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Giving Thanks

I intend to keep this short and sweet. America’s Thanksgiving holiday is not all about food. It’s a wonderful time to pause, reflect, and feel gratified for life’s blessings.

I’m thankful for my family and friends, for my health and the tdayhealth of those I love, and every day I spend on earth. Nothing in this life is guaranteed, so I’m going to spend time with loved ones and really appreciate what matters in life.

I wish the same for you, no matter where you are.

Enjoy the day!

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Happy Holidays!

From all of the Women Unplugged, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season. And may 2015 bring you much happiness and good health!

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Expanding Your Happiness

meditationI registered for the “Expanding Your Happiness” Meditation Experience from Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey as a way to deal with stress. It started on Monday and runs for three weeks. I’m hoping it will get me into a practice of mindfulness meditation, which is supposed to rewire you brain so you can focus better. Heaven knows I can use help with that. I have a bad habit of multitasking, and often end up spending too much time on trivial things (like cat videos on Facebook) rather than the activities that need my attention.

Like writing.

I’m planning to release a novella each month for the rest of this year. Since I’ve also got a day job, there’s no time to waste if I want to meet my goals. The last novella in the series is a Christmas story, and the holiday isn’t going to wait for me to finish the book. So it’s critical for me to stay on track.

Will meditation help? I don’t know, but I’m giving it a try.

Strangely, the last couple of times I meditated, it seemed to increase my stress level instead of lessening it. I started out in a state of bliss, and became more and more tense. It might just be a fluke, but I wonder if I’m wired that way. Because I’m so practiced at getting into my writing mind—my intuitive mind—maybe meditating actually takes me out of that state and into a more concrete, sensory one. And then, all the real world troubles come into focus.

My imagination is a happy place. I’m in charge. I have the power to resolve any problem. When people fight, they make up. If they disagree on a fundamental level, they learn to live and let live.

The real world is full of problems I can’t fix. So I do the next best thing—I write love stories with happy endings. Hopefully, they’ll give a lift to the readers’ day, and make their troubles slip into the background for a while.

And maybe that’s what expanding your happiness is all about. Finding something that gives you hope when the world looks dark around you. Living in a fantasy world isn’t the answer, but we all need coping mechanisms. Sometimes, books help. They give us perspective. They take us out of our own heads so we can see challenges from a new angle. As an author, I hope that’s what I give my audience.

How do you cope with stress? Have you tried meditation? Does reading fiction help you find solutions to real-world problems?

Simple Happiness

I sit here with a blank document open, determining what to write. No words are rushing out of me, but feelings sure are.
Trust. Hope. Awe. Gratitude. Love.
Women Unplugged isn’t my own personal blog, so I haven’t been as forthcoming with more private matters as I might have from other platforms, but any who have read my posts will have picked up that I’m a single mom who’s somewhere between two and three years into life post-marriage. It’s been a process, a thorough transition, getting to where I am.
I am happy and independent, I’ve learned a bunch about myself, and about the world and people around me. I’ve established myself in varying ways, and have a solid dynamic with my two daughters, one tween and one near-tweener. Excluding a few details I expect to shake down in the next few months, life is good. My soul is content. I had already come to this conclusion.
And then I met a man.
The timing wasn’t mine. And he’s more incredible than I might have imagined for myself. It’s surreal, finding myself here, at this new place.
A place of trust. Hope. Awe. Gratitude. Love.
And it’s all good.
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