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The Secret to Blossoming  

The longer something takes to evolve, the better – and more precious – it is. Be gentle with yourself when you’re struggling to create, find, or overcome something. Take a deep breath, and allow it to evolve naturally. Maybe you’re…  Nurturing a heartbreak Making a difficult decision Raising a child Healing from chemotherapy treatments Accepting and forgiving […]

The Secret to Blossoming

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Blossoms in Your Email List

When my email address list reached 1,500 contacts, I decided it was time to declutter. Actually, the real reason I decluttered was because I sent a slightly confidential email to the wrong Frances. The Frances I was supposed to email is my supervisor (I’m a casual relief employee at a transitional house for women fleeing […]


Blossoming When You Don’t Fit In

I got booted out of my book club for bad behavior. Okay, I wasn’t actually booted out – I chose to leave. And my behavior couldn’t have been THAT bad because not everyone noticed it. But, it was definitely a book club. And I definitely offended at least two of the women. The details aren’t […]

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Cast Off Your Anchor and Blossom

Cast Off Your Anchor and Blossom!

What’s dragging you down and holding you back? Funny how anchors can start out as grounding and safe, yet they can turn into huge weights that prevent you from moving forward. My anchor is Happy Hour at my house. I love having a glass of Zinfandel or Merlot at 5 pm with Bruce. We cook […]


Cha-Ching! Financial Abundance and Money for Writers

My recent “Quips and Tips” articles focus on re-evaluating goals, setting new intentions, and money money money! Creating financial abundance is one of my favorite topics, so I’m forging ahead with money and goals…because it’s more fun to be The Adventurous Writer when you’re actually making money writing. 🙂 What’s really been on my mind, […]

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Extroverted Writers, Skin Problems, Why Couples Break Up – New Quips and Tips!

This month, my “Quips and Tips” articles ranged from Valentine’s Day gift ideas to having multiple babies because of fertility treatments…with a little bit of Maui thrown in for good luck! What’s really on my mind, however, is my “Make Money Blogging” course that I’ll soon be teaching through Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver. I’m thrilled […]


New on Quips and Tips – Travel Blogging, Honeymoons, and Maui

Aloha – I ’m bringing these Quips and Tips articles to you from the beach in Maui! I can’t stop writing about Hawaii; my recent posts include tips for romantic honeymoon getaways, booking vacation packages, and losing weight on holidays. When was the last time you took a vacation? Tip of the day: go now, […]