UPDATE: 2018 April
When I wrote this post two years ago, my world was on the verge of change. Today, I'm on the other side of it.
Both my parents passed away, and I'm adjusting to life as a baby-boomer orphan. . I'm now sorting through my own treasures as JM and I rightsize, build a first-floor living home, and sell our beloved home of two decades. Getting used to being the 'senior' member in the family orbit, including four more sweet little ones as our Millennials move into adulthood, is a huge mental adjustment for me.
The beach is still my happy place. (In fact, we recently spent a week at the North Carolina shore.)
Social media continues to challenge in this age of privacy concerns and virtual tricksters.
Life has its bumps, but it's all good. Can't complain. Beyond grateful to YOU for sticking with me and following my journey -:D.
We're just back from 1,000-mile road trip for a family wedding, where I stayed calm with walks along the Connecticut coast, where I played as a child. Join me in my happy place for a relaxing beach stroll and video.
Then please pop over to my guest post on Anne R. Allen's blog about 11 tips to gently build your online social community. Anne's is one of "Writers' Digest" top 101 websites for writers, so I'm doing the happy dance to guest for her.
My Happy Place: Beach Walking
Have you ever had a stretch in life that's both hectic an joyous?
I'm just back from a wedding in Connecticut, followed by a stop in Pennsylvania for more family visits, that was exactly that. Slept in 4 different places in 12 days, often waking up and forgetting where I was.
The wedding ceremony and reception were perfection. Bride and groom glowed. My sister, now 6 months cancer-free after 16 weeks of chemo, was radiant and such an incredible blessing to us. My Niecelette Flower Girls were sweetest of all, imho.
However, helping our nonagenarian dad decide what to do with Mama's belongings was draining.
Mama was a true collector, and tons of her treasures had been stacked in the basement for decades. My sibs and I were determined to tame the the chaos and toss, donate or salvage.
I plucked a piggy bank Mama let me play with as a child from from a pile destined for the dump. I remember being tempted to drop coins into Mr. Piggy, but I never wanted to smash him open to retrieve my money. Now Mr. Piggy basks in his new home in North Carolina. I pass him every day and smile at the memories he brings.
Notice the seashell next to Mr. Piggy? The ocean has always been my happy place. It settles me somehow. Puts life in perspective and helps me see the possibilities. That's why I took time to wander the Connecticut shore, where I played as a child. As with Mr. Piggy, it brings so many wonderful memories.
Best, immersion in that coastal setting brought ideas for my next Sweet T Tale ( though it's set on North Carolina's shore). Ocean strolls, no matter where, steer me into my writerly groove.
Please join me for a stroll along the Connecticut side of Long Island Sound that's guaranteed to bring a breath of fresh air and a smile HERE:
btw….April is still chilly in New England, so bring a warm jacket for those shore breezes.
Yippy - Doing a Happy Dance and Guest Post
I'm over the moon to be guesting on Anne R. Allen's blog this week. In addition to penning her RomCom novels, Anne offers awesome tips for writers on her award-winning blog.
You'll learn how to be R*A*R*E with unwritten ‘rules’ of building a virtual community. Whether you’re an author, blogger, or just curious about social media, being R*A*R*E helps you safely establish or strengthen online connections.
There's also a juicy resource list from wise social media gurus (of course, Anne is one of them!) who offer more insights.
Have a look around. Like what you see?
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