A Bringer of New Things

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

Self-care School: Big Things before Small Things

Do you ever fall into this trap? “If I can just get all these little easy tasks done, then I’ll be free to focus on _____” (fill in the blank … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · 4 Comments

Thoughts on Maintaining Writing Energy

Since I’m finally getting back into my writing life, I’ve pulled out some thoughts I jotted down last year about keeping up my writing energy. Maybe you will find them helpful, too. 1. … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · 4 Comments

Cozy Book Talk (“Mind Cleanup”)

  When snow and chilly temperatures descend on us, pleasures such as books and colorful art can keep our spirits warm and cozy. I’m overdue for another “mind cleanup” post on … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · 3 Comments

Happy Holidays!

From me and my family (including Jill [pictured above], the cat we rescued this past year, who has become such a delight!) to you and yours, happy holidays! I still … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · 3 Comments

Busy Aralise: A Children’s Poem

Having finally finished and submitted that huge paper that I was working on (I managed to wrap it up at 37 pages and a giant headache!), I am now free to … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 · 7 Comments

Bookworm Gifts & Stocking Stuffers that Give Back

I’ve still been too busy for a real post, but here are two more quick recommendations for your holiday gift shopping. I read about both of these in a magazine … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Stuff Happening in my Life Lately

I’ve had a LOT going on lately, and thankfully it’s been mostly good–even great–things! So I thought I’d share some of my personal life updates with you today. But first, I … Continue reading

November 11, 2016 · 4 Comments

Living Is More Important than Writing

I’ve been reading Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, and the other morning I read this passage that resonated with me: “Casting aside other things, hold to the precious few; and besides … Continue reading

November 3, 2016 · 4 Comments

Beautiful Holiday Cards & Gifts for a Good Cause (UNICEF)

I just discovered that UNICEF sells gorgeous holiday cards (as well as box sets of birthday cards and blank greeting cards) and also all kinds of global-inspired gifts, many of them … Continue reading

November 1, 2016 · 4 Comments

Creature Comforts Lately

This is a variation on my “Lovely Moments Lately” posts (which I keep meaning to do more of but keep forgetting). Being twenty weeks pregnant makes me crave creature comforts! And I … Continue reading

October 21, 2016 · 10 Comments

Self-care School: And Sometimes I Need to NOT Make To-do Lists

 After all that talk in my last post about my personal “life hack” trick for making helpful to-do lists, I must tell you that on the other hand, I’ve learned … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · 4 Comments

Self-care School: 2-step To-do Lists for Wiser Living

Following my last post about my struggle to accept limitations and set realistic goals, I want to share a very simple, practical trick I have found to help myself plan more realistically. … Continue reading

October 7, 2016 · 4 Comments