Journaling through life…

Last month I highlighted a time capsule journal. This month it’s going to be a non-journal into a journal. As I’ve said earlier there is no right way or wrong way to keep a journal. A journal is a place for personal expression. And that expression can be anything.

I truly believe that a journal is a way of reaching inside ones self. For this week and next week, I’m going to feature a gift book. I picked up the one I’m using at the dollar store.

So far the book has lead me on a deep reflection….Anyone can catch your eye, but it someone special to catch your heart. I thought of – and listed – all the people who have caught my eye and I tried to give my heart too only to have it end in disaster. Then, because I like balance, I listed those who still carry my heart.

Another day was pure fun… Love is the greatest refreshment in life… Pablo Picasso then I added besides vodka and wine 😉 I listed three of my favorite Valentine drinks (which I’ll have tomorrow for thirsty Thursday)

I’d love to hear about the type of journals you keep.



Mindset Monday

It’s February…

time for paczki’s(fat Tuesday)…  time for Chinese fireworks (Chinese New Years)…

time chocolate and wine (Valentine day)…and sadly, it’s time to reflect on January.
One month into 2018… I had set BIG goals for 2018. So I have BIG monthly goals. Overall the month was sort of a hit and miss.


My financial goal. This happen for several reasons but the main one being I wasn’t mentally ready to ‘cut’ the doughnuts out of my life. But I’ve done some deep personal cheerleading and I think I’m ready to make the leap. This month was scheduled as a ‘spending freeze’. My first response was well that will have to wait until March. I have paczki’s… I have Chinese… I have A LOT. But March is St. Patrick’s, my son’s birthday, and spring begins. I realized that there wasn’t such a thing as a good month NOT to spend money… hence the reason I need a ‘spending freeze.’
Exercising. I did go and walk to nowhere but not as frequently as my goal.
Virtual Assistant. Pretty much missed all of them.


Writing. I did content edits for The Hollow King. I did participate in a critique partner thing (still NO critique partner). I did do some writing but not even close to my word count goal. I didn’t sub my space opera. I didn’t get the edits done for my romance suspense. BUT I did put together some promo stuff and make these cards.
Reading. I started three series. Loved none of them ☹ Didn’t read a nonfiction book. I did make time to do more reading by adding it to morning routine schedule. I moved my nonfiction reading to this time and I’m more than ½ done. I’m also loving my first series book of February.

My pretty pretty new cover!

The cards I made for swag bags. Tasarla Romaney is my YA/sweet/fantasy pen name


Cutting diet coke and sugar – moving towards a whole foods eating life style. I’m actually drinking water. For me this is big… I still drink diet coke. But I’m staying within my 2 cans a day limit. I cut doughnuts out expect 2 times a week (they go with a daily ‘tradition’ and I haven’t found a replacement. But I had given myself to the end of the year to 100 percent there AND I hit my monthly goal.

Completed the Digital Marketing on-line class. AND passed 😊

And that’s my month…. For February, I adjusted my goals to include what was missed in January but I did NOT ‘lessen’ them. I need to keep pushing. If February doesn’t pan out any better for those goals that I totally missed in January, I’ll do some ‘rethinking.’

Did you set goals? If so how did your first month go?

Life… One step at a time

Mindset Monday.

It’s the last Monday of the month…time to review my goal steps. Hands down this has been my focused year ever. I understand we are only 29 days in but believe me this is the best I’ve ever down and even with that said it’s scary to look.

I need to see things in writing because I can swing both ways with ‘inner’ reflection. I can go from with “I’m rocking these goals – hard. And whoever has anything different to say better swerve” to “I suck. I never finish anything. I’m such a loser.”

I need to remember as I review my goals that instead of just asking why didn’t make the step and beating myself up, I need to take a moment and ask:

  1. Was the goal achievable? And I can’t answer, yes but I’m such a looser.
  2. Why do I want this goal? Is it something I truly crave/need? Not just a ‘trendy’ goal…
  3. If it something I want to achieve, what do I need to do to make sure I achieve it next month?
    1. Someone who will keep me motivated
    2. An accountability partner
    3. Better resources (And no not a new planner – see last week to understand)
  4. Is this goal more involved than I realized? So more time is honestly needed.

I also need to do my last book review and get February’s reading list up. But most of all I need to remember to keep the right mindset. That everything is done one step at a time… My life is changed one step at a time… my dreams are realized one step at a time…And doughnuts are eaten one bite at a time.


