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500 Words Challenge brings me two steps forward…Finally.

500 Words Challenge brings me two steps forward…Finally.

500 words. 31 days. 1 giddy writer.
I actually accomplished a challenge.


Some of you out there in bloggerland might not appreciate my accomplishment. “Big deal!” you say. You’re on day 523, you say. You get up at 4 am so that you can write using your antique quill pen and inkwell and watch the sunrise while drinking your favorite warm beverage by the fireplace. Ok, I have to admit, that’s impressive. But I am still excited for me because achieving your goals should be an exciting and celebratory experience because you did it.

And this time I did it! 

~Determination leads to Success~

~Determination leads to Success~

Achieving success is a great feeling for me. Validating. Purpose-giving. I expected these feelings. What I didn’t anticipate was the sense of connection that propelled me to my goals. My challenge started out as my own, but once my community connected with my goal, it became ours. And I wasn’t going to let us down.

Are you facing a challenge today, maybe a personal goal or a lifelong hardship? Can I encourage in a few ways that helped me move forward?

1. Be your first team member. Commit to yourself. Believe in what success will bring you.

2. Recruit a team for support, both people you know and those you don’t. For me this goal was not just about completing a task but one of the first steps in rebirthing a dream. My husband, daughters, family, and friends have been tremendous supports in my writing goals. But those who love me are a bit biased…and I love that about them. I needed to take a bolder step.  The 500 words community with Jeff Goins 500wordssq-150x150and the coachme app helped me step forward a bit more into the unknown. Would they support me? If I stumble, would they judge? All of these questions I had no answer for until I started. I realized the bigger my team, the more motivated I became to focus on the finish and not the excuses to fail.  My next venture has teamed me up with a blogging class through Blogelina (no shame is honing skills!). I am hopeful that with more accountability and more support will come more success.

3. Find a rhythm all your own. Ever watch 3 year olds dance? They move and baby-shake in ways that are all their own. They don’t look to the other preschoolers to see how they move. They find their own rhythm. I get stuck sometimes trying to do my own thing how someone else does theirs. Selfishly, I think this method will make the work easier and bring the success faster. In actuality, I will become a unoriginal; the shortcut will stunt my creative growth and the loss of myself will mute my voice before it ever gets a chance to speak. Some things I will gain by learning and by being mentored, but some risks I am going to have to take by dancing to my own beat.freedigitalphotos.net photo by sattva

What items would add to this list to step towards success? I would love to hear them!

What’s next for me? I will let you know

…after I finish celebrating!

Until next time, here’s to YOUR success!




I am a successful failure


I am a successful failure.

I guess 2014 was more challenging than I thought. I can not believe with the momentum I had created, that I dropped the preverbal blog-ball. More like the “blog ball” was actually a bomb that I could hear ticking but ignored it until it blew up in my face. The blow up made me realize something…

I was not ready.

Not that my heart wasn’t ready. I am the Queen of passionate endeavors. Everything I start, I dive in…and most times over my head. The ironic thing is I really don’t know how to swim. And obviously, I didn’t know how to sustain this blog beast either.

So why am I back? Two reasons.

1. Though I failed in attempt, God never let my heart concede defeat. Yes, the GOD I hope in was the only reason I could look at this page again without feeling like a total waste of blog space. My husband is a great support. Always has been. My family and friends, especially my kids, encouraged me all the time. But I needed something bigger than flesh to spark in me something greater than fear. HE did that for me.

2. Though the fall failure marked my first step, I acknowledge the success that I got up and I am still stepping. I am still trying. I am still learning. I am so glad that I failed so that I could learn about myself, about this work, and about the process. I am a successful failure; and I’m better for it.

So my next endeavor is helping me with me. It’s a challenge by Jeff Goins, an author and pusher of all things writing. In order to motivate others to achieve their passions in writing, he has written several books dedicated to that end and has organized a challenge for people like myself to hone their skills while at the same time shaking off the excuses that stop us from succeeding. The My 500 Words challenge challenges writers to write 500 words for 31 days. The words do not have to be published, just written out, on purpose. Again, Queen of New Starts here embarking on another journey. But a bit wiser, a bit more humble, but also a bit more hopeful that this time…

This time success will come with the win.

“My 500 Words is a 31-day challenge designed to help you answer that question. It will help you get more disciplined, hone your craft, and finally become the writer you’ve dreamed of being.”

What are you attempting this year? Are you willing to fail if it will eventually lead to your success?

Keep challenging yourself and always stay,


Wakey Wakey Challenge Week 2, day 15


Just when I was going to celebrate my halfway mark, I get thrown a curveball. Sickness in me and my family sought to strike me out.

