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 Is it simpler to give up after repeat failure? Facing failure again and again In the gym, I fail a lift I could do three weeks earlier. There is no obvious reason for my weakness. I talk to my coach, wondering what is happening. Why my abs engage and then let go. My core is stronger than it has been since my first pregnancy, but that strength is inconsistent. I want to make progress. I want to be able to tally my improvements in pounds lifted. Instead I am red-faced,

Dear Readers, Please excuse the silence on this site. I am currently developing other projects such as The Survive Your Story Holiday Writing Guide and my business site (link forthcoming). I’ll have new content up here as soon as possible in the New Year. In the meantime, please peruse the archives to find something old that is also new or find me via #LinkYourLife. Thank you for your faithful readership. I can’t wait to share my latest projects with you! xoxo, Shawna

Building Open Thought Vortex has been a labor of love with Shareen Mansfield. This year, “Jesus Would Have Let Me Cry On His Shoulder” by Juliana Marcelle Crespo was Freshly Pressed by WordPress, meaning it was picked and publicized as a top read globally across WordPress sites. In what we have learned is quite rare, OTV has been selected as a WordPress site to Discover in the same year–the first year of our publication. This is no small potatoes news for us. OTV is self-funded by Shareen. Together we work

The Four Paws for Noah Writing Competitions were a labor of love by many. Hosts, judges and many others invested time and money into seeing this competition be a success. I am deeply grateful for the level of compassion offered to my family. Writing competitions are time-consuming to run, publicize and judge. The donations made in those areas are incalculable. However, you need a number and I have one I would love to share. The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Contest and the Able in This Diverse Universe Essay Competition raised

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