How did 2012 Treat you? My Emotional Recount…

me and the boys
This was a tough post to write, it really was. I looked very deep within myself to find the right words. It is my hope that I can show anyone struggling in the dark to be their own beacon of light and really come out of it to live life again…
Cherish the Milestones

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Are you Attending a Tradeshow this Year?

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Here is a post I put together in order to help those who might be going to their first tradeshow this year. Even seasoned attendees might learn a thing or two! I really enjoyed every facet of this post and it was worth all the sweat I put into it!
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Dissecting the Tradeshow Booth

WInter is here! Snow Photography Tips!

snow and church

If you are like me, pictures in the snow can be a headache. Most of the time they turn out looking gray or even tinted blue. I unconvered some secrets to taking great photos of the white snow and even ways to make them feel artsy without post production work!
Take a peek and share the link!
A Few Words on Snow Photography

The New Year has Begun…

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I don’t post that often about my own doings, I generally keep it to what I am working on or my newest post out there in the blogging world.

But this morning, I feel renewed. A sweet sense of starting over with this new year.

My mother took me out to see Les Miserables. Yes, those people were very miserable. haha But they also appreciated what they earned. They were content with the worst conditions because they became complacent.

However, Jean Valjean inspired me. When he tore up his “probation” papers and threw them into the canyon, something hit me really hard. I held the power to be whoever I wanted to be! I could make just a few changes to make my world a better place. I was the captain of my ship and I could steer my life wherever I pleased!

He also touched my heart with his simple phrase, “To love another person is to see the face of God.” Simple and powerful. There are varying degrees of love, I think. But the saying is true. Love can be the purest and most divine action we people can exhibit. So many of us love and get hurt that to love another in the same capacity is quite the hang up. But in the ways of Jean Valjean, one of the best ways to love others is to find love for our enemies. If your heart can reach out to them and forgive them their trespasses, you can love anyone.

In beginning my new life of 2013, I am making a goal to find something in each of my “enemies” to love. Perhaps then, the love I feel for my husband and my children will be all the more deep and treasured. I also vow to take life by the horns and steer it in the direction of my favor. My decisions have placed me where I am and my decisions will carry me forward.

A happy New Year to all of you! Thank you for reading my blog and my posts. 🙂

In Light of a Failed Apocalypse…

Being in a house full of little men, I have quickly learned the appreciation for zombies. I am even writing my own adventure with the creatures. This is a hot topic right now, to the point of making it a part of our recreational lives.
WHAT?!? You say??
Getting your thrills, chills, and spills while goofing around with zombies can be a great way to blow off some steam or just prepare you for the inevitable zombie apocalypse!

http://www.guysgab.com/ways-to-prepare-for-a-zombie-apocalypse/

Looking to Start New Traditions??

My kids are older now. Yes, one is even off to college. But I feel so…deflated. I don’t feel like I have made much of an impact on them as far as traditions. So, I went on the hunt for some from waaay back when.
It was very interesting, the things I found out…
Take a look for yourself? What traditions do you practice and which would you like to adopt?
http://simplyshawnnjenn.com/2012/12/start-new-christmas-traditions-by-embracing-the-old-ones.html

Encouraging Imagination

As a girl, I loved to dress up and just play. Act out whatever I wanted. Today, I am a writer and have a very creative mind.
When I had kids, I incorporated a costume box into our household. Needless to say, my sons are all very creative kids. I have a couple of writers, well, three out of four…and readers. A couple are very good at drawing and two love the theater.
Did I play a part in flexing their skills? I like to think so…
http://familyfocusblog.com/the-magical-costume-box/