Monthly Archives: June 2013

Surviving the Road Less Traveled

By Monica Nelson Early in my life journey I discovered the book The Road Less Traveled, by M. Scott Peck. This book propelled me toward the life I have now, a mission on growth, spirituality and love. In those 30 plus years, I’ve learned a few things I want to share here. If you find yourself on the same path, and most of us do, I hope that you will gain an insight from my list. First and foremost, be kind to yourself; love starts with the source. If you can not love yourself, how do you expect to love anyone or anything else. Know that the journeys that grow … Continue reading

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The Power of Hope and Faith

By Monica Nelson I have had a rotten week. My family and I are dealing with a lot of stress. My husband is facing the loss of his job, my freelance business is slow to take off, and finances are overwhelming us right now. The pressures of the week became unbearable after my son was kicked out of boy scout camp. Let’s just say, I went into the bluest of funks that anyone could imagine. I hit a new bottom. I’m sure you have all been there. The circumstances of your life are different than mine, but everyone deals with their own individual lows at various times in life. While … Continue reading

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Show Don’t Tell and the Love Verb

By Monica Nelson In writing, there is a rule for engaging an audience. It is the Show Don’t Tell rule. For a story to be effective, to draw in the reader, to grab hold of interest and keep it, a writer must seize the audience’s emotions. Which scene captivates you more? He could feel a surge of nausea move up from his stomach to his throat. But he could stand it no longer. Fixing his gaze into her eyes willing it to hold her attention, he slid his cold hands down to hers and held them with shaking confidence. His knee fell to the gravel, pain shooting through his leg, … Continue reading

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The Importance of Kindness

By Monica Nelson When I was in my very early 20’s, I worked in an office where one of my co-workers was a woman named Lee. Lee immediately befriended me. Early on, she decided that she was going to hook me up with one of her husband’s many friends, all nice guys looking for nice women to date. Though none of these introductions ever grew into relationships, I remember this period in my life as one of my warmest and happiest memories. But it carries a great regret too. I never once thanked Lee for her kindness and generosity in introducing me to these men. She gave of herself to … Continue reading

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