Yes Paris!

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What can I say about Paris that hasn’t already been said? The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, The Arc De Triomphe, yes they are all simply spectacular! Sitting at a cafe, seats facing the street so that you can people watch with ease. The sounds of Parisians at the next table speaking their lovely French. Even the passing of the French Police with their distinctive sirens, headed to take care of business (their presence everywhere, we felt very safe). Paris is more than a place, it is a feeling, a state of mind, and a presence that leaves a lasting impact on your heart and head forever. I have heard others say that the French don’t like Americans, that was not our experience. For the most part, the French were kind, patient, and helpful as we made our way through the city. It seemed to me this was particularly so of the younger Parisians, they seemed interested in us, and wanted to make a good, hospitable impression. So, what I would say to anyone that wants to go there but feels a bit intimidated by the Paris mystique, don’t feel that way! Just go, embrace Paris.

Much Love

Eileen

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Cancer

One of my best friends in all the world let me know she was diagnosed with cancer yesterday. You know those friends that are in your core group of friends? The ones dear to you that you have been friends with forever? She is one of those friends. So, my world stopped spinning for a moment. It whirred back to life of course, with a jarring start. I paused for a moment, breathless in the thought of life without her.  But, I simply cannot think that way. I must be positive for her!

Then all the stupid things I worried about all week, well, they were gone in an instant. What is important? The ones we love. The good we can do. The joy and enjoyment we can get from our lives. We must not waste any of it, this gift of life. And, we cannot let anyone or anything rob us of our joy in living our unique and beautiful life.

So, please, go hug someone you love. Call that person you’ve been mad at and try to make amends. Yes, our living is beautiful. Yet, it is can be so fragile.

Much Love,

Eileen

I Heart You World!

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So, the above represents all the visitors to my blog within the last quarter. I’m beyond humbled and cannot thank you all enough! To think that you all, from all parts of the world, would take a moment and come to my blog, well, it’s mind blowing to me. You all are simply the best!

And look at us. Despite our differences, we can come together and share a thought. And, for me anyway, the comments that I get are lovely and positive. See family human, we can get along if we try. I have enjoyed having a moment to reach out and chat with some of you a bit.

So, big world, group hug!

Very Much Love,

Eileen

 

For The Love Of The Cozy

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For the love of the cozy…cozy mystery that is! So, it’s been a year. A year since I put my baby, my blood, sweat, and many tears, my book out there into the literary world. Yes, a year of rejection. Yet, a year of learning, learning about my craft of writing, and learning about myself. I’ve learned that for me, life just can’t be all about this book every minute. Sure, it is very important to me, and I want to spend every minute I can making it the best book that I can make it be. But, for me to be truly happy, this book must meld and mix into the other parts of my life that I hold dear. My marriage, my friends, my spirituality, my book, these have to come together in a harmonious whole for me to be the person that I want to be. I’m sure you all feel the same.

Anyway, my cozy has taken me on many twists and turns (just like any mystery should). But, now I feel I’m in the home stretch. One of the rejections I received said it just wasn’t as good as it could be. I agree. So, I have made a MAJOR plot change. I’m so very happy with it! This change has gotten me  close to the book that has been in my head for so long now (it’s been amazing to me how hard that has been to do). So, here’s to another year of searching for the way to get my book published. I won’t stop until I do.

Never give up y’all.

Much Love,

Eileen

 

Oh Paris!

So, next month is our 20th wedding anniversary. My sweet husband is giving me Paris! Can anyone say bucket list big time? Anyway, Paris is my dream, but, I have to admit, as a woman,  I’m feeling a bit intimidated.  The phrase, I don’t have a thing to wear comes to mind. Usually, I really don’t worry about such things. Sure, I try to look nice. Most often though, I’m more concerned about being comfortable. But, these Parisian women they have got this fashion thing down! Just look:

Parisian-Everyday-Uniform-1024x488Man! I’ve got to step up my game. Even on a casual walk down the street, they look polished and perfect (but there is no way I am walking all over Paris in heels, it will be cute sneakers for me).

Even this Paris icon looks great:

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Come on now, admit it. Her hair is perfect. Dress not to flashy, but classy. Mona Lisa totally got this fashion thing.

So, I’m not completely serious. But, I don’t want to look like a goofy tourist over there either. Oh well, I’ll figure it out.

I plan to blog as much as possible about this dream trip. So, more to come…

Much Love,

Eileen

On A Motivated Monday…

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This quote was mentioned in my writing group yesterday:
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin
So, go get this week! Write, and do things worth writing.
Much Love,
Eileen

Dare To Take The Less Traveled Road

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Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee, USA

Go ahead, dare to take that less traveled road! Sure, it will have bumps, pot holes, and muddy spots. Of course, you will want to turn around and run for the other path. But, that road less traveled? It is as unique as you, and there is nothing wrong with that. So, dream that dream. Own that journey. Make that path your own.

Happy motivated Monday.

Much Love

Eileen

*With love to the great Robert Frost