September 2014.

What are we eating?

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So, let me ask you this. What was the last thing you ate?

Was it organic? Non-GMO? Fresh? Locally grown? Hormone and pesticide free? Blessed by a saint and washed in holy water?… Just seeing if I have your attention. :)

Now, I’m not trying to be preachy asking these questions. I’m just asking. When was the last time you thought about what you’re eating? Take a second right now and think about it. Maybe you could answer some of my earlier questions, maybe not. Or perhaps you’re thinking what the point of worrying about it at all. The stuff I buy at the grocery store is good for me – right?

Here’s the point… Most of us just go to the store and buy what’s available. Which, in my opinion is how it should be. We should be able to read the packaging on our foods and believe it to be the truth, not just a version of it. After doing a little research of my own, its lead me to believe that maybe what I’m buying to feed my family requires a little more thought than just trusting the buzz words on food packaging.

Here’s a few things you could do to make sure you’re eating what’s best for you…

  1. Grow a garden! If you don’t have space in your yard there may be community ones close to you. Not only will you get fruits and veg that you’ve grown yourself, but you’ll get fresh air too.
  2. Educate yourself! I personally like documentaries. Here are a few with good reviews.
    1. http://www.gmofilm.com/
    2. http://buy.morethanhoneyfilm.com/
    3. http://www.takepart.com/foodinc
  3. Shop at a farmers market when you can. The food is often fresher and more locally grown. I love going to a farmers market. The smells, the culture, the people are always a treat. Markets bring another level of interaction between us and what we eat.

 

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Eat well, everyone. :)

From reader to writer

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I haven’t always been the avid reader that I am today, devouring five-hundred page books in just a few nights. In fact I only discovered my love for reading about seven years ago. I was pregnant with my first, and my husband I were just starting out in a new city where we didn’t know a soul. We didn’t have a lot of extra money for things so we had to make our entertainment dollar go a little further than most.

A library card to the local public library was my solution to staving off the boredom. To some of you this probably doesn’t sound very exciting… and maybe it’s not. But let me tell you something, I discovered something that a lot of people are missing out on. Books can take you places! Now, I know you’ve all heard that before, but it so true. The more you read the better you get at it. And it truly is a skill. Once you’re good at it, books become like movies in your head. You can see the characters and feel the emotions. They become more than just words on a page.

After a few years of reading everything I could get my hands on, I discovered that young adult fiction was my favorite. I also knew that I wanted to write. So… years later here I am. I’m a chapter or two away from a first draft of a novel. I’ve collaborated with talented friends to build a website and brand. And I’ve branched off into graphic novel prequels to my novel with another very talented artist friend.

As a writer, I wish that someday my stories will inspire someone else to write or even just enjoy reading that much more.

My Writers Journal

 

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Every writer should keep a journal! Or so I’ve been told.

Now, I’m not talking about one of those cutesy little books with pictures of cats on the front with a tiny bronze colored lock which holds it closed. Or even a diary that you’ve religiously kept every day since grade six camp (although, that might really be something). Nope, what I’m talking about is a journal… for any random though really. A writers journal is for those who aspire to write more. Or maybe they want to be published someday. Or it could just be, they have amazingly awesome ideas that need to be recorded before they’re forgotten in to nothingness.

I take my journal with me almost everywhere. It’s big enough for grand ideas and it’s tough enough to take some abuse. I keep it close when watching my favorite shows, when reading, or anytime I might get inspired. It’s great for recording those awesome idea you have right before you fall asleep. Sometimes I even use it for brainstorming on a new chapter I’m writing.

Here’s a list of things you could write in your writers journal…

  1. A poem you wrote.
  2. Titles of books you’ll never write.
  3. Character names.
  4. Big questions and big answers.
  5. What you should have said… but never will.
  6. Quotes that inspire, chill, or enlighten.
  7. Tape, glue or draw some pictures in it.
  8. Make a list.
  9. Write an old school letter.
  10. Do whatever inspires you and do it often.

Happy Journaling !

 

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So I was reading this book last night, Looking for Alaska – By John Green. This particular author is becoming one of my favorites. His vivid stories and rich characters give me something to strive towards in my writing. This is the third book by John Green that I’ve read, the others being The Fault in our Stars, and An Abundance of Katherines.

I’m not finished reading Looking for Alaska yet, but I wanted to share with you this amazing quote I found on page 54.

“You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”

Without giving you any context of what point in the story this comes from, I want you just to think about it what it says. What does this quote say about your life? About the goals you pursue… About the world in general?

I think I could philosophize on this quote for pages but, I’ll sum it up for you in just a few lines. :)

We are living and working in today, for a future we dream will be abundant, rich, and far more fantastic then what we live right now. But, rarely do we step out of today’s mind set and actually reach that future, because we are far more comfortable in the pursuit of it than ever really achieving it.

 

Whew… Who says young adult fiction can’t be deep? After I finish this book I think I shall start on one of John Green’s other books called Paper Towns.