And it did. I missed my wake up for the first time in 15 days. I had planned a halfway through party for this challenge. So failing on this date…well… Kinda takes all the toot out of my horn.

Until I read this from Andy Traub

“You know who fails? People who try to achieve great things.

You know who gets knocked down by others? People who try to stand up for something.

If something is difficult, it’s likely a sign that it’s important. If you’ve failed, then get over it and win tomorrow. It’s a new day.

Past performance is not an indication of future performance.”

What a great reminder to all of us seeking to do a feat that challenges.
One strikeout doesn’t take us out of the game. Gain perspective and hold fast to the goal. The only way to truly lose out is to quit.

And I ain’t quittin!

I really needed that. I already feel the hope returning. Makes me want to celebrate! Pass the party hats…and the Dayquil. I’m gonna make it.

And I’m gonna stay,


For all life dishes to ME{N}U, try to stay…
Just Peachie

Many hands make light work…or bigger messes.


Day 25. I’m beginning to realize why this is called a “Challenge”. I knew  how daunting this task was (you saw day 1 pictures right?) but I am staying on the path to completion. However, I realized that I could d  with a little help. For that I enlisted my most trust worthy and hard-working advocates– my family, particularly my beloved children.

Hold on…

Did I say hard-working? I meant they will help to stop my nagging.

Did I say trust worthy? I meant they will help when I am constantly staring over their shoulders.

Did I say advocates? I meant cheap labor. And you always get what you pay for. Here’s the update.

challenge pic day 25

After a few hours of repeating orders and redoing tasks, we managed to make progress. Can’t see it? You can see the floor can’t you…to me, that IS progress. But the progress wasn’t just in the stuff, it was also a process in me.

Why did we make progress? Because we ended up making a big mess. You should have seen my hallway and my front porch filled with throwaway, giveaway, and putaway items. I realized that the only way to clean up was to first mess up. I don’t want to end up with a space that is nice to look at but impractical to live in because it is only surface organized. I want the mess gone. After 31 days, I want this done right!

To get it done right, you will have to make a mess. And you will need help… even if they seem to make things messier, they’re actually helping you finish faster because they can help do tasks and lift things that you couldn’t possibly move on your own. Sounds like a life lesson to me.

I didn’t say I was happy about it (I am a pretty independent person) but I have to admit, it feels good now that it’s over.

Funny…That’s what my kids said, too.

In this last week, I’ll be posting again soon of the end of it all. I don’t know if I’ll complete this challenge, but I do promise to stay,

JUST Peachie

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Challenge Sabotage? I hope so. I need someone to blame.


Today is day 15 of the challenge. I am supposed to be halfway done. I am supposed to be seeing progress. I am supposed to be revelling in organized bliss.

office day 15

I’m not. I blame it on sabotage.

The culprits have tiny hands, fast feet, big mouths and, boy, are they sneaky. I believe my children regularly prepare sabotage strategies depending on what my goals are for the day. If I’m writing, then Operation Hold-Me takes effect. If I’m tired, then Operation Scream-My-Head-Off ensues. If I want time with my husband, then Operation Remember-That-Was-How-You-Got-Us starts up in full force.

They are crafty.

They are relentless.

Good thing, they are cute.

Sadly however, they are temporary. Kids don’t stay kids forever. I mean it may be 18 years from now but it will not feel as long once that day comes. They will then leave me to my neatness, and it will be eerily quiet. I will be crazy efficient  yet a part of me will be crazy lonely. (Lord willing, hubby will still be here but come on wives, no one takes the place of our kids.) When that feeling hits, I will jump in my car, drive over to their house and remind them of how it used to be. Then it will be my turn to launch my battle plan, Operation Mommy-Pay-Back. Until sweet revenge, I had better make a battle plan for this office space while my children sleep and stay thankful to God that I have time with them today.


Oh, wait a second, my Mom is calling…

See you later and stay,


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Embarrassed much? I am today.


I embarrass easily. Due to that fact, I don’t normally walk around with my underwear showing or food in my teeth if I can help it. I try to think before I speak since the taste of foot in mouth disgusts me.

So why am I going to show you the worst room in my house?

Because I have been challenged… and I do love competition.

I am taking I’m an Organizing Junkie’s 31 day organize a room challenge . Whether I complete it or not remains to be seen but, I am up for the adventure even if it feels like I fell down on the ice in front of the whole neighborhood. So without further ado…here’s my mess. My craft/guest room/office…I think.








Well, there you have it. My pants were loose and now they’re all around my ankles. Hello world!  Now that you’ve seen the worst of me, come back for the best, which is yet to come, of course!

Want to join the challenge? Check out  Orgjunkie.com in her 31 Day Organizing Challenge during the month of March and then let me know about it. Misery does love company.

Until then, let’s stay