A Bringer of New Things

Musings on personal growth, books, motherhood, writing, and more.

February and Depression (and a 99-word story)

February is usually a challenging month for me, but some years are worse than others, and this was one of those years. The long stretch of gray, chilly days infused … Continue reading

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Getting Braver: Goodbye Pen Name

I’ve decided to do away with my pen name. That’s right, “Sarrah J. Woods” is not really my name. It’s a pen name I made up several years ago because … Continue reading

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Future Self-care Idea: Winter Goodie Boxes

This summer, if I get the chance, I’d like to make myself a set of winter goodie boxes/care packages containing various little things to brighten my spirits during the gray … Continue reading

February 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Tempting Trap of Self-Blame: Some Musings

  Something I learned last year is that blaming myself for mistakes and problems is a thought trap that’s very tempting, because it allows me to feel in control, when … Continue reading

February 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

My Two Simple New Year’s Resolutions

This year, when New Year’s rolled around, there wasn’t time for my usual ritual of reflecting back on the previous year and forming plans, hopes, and/or resolutions for the year to … Continue reading

January 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Lovely Moments Lately

  It’s been a cold, busy, and cloudy time lately, but not without a few brighter spots: • The moment when I gathered up all my “to process” books from various … Continue reading

December 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

To Those Who Are Hurting this Holiday Season

  I want to send out my love to all who are hurting this holiday season. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, if you are suffering … Continue reading

December 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Happiness that Doesn’t Depend on Other People

Growing up, I was a pretty severe people-pleaser. This trait came directly from my parents, who both modeled people-pleasing and actively instilled it in me. I learned at an early … Continue reading

December 16, 2017 · 7 Comments

Lovely Moments Lately

• Watching the babies play and learn new skills like pulling up on furniture. (It won’t be long until they’re walking, oh my…I’m not sure I’m ready for that!) • … Continue reading

December 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Power of Not Being in Control

This post will go deeper than my usual, although it follows my typical theme of things I’m learning in my life and personal growth. This lesson or “discovery” can be boiled down … Continue reading

December 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Self-Care School: When Chores Overwhelm Me, and He’s Just Sitting There

  This post is doubling as one of my “Self-care School” posts and also the entry for a Carrot Ranch 99-word flash fiction challenge–this week’s topic is self-care! I learned … Continue reading

December 4, 2017 · 5 Comments

Keeping Perspective 

This week both of the babies have been miserable with bad colds and ear infections. So far I’m hanging in there, doing my best to take care of them and … Continue reading

November 3, 2017 · 2 Comments