“The fact is God can and will use whatever situation you go through. He won’t drop you at rock bottom, but you can guarantee He will create something good out of it if you let Him.
I wouldn’t be writing these words right now without my face-plant into motherhood. Being a mom gave me the guts to put my writing out there, and it’s been a complete blessing of a journey.
That is why we can be content, even joyful, even if the concept seems impossible. In every season, we are in the hands of God.”
Words straight from @kendra.cagle’s latest blog.
Meet the writers: Sienna Cordoba’s writing explores the experience of motherhood under unhealthy conditions. @siennitamarie is a recent cancer survivor and a young advocate for Living Beyond Breast Cancer. She is also Colombian-American and committed to telling stories about Latin America and Latinos living in the US.
Sienna's writing is honest and beautiful. We can't wait for you to read it in January. 👩🎨: @samantha_nicks
Is it really Christmas if you aren’t drinking insanely strong, slightly crunchy eggnog and swearing at your Christmas tree? Read all about these and a few other vague and somewhat inappropriate Festive memories from Quitter. https://quitterandbossy.com/2018/12/10/weird-vaguely-inappropriate-christmas-memories-from-quitter/
Here, a small person marvels at cursive.
In cursive, your name looks alive, like an animal stretching in a sunspot. You long to discharge the shape from your finger like a firework. As your teacher demonstrated the strokes on the board, you recalled the fireworks you saw in July: you swear you heard a low whistling upward. When she held the marker, her hand shot up in an upwards, sloping trajectory, and you saw a golden willow and purple brocade cascading back down towards the earth. The looping, rounded edges that emerged from the marker stirred you at the very center of yourself. You smelled the gunpowder residue in the air.
You have tried to coax the live wire that you know lives in your pencil. Bigger paper will likely help.
“I didn't begin to understand the joy that can be found in contentment until life got real. Dealing with the stress of taking care of a home and family, raising a gorgeous boy with special needs, and reaching a clinical level of anxiety, all had a way of changing my perspective.
Living in my real, grown-up life, I yearn for contentment. I still have goals. I'm still striving to live the life God has prepared for me, but my greatest accomplishment is feeling the blessing of every second.”
How many can agree contentment brings joy? Writer @kendra.cagle openly reveals the struggles that have brought her to this conclusion. Read all about it on the blog now!
Reflecting on this blog post from my NEW website which launched this weekend! Here you can buy #WakingUpEve directly from me and get FREE SHIPPING this holiday season. Excited to do more blogging and journaling in the New Year!
During the holiday season we often think about giving to others more than the rest of the year. The truth is that we are all interconnected on an energetic level — and there are so many ways to make a difference in someone’s life every day. Here are 4 suggestions.
1. Smile - this is such a simple thing to do and can impact another in such a positive way. 😊
2. Give your time for a regular commitment or a one off project, for a cause that means something to you.
3. Donate money to a cause. There are so many groups that need funding to help serve others.
4. Pay someone a compliment. For example, thank a teacher for her great work. We often forget to thank people who we interact with on a daily basis but everyone wants to feel appreciated.
This inspiration is from my book on the chapter on “Relationships”. Link in bio for a free chapter.
👑 GIVEAWAY #1 👑
To celebrate the holidays and give back to all of you lovely gals who have been following us for the last eight months, we are giving away FOUR one-of-kind bracelets handmade by founder @hippsternikkster.
This week’s bracelet is stamped with the phrase “born royal” and marked with a crown.
✨ Giveaway Rules: ✨
1) Must FOLLOW @crownedchics
2) TAG 3 friends in the comments below with your favorite holiday emoji. 🎄
3) For a bonus entry, SHARE this post on your page or Insta stories.
4) For ONE MORE bonus entry, share one thing you love about Crowned Chics in the comments.
The “born royal” bracelet giveaway ends Friday, December 14 at 11:59 p.m. AZ time.
Best of luck! 👍🏻
Got to spend the second half of my birthday weekend at IKEA and Whole Foods! AKA Melissa’s happiest places on earth.
#qotd : IF YOU COULD SPEND YOUR BIRTHDAY ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO? I would probably go to San Diego (for the beach and the warmth) or DC (because that’s basically my favorite city in the whole world).
Day 9 of #declitwrit : Editing fuel
Hmmm...I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve edited! I mean, technically I’m editing as I’m writing the first draft, but until the story’s done it feels way different.
I guess my “fuel” (i.e. what keeps me going) is the fact that I know it will be done eventually, and the story that was always meant to be told will be on paper. And probably chocolate. Lots of chocolate.
Day 9 of #merryandwrite : Do I have any stories that take place during the holidays?
Well, not quite yet, but The Prophecy of the Codex is shaping up to have at least one scene during Christmas! We’ll see. They’ve actually been through Thanksgiving, but since they were out of the country and hunting down someone who’s been planning to kill them for years, all while translating the Codex and learning all about its prophecies, I guess it slipped their minds. But I’m hoping they’re in a better mindset (and back in the States) for the Christmas holiday. I feel like something really good might happen...
📷: Some of my birthday gifts! 🎁
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It’s interesting when you determine you’re done with a person.
Done trying when met with little effort.
Done communicating when met with silence.
Done longing when met with unrequited feelings.
Sometimes you figure it out after a couple sips of jingle juice made with fresh cranberries.
Look through the window of possibilities.
When Candice Smythe receives her layoff notice, she embraces the need for a little retail therapy. Candice enters an antique store just to look around, but before she knows it, leaves with an ornate hat, which would change her life.
As she exits the store, a knowing gust of wind carries her hat to the porch of an inspiring Victorian house, with Candice in tow. Candice's newly open schedule, the historic house, and the emergence of a woman known as Grandma Pela are a recipe for a fruitful new beginning if only Candice is willing to follow fate.
Here’s What’s Cookin’: LOVE
Recipe From—Life Lessons Serves—1 Woman
Ingredients: One Large Hat One Old Victorian House Handful of friends
Utensils: 1. Ability to dream 2. Loving heart 3. Confidence to allow fate to guide you
Instructions: Set location to San Francisco. Dust cake pan with trouble. Mix above ingredients together with love. Bake until satisfied. Frost with compassion and serve with a warm heart.
Amazon Print amzn.com/0615845371
Nook at BarnesandNoble.com/s/2940148785248