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Help me write a movie and be entered to win!

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My mother and I are in the throes of our annual Hallmark Christmas movie obsession, fueled by visions of Christmas cookies (that we can’t have), beautiful decorations and lots of actors with white teeth and perfect hair.

This starts around Thanksgiving and ends around New Year’s Day. On Saturday afternoons, no matter what I still need to get done around the house, I head to Mom’s, sometimes with Bruce, sometimes without. Husband, being the good sport he is, will watch with us (I think he secretly enjoys some of them).

At the moment, there are no football games to interrupt our viewing, so we veg out for hours. (We may need an intervention!)

Part of the fun of a formulaic movie is saying the lines right along with the characters.

You know, the phrases that are oh-so-predictable and you could write them in your sleep 🙂 — generic phrases in response to predictable plot developments, such as:

There are rules about this kind of thing.

“Rules are made to be broken.”

You know what I mean.

And after a random phrase like that, I’ve been known to exclaim proudly, “I could write these!”

Bruce used to roll his eyes (or ignore me), but lately he has joined in the fun. He could write these movies, too!

We say that with confidence, but it’s only because we’ve never tried. I realize that much more goes on before a movie is ever made, much more behind the scenes than we will ever know. But, still, many of them seem to be manufactured with fill-in-the-blank templates, and I thought I’d give it a try.

So, in the spirit of holiday cookies, movies and ho-ho-ho, I want to know how much Christmas spirit you have.

You’re going to write a Christmas romance with me!

You’ll get two benefits: You’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card (two winners; details in the survey) and Santa will put you on his Nice List. OK, I just thought of a third (and maybe the best) benefit: You’ll have fun!

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

  • Fill out the multiple-choice survey below to help me with the details of the script. (Title will be chosen after we decide on the basic elements, but feel free to offer suggestions!)
  • We’ll choose a winner at random at 9 p.m. Central on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017.
  • The winner will be contacted by email and will choose from five gift cards (list is in the survey below).
  • Please share this so that your friends can join in the fun! (Not a requirement for participation.)

I can’t end this without a word about the reason we have Christmas in the first place. If you don’t know Jesus as Lord and Savior, seek out someone in your community who can help you know Him, or reach out to me here for a conversation. No obligation, just a simple conversation about the hope that I have within me.

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Well, Well, Well: tips & tools 11/02/15

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wellwellwell3 - tips & toolsEach week I bring you three tools, tips, articles, recipes or other resources that I find useful or interesting on the journey to wellness. Feel free to suggest your own helpful hints and tips by leaving a comment (see Comment link above).

Here are this week’s three:

HOLIDAY • ORGANIZING

Fellow Arkansas Women Bloggers member Mary knows what it’s like to be stressed out (don’t we all?), and one way she deals with that is by being organized and helping others do the same.

As we all know, the calendar has rolled over to November and our schedules are about to kick into hyperdrive (as if they weren’t already overloaded). That’s why I was happy to discover Mary’s cute, festive and oh-so-helpful (and did I mention cute?) holiday planning guide, including a checklist for meal planning, travel prep, gift buying and more.

Holiday-Guide-Image-2015Check it out: Holiday Guide: Calendar & Checklists

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HUMOR

DoOverCoverSometimes laughter is the best medicine (especially when “someone” has already eaten your square of emergency chocolate). I’ve been following Do Over author and speaker Jon Acuff for a few months, since participating in a Michael Hyattpromoted webinar in the spring. I can totally relate to Jon: He has an unnatural 🙂 obsession with trying to make people laugh (and he doesn’t fall flat on his face nearly as much as I do!); he’s a writer; and he wants to make a difference in the world.

Maybe you won’t get this one if you’ve never thought of writing a book, never worried what others think, never tried to change the world with your brilliance and generosity 🙂 … but I think he nailed it.

Check it out: Writers are crazy. Here’s proof I am.

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HEALTH • DIET

Elizabeth'sSpaghettiAndTableI didn’t battle a weight problem until I was about 30. By my birthday that year, my hips had grown wider than I was accustomed to, and it only got worse from there. Part of my reason for blogging about my struggles is to help others (while helping myself work through it and to stay accountable).

With all the crazy talk about diet and health, including mega-money spent on marketing and advertising cheap, fake, unhealthful foods, Dietitian Cassie’s blog was a breath of fresh air. I’ve written about her before because I love her sensible, open-minded approach to healthy living. In this post, she gives her thoughts on “cheat days,” which I used to take advantage of until I realized that if I were eating real food in a balanced way, I wouldn’t feel deprived.

Check it out: What About Cheat Days? (5 Considerations)

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That’s it for this week, kids. I hope you found something useful or at least interesting. Until next time …

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Well, Well, Well: tips & tools

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wellwellwell3 - tips & toolsEach week I bring you three tools, tips, articles, recipes or other resources that I find useful or interesting on the journey to wellness. Feel free to suggest your own helpful hints and tips by leaving a comment (see Comment link above).

Here are this week’s three:

NUTRITION

I’ve followed Dietitian Cassie for about 18 months, and I really like her approach. I struggled with which post to start you out with, because she has so much good advice. She’s an advocate of PFC (protein, fat and carbs) at every meal, and she’s not afraid to eat butter!

Cassie bucks the conventional wisdom of the U.S. medical community, but she does it in a respectful way. She wrote a post a few months ago about being open-minded to new things (such as newer research saying that we need fat in our diets!). I’ll share that post with you another time. Today I’m sharing one of her Start Here posts.

Check it out: Simple Starting Steps


FITNESS/EXERCISE

The secret to being a real runner is easy. There is only one thing you have to do. You just have to run.”

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Last year Erin Henderson, mom of 12 (soon to be 13), was the guest speaker at our Women Run Arkansas 5K pasta party. Erin is a runner who lost about 80 pounds and credits running with a lot of her success.

Erin and her husband have adopted most of their children, and some of them have disabilities. No. 13, whom they’re hoping to bring home from China in December, has a severe physical disability and, although they thought they were finished with 12, they both “knew” she was theirs when they saw her. I love that!

Even though I didn’t get to hear Erin speak last year, I’ve followed her blog since before she visited Arkansas and she inspires me every time.

I hope this post will encourage you if you’ve thought about running or are just beginning, and those who’ve been running for years can take something away from it, too.

Check it out: How to Be a Real Runner


HUMOR

I believe Reader’s Digest’s had it right: “Laughter is the Best Medicine.”

You may think a humor piece doesn’t fit into a wellness-tips category, but laughter is healing and this 2-minute YouTube video made me laugh. Besides, don’t we need a good laugh to pick us up on a Monday morning? (We can’t let coffee do all the work!) I hope it gives you a chuckle or two.

That’s it for this week, kids. I hope you found something useful or at least interesting. Until next time …

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