Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Things Will Get Worse (before things will get better)

I remember vividly when 9-11 happened. I— along with my brother and father— watched the second plane fly straight into the stately World Trade Center. We stood in front of my parent’s television in our former home in Washington, North Carolina, mouths agape. Later that evening as news reports and images of a war scene on the streets of New York City unfolded, I remember feeling as scared and helpless as I’d ever felt. I remember thinking that life could not possibly become worse here in the USA. Our pride and freedoms had been assaulted at home… on our soil. So many precious lives lost. Then I became an Army girlfriend then wife, and survived the stressors of my husband’s deployments to Afghanistan. Once, I heard a bomb explode during a phone call he made to me from a firebase in the middle of Afghanistan. The call suddenly disconnected. I became hysterical. I thought, “things could not get worse.” Years later, mass shootings began to happen here in the US regularly. We almost became numb to the monthly, weekly tragedies. I once again thought it could not possibly get worse. Especially, the evening the news broke of young children murdered in a school in Connecticut (Sandy Hook Elementary)— as I held my three-month-old son in my arms. And now, here we are in the year 2020.

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Alison Klakowicz— Under The Covers @Charlotte Readers Podcast

Checkout my recent interview with novelist and podcaster Landis Wade on Charlotte Readers Podcast— which gives voice to authors and writers to provide them the opportunity to read, and talk about their literary works.

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Memorial Day is a Tough Day for Many

As most people get to enjoy some much needed R&R today on Memorial Day, there are many who are directly impacted by its sentiment. These individuals have lost fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, friends and teammates. Survivors have to move forward each year with the guilt, trauma, and sadness which consumes them knowing they are alive and their loved one is not.

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Joy Resor Shines— Western North Carolina Author, Artisan, Spiritual Mentor

A Western North Carolina-based author is spreading JOY wherever she goes!
Years ago as a young mother of two sons, Joy Resor wrote a prayer daily to become the JOY she was created to be.
She is now living that JOY everyday where she strives to inspire love, peace and JOY through Joy on Your Shoulders— as a spiritual mentor who offers inspiring books and Batik cotton wares for sale as well as a monthly newsletter called Go In Joy! 

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Children’s Book Review- “Something’s Eating the Garden” by Pam Fries

Pam Fries, an award-winning artist and illustrator, has published a lovely children's picture book titled Something's Eating the Garden.
The gorgeously illustrated book features an amazing garden adventure with a child and Papa. Papa discovers that something is eating his garden and the child tries to solve the mystery by guessing who the creature culprit could be.

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Hit the road— with Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck!

Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck is ready to #hitheroad this spring and summer for #amazingadventures 🗺🏖🏟🛶⛰ How about you? Where are your favorite places to visit? Family travel is so important in learning about the world around you and making special memories with those you love! Learn more about Mommy's Big, Red Monster Truck here:… Continue reading Hit the road— with Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck!

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Chatting with Alison Paul Klakowicz – S L Hollister, author

I loved "chatting" with author Sherri Hollister last year about #writingbooks and the #authorlife 📚 Read our interview here 👀 : Chatting with Alison Paul Klakowicz – S L Hollister, author — Read on http://www.google.com/amp/s/sherrilhollister.com/2019/04/30/chatting-with-alison-paul-klakowicz/amp/

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Top 6 Inspirational Women Interviews of 2019

2019 brought me the opportunity to interview some extremely inspirational, intelligent and talented women who came into my life either professionally or personally.
It was such an honor to highlight their stories, and messages of hope. The world is filled with unique individuals that we can all learn from— I certainly benefited from each of the stories these women shared with me.
If you are looking for #inspiration in the #newyear look no further!
Here are the Top 6 Inspirational Interviews on #HodgePodgePodcast:

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

All I Want For Christmas is… Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck!!!

Put the pedal to the metal and purchase this perfect Christmas gift today!

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck Celebrates First Birthday 🎂

One year ago today, Mommy's Big, Red Monster Truck hit the presses!
What was a little dream, became a huge accomplishment.
Over the past year, there have been many firsts... holding my published children's book in my hands for the first time, attending my first bookstore author events, first library events, visiting elementary schools as an official author for the first time, reading my book to children across North Carolina, and the list goes on.
The opportunity to share my children's travel and adventure picture book has been a priceless gift to me.