination. 

And then watch out as they kick ass and take names. 



Monday, August 15, 2016

Honest Reflections


Do you ever tell yourself something so often that you come to believe it's true, even if it really isn't? I do this a lot. I don't mean to. Maybe it's like positive reinforcement or something. Fake it 'til you make it, I guess. But sometimes I think it's nice to just be nice to yourself. I'm going to share a series of fictional statements and then counter them with the truth. And then you tell me which one is better.  

Fiction:
I try to eat healthy as much as I can and exercise. 
Fact:
I drink wayyyyy too many Cokes and Frappuccinos and not enough water or Kale-smoothie-green-grossnessgoodness. And when ice cream calls, I always answer. 

Fiction:
I'm not the best mom in the whole world, but I'm doing pretty OK with my kids. 
Fact:
I can't remember how many days it's been since we did anything educational. Sure, watch TV for hours. I'll be over here reading. Or eating.  

Fiction:
I'm going to write a novel this year. A first draft, from start to finish. And it shall be glorious. 
Fact:
I scrapped everything I wrote previously and am starting over and am already over it and I barely feel like writing anything.  

Fiction:
I'm going to stop being a hermit all the time and actually go out and do stuff. With people. And have fun and not be grumpy. 
Fact:
Hahahahahahahahahaha. No. 



I could go on, but I think you get the point. Fiction just sounds so much nicer. I can say anything to myself. Fiction self to me: "You are a pretty unicorn princess." Me to fiction self: "Awww, you're the best. You're right, I totally am. *glitter sparkle rainbow weeeeee*" 



So, I guess the moral of the story is....... I have no idea. Just let me keep being a pretty unicorn princess and all will be right with the world. 


*This post was inspired by the weekly writing prompt from The Figment Forum.*

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Coffee Date


If we were on a coffee date, I would be drinking the Iced Coconut  Milk Mocha Macchiato. OMGGG, y'all. Have you tried it? It's soooo delicious. My new favorite for sure. 




If we were on a coffee date, I would tell you to read these posts by these amazing ladies. Because they capture all of the things I've been feeling lately. 

-Take Your Seat at the Table (by Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stilettos) 
-I Want to Love Myself Again (by Chaotic & Collected) 
-Define Your Own Success: Good Days (by The Girl Who Loved to Write) 


If we were on a coffee date, I would ask you if you've seen Suicide Squad. Because I saw it a few days ago and loved it. Don't let the critics keep you from seeing it. It's a comic book movie - nobody expects it to win any Oscars. I never pay any attention to critics. I like what I like. And it's funny and action packed and just all-around awesome. Plus, Joel Kinnaman. That is all. 


If we were on a coffee date, I would tell you that I've been so incredibly tired. I'm not sure why. Is it possible to be tired doing nothing? I haven't been doing anything strenuous at all. Reading. Watching tv shows. Hanging out with the kiddos. Not exactly the Olympics over here. I don't know. I just feel like I can never get enough sleep. *Chris Rock voice* Tired, tired, tired! 


If we were on a coffee date, I would tell you that I haven't been focused lately. Maybe this goes back to being tired. But I have so many things I want to accomplish and just no motivation to get any of it done. What is my deal? But I'd also have to tell you that I have amazing friends who don't let me just settle for blah. They check in with me and encourage me and offer ideas. Thank you for that. It means so much. 

Click here to check out my FB page. 

If we were on a coffee date, I'd admit to you that I'm not ready for my youngest to go to Kindergarten. He's my baby. I know that I will be crying my eyes out when he gets on the school bus on his first day. I can't even think about it without tearing up. I'm not ready at all and I wish I could keep him little forever. 


If we were on a coffee date, I'd tell you that I'm looking forward to Fall. Bring on the sweaters and scarves. Bring on the cool, crisp days. Bring on the football. Bring on the fire burning in the fireplace. Bring on the pumpkin everything. It's the best time of the year. 


So, what would you tell me if we were on a coffee date? 


*I'm linking up with Amber and Erin for the Coffee Date link up.* 


Monday, August 8, 2016

Three TV Shows That I Can't Stop Watching


I've been watching a lot of TV lately. Like... a lot. Probably to the detriment of any kind of productivity. But it's been awesome, I must say. Losing myself in my favorite shows has been relaxing and helps to quiet my mind. 

So, what have I been watching? So glad you asked. These are a few of my favorite shows: 

1) THE KILLING



I am not even sorry for how much I blab about this show. I have seen every episode dozens of times and I never get tired of it. All 4 seasons of the show are on Netflix, so go check it out if you're looking for something to watch. It's basically about two homicide detectives for Seattle PD, Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder, who obviously solve murders. But the absolute BEST part of the show is watching Linden and Holder in action together. I finished watching the end of the series last night and I'm totally starting over with season 1, episode 1 again later tonight. 


2)  POWER


Aggghhh, this show is so good. It comes on the Starz channel and I can't get enough. The show is about James St Patrick, a nightclub owner, who is also secretly a drug kingpin called Ghost. And the show is about his dual life and how he is trying to get out of the drug game and focus on his nightclubs and be "legit." The 3rd season started a couple weeks ago and I've been very impatiently waiting for each new episode on Sunday nights. It's one of those shows where people keep double and triple-crossing each other. I lurrrve it. :) 


3) OUTLANDER


Outlander is also on the Starz channel and it's the best. It's about Claire, a nurse in the 1940's who is on a trip with her husband, and she accidentally travels back in time to the 1740's in Scotland. And she tries her best to survive based on her medical knowledge and her limited knowledge of what's going to happen in the future of Scotland. She meets Jamie, a Scottish highlander, and things get interesting from there. 

