Focusing Your Writing

August 20, 2011

Hello, Blogger World. It’s been awhile. I hope you’ll forgive me. I needed time to think about some things, like: What is it that I want my blog to accomplish? What things am I really passionate about? Do I want to be a writer?

Imagine me sitting with a rose, peeling off petals.

  • I write
  • I write not
  • I write
  • I write not
  • I write

During my time off, I have set new personal goals for me and the hubs. I’ve been on vacation in the lovely Orange Beach, AL. I’ve been busy with my professional commitments. I’ve been happy go lucky. I’ve been down in the dumps. I’ve lost family on my husband’s side. I’ve met new people and joined a local book club.

I think I’ve done just about everything except clean my house…

And this is what I think that means: I am a writer!

But I’ve also decided that maybe I’m not the writer that people expect. I don’t really want to write fiction – at least not at this point in my life. I can look at someone on the train and make up a story about them in a heartbeat (it’s the Southern in me), but I don’t feel passionate about writing those stories down.

Instead, I feel like I am a non-fiction writer through and through. I want to serve others. I want to offer something that will improve someone’s life. When I look back on my life, I realize every job I’ve had – whether I realized it or not – was providing a service in some way. It was meant to improve someone else’s life.

One minor exception: retail. But who hasn’t done a stint in retail?

So, I’m going to focus my writing. I have some ideas up my sleeve; literally, they’re written on my arm (just kidding, Mom). So stay tuned. This writer’s life is just beginning.

How do you focus your writing?


A Time to Sell

July 19, 2011

Have you ever tried to sell something that you absolutely loved? It’s bittersweet really. My townhouse in Alabama is on the market and has been for quite some time. I love that house. It was my home. The cozy 2 bedroom, 2 bath place served me well for the years I spent in it. My master bedroom was enormous – at least to me – with room for a king size bed if I had wanted. I had it set up with a queen size bed with a sleek black comforter, white shams, and zebra print blanket. I had a walk-in closet full of clothes, shoes, and bags that puts my current 1920s bungalow-sized closet to shame (no offense, Hubs). The attached bath and linen closet provided more than enough room for my super soft pink towels and bath salts. And that was just bedroom 1!

From the minute I walked in, the whole house knocked my socks off. It was deceptively large, had a decent sized yard, and was in an extremely safe area. I was in love.

The problem?

Then, I fell in love.

With my husband.

In Chicago.

I had to leave my perfect home!

And it was worth it.

But now, it’s still on the market in Alabama, and it’s time to sell.

Everyone has been talking about how tough the market is right now. I’ve heard it compared to the market during the Great Depression. It’s sad really because low prices should make it a buyer’s market…so why aren’t people buying?

I don’t have the answer to that.

But since it’s time to sell, my husband, realtor, and I (we’re quite the team) have developed a sales plan for the place, and we’re looking for other ideas!

What strategies have you used to sell a house in this market?

What words of advice do you have to offer?

Say a prayer and spread the word – It’s Time to Sell!

Find the house here.

Two Words

March 6, 2011

Two words: Happy Anniversary!

Word of the Day:  Love
Word to the Wise:  “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 
1 Corinthians 13: 1-8

Disclaimer:  While I love this blog, I love my husband more. No offense, but I am spending today with him rather than writing a clever little blog post. Until next time…

Date:  February 26, 2011

Title:  High Five for Love

Father and Daughter Give a High Five for Love (and marathons)


Friends Give a High Five for Love (and pedicures)


Dad, Mom, and Son Give a High Five for Love (and family)

Who did you share your high five for love with?  Don’t know what a high five for love is? Find out here.

A special thank you to those who participated.

Feature Friday

February 25, 2011

Date:  February 25, 2011

Blog: Today’s Letters

Authors: Tim and Emily Loerke


Description: Love, laughter, and fist pumps – what better way to connect with others! Today’s Letters is a collection of letters from wife to husband, husband to wife, friend to friend, family to family, and everything in between. This couple provides a transparency that most people only dream of. That may be the reason they were voted Top Blog in 2010 by The Blog Guidebook, why they receive 6-8,000 blog views a day, and why I love their work. Check it out. You might just fall in love with their blog too.

Words of Love

February 13, 2011

Ahh, Valentine’s Day. We all know how words are shared at this time of year – through the words of  sappy (and sometimes funny) cards, through the whispered words between sweet kisses, and through…candy, of course!

Words of Love

But why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day at all? Well, an article published by NPR indicates that the exact origins are not known. However, in the 3rd century A.D., an emperor executed two different people whose last names were Valentine! And what day did the executions take place? February 14 of two different years during the century! It was the Catholic Church that commemorated their deaths by celebrating St. Valentine’s Day.

But how did Valentine’s Day become so popular? Well, the same article from NPR notes that Shakespeare and Chaucer romanticized this day in their works, contributing to the day’s popularity. Then, Hallmark Cards capitalized on the day in 1913 when they began mass producing Valentine’s cards.

Regardless of its origins, Valentine’s Day is a day celebrated by elaborate dinners, jewelry, flowers, candy, and cards. How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day this year?

Word of the Day: Love
Word to the Wise:  “We love because He first loved us.”  1 John 4:19

Disclaimer: I know that each and every one of you will celebrate Valentine’s Day by taking a High Five for Love picture. Find out what I mean here. Also, I typically try to avoid the mushy stuff. However, if you celebrate Valentine’s Day in a mushy way, you are welcome to share that here. Just don’t mind me if I cringe while I read it.

Reference:  Seipel, Arnie. “The Dark Origins of Valentine’s Day.” National Public Radio.

Date:  February 12, 2011

Title:  High Five for Love

High Five for Love

February is the month of love. During this month, we celebrate Valentine’s Day and National Marriage Week. So for the Pictures Worth a Thousand Words post coming up on February 26, I want to show you celebrating love! Take a similar picture giving a high five for love with your sweetie, your children, your friends, or anyone else you love and send the pics to hbur3234{at}gmail{dot}com by Friday, February 25, 2011.

Note my corrected email address.

Real Disclaimer: Please do not submit pictures that you do not own the rights to. By e-mailing them to me, you guarantee that you own them and that I may use them.