Rural Writer - The Blog

 Stories,  interviews and insights

from a country living perspective

 

Improve Your Chances for a Good Night's Sleep By Changing Your Habits Mar 11, 2023

A good night’s sleep has become an elusive dream for many of us. In the past, I found myself lying awake trying to figure out why I couldn’t sleep even though I felt sleepy.

There was no comfort in knowing I wasn’t alone in the...

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Do Country Women Practice Self Care Differently? Feb 26, 2023

The practice of self-care differs a great deal among women. What activities they engage in vary not only on their individual preferences but also depend on life circumstances including where they live and cultural beliefs or values.

Country women...

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What I Find Frustrating About Self-Care Becoming a Buzzword Feb 13, 2023

How a person practices self-care is a personal thing.

I like to arrive early to my classroom. It provides me time to collect my thoughts, prep my room, and feel prepared to start my day.

It also gives me time to sort through my emails and...

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Hitting the Wall: A Lesson in Facing Overwhelm Jan 30, 2023

(This story was first publish in July 2021 when my blog was on different platform. I thought it was a timely story so wanted to continue to share it.)

Let me start by apologizing. Seems I’ve done too much of that lately. Apologizing for not...

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3 Important Reasons Women Need to Step Out of Their Comfort Zone Jan 24, 2023

My mother-in-law is planning a trip to Hawaii next month. She’s never been there before and despite the drain on her savings, she’s excited about going.

She’s 81 years old and stepping out of her comfort zone.

I want to be like...

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The Dichotomy of Starting a Blog - Both Soft and Crunchy Jan 24, 2023

I am fortunate to know all the families on our six-mile stretch of country road. We have an unwritten code of supporting each other whenever we can.

Last summer, a couple of my neighbors needed to get their kids to swimming lessons, so I...

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Combat Overwhelm With the Emotional Workout Jan 22, 2023

A simple tool for improving clarity and focus.

I cannot remember exactly how I heard about Anna Celestino, the author of “Igniting Change.” Destiny set our paths to cross is all I can say.

Just at a time when I was going through a...

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When My Mother Whistles, Happiness Follows Jan 22, 2023

“A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also in the past in the guise of fond memories.” — Honore de Balzac

When Charley Pride started singing about San Anton, my husband reached over...

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Why Winter is the Best Time to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone Jan 15, 2023

  Beat the winter blahs by doing something different!

Winter can be so boring. Short days and long dark nights coupled with cold, nasty weather, do little to inspire us.

It’s so easy to fall into the familiar territory known as our...

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How I Manage the Problems That Come With Being a Rural Writer Jan 15, 2023

It has long been my goal to turn my writing into a career. I’m not sure where I got the idea that working from home would be easy just because I live in the country. I honestly thought I would have hours to devote to composing content.

The...

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