My 2017 Inspiration

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes … including you. ~ Anne Lamott

I unplugged from a lot of things this year. Part of it was choice, and part of it was not having enough time to do everything in a day.

Writing has gone to the back burner among the many things in my life that have gone on this year, including producing this hunk and taking care of his older sister. We are also going to be moving houses, so you can imagine what will be taking up time in my schedule in the next few months.

While I haven’t been writing much (beyond some dabbling here and there), I have been keeping up with many of my creative friends, who have kept at it and are producing amazing work. They have helped keep me going this year, and while I haven’t been as social as I usually am, I appreciate everything they’ve done and – through their work – I’ve stayed connected with them and others.
Mad Like Alyce

Mad Like Alyce

One is Mad Like Alyce, who is an amazingly creative person who does amazing makeup tutorials, among other creative projects. She suffers from PTSD and chronic pain, and the blog is part of her “journey towards living a happier and healthier life.” She’s also a wonderfully gifted writer, and just a beautiful person in general.

She especially enjoys Halloween, so if you want to check out some awesome costumes and other fun things, check out her website or connect with her on Facebook.

The (Service) Dog in the Room

Service Dog in the RoomAnother is Val and her blog, the (Service) Dog in the Room. This wonderful woman got married almost two years ago, and one of her wedding photos with her service dog went viral, was published in People Magazine, featured on many major news outlets, including Today and ABC News, and seen around the world.

She used the publicity to promote service dogs, mental health and related issues, and continues to answer questions and share her journey through her blog and on Facebook. She and her husband are also family friends who help keep my husband and I sane with our two children, and I’m so thankful she’s in my life.


Write Now with Sarah WernerWrite Now with Sarah Werner

Lastly, I could not NOT mention Sarah Werner and her podcast, Write Now. She talks about all things writing, and facilitates a writer’s group on Facebook – I Am A Writer with Sarah Werner – that includes many inspirational people who struggle with the same things I do when it comes to fitting writing in your daily life.

Sarah is living my dream (and hers, I believe) of writing as her day job, and not an aside, and doing what she loves. She is so inspirational to me, I’m happy to be able to say, “I know her.”

She also writes for Forbes, interviews other writers and creatives through her Coffee Break podcast episodes, and has just started a science fiction-mystery audio drama via podcast, Girl in Space, of which I devour new episodes as soon as I can.

These three, among many others, have continued to inspire me and keep me connected these past few months as I dealt with life. I say thank you, and keep being amazing.


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I'm a lover of writing and books. I graduated from South Dakota State with a master's degree in communications in 2011, the same year I was first published. I'm a wife and mom, and I work in content and digital marketing in South Dakota.

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