Week 5 Challenges for “SEA”king ME and “SEA”king WE 2017

One month is almost in the books. Yikes! I am happy to share that I completed both challenges for Week 4, despite setbacks from being sick. While I did not write every day on my book, I did write every day in some way, shape, or fashion. I tweaked and revised the timelines I set for my two 2017 goals to be more in line with my past progress and my health. For the WE challenge, I sent thank you notes to the people I interviewed for my articles and to some colleagues I work with.

The challenges for Week 5 are below. In addition to the posted WE challenge, please be kind to others. It’s a scary time right now, and we all could use a little more kindness and compassion. Be a light for others, showing them that there is good in this wacky world.

These challenges are for those looking to better themselves and/or to put the “human” back in humanity in 2017. To learn more about the challenges, click here. And if you’ve been following them, please feel free to leave a comment to let me know what you did and how it went for you!

Have a splendid week, my friend!



Week 4 Challenges for “SEA”king ME and “SEA”king WE 2017

I just looked at my planner…how are we 22 days into 2017 already?!??! Shouldn’t it be like 6? Wow…days fly by faster and faster. For my Week 3 ME Challenge, I certainly did go with the flow. I had no idea when I selected the challenge of marching forward with pride and strength for Week 3 that it would be Inauguration and March week! Indeed, I let my days unfold as they would and put my deadlines and writing goals in front of any sort of political distraction or discourse. Likewise, it was a very good week to speak kindly whenever I could. I held true to the challenge and did not allow any negativity in my words, except for where I had to in my novel story line.

The challenges for Week 4 are below, and I am taking the ME challenge to heart. These challenges are for those looking to better themselves and/or to put the “human” back in humanity in 2017. To learn more about the challenges, click here.





Week 3 Challenges for “SEA”king ME and “SEA”king WE 2017

Two weeks down already, and I enjoyed completing my week 2 challenges. The quote I chose for myself to guide me this year is “Because you are good.” It was said by my 2.5 year old nephew in October, and I have made it my mantra. It’s amazing how much better life became when I acknowledged that I am worthy. And I am forever thankful to my little best friend for showing me what I couldn’t see for so long. For the WE challenge, I held open the door for others wherever I went. Ironically, I had my arms full of bags at one point and someone opened the door and marched right past me, even knocking into me, without extending the courtesy of holding the door for me. I didn’t let it bring me down, though, and instead of getting mad, I just went on about my day and actually held the door for this person the following day. My true colors of kindness are brighter than that person’s true colors of selfishness.

The challenges for Week 3 are below. These challenges are for those looking to better themselves and/or to put the “human” back in humanity in 2017. To learn more about the challenges, click here.





Week 2 Challenges for “SEA”king ME and “SEA”king WE 2017

How did your Week 1 Challenges for 2017 go? I put my letter in my planner, all ready for December 2017, and dropped off two bags of clothes I no longer wear at the bins near my local police station.

The challenges for Week 2 are below. These challenges are for those looking to better themselves and/or to put the “human” back in humanity in 2017. To learn more about the challenges, click here.




My Ordinary Playlist of Extraordinary “To Live List” Sentiments

It’s here! It’s here! The second day of 2017 already has a different feel for me. I was hoping to catch the sunrise up at the beach this morning, but the weather gods thought differently. Instead, I sit here listening to the raindrops hit my windows, satisfied that fate had other plans for me.

After making my daily cup of peppermint coffee, I looked over my goals and my schedule for the week and the month. I then refined a few of the penciled-in daily tasks I will complete as I move towards making my future happen. I already was able to cross a few items off that I completed yesterday.

This is not my to-do list. Rather, it’s my To Live List.

That got me thinking…my To Live List needs a little more oomph, something that will help me stay positive and on the right path. Something to accompany it.

And there it is: My To Live List needs its own playlist.

I already had an idea of two songs to guide me this year, but two is not enough. I need a compilation of songs that are special to me: songs that hit MY chords of inspiration that are meaningful and exhilarating to my heart and my soul…songs that guide my journey and give me chills when I envision my future path, some of which actually make me tear up.

…ok, I’m a tad bit weepy here…shake it off, you’ve got this…Pardon this pause of being human…


I would like to share with you the first 10 songs on my list, and explain why each song will be a part of every single day in 2017. On the surface, the songs might seem common and ordinary.

Nope. That’s the farthest from the truth.

