Use your gifts.


Once upon a time the Tornado was in first grade and was assigned the teacher everyone warned us (and her) away from. You want anyone but Mr. X!! He’s really tough on kids and parents. I was apprehensive but went into the whole experience with an open mind. To my surprise and delight she loved [...]

I am anxious.


Lately, to most anyone who will listen, I’ve yammered about how anxious I feel. “I know why,” I share to people who’ve most often already stopped listening.  “It’s because I’m living in the future.  I have lots looming ahead and I’m continually trying to figure out how it will unfold while simultaneously trying to be [...]

Does closing comments turn blogging into lecturing?


If you’ve read me over the years you know I’m a fan of the closed comments. Ala the now ubiquitous *drops the mic* when employed infrequently it can be a powerful blogging tool. Are you asking your readers to participate in a hair-brained scheme which is, essentially, giving them an assignment? Close the comments! Are [...]

Musings on enjoying the process.

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I don’t know what the blog version of FAKEBOOKING is—but, in rereading this post, I think I accidentally did it. It’s not that I wasn’t excited to get a book deal (those who know me well know this is a process I started back in 2000), I just knew–unlike my beloved fiction writing–getting a “deal” [...]

What 3 words would OTHERS use to describe you?


This flashback post is sparked by the interaction above.  As we move toward book release this post is more applicable than ever. A couple of months ago I stumbled upon this post at Mommalogues. I rarely visit the site yet when I saw a tweet containing the link/teaser below it snagged my attention. What three [...]

Everyone has a hard.

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(to The Chairman this is a hard) Ive long known everyone has a hard. Ive long believed in and been a champion of the quote: Recently Ive been more reminded of this than ever. Recently a few women—merely in passing and in the most matter of fact of ways—have shared their hard with me. I’d [...]

B.R.A.Z.E.N. goal setting (S.M.A.R.T. goal update).


What already feels like a lifetime ago I journeyed to NAPA for the Zooma Race series. I came.  I swam.  I saw.  I posed. I presented. I walked. And while it all was amazing (I loved loved loved walking the 10k!!) my fave facet was the opportunity to get B.R.A.Z.E.N. in front of a group [...]

4 Tips for taking criticism without falling apart.

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  I’ve been slammed with How did you get a book deal?! emails the past few days. While this isn’t the how per se—it has tremendously helped me both in that endeavor and life in general. Writer-Carla circa 2000. As a healthy living community we rarely chat about the learned skill of taking CRITICISM. We’ve focused [...]

We got a book deal! ((tosses #wycwyc’fetti))


As I sit here–blank post open on my blog dashboard–I barely know where to begin. I’m grateful. Grateful for the fact, once upon a LONG time ago, a blogger I admired (& was almost afraid to approach) agreed to do a guest post for me. Almost exactly six years ago today. This was back in [...]

Not my monkeys.


(this is her monkey) I know this is a crazy week for us USA types. It seems I’m the only one working we’re all off on vacation with, hopefully, more time spent frolicking than online. For that very reason I shall keep this brief. As terse as I can while still sharing the MONKEY MOMENT [...]