The Heart of the Matter

16 Simple Ways to Grow Gratitude

Gratitude Inspiration OpenHearted Living The Heart's Jou

Yesterday was the official book birthday of my newest title Bedtime Blessings. Bedtime Blessings offers a peaceful way to end the day with a special child, through this heartfelt prayer of gratitude and wish for God's blessings on others, too.  Yes, while you were going about your day, I quietly released a new offering into the world. No balloons, presents or champagne  — just the happy knowing that this book is now available to be shared with you and your little ones. You can find it here and here and where books are sold. It will also be in the Target Stores picture book section on October 18,...

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The Gifts of Loss

Connection Friendship loss OpenHearted Living The Heart's Journey

One of my dearest friends from California is moving to St. Louis, and I'm sad. We discovered each other via mutual connections, both of us children's book authors and both working from home. Of course I scoped out her website before our meeting, feeling nervous but deciding yes, she looked friendly.  Our connection was immediate. We walked the five-mile QuickSilver trails together, 3-4 times a week, sharing our lives and covering every topic from kids and spirituality to aging, money, book ideas, dreams, parents, fears and insecurities. Though I've been here just two years, she's become an epic friend, comfort and blessing.  “What will I do without...

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51 Wishes

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In honor of my 51st year on this planet, I made this list of wishes for you — little things you can do to honor the heart of you, add some kindness to the world and connect with who you love. Feel free to print it out, share it with a friend and choose a couple ideas that will expand your joy.  1. Paint a rock and join the The Kindness Rocks Project. 2. Visit the Facebook pages of five friends and leave a compliment on their timeline, telling them what you love best about them. 3. Make a Tie Dye T-shirt... just because.  4. Become a...

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Five Miles to Somewhere

In three days, Michael* taught me a bunch of things about my life and his.  It was 2010, and I needed to sign 5000 books for Toys R Us. The timing was tricky -- we were in the midst of closing our book business and selling our assets to an outside company. “What's the easiest way for you to sign the books?” my new publisher asked. Two months earlier, I would have rallied our warehouse guys to help orchestrate the project. But I didn't have employees anymore — just a big building with lots of space.  “You can deliver them to my office,” I said. “And hire some temps...

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Give dad the gift of your words

Like many moms, the Father’s Day gift thing always gave me trouble. How many Home Depot gift cards, tools, or tee-shirts could I gift through the years? So when my first two boys were little, I decided I would create a “perpetual gift” that we could re-give every year. And it’s this book – the Dad book. I bought a simple black book at an art store – and decorated the first page with Dear Dad. The first year or two, I wrote the entries for the kids, and put a picture in there. They may have added a scribble...

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