Certainly I can: How to do what you don’t know how to do

“When asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th U.S. President I have lived this statement, over and over again, in the last year and a half as a reporter, a career for which I had no formal training.  I have had the best OTJ training … Continue reading Certainly I can: How to do what you don’t know how to do

The End

In writing, endings are just as important as the beginnings.  It is the same in life. I’m ending a chapter at the local newspaper I’ve worked at for the past 11 months.  I feel that I have grown so much professionally as a writer and am truly thankful for the guidance and support that I had there.  It was a small staff and each one … Continue reading The End

Who’s going to fill her shoes?

Shoes come in all shapes, colors and sizes.  I’m no shoe-aholic (although my husband thinks differently), but I do delight in getting a new pair for whatever reason.  Lying on the shelves of my closet or strewn across my bedroom floor on any given day are running shoes, rain boots, wedges, heels, flats, flip-flops, sandals, boots, and worn-out working shoes.  I believe it’s true that … Continue reading Who’s going to fill her shoes?

Understanding the Future

“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.”         ~ C.S. Lewis Whether we have realized it or not, the future only comes one day at a time.  When we hope for something, we often want it sooner rather than later.  Things you can’t wait for:  Your wedding date…your first … Continue reading Understanding the Future

5 Ways to Deal with Discouragement

Every great story, whether adventure, science fiction, or romance, usually has obstacles that must be overcome. Mountains to be climbed, battles to be fought or love that is not returned are just a few. Obstacles sometimes can cause discouragement. Of course, your story and mine are no different. Currently, while searching for a new career, I’m in a discouraging phase. Most jobs I look at … Continue reading 5 Ways to Deal with Discouragement

Courage to Continue

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.  ~ Winston Churchill   When I was a child, I spent part of almost every summer on Lake Shafer in Monticello, Indiana.  Those memories are some of my all-time favorites.  I still remember waking up to the smells of frying bacon and coffee brewing in the morning, the feel … Continue reading Courage to Continue