6 Lies People With Chronic Pain Tell And 7 Truths They Need You To Know

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Pain, sculpture by Antoni Madeyski, photo courtesy Vert, Creative Commons

by Kristin Nador/@KristinNador

This summer Keeper Hubby and I did something we have done at least ten times during our marriage. We prepared for another surgery for him. He’s been diagnosed with a condition called degenerative disc disease. No one knows why he has developed this condition at such a young age: it first showed up when he was about 32. Continue reading

What Is The Proper Response To Evil?

by Kristin Nador/@KristinNador

Some people complain that responses to bad things happening in the world today have dissolved into a #hashtag for people to post in social media and make themselves feel like they’ve done something. Continue reading

Writing and Creativity As A Practice of Freedom

by Kristin Nador/@KristinNador

Are you practicing your freedom today?

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Happy Independence Day America!

July 4th is almost here. It’s a great day to relax, enjoy time with loved ones, do something American like go on family picnics (invented by the Victorian English), eat hot dogs (invented by the Germans), corn on the cob (first cooked by the Maya Indians), slurp snow cones (invented by Italians, specifically Roman emperor Nero), go to the local amusement park (invented by the Danish), blow up fireworks (invented by the Chinese), and attend a baseball game (uniquely American). A true celebration of America’s melting pot philosophy. I hope you and yours enjoy the holiday. Continue reading

How To Stage Your Home For Creativity

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Is your home staged for creativity?

by Kristin Nador/@KristinNador

Have you set the stage in your home for maximum creativity potential?

It’s been a year since we sold our four bedroom home in Oklahoma and downsized to a 850 sq. foot apartment in Kentucky. We were excited for the job opportunity for Keeper Hubby, but not too keen on what it would take to get there. Continue reading

5 Ways Blog Reader Surveys Help Increase Your Blogging Audience

Frontier Fiesta, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Frontier Fiesta, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

by Kristin Nador/@KristinNador

 

Do you wonder if anyone is reading your blog?

 

The comment area looks so lonesome, the analytics don’t change a lot. You’re writing good content. At least you think so.

So what’s the problem?

Maybe you need to do a blog survey and find out. Continue reading

Discover Your ‘First Things’ for Success in 2015

Spring Dogwood Blooming, Oxley Nature Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma photo by kristin nador kristin nador writes anywhere blog www.kristinnador.com
What are your ‘first things’?
by Kristin Nador/@KristinNador
The start of a new year inevitably creates pressure to think about the past, and the future. We examine what has happened during the last 365 days, take away fine memories, or slam the book shut on an unproductive or particularly difficult or heartbreaking year. We have a finite amount of time, and time seems more pertinent as the years progress. Each year means one less year on our personal ‘deadline’, and while some feel the pressure to make the best of it, others experience guilt that they haven’t been using their time wisely up until this point.

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9 Questions Before You Become A Blogging Statistic

'Blog', courtesy of cortege9, Wikimedia Commons

‘Blog’, courtesy of cortege9, Wikimedia Commons

Are you tired of blogging?

I am.

I know that’s sacrilege to admit on your own blog. The stress of moving, illness, and the fact I haven’t posted consistently has me questioning my commitment to blogging.

Am I really getting a return on investment of the time I put into blogging?

Shouldn’t I be focusing on ‘real’ writing?

My blogging journey started almost three years ago. I researched for three months before taking the plunge, thinking about my goals for my blog. I didn’t want to start something new and shiny, to later run out of steam. (I have a tendency to do that.)

I liked sharing and meeting new people. Researching and writing about creativity, blogging, and social media fascinated me. And I loved sharing my write anywhere adventures.

But lately blogging has felt like a burden, a deadline that looms over me and highlights my penchant for procrastination. I’m considering taking a break, or a complete reboot. Should I start over? Will anyone care?

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Veterans Day Guest Blog Post at Oklahoma Women Bloggers

American flags, photo by kristin nador

They give freely, so we live free

Today is Veterans Day, and we recognize the men and women who serve to protect our country. If you are a veteran, we appreciate you!

As November’s Blogger of the Month for Oklahoma Women Bloggers, the ladies are running my blog post featuring two veterans I know, and how they helped me focus on the good things in life. I hope you’ll stop by and read it:

Bologna Sandwiches and A Lesson in Gratitude

If you get a chance, be sure to thank a veteran today!

Want to recognize someone for their military service? Feel free to post in the comments.

 

Blogger of the Month at Oklahoma Women Bloggers

Hey, everyone!

While I’m keeping my nose to the keyboard for NaNoWriMo, the lovely ladies at Oklahoma Women Bloggers have made me forget the torture of this month by dubbing me November’s Blogger of the Month. They are awesome, but you can’t expect any less from Oklahoma Women Bloggers.

As ‘Miss November’ I’ll have several posts that they will promote over there throughout the month.

If you’re a woman heading towards ‘a certain age’ you might want to check out today’s post. ’50 Tips For Making It To Fifty and Beyond’ offers some tongue-in-cheek advice for navigating towards the second half of life, as well as a few gems important women in my life have shared with me.

50 Tips For Making It To Fifty and Beyond

I’ll be checking in here on the blog about my NaNoWriMo experience soon. If you’re participating, keep writing. You can do it!

Now it’s back to the word count grindstone! 😉

Do you have a proverb, something your mama drilled into your head, or any type of advice for women heading towards the big 5-0? Share it in the comments! We all need all the help we can get…