September Nuggets of Inspiration & Wisdom

Hello Good Vibe Tribe <3

We have lots of new and exciting things going on here at Surviving Life’s Curveballs!

Beta Readers

First things first, I’ll be ready for beta readers in October. If you’re interested in getting a peek at the book before everyone else, please let me know soon 😊 Now, to find a title for the damn thing…any ideas?

New Logo

Have you been to the website or opened an email from yours truly? There’s a beautiful new Surviving Life’s Curveballs logo courtesy of Herb Gillen Agency.

Survivors turn #GoodVibeTribe

You may have also noticed I’ve been calling our awesome small group of loving kindness the #GoodVibeTribe instead of Survivors. I think it more closely matches what we are all about here. Would you agree?

November is NanoWriMo (National Write a Book Month)

Writers geek out in a collective group every November because we challenge ourselves to write a new novel (50,000 words) or finish an old one. I’ll be part of this writing powerhouse again this year as I would like to hammer out 50,000 words of my next book which will be part 2 of the book I just finished. A writer’s imagination is never done 😉

If you’ve ever thought of writing a book, I invite you to join us Even if you don’t finish your book this is a wonderful experience with a very encouraging group of likeminded humans. My writing group at Wagnalls Memorial Library in Lithopolis will be holding write-ins every Saturday morning in November 10-2.

Surviving Life’s Curveballs Merchandise

We now have Surviving Life’s Curveballs gear for the #GoodVibeTribe 🙂 Seven awesome designs on anything you can think of – all different kinds of tees, hoodies, tanks, sweatshirts, dresses, miniskirts, leggings, scarves, baby clothes, iphone/galaxy/ipad/laptop cases, stickers, greeting cards, clocks, wall art, pillows, duvet covers, regular/tall/travel mugs, postcards, spiral/hardcover notebooks, tote bags, studio pouches, cinch sacks, and more!

Check it all out


Most of my reading consisted of fiction this month. I wanted to get lost in stories.


Scattered but Smart: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson, ED.D. and Richard Guare, PH.D.

There’s nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your “smart but scattered” child might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have great news: there’s a lot you can do to help.

The latest research in child development shows that many kids who have the brain and heart to succeed lack or lag behind in crucial “executive skills”–the fundamental habits of mind required for getting organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions. Learn easy-to-follow steps to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills, and problem-solve daily routines. Small changes can add up to big improvements–this empowering book shows how.

Scattered but Smart Guide to Success by Peg Dawson, ED.D. and Richard Guare, PH.D.

Are you smart, scattered, and struggling? You’re not alone. Cutting-edge research shows that today’s 24/7 wired world and the growing demands of work and family life may simply max out the part of the brain that manages complex tasks. That’s especially true for those lacking strong executive skills–the core brain-based abilities needed to maintain focus, meet deadlines, and stay cool under pressure. In this essential guide, leading experts Peg Dawson and Richard Guare help you map your own executive skills profile and take effective steps to boost your organizational skills, time management, emotional control, and nine other essential capacities. The book is packed with science-based strategies and concrete examples, plus downloadable practical tools for creating your own personalized action plan. Whether on the job or at home, you can get more done with less stress.

Mistakes Were Made (but not by me) by Carol Tavris and Elliott Aronson

Why is it so hard to say “I made a mistake”—and really believe it?

When we make mistakes, cling to outdated attitudes, or mistreat other people, we must calm the cognitive dissonance that jars our feelings of self-worth. And so, unconsciously, we create fictions that absolve us of responsibility, restoring our belief that we are smart, moral, and right—a belief that often keeps us on a course that is dumb, immoral, and wrong. Backed by years of research, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-justification—how it works, the damage it can cause, and how we can overcome it. This updated edition features new examples and concludes with an extended discussion of how we can live with dissonance, learn from it, and perhaps, eventually, forgive ourselves.

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg never asked for fame—she has only tried to make the world a little better and a little freer.

But nearly a half-century into her career, something funny happened to the octogenarian: she won the internet. Across America, people who weren’t even born when Ginsburg first made her name as a feminist pioneer are tattooing themselves with her face, setting her famously searing dissents to music, and making viral videos in tribute.

Notorious RBG, inspired by the Tumblr that amused the Justice herself and brought to you by its founder and an award-winning feminist journalist, is more than just a love letter. It draws on intimate access to Ginsburg’s family members, close friends, colleagues, and clerks, as well an interview with the Justice herself. An original hybrid of reported narrative, annotated dissents, rare archival photos and documents, and illustrations, the book tells a never-before-told story of an unusual and transformative woman who transcends generational divides. As the country struggles with the unfinished business of gender equality and civil rights, Ginsburg stands as a testament to how far we can come with a little chutzpah.

