My baby girl. Modeling the dress of the month at Above All Fabric for my very talented friend, Melanie. We met up at Trail Dust Town in Tucson, had a great time while our daughters hammed it up for the camera, and then ended the day with a nice meal at Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse.
I know I have pictures of her all over the place with the blog and all, but this is somehow different. And way cooler.
Please, stop by Above all Fabric to see a few more shots of the dress of the month and maybe stay for a bit to see if anything catches your eye. I’d buy something if I could do more than hand The Husband the sewing kit when a button needs to be sewed back on to whatever it popped off of. But as things stand, I’ll just stand back and ooh and aahh at what Melanie can do.
Oh, but before I go? Let me show you the photo that didn’t make the cut.
Because it’s my favorite.
I recently joined Brooke Warner’s Mightybell Experience focusing on six steps to build my writing platform. And? It’s a blast. One of the first exercises I participated in was making my I AM FABULOUS list, with the premise being about learning to talk myself up honestly and passionately because, and let’s be honest, as writers we are selling ourselves and our words as our product.
That being said, it’s not always easy to do it. Talk someone else up? No problem. I’ve got a mile-long list of writing friends with accomplishments totally worth writing home about. If you are a writer reading this post, I’m assuming you do, too. But what about yourself? When’s the last time you caught your reflection as you passed a mirror or a store window and told yourself how awesome you are?
Brooke’s suggestion was to get the pretty glitter markers and stickers and just have fun creating our I AM FABULOUS lists. (And yes, I smile every time I type that, so thank you, Brooke. Mne and my glittery list are certainly in a happy place right now.) So I did. Buttercup asked me to help her make a list, too, but I’ll share that with you another time.
For now, it’s show and tell. Here’s what I came up with:
*I have the power to make my words speak on paper
*I’ve written for The Detroit News, Crain’s Detroit Business, & been published on Hippocampus Magazine.
*I’m not afraid to make fun of myself for the benefit of my reader’s experience.
*I’m sarcastic. No, really.
*I’m relatable even if spellcheck feels its necessary to argue with me about relatable even being a word every time I type it
*I’m also modest. Maybe.
*I once queried an agent with the phrase “my mama muffin top” in the first sentence, only it came out “muff top” & I didn’t throw myself in front of a bus after sending.
*That means I’m stubborn and am not afraid to keep trying after making colossal mistakes.
*I maintain this blog, relaunched my other blog for something to do in my spare time (insert laughter here), write for bookieboo, review books for Hippocampus, write for An Army of Ermas, and still have time to pretend I’m not crazy. I know…it’s a gift.
*I embrace my flaws and celebrate my strengths. Translation? Typos in this blog post are meant as visual aids to illustrate this point and are not to be confused with me being a horrible typist. Because I am.
*I sacrifice sleep and television for the chance to play with words and I do it gladly every chance I get.
*I’m better than I was yesterday, as good as I can be today, and confident I’ll be able to say the same thing tomorrow.
*I wrote a book. A whole book. And I’m still working on making it the best it can be because I believe in it and in myself.
Did I mention how much fun I had writing this?
Now grab your markers and construction paper, people. It’s your turn. Tell me…why are you FABULOUS?
I’m combing through my archives in an effort to maintain just a little bit of sanity while trying to do a massive revision of my manuscript, maintain the blogging schedule because I’m OCD like that, and do that motherhood thing. Santa may be receiving a letter from yours truly in the near future asking for a maid, a cloning device, or a one way ticket to Fiji (his choice), but until I actually have time to write it, it’s all about the archived blog posts and a liberally poured glass of wine.
And because I am now officially dairy-free, may I suggest coconut milk ice cream as a nice alternative for The Reverse Sundae?
Sometimes, you just gotta live it up. No matter what diet or eating plan you are following, carrots sticks and chicken breasts are going to get boring if you don’t treat yourself every now and then.
So what’s a mama to do?
Live it up, of course! But play it smart.
That’s how I came up with what I like to call the Reverse Sundae. I was up late one night working on my book and decided I wanted to have some ice-cream. Six months ago, that would have meant a huge bowl, ignored serving sizes, and enough sugar to put an elephant into a coma. But things have changed. I’m working with a nutritionist now, eating as clean as possible and learning more everyday, and best of all, I no longer suffer from the All or Nothing mindset that used to doom me and my good efforts the moment I let a pinkie toe off the proverbial wagon.
So I went down to the freezer and pulled out my Haggen Daaz Five Vanilla ice-cream pint and prepped the counter to slice up some fresh berries and a banana. I also made sure to get my dessert bowl out of the cupboard…the huge bowls I used to use are no longer the first thing I reach for.
Once the berries were slices and nearing the top of my dessert bowl (about a cup of fruit, I think), I placed two smallish scoops of Haagen Daaz on top of my fruit. If I had to do this again, I’d probably say I used less than a serving size and may use even less when I make my next Reverse Sundae.
And that’s it! I grabbed a spoon and headed back up to my computer, enjoying every single bite of cooled and creamy fruit as I wrote. I got my fix, a nice serving of fruit to go with it, and felt great about my decision, my new creation, and myself when the last bite was done.
Give it a try and see what you think!
This post originally appeared at Bookieboo.com!
Teacher asks Buttercup: “How can you be a good friend?”
Buttercup responds: “I give my mom a present at her birthday. She will say Thank You Thank You after she opens it up and she will say, “Oh, Baby! Lovely, Lovely.”
And teacher writes it all down on construction paper, sending her home with her imagination stuffed safely in her backpack for Mama to find later that afternoon.