Recently I’ve gone to several meetings with Saddleback Church’s Justice and Trafficking Initiative on the topic of helping victims of sex trafficking. It has been eye opening. I didn’t realize that California, my home state, has one of the largest trafficking problems in the nation according to the FBI. I also learned, it isn’t just women from impoverished countries being smuggled in, not to diminish that problem. American children and young adults are also in jeopardy.
The Inspired Life
Recently I was asked to speak about nutrition for anti-aging at a senior living home.
Part way through my talk, I put down my notes and started asking questions of those who attended. It became very apparent they had a lot to teach me. These folks were not only inspiring, they were a little scary.
This group of octogenarians and nonagenarians were healthier and more active than a lot of 30-somethings I know.
One reason, I soon figured out, was they grew up in another time. A time when movement started when your feet hit the floor in the morning and didn’t stop until your head hit the pillow at night. Several talked about growing their own produce, canning their own food, passing down family recipes. Dancing, hiking, swimming. and sports were their entertainment, not sitting on the couch with a remote in their hand.
But, I knew there was more.
In fiction writing circles there are two kinds of writers: pantsers and plotters.
Pantsers are those who fly by the seat of their pants. They are discovery writers. They sit down at the keyboard and, somehow, magically, their characters reveal themselves and show the author where the story should go.
Plotters, on the other hand, plot.
I’m embracing it. They’re here. Let’s go full steam ahead into the holidays and beyond.
Sometimes the holidays throw me into denial. I try to ignore the lights and decorations that seem to be popping up earlier and earlier every year. But this year I’m excited and grateful. I have plans. Plans to be with family, business plans, and plans for 2015. Some of those plans might interest you if you’re a reader.
I am the kind of person who throws themselves enthusiastically into new ventures.
When I started running, I immediately subscribed to Runner’s World, found a group to run with, planned my racing calendar, and talked shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and I.T. band stretches with anyone who’d listen.
When I decided to write a book, I found a writer’s group, took exhaustive online writing courses, bought Scrivener and spent two days watching tutorials, and started blogging, Tweeting, and Facebooking furiously.
If you are one of the poor souls who has suffered from my zeal—please forgive me. My new passion is balance. I’m striving to become more laid back. To do less of certain things. [Read more…] about 5 Things to do Less of
I know some Christians are opposed to having a good scare on Halloween, or any other time of year. I’m not one of them.
I think there are some real advantages to getting your adrenalin pumping and your heart rate up.
- Pondering the supernatural is part of the faith
- It makes your own life seem less scary
- It’s fun
- It’s the most cardiovascular exercise some people are going to get