Stop Prepping, Start Doing

I am a preparer. I prepare for everything. I’m that person who packs way too much because I NEED this and that just IN CASE x, y, and/or z happen. This need to prepare overflows into all aspects of my life. For the most part, I think it’s a great quality to have. You make fun, but who’s laughing when I’m prepared for a natural disaster when we only meant to hang out at the park for a couple of hours?

Naturally, I feel like it’s necessary to prepare myself, characters, and overall story before embarking on writing another novel.

I finished writing my first about a year or so ago. Since then I did multiple editing sessions and at the beginning of the year, I sent my first born off to agents. After I did this, I boldly proclaimed on Instagram (which means you KNOW it’s for real):

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No Cute Post, Just A Plea

If you’ve kept up with this blog, if you know me, you know how I feel about the current occupant of the oval office.

I took a break from writing about him and the things he does and doesn’t do because I didn’t want to give him any more of my energy. I was tired.

I’m still tired. Tired is a luxury; it’s a privilege. It’s also a privilege to be able to turn away from the images and the news of all the atrocities happening all over the world, in our country, in our back yard.

It seems like there are some images people just aren’t comfortable turning away from, though: the images of children being torn away from their families and being housed in cages.

Honestly, I thought the world would only pay attention if the children weren’t brown. I’m glad I was wrong.

Today’s post isn’t cute. There are no lists. I have no advice, no funny yet relatable stories. All I have is a plea:

  • DON’T turn off your television, don’t scroll past the uncomfortable post. Look at the images and read the articles and sit in the discomfort. If you feel nothing at all, if you’re not led by emotion, then think about the situation logically. Emotional or not, what’s going on isn’t right.
  • DO something.

I’m well aware that this isn’t the only horrible thing being condoned by this administration. On Tuesday, unarmed Antwon Rose was fatally shot while his back was turned, running away.

There are people who are reading this post and thinking: But they came here illegally! But he was trying to get away from the cops!

And my questions is: And these reactions to your exclamations are justified? Nope. Not even close.

Our current problem is deeper than who is occupying the oval, it is deeper than entering the country illegally, it is deeper than running away from the cops…it’s about unchecked racism and profiting from that racism.

Don’t let these headlines fade away. Even after the mainstream media moves on, continue to be vocal and not only demand change but take action.

7 Years

My husband and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary this week. We didn’t used to celebrate. I don’t think there was an active reason behind it. We just didn’t. We started a couple of years ago and I’m glad because we should celebrate.

We made it another year! *high five*

I wanted to commemorate the occasion on the blog for a few reasons:

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Don’t Live Life Alone

We’re living in a time that focuses on individualism rather than community. We’re taught that to be the best, we must succeed alone.

What if the world has it all wrong?

Life is meant to be lived within a community; a community that listens to you, encourages you, holds you accountable, and genuinely has your best interests at heart.

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