Monday, March 30, 2015

5 Ways to Find Time to Read (even when you're busy)

I love to read. It's one of my favorite ways to spend my free time.

Now, I know what you're all saying. Free time? What's that?

I hear you. Between work and kids and writing and keeping the house from looking like there was an explosion of toys, free time doesn't come easily.

But no matter what we have going on, we need time to recharge our batteries. We need the opportunity to get lost in a great story. We deserve to be entertained and inspired.

So how do we find the time.

1. Download the Kindle app on your phone or carry your reader in your purse:

Sure. It's nice to hold a real book in our hands, but sometimes the only chance we have to read is when we're waiting in the dentist's office or in the carpool line (don't forget to look up every now and then to make sure the line isn't moving or someone will honk at you!) I do a lot of my reading while rocking my one-year-old--I know he's getting too old to be rocked. Don't judge. :)  Find little moments where you can.

2. Make reading a mini habit:

I love mini habits. They're tiny daily goals that seem small and simple but help us form positive habits in our lives. Why not make it your goal to read 5 minutes per day or one page per day. Some days you'll end up reading only one page, and some days you might finish three chapters. Either way, it will make reading a daily part of your life.

3. Read books you actually enjoy:

Trying to read all the classics you hated in high school? Forcing yourself to get through the book your coworker loves but you think is boring? Why? Life is too short to read books you don't enjoy. If you're three chapters in and you'd rather load the dishwasher than read, find something new.

4. Read a page before you open up social media:

About to check Facebook, challenge yourself to read a page first. If the book is good (see #3), you'll usually find that the desire to keep reading outweighs reading a post from somebody you haven't spoken to since high school.

5. Make reading a group activity:

Join a book club. Find a friend who likes the same kind of books as you and read the same book simultaneously. Designate a "reading time" at home when you turn off the television and have everyone spend 15 to 30 minutes reading whatever book they're working on. It not only gets you reading, but it gets others to read too!

Monday, March 2, 2015

New Covers

Hi Readers,

This past month I've been extra busy getting two new books edited and ready for release this spring. Yay! I'm really excited about getting the first books in my Taste of Texas series into your hands. I had a blast writing these. A novella titled The Art of Falling will kick off the series in April. Then the novel Kiss the Cowboy is scheduled to be released in May.

Click on the covers to pre-order on ibooks. Or check out the Books section of my website for more information about each title.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

2015 - A Year of Less

Less clutter.

Less worry.

Less busyness.

Less striving.

Less of me.

More of Jesus.

That pretty much sums up my goals for 2015.

What do you want less of this year?

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Best Christmas Songs

My six-year-old loves to ask people what their favorite Christmas songs are. Here's his current pick:

Because who doesn't love the Minions?

Here's mine: (It always makes me cry.)

Here's my husband's favorite:

What's your favorite Christmas song?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Girls' Guide to Getting More Done

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We all have things that are important to us that we struggle to fit into the day--whether it's spending more quality time with your kids, chasing your dream, exercising, or pursuing a hobbies like crafting or reading.

Join us as we focus on overcoming the traps of busyness and pursue joy and purpose.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

8 Great Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

My six-year-old and I stepped in a store last night, and his eyes lit up when he saw they had already decorated with Christmas trees. I can't believe it's that time again, but if you want to get a head start on your Christmas shopping, now is the time.

Here are some ideas for that reader / book lover / writer in your life:

1. Jewelry
Literature is my boyfriend Necklace
Typewriter Necklace
Alice in Wonderland Necklace

2. Clothing
Book Nerd Sweatshirt

Pride and Prejudice Infinity Scarf

Pride and Prejudice T-Shirt

I Like to Party T-Shirt
3. Home Decor
Book Page Wreath

Falling Books Bookend
Alice in Wonderland Print

4. Coffee Mugs
Please Go Away Mug

Happiness Is...Mug

5. E-Reader

Kindle Paperwhite
Nook GlowLight

6. E-Reader Cover
Harry Potter E-Reader Cover

Sleeve Case

7. Fun Stuff
Long Overdue Notecard Set
Fell Asleep Here Bookmark

8. Books of Course!

Amazon Gift Card

What Would Jane Do?

Canyon Weddings