“I was with book as a woman is with child.” ~ C.S. Lewis
Contrary to what Google says, I’m not an international airport or some kind of award. I’m a writer. I write so that I can turn off the movies in my head at night and get some sleep, but then I wake up again and have to take notes because I had a cool dream that might just make a good story some day. Seriously, it happens all the time. I have pads of paper by my bed, in the car, in my gym bag, and in the shower (water proof!) because inspiration never strikes at convenient times. To date, I have 14 titles available on Amazon, and the paperbacks are also on Barnes & Noble.
YOU SEE WHAT YOU LOOK AT
Everyone has a unique perspective, but most of us have allowed society to program the way we process and react to the things around us. Most of us fall into very conventional patterns of what dominates our attention. The media shouts at us and tells us to focus on X, Y, and Z because they deem them important (and most likely lucrative).
But the truth remains, metaphorically or literally, that we see what we look at. What we see affects what we think about and how we feel, whether we’re looking in the mirror, or at the news, or into the neighbor’s yard. Do we see the bright smile, the medical break-through, and the blooming roses? Or do we focus on the thick waist, the local crime, and the dandelions getting ready to spew seeds?
Expanding our vision and adjusting our focus to see the good in the world brings joy and hope even when life seems to crumble at our feet.
The trick is to trust the Lord’s wisdom more than our own, His perception of Reality more than our limited, microcosmic view. Oh, we say we trust Him, but if we continue with a dim outlook on the future, we’re fooling ourselves. Thankfully, it’s an easy fix once we know what to do.
Written from the Latter-day Saint (Mormon) perspective, this book offers 11 practical ways to change how you look at the world around you in order to find more happiness in daily life.
The best thing to come out of writing all these books is the connection I’ve made to the independent author community, full of talent and heart. I’ve been helped along the way, and now I strive to pay that forward through an author network I founded called Clean Indie Reads. Some of the most amazing people I know are fellow writers from all around the world. I wish we all lived on the same street and could have neighborhood barbecues and talk books! If you’re an author of fiction books free of explicit content, look us up on Facebook. If you’re an avid book lover who doesn’t want to flinch while reading, click the pic here to browse books with interviews in a wide variety of genres.
…and the rest of the time…
I’ve lived and traveled in North and South America and Europe and now make my home in Oregon with my adoring husband, my brilliant son, my vivacious daughter, my surly black cat, and my distractingly cute dog. I love milk chocolate, plain New York style cheesecake, pepperoni & sausage pizza with extra cheese, and Diet Coke by the liter. When not writing, I’m reading, teaching, taking water aerobics, walking my dog, checking my kids’ homework, volunteering with Northwest Children’s Outreach, making YouTube videos with my son, or attacking that mound of laundry that refuses to fold itself. I’m a very devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where I play the organ for worship services and teach in the women’s group. My loud, booming laugh often surprises my pets, and my hair never looks as good as my author shot in real life. I wish I could travel all around the world encouraging people in all their worthy endeavors and then come home each night to curl up with a good book and my puppy. Maybe when my little birds have flown the nest, Mama and Papa Bird might just find a way to do that!