Friday, October 14, 2016

My Article About the SCBWI and Why It's So Amazing

My article about the SCBWI The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has changed my life for the better in many ways. It’s hard to explain how a group of book writers and illustrators can do that, but they have. I’m not sure where to start, so I’ll start at the beginning: I’m a writer, who also draws. I worked in animation for many years and have recently worked in children’s books both as a writer and an illustrator.
In the summer of 2012 I joined the SCBWI and then, boom, my father died. I was broke and I couldn’t afford to do anything or go to anything. I was not only devastated emotionally, but financially as my job also ended that spring *click the link to read more

Monday, September 19, 2016

More on Fitness & Health

I have to say something because I love you all and want you to be fit and healthy and not end up in the morgue. Regarding health and fitness-please always always always always check your sources and your doctor before jumping on board with any program.
Also just because someone has starved themselves and lost weight, that does NOT make them an expert; the same goes for someone who works out every day and is fit. Personal trainers, fitness experts, nutritionists etc., go through YEARS of training. I know when I was a PT and an instructor, it took a lot of hours to get my certifications.
The best thing to do is join a gym and or go to a personal trainer. Don't jump on trends like CrossFit-I'm not against CF but it's not for everyone and I'm so sick of people telling others to be Paleo and do CF like it's the only way to be healthy.
Just do YOUR RESEARCH please, this is YOUR life. There are also GREAT online programs like Michelle Bridges, Tracy Anderson, Denise Austin, Barre3, Ballet Beautiful, and tons of Yoga ones-most of these are for the more advanced or at least intermediate person who knows FORM and what to do correctly.
Please stop reading your friends' posts about being gluten free or vegan or Paleo and losing all this weight-all of these are different and so is each person. And especially the starvation thing-it's the WORST and most dangerous of all. Sure if you eat a piece of lettuce for lunch, and only protein around it and throw back a juice or smoothie for dinner, you will lose weight, but it's not healthy. PLEASE use logic and reason, again this is YOUR LIFE.
And lastly, don't compare yourself to others because you have no idea how fit they are. Skinny isn't always healthy.

This has been a PSA

Monday, September 12, 2016

How to Be Healthy and Fit-Don't Listen To....

People often ask me about health & fitness because I was so involved in that industry for so many years and I still post about great programs, blogs, books, trainers, online classes, programs etc. (like Denise Austin-who was the first person I trained with in the late 80s to get certified, Michelle Bridges, Mari Winsor, Tracey Anderson and workouts like Barre3, The Bar Method, Zumba, etc).

Here is what I'm going to say.
1) Just because someone has starved themselves and lost a ton of weight, that does NOT make them an expert.
2) Just because someone runs or goes to the gym, that also doesn't make them an expert.
3) People who give sweeping advice like, 'be gluten free, be vegan, only eat 1000 calories a day' etc.. are not qualified to tell you, or anyone else how to be healthy.
4) Also, SKINNY does NOT equal healthy, this is a dangerous concept.

These are important things to remember.
If you want to lose weight or get healthier, please go to your fitness club and speak to a trainer or someone who has been certified. Those certifications exist for a reason. Those of us who went through all that grueling training learned about health, weight loss, exercise programs and how to train others.
I'm not currently training anyone, but I do plan on opening a Barre3 Studio soon, (within the next 3 years is the plan). This was my life for more than 10 years and I continued while working in animation because I'm passionate about health and fitness and helping others reach their goals.

I get frustrated seeing people self-publish books and or posting on social media on what to do for someone to be healthy, it's VERY DANGEROUS! VERY.

Here are some names that you can Google of people, workouts and places to get information, and there are so many more. Just please always do your research.

Michelle Bridges
Denise Austin
Mari Winsor
Tracy Anderson

The Bar Method

24 Hr Fitness

The Blue Zone Diet
Vegetarian Magazine

Do your research. Talk to your doctors and or gym fitness manager. Don't ever follow fads or extreme diets. Listen to your body. Eat healthy.

If you want to add to this list, please feel free to add into the comments. Thank you so much!!

Land of the Freedom of Speech Colin Kaepernick, I support You!

"You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the "land of the free". ~ Andrew Sheperd, The American President
I think he is brave and amazing. People don't often go against the grain for something they believe in like he has. I have friends on FB who are upset by his actions, but for me, I support him 100%. Something in this country needs to change and that doesn't mean that myself or this man are disrespecting the military, it's insulting that anyone would draw that conclusion. Especially because isn't 'freedom of speech' one of the things that the military are fighting for?


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

No Posturing, Just Posting

Keeping it real for a minute. No posturing, just posting.  
People always assume that everything is great for everyone on social media-it's not. It's just that it's better to present a positive spin on life, than a negative one.
I'm keeping it real here today just because why not? Maybe someone out there is struggling and needs to know that we all have it hard at some point. Especially those of us who have a creative career. 
I was explaining to someone at Highlights last week that for me there is no backup plan, this is what I do for a living, and this person didn't seem to get it. It's funny to me.
I feel like I've been drowning my entire life, but I'm doing what I love and trying to continue to do that.
My writing is not where I wanted it to be at this age. I have been paid to write, I have sold stuff, but I wanted to be further, I'm not, but that's okay. I get up every day and I write, or I think about writing, or I don't do anything and then tomorrow is a new day.
Money?? Ha, I look around and see everyone with savings accounts, owning houses not living like they are in college still, and again, I thought that would be me, it's not. But I'm okay with it.
Marriage, kids? Same.. but it's okay.
The point is, that no one is perfect and no matter what it seems like on social media, life is hard a lot of the time.
We are all in this together!!!
Don't give up. Keep reaching for your goals and don't compare yourself to others-it will make you crazy. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

How is it August??

Hi, everyone! So sorry I've been not so active on any of my blogs this year. The reason? I finished and revised two novels and took classes went to conferences and attended workshops.

That said, I'm going to start a new blog series in Sept.

I promise, thanks for sticking around!!