Tasty Thirsty Thursday

French Toast Shake-up….

For today’s tasty and thirsty the flavor is …. French Toast.

French Toast is a favorite in my house. As breakfast treat and a Saturday night martini 😉

This week I’m going to share my recipe for ‘stuffed’ French Toast bites. I came up with recipe in an effort to use leftover hot dog buns. And well the drink was created on lazy Saturday night when I needed a little ‘comfort.’

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What you need: 

Hot dog buns

The following portion depends on how many hot dog buns you have:

Cream cheese (plain or any flavor you desire)


Milk or cream



Fresh fruit if desired

What you do:

If you are adding fruit to plain cream cheese:

Mix ½ cup of sliced fruit slightly sweetened into 8 ounces of room temperature cream cheese.



Spread a thick layer of the cream cheese on to the hot dog bun.  Cut into fourths.

Mix egg(s), cream or milk, nutmeg, and cinnamon together in a swallow dish. Dip each of the fourths into the mixture.

Place in on a warm skillet. Turn to toast each side.



A little breakfast comfort at night 😊 I think this would make a yummy cocktail at a celebration brunch, I just haven’t had a chance to try it.

French Toast Martini

2 parts Cinnabon liqueur

1 part cake vodka

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½ part Strawberry vodka


Mix in a shaker with ice. Pour into your favorite glass.



It’s the Planner’s fault


I missed ((2))!!!! Webinars last week. This was the fault of my planner. If I had a different planner this would NEVER have happened…. I’m embarrassed to say this but I even went so far as to look at different planners.

Stay Calm. Eat a doughnut. Replace the ‘broken thing.’ This is my MO of sorts. If my balls start to fall it’s not because of ME (shock face) Oh no, it’s because of something else, like my planner.

First, I realized that I was inputting too much on my day to day sections. They were crowed and this led me to missing my webinars.

I still needed/wanted to keep track of my daily word count and pages edited. I set goals weekly and monthly so well as daily in these areas so I need to ‘see’ how I’m doing.

I also need a way to keep my VA business goals in front of me.

AND there are the day to day life things, like hair appointments, library w, and exercising that I want to keep attract of.

This is A LOT for the daily space in my current planner.  So I did what every Queen of Procrastination does… I jumped down the rabbit hole and spent two days looking at the all the amazing planners… watching countless YouTube videos…and joining Facebook planner groups… I came to the conclusion that my planner would work (heavy sigh as I climbed out of the rabbit hole). I just needed to shift HOW I WAS DOING IT…

This is a mindset I need to keep. I so often want a ‘new’ to replace whatever ‘thing’ is causing me  the problem is …

A new character outline because my characters aren’t behaving….

New outlining software because I’m not meeting my wordcount…

And the list goes on but as with my planner it is more often than not I just need to shift my mindset to get out of the rabbit hole and make this work so I can move forward.



On the actually planner pages I use for ‘life’. I have inserts for writing/editing goals, etc


I now use these note strips to track my writing and editing info

Read it Friday

blog bookIrresistible Force – A K-9 Rescue Novel by: D.D. Ayers
This was my first book of 2018 and the first in my reading new to series reading focus for the year. D.D. Ayers is also a new to me author.
Irresistible Force is the first book in the series so it was written several years ago. To date the series is 6 books with the last published in 2017.

This book has several parts that I totally loved…

I loved the character that Ayers gave the dog Bogart/Prince (name depends on which owner). He was so much more than a ‘back-drop.’ He was the magnet that drew the couple together and often kept them that way.

Shay and James have several hiccups in the start. The first one is that James thinks Shay stole his K-9…a big hiccup. Then Shay is about as open to a relationship as having bamboo shoots shoved under her fingernails. Actually, she may welcome the bamboo torture more than James in her life. And James knows the ticks that Shay displays as signs of abuse. So he needs to be professional. And he has much luck not falling for Shay as a he would trying to keep ice cream from melting while standing in the desert.
The thing I really like is that while is all about protecting Shay, he also trains her to protect herself. There are great scenes of her working with Bogart/Prince and him in self-defense.

The thing I had trouble with was where Shay picked to escape to. I get it was a safe haven in the past but it was also secluded. I have worked with abused women for years, being secluded in the woods alone is their worst nightmare.