Miranda’s Big Mistake by Jill Mansell

Revenge is a dish best served sweet…

Miranda’s most recent male-related catastrophe is the seemingly perfect Greg. He’s gorgeous, witty, and they’re on the brink of falling madly in love…until Miranda finds out he’s just left his pregnant wife.

With the help of her friends, Miranda plans the most delicious revenge a heartbroken girl can get. But will Miranda learn from her mistake, or move on to the next “perfect” man and ignore the love of her life waiting in the wings?

Hardcore Self Help: F-k Anxiety by Robert Duff

Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety is for those of us that find the prospect of reading a traditional self help book to be way too boring. How are you supposed to make positive change in your life if the book itself feels like a chore? This book is definitely not a chore.

In Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety, I talk to you like a friend. There is a lot of swearing and humor along with loads of helpful and actionable information. You learn about anxiety and how to find the weapons within yourself to slay it for good.

The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White

The lives and loves of three remarkable women—two in the past, one in the present—and the tragic final voyage of the HMS Lusitania.

From the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forgotten Room comes a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance, that links the lives of three women across a century—two deep in the past, one in the present—to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania.

May 2013

Her finances are in dire straits and bestselling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Desperate, she breaks the one promise she made to her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother and opens an old chest that belonged to her great-grandfather, who died when the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history. Sarah embarks on an ambitious journey to England to enlist the help of John Langford, a recently disgraced Member of Parliament whose family archives might contain the only key to the long-ago catastrophe. . . .

April 1915

Southern belle Caroline Telfair Hochstetter’s marriage is in crisis. Her formerly attentive industrialist husband, Gilbert, has become remote, pre-occupied with business . . . and something else that she can’t quite put a finger on. She’s hoping a trip to London in Lusitania’s lavish first-class accommodations will help them reconnect—but she can’t ignore the spark she feels for her old friend, Robert Langford, who turns out to be on the same voyage. Feeling restless and longing for a different existence, Caroline is determined to stop being a bystander, and take charge of her own life. . . .

Tessa Fairweather is traveling second-class on the Lusitania, returning home to Devon. Or at least, that’s her story. Tessa has never left the United States and her English accent is a hasty fake. She’s really Tennessee Schaff, the daughter of a roving con man, and she can steal and forge just about anything. But she’s had enough. Her partner has promised that if they can pull off this one last heist aboard the Lusitania, they’ll finally leave the game behind. Tess desperately wants to believe that, but Tess has the uneasy feeling there’s something about this job that isn’t as it seems. . . .

As the Lusitania steams toward its fate, three women work against time to unravel a plot that will change the course of their own lives . . . and history itself.



None at this time.


RBG documentary

An intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers explore how her early legal battles changed the world for women.

How to ADHD on Youtube- If you know anyone who has ADHD or loves someone with ADHD this is the best resource I have ever found. Please share it with them.


Hoopla Seriously, this is the app I use more than any other. Free books, audiobooks, music, and more from the library. I can check out 9 items a month. Before purchasing anything from Audible I check Hoopla first. This app has saved me thousands of dollars already this year.

Audible The original audiobook app J Just one more way to consume more books and the performances have been wonderful. Now I listen to books in the shower, while I’m driving, at work, or any myriad of different scenarios when it’s impossible to read written works. This has easily increased my reading each month tenfold.

Chatbooks Remember when scrapbooking was all the rage? I do and yes, I scrapbooked my little heart out. Now I have other priorities, but I still want to remember the fun times I have with my family. Chatbooks has easily solved this problem for me. Every 100 photos I post to my social media account they send me a nice 10”x10” photo book complete with the captions I added for just $10. Worried about privacy? Me too, so I set my pictures so that only I can see them on facebook and the Chatbooks still keep coming.

They also have one of the best commercials of all time

Rainy Mood If I’m writing this is my go-to background noise. There’s always been something about rain that inspires me to write.

Emily’s Workouts FREE! Great workouts that don’t bother my lower back trouble spots. Emily Skye incorporates weights with HIIT, none of the horrendous cardio crap that I loathe so much. She has changed the way I exercise and the way I look in my exercise clothes J

Prime Photos FREE, UNLIMITED! If you have an Amazon Prime membership, this is included. While it does have a limit for video storage, you can save all the millions of photos you capture in one place. I use Prime Photos as my cloud backup for our photos. Should my house ever burn down to the ground or my computer delete everything, I’ll have my photos securely backed up here.


Nothing currently because I’ve been listening to audiobooks.


How about you? What are you watching, reading, or what has inspired you this past month?


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