Thank a Journalist

When I was a junior in college, I had an assignment in one of my journalism classes to find a meeting on campus and cover it.

That was it. Easy enough.  Continue reading

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Happy 2017

Another year is about here. What do you plan to do to make 2017 great? While so much is out of our control, so much is also in our control.

In 2016 I set a lot of ambitious goals for myself. I accomplished one of them and learned quite a bit about the other goals. I definitely made some good progress. Tackling a lot at once really reminded me to take things a step at a time and not overwhelm myself to get things done.

I plan on taking that mindset into 2017. Whether you want to lose weight, get out of debt, find a new job, enhance a skill, go back to school…. just remember to take things a day at a time and be realistic. The more realistic you are, the more realistic achieving the goal will truly be.

2016 taught us a lot. It was good, bad and ugly. 2017 will bring its own set of challenges, here’s to getting through them.

Happy new year everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

From me to you, I hope it is a great day. And if you are working, thank you. I appreciate it.

I’d love to hear how you celebrate Thanksgiving! Each year varies, but I usually spend the afternoon with my family and then depending how it goes, the evening with my husband’s family.

photoWhen it comes to my favorite foods, I love the carbs and starchy stuff. Corn casserole, mac n’ cheese, egg noodles and rolls. I also make mashed cauliflower and am probably the only one that eats it, but that’s okay. (It’s delicious… here’s the recipe if you want to give it a try sometime.)

Black Friday Shopping

I hope you have a great holiday and good luck it you’re Black Friday shopping tonight or tomorrow morning! I enjoy shopping on Monday, in bed. Last year I did all my Christmas shopping in about 30 minutes before I went to bed. I plan on doing the same this year.

Circle of Lights

Looking for something to do tomorrow night after your Black Friday shopping? Go to the Circle of Lights Tree Lighting! This is a super fun event for everyone. Make your life easy and arrive early. The tree lighting is one of the events where parking and traffic gets crazy.

Festivities start around 6 p.m., so try arriving by at least 5 p.m. or earlier so you can easily park and get in a great spot.

Once the lighting is over, parking is also pretty nuts. Walk around, take pictures or go have dinner in the area. It will make your trip home much easier if you leave the area after traffic has slowed down. The intense rush lasts about an hour…so why not extend your visit downtown and enjoy the amenities rather than sit in your car cursing at traffic. There are tons of dining options both family friendly or if you’re looking for a drink.

So a Friend and I Published a Book

Fields of Blessings bookMy close friend and former colleague, Stacy, came to me a couple years ago. I remember it clearly, we were having drinks at an Applebee’s catching up because she had something she wanted to talk to me about. She was working on a book after being brought into this project. Farm families in Indiana wanted to have their family stories documented and she asked if I wanted to join in on the one she was working on.

I’d never written a book before. I’ve had several news articles published and have been published in a few books with compilations, but never an actual book. Of course I was up to the challenge and I had the perfect person to work with.

The book titled Fields of Blessings is about the Stafford Family who reside in Tipton, Ind. (which is north of Indianapolis).

The story starts in the early 1900s with the first generation of the Stafford family and today their farmlands are being cared for by the third and fourth generations. That’s pretty awesome, and they are a very close family. Great people.

The past few years have been such a learning experience as we literally did everything ourselves. We wrote it, edited it, reached out to others for another look and I designed the entire thing. Then we worked with our publisher to get it printed and put on Amazon.

It was a lot of work, but in the grand scheme of things, was very do-able. We were able to figure things out every step of the way.

Fields of Blessings BackI couldn’t have asked for a better person to work with on this project and I’m proud of all the hard work we did! We wrote a book! And now I’m just ancy for more.

So anyway, I thought I would share this with all of you. You can check out quite a bit in the preview. It’s a great read for anyone interested in farming and it’s also great for kids. We wrote it so it could be placed in local libraries and schools if they wanted.

Find it here on Amazon where you can purchase a print copy or one for your Kindle.

Thanks everyone! Very proud of this project and had to share!