That aside I enjoyed the book and it definitely fits into my snuggle blanket Friday read category.

I still have two more series to read this month to see which one moves ahead to February. I will do the reviews over the next weeks on Fridays with Friday, February 2 revealing what series I’ll continue and announce which I’ll be starting. I’m focusing on authors with last names starting with D, E or F so if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

Time Capsule Journals

I love to journal. And like I many different genre (romance suspense, sweet love, fantasy, and space opera), I keep different kinds of journals. As a regular feature on Wednesday, I’m going to feature some journals I keep and why. I’ll also look at some journal books I’ve read and do a review of sorts.

Regardless of the type of journal you decide to keep, the key is making time to do it. Some journals require more time and to be done on a regular basis, while others are for special occasions. Whether you’re keeping a garden diary a dream journal, a baby journal, travel journal or a journal of any sort, the key is to feel a passion for it. A deep desire to gather the information and store it.

The first journal I’m going to highlight is the time capsule journal. I’ve kept a time capsule journal for the last four years. And honestly, it’s the only journal I go back and review regularly. I look to see what I did last year at a certain time, what did I read while on vacation, etc.

There are several differences between a time capsule journal and a daily journal. The first being the frequency of entries. A daily journal is written in on a daily or near daily bases (I personally don’t keep a daily journal. I’ll discuss the reasons in a later post but in a nutshell it doesn’t work for me)

A time capsule journal is written on a weekly or monthly bases depending on how you want to sent it up. Remember this to journal is to highlight events not record your day to day life. I do a monthly cover page…then I do weekly summaries.


An example of my ‘monthly’ cover



An example of my weekly recaps


Another month cover


A weekly recap


I’d love to hear from any other journal fans. If you do time capsule journals, I’d love to see pictures and hear how you set them up. Next week, I tell you why I like time capsule journals over daily journals.

Mindset Monday

Go Me!!!!

One of the things I started this year is a “Go Me” board. While sitting goals is important and I think keeping those goals in front of me is a major key to my success, I also think I need to recognize the success that happen while I’m working towards those goals.

Often, I’m a ‘don’t celebrate until the glass is full kind of girl’. So unless I achieve the ‘big’ goal, I tend to shrug off the milestones along the while.

So I had a craft night….Charlie made a machine that turns rocks into doughnuts. He’s sill fine tuning it 😊


Charlie made me a machine that turns rocks into doughnuts…he’s still working out the details

Daughter made her vision board…











I had done that in December.  Here’s another peak…

I was so excited, I already had 2 things to put on it. My first cover and a positive email. Now everyday when I sit down to write or edit, I see my goals BUT also what I’ve accomplished.

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I’d love to hear what things motivate you and keep you motivated?

Welcome back…

2018… I’m not a big new years resolution sort of person. Actually, I’m a non-resolution type of person regardless of the date. BUT…I wanted to make some serious changes to my life. And a New year that starts with a super moon and ends with a moon eclipse is my kind of year.
Sooooooo, I put most of my shiny objects into a drawer, rounded up my turtles, and sobered my squirrels up.

I’m ready to take 2018 on full throttle…. Some of the changes took behind the scenes planning before I could take the big splash.
Like I always pick a word/theme. For 2018 the word/theme is COMPLETE….Complete my goals, complete writing projects, just complete things in general. Now for most of you this will seems like a weird focus. But I’m queen of the half started projects. As I tell people, the two things I completed on a timely bases is having my kids become adults….

I also make a vision board….I made two goals for the 5 areas of my life…

I have also started a GoodReads account (click here for my profile) to track my reading. I’ll make a 2018 reading list page later this month. But, this year reading focus is series. I’m starting at A and B in January. I don’t plan on reading an entire series in one months so I’m not sure how far I’ll make it in the alphabet. More on this later.

I’m also going to start blogging again….mindset Monday….journaling Wednesday…tasty/thirsty Thursday…Read it/Reading it Friday.

A preview of Thirst Thursday

A happy Grinch

These things are what makes a Grinch happy

A melted snowman

Tourist Tuesday

This week’s tourist Tuesday is keeping with the ‘spooky’ October feel… Nothing says creepy like fog. Add an old building and it’s a writer’s dream come true.


This is actually where I work for my crazy day job. 🙂 I’d love to hear what some of your spook factors are.