My connection with each song, who now has a coveted and loved home on my Amazon music app, is very personal (yep, one way I put my Prime membership to work for me!). I carefully selected each song for a specific reason.

My goal in sharing these songs with you is not to “toot my own horn,” per se, but to hopefully inspire you to find the songs that will be the soundtrack to your 2017 life, songs which will make you come alive this year and fuel your passions as these songs fuel mine.

I present to you my Onward, Writer! My “To Live” Playlist.

img_0951Song 1: “Blackbird” by The Beatles. “Blackbird fly…Into the light of the dark black night…Blackbird singing in the dead of night…Take these broken wings and learn to fly…All your life…You were only waiting for this moment to arise…Yes, I have been waiting for this moment my entire life, and instead of waiting, now I am living and doing.

Song 2: “Gonna Fly Now” by the Rocky Orchestra. Hokey and stereotypical, but nonetheless important to me. There will be a moment later this year when I run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Instead of laughing, consider joining me! Let me know that you’re in and I’ll keep you posted about plans to make this happen!

Song 3: “Look Around” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. This upbeat song is a reminder to take a look around every day to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. You might find me happily jumping around like my 2.75-year-old nephew while listening to this song.

Song 4: “Rey’s Theme” from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack. It’s no secret that I’m a huge Star Wars fan. The character Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, is one of my heroes because she’s strong and brave. Even though she doesn’t know what path to follow at first and wants to stick around at home, life (and the Force) has other plans for her. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I look up to her a lot, despite being more than half her age.

Song 5: “Training Montage” by Vince DiCola from the Rocky IV soundtrack. No explanation for this one is needed.

Song 6: “The Jedi Steps and Finale” from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack. This one is hugely personal. Hugely! I cannot put into words the massive symbols and meaning this song has for me. Maybe someday, but not yet. You can read a blog post I wrote last January about that scene in the movie and some of my connections to it.

Song 7: “Can’t Stop” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Can’t stop the spirits when they need you…this life is more than just a read through… The spirits? Yes, especially SHE who is still guiding me. It’s time to LIVE as this is my one and only LIFE. Time to make my dreams come true!

Song 8: “Lose Yourself” by Eminem. I am not a fan of Eminem at all. However, I think you’ll agree with me that this song is legendary, one that will put my ideas into action and give me the kick I might need at times.

Song 9: “The Longest Wave” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The wave is here, my friend. The wave is here, in more ways than one. Did I tell you I intend to learn to surf this year?

Song 10: “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles. These lyrics are wrought with meaning for me and this part of my life’s journey: Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting…Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear…Here comes the sun, here comes the sun…And I say it’s all right…

wordThere are 93 other songs on the list, ones that I know will provide me with encouragement and guidance when I randomly shuffle the playlist. The universe is pretty good at selecting just the right song I need to hear at a particular time, and I wholeheartedly believe it still will guide me this year.

I’d love to hear what songs you have selected to be a part of your To Live Playlist for 2017! Please leave me a comment and tell me about one and what it means to you!

Until next time, 



“SEA”king ME and “SEA”king WE for 2017

Happy New Year! 2017 is going to be my year, and I hope to inspire you along my journey. Everyone I know gets so bogged down in img_0917their own schedules, full of busy-ness that ultimately benefits someone else. To that I say: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! As such I will be posting two challenges each Sunday to help you make 2017 your year, too.

“SEA”king ME to be Set Free: These will be simple challenges to inspire you to become your best self in 2017. The challenges will be featured on top of crystal aqua water from a photograph I took in Dublin.img_0918

“SEA”king WE for Humanity: These will be focused on something small you can do to help others and to set a good example while promoting humanity. The WE challenges feature a sunrise water image I shot in Florida.

All you have to do to play along is to complete the challenge sometime during the week, or hell, even the month if your schedule gets too crazy. The weekly challenge images will be posted each Sunday on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and when possible, I’ll write a post providing further insight into and/or ideas about the week’s challenges.

If you want, comment each week to let me know how the challenges are working for you. If not, no worries. There’s no judgment or scolding if you aren’t able to complete a challenge. However, I can guarantee you that you’ll feel pretty good if you do complete them.

I am committed to providing you with 52 weeks of ideas to make 2017 your best year, yet, both for yourself and to help those around you.

“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!” – C. JoyBell C.

I hope you will join me for the new and beautiful chapters that await us in 2017!

Look for the Week 1 Challenges later today, which will be posted right here and also on social media!

With gratitude,