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Unlikely Merger Authors: Business Trips

Posted by Julie on June 10, 2015 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

All this week and next Write Integrity is releasing chapters from Unlikely Merger. Starting June 20 readers have the opportunity to vote for the hero they want Mercy to choose. Unlikely Merger will be FREE on Kindle July 1-5 with.

Here is Chapter Three PLUS posts from the other authors.

Wednesday, June 10

Write Integrity Press: Unlikely Merger Chapter Three

Marji Laine: For Whom the Sleighbell Tolls

Carole Towriss: Landon’s Home Watkins Glen

Fay Lamb: Meet the Heroes of Unlikely Merger: Landon Gates

 

I thought I’d take the time here to share business insights from the authors.11391536_858579607541022_8504991036842170166_n

Today’s question is:

When it comes to traveling for work you’d say you would be…

1. Great at it

2. I could do it for awhile

3. I’d be a terrible traveler

Raelee Carpenter:

I wouldn’t mind doing some traveling, but I like my home time, too. A balance would be best for me.

As for me, I guess it would depend on the job. I’m a terrible corporate person and wouldn’t travel well. However, if it was writing related, it would be hard but I could do some. My husband travels a little for work so I’m not angling to hit the road full time.

Phee Paradise:

I could travel for work if I loved the work and had time to do a little sight seeing. But I’m not crazy about flying so I’d rather take a train or have my husband drive me. I wouldn’t want to do it for too long

Jennifer Hallmark:

I have to admit I’d be a terrible traveler. I don’t like airplanes and I tend to get car sick. But I am persistent, so if I had to travel, I’d just set my mind to it, find some Dramamine and go. 🙂

Betty Owens:

I think it would be great to do it for a while. I think I’d get tired of it, but I do love to travel, and I love to explore new places.

Carole Towriss:

I’d be a terrible traveler! I love my home and my bed, and I hate meeting new people. I am the biggest introvert!

Marji Laine

I’m not an enthusiastic traveler, but any time it comes up – especially for work situations – I’m quite content with it. I think I could do it for a while, but it would drain me.

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My Bucket List

Posted by Julie on July 16, 2014 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

It’s a rare post where I don’t have a book to review or a confession to share. I have the time to blog about something in  the surrender realm.

Having a bucket list.

I never gave it much thought. It wasn’t that I thought I was invincible, I didn’t take the time to think about why one was necessary and what would be on mine. Then, I read a book recently that although it wasn’t the best book I ever read, dealt with a heroine who created a list.

Then I received an email that there was a CaringBridge post to check. It was from a family friend who has battled cancer for a very long time. She has no idea how courageous or inspirational she’s been. She’s been given the news that everything that can be done, has been. It’s time for her to pack in everything she wants to do while she can. And she plans to. God bless her.

With that, I really gave it some thought. What are things I’d like to do before I can’t? I really have been blessed. I wanted to write, and I do. Any goal I had family and life purpose wise, I’ve pretty much been able to accomplish thanks to God’s favor and mercy. So, what does my bucket list look like?Bucketlist

1. Travel to Colorado.

My husband has worked here a lot and he loves it there. I’ve never once met anyone who gave the state a “Meh.” I’ve been told it’s breathtaking and clean. Perhaps if he’s called there again, someday I can go with him.

2. Travel to Montana and/or Wyoming. 

Any pictures I see make it seem like a sweeping western John Wayne would want to take his horse on and just go. It sounds picturesque and beautiful.

3. Take a Laura Ingalls Wilder tour complete with stars from the 1970’s series.

I know they do this already, but time and money have always been an issue. I would be obnoxious during this trip. No average fan can go with me, and certainly no one that made fun of the show (ahem, my husband.)

4. Go to Italy for our 25th. 

With a name like Arduini, I think you have to take this trip at least once. We’re both interested in learning about the country my husband’s ancestors come from, so who knows?

5. Be an invited speaker for women that has an international impact.

Hey, go big or go home.

6. Meet George and Laura Bush.

We could talk books or baseball, or barbeque. I wouldn’t care. They seem down to Earth and I miss seeing them on a daily basis via the news.

7.  Watch at least one of my contemporary romances turn into a well-made movie.

That’s my list so far.

What’s on yours?

 

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Saturday Confession: The Bird Poop Perspective

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Last week we took a quick trip back to our hometown to visit family. It was the first time in awhile all four of us were together in the same car, so I was the passenger. Right away I noticed something.

There was bird poop covering quite a bit of my side of the window.

My husband was out of wiper fluid and the car wash we tried to go to was closed. We had a schedule to keep, so off we went.

I know the route. There are things I look forward to.

The barns.

The bridge.

The lake.

And everytime I looked out my side of the window, there was no beauty in anything I was glancing at.

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Everything was magnified by bird poop.

Then it hit me.

When I have a bad attitude, that’s my bird poop. No matter what pretty thing is before me, my attitude clouds the beauty before me. I miss a blessing because I can’t get past the white mess called my attitude.

It’s not a pretty visual, and neither is a bad attitude. You’ve been around people with the terminal grumpies. Nothing is good enough for them. Everything is bleak. And if you’re honest, you can’t get away from them fast enough.

Are you that kind of person?

This winter has been harsh. About two storms ago I resolved to be foul. Even on a sunny day all I could focus on was the ice. My aching wrist. Another day off from school. I missed the cardinals in the snow. Blue skies.

Don’t have the mindset that is akin to bird poop when there is such a beautiful backdrop surrounding you.

That was my lesson this week.

What’s yours?

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