The chemistry between the actors who play Jamie and Claire is phenomenal. The show is based on the books in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and the show stays pretty true to the book storylines. 



What have you been watching lately? Comment below so I can check them out. Are you as excited for the fall TV season as I am? Bring on all the shows! 



*This post was inspired by the weekly writing prompt at The Figment Forum.*

Sunday, July 31, 2016

ABC Reads: July 2016


Hi everyone! Welcome back to the ABC Reads link up! We're linking up to share the books we've read in July and the letters we can check off our lists. 

Need a refresher on what the ABC Reads challenge is all about? Never fear, we've got you covered: 

What does the challenge entail? Well, I'm glad you asked. There are 26 letters of the alphabet and we challenge you, during the course of 2016, to read a book that starts with each letter. For example, Atonement (A), The Bell Jar (B), Catching Fire (C), and so on. Makes sense, right? You don't need to go in order - if you want to start with S, go for it. We're easy to please around these parts. On the last day of each month, we'll host a link-up for you to share your ABC Reads.  We will award one point for each letter you review AND a bonus point for linking up with us!  At the end of the year (or when the first participant reviews a book beginning with each of the 26 letters), the winner will be awarded a $30 Amazon gift card.  Congratulations to Jessica at Frikken Duckie for completing the challenge and winning the gift card! Go visit her and say congrats! :) 

If you didn't get a chance to link up last month - no worries at all. Feel free to jump in with Andrea and me any time!

OK, so let's get to it. What did you guys read this month? How many letters did you check off? Here's my progress (July books in blue): 

A: (The) Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. Completed March 2016. 
B: Better Than Before, by Gretchen Rubin. Completed February 2016. 
C: (The) City of Mirrors, by Justin Cronin. Completed May 2016. 
D:  Dark Witch, by Nora Roberts. Completed April 2016. 
E:  Europe on 5 Wrong Turns A Day, by Doug Mack. Completed April 2016. 
F:  Finders Keepers, by Stephen King. Completed January 2016. 
G: (The) Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown. Completed January 2016. 
H: (The) Hereafter, by Jessica Bucher. Completed April 2016. 
I:  I Will Find You, by Joanna Connors. Completed June 2016. 
J:  Julia, by Peter Straub. Completed July 2016. 
K: Keeping Faith. Completed July 2016. 
L:  (The) Last Song, by Nicholas Sparks. Completed January 2016. 
M: (The) Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, by Mitch Albom. Completed February 2016.
N:  Night Film, by Marisha Pessl. Completed June 2016. 
O: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Completed January 2016. 
P
Q
R: (The) Revenant, by Michael Punke. Completed March 2016. 
S:  Some Kind of Fairy Tale, by Graham Joyce. Completed June 2016. 
T:  Tiny Beautiful Things, by Cheryl Strayed. Completed April 2016. 
U
V
W: Warm Bodies, by Isaac Marion. Completed February 2016. 
X
Y
Z:  Zone One, by Colson Whitehead. Completed May 2016. 



I normally enjoy books by Peter Straub, but this one was not my favorite. I think the premise was good. A woman whose daughter just died decides to leave her husband and moves to a new house. The previous owner was put in an insane asylum for killing her daughter several years before. So, you'd think that it would be a good, creepy, haunted house story. But then there's a seance and other possibly coincidental deaths to further complicate the plot and a weird sister-in-law who just wants her money and a weird brother-in-law that she wants to sleep with... just general weirdness all around. And the end result was that it was a good premise, but failed to deliver. I gave it 2 stars out of 5. 




I really enjoyed this story about a young girl who starts showing signs of stigmata after she and her mother walk in on her father and his mistress and her parents decide to divorce. News vans camp outside of her house to catch glimpses of her and ill people come to the house because they want her to heal them. Several miracle-like incidents occur, and some people believe it's because of God and others are skeptical that it's some kind of hoax or coincidence. And while you never truly find out which it was, it certainly makes you think about those things in life that you just can't explain. It's a good, quick read and I gave it 4 stars. 

So, there you have it! What letters did you check off this month? Come link up and share with us! See you back here next month. Ciao! 





Wednesday, July 27, 2016

You Are Not Alone



If you feel like crying for no reason at all,
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 

If you want to get in your car and just drive with no destination in mind,
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 

If you wish you had that one person you could tell everything to, 
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 

If you feel misunderstood,
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 

If you don't want to burden other people with your problems,
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 

If you want to travel the world,
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 

If you have dreams that no one else understands,
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 

If you like cheesy movies,
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 

If you feel like something is missing,
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 

If you want to dye your hair purple,
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 

If you watch the same tv show over and over and over,
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 

If you love the water, but hate to swim,
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 

If you want to hide under your covers and drown out the world, 
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 

If you want to live your life by your own rules, 
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 


Let me say it one more time, so that we're clear. Whatever you think, wish, feel, want -
YOU. ARE. NOT. ALONE. 


Don't measure your life by Instagram or pictures in magazines. Don't feel like you have to like what other people like. You are you, and whoever you are, you're important. You're loved. You have something to say. You're breathtakingly beautiful - inside and out.

And most of all, you are not, and will never be, alone.