#MotivatedMonday: Attitude Means Everything

What Will You Change?

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“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou

Ready for holiday-themed sweet romance? Add Luck of the IrishLove Games and Playing Cupid to your reading list.

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Sending Love & Light,
Atina

©Atina Atwood 2020 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series and a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, writing. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Coping in Crisis (COVID-19)

How Are You Doing?

We need hope now more than ever. However, there’s a time for naive hope and a time for common sense coupled with faith. Wash your hands and stay at home if you can, please.

I’ve been debating whether or not to post about the COVID-19 pandemic, mainly because it’s all we see, hear, and think about these days. Believe me, I’d much rather be writing about how amazingly prolific I’ve been while “staying-in-place” here in California – but that wouldn’t be true. Currently, my creative works-in-progress are simply works-on-file.

But that’s okay.

Now is a good time to turn our thoughts to others. Man, it’s hard to do right now! Of course, I’m worried about my family, my friends, my community. (And myself.) The population of the entire world is in crisis (I’m making a specific distinction here, because our earth has been in crisis for some time, but far too many have been ignoring that for a while now). In so many ways, we feel utterly helpless, especially knowing that the worse is yet to come for those of us in the U.S, throughout Europe and honestly, around the world. What can we do?

It would be nice if I had a fitting, blanket answer for everyone, but I don’t. As a woman of Faith, the answer for me is listen to our sensible medical experts and pray.

It always saddens me to know that many folks find prayer offensive. I hope those people are able to have a deep appreciation for meditation & can also access the sense of comfort that comes to many of us who pray.

I’m grateful to be able to utilize both methods in order to keep the overwhelming currents of anxiety and paralyzing fear of the unknown at bay presently. I’m also reading more, especially when I can’t sleep at night.

What are you doing to help ease your emotional burdens?

Please find whatever supportive communities you can to help you hang onto hope in your heart and common sense with both hands. If you can help the most vulnerable communities like the elderly and the homeless, please consider making a monetary donation to local charities. Right now, many children out of school still desperately need access to warm meals. School districts and volunteers around the nation are stepping up. Consider checking out feedingamerica.org Let’s do what we can!

Because I’m feeling so physically idle, I’ve been sewing cloth face masks for our healthcare workers, just in case. Honestly, I hope that no one will be so desperate to have to use them, to be honest. I mean, when I read this Forbes.com article stating there’s truly a legitimate call for volunteers to sew masks, I couldn’t believe it. But here I am, gathering materials from my quilter’s stash and learning how to make what I’m calling “desperation masks”. (Truly, I hope that our healthcare workers will soon have enough APPROPRIATE MEDICAL-GRADE PPE to meet the inevitable demands that are soon to come.)

These homemade masks are surely a last resort for our healthcare workers; they remind me of a thick bandanna with 4 layers of fabric. Perhaps they can be used to cover the singular N95 mask that many of our healthcare workers, such as my sister-in-law, are having to reuse day after day.

I hope my collection will soon return to my fabric stash, unneeded, because our community’s appropriate medical-grade mask supply needs have been met. But the mere act of making these masks is a bit therapeutic for me. It gives me something constructive to do; sewing these masks lets my idle hands work while my frantic mind finds a quiet space.

If you’d like something to do & you have more fabric than you know what to do with, check out these two resources: Joanne’s and freesewing.org. My masks are a bit of a hybrid because I don’t have liner & I made ties out of fabric instead of using elastic (I called my local store, but they were out, so I improvised).

I’m truly sending Love & Light to all of you. Please be safe and connect with all the valuable things you hold dear that have nothing to do with money. Be well.

Sending Love & Light,
Atina

©Atina Atwood 2020 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

Ready for California sweet romance? Add Luck of the IrishLove Games and Playing Cupid to your reading list. All titles are currently $.99 or free through March.

– Atina Atwood is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series and a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, writing. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

#MotivatedMonday: Think Great Thoughts

Nurture Your Mind

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“Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

Ready for holiday-themed sweet romance? Add Luck of the IrishLove Games and Playing Cupid to your reading list.

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Sending Love & Light,
Atina

©Atina Atwood 2020 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series and a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, writing. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Happy Spring!

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Most likely, your inbox is full of messages that aren’t exactly filled with rainbows and beautiful flowers. Well, this quick post is also lacking rainbows (sadly), but it is full of beautiful flowers.

I just want to wish you a happy first day of Spring! Even if the majority of us are looking at it from behind our windows, I hope that we’ll all soon see beautiful new beginnings after a long winter (both figuratively and literally). Stay safe, do the best you can to practice social distancing (not only for yourself but for others), and remember to WASH YOUR HANDS!

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Sending Love & Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2020 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series (on sale through March!) and a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, writing. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Read Luck of the Irish (Chapter 1) Here

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m happy to share the first chapter of Luck of the Irish with you. Wattpad member? Read it here.

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Two men. One choice. Zero regrets. Luck of the Irish (Holiday Heartbeats #3) is available now.

Ready for holiday-themed sweet romance? Add Luck of the IrishLove Games and Playing Cupid to your reading list.

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Sending Love & Light,
Atina

©Atina Atwood 2020 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series and a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, writing. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

#MotivatedMonday: Keep Your Values Positive

Have Positive Values

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“Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

Ready for holiday-themed sweet romance? Add Luck of the IrishLove Games and Playing Cupid to your reading list.

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Sending Love & Light,
Atina

©Atina Atwood 2020 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series and a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, writing. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

#MotivatedMonday: Life is Where Love Is

“Where there is Love, there is Life.”

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“Where there is love, there is life.” – Mahatma Ghandi

Ready for holiday-themed sweet romance? Add Luck of the IrishLove Games and Playing Cupid to your reading list.

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Sending Love & Light,
Atina

©Atina Atwood 2020 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series and a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, writing. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Marching In Like A Lion

Thank goodness it’s finally March!  I don’t know about you, but February was a month that I’ll be more than happy not to repeat – with the exception of ONE thing…

Thanks to all of you who gave Playing Cupid and Love Games a chance! In all honesty, Valentine’s Day isn’t my most favorite holiday. Despite this, I’ve had a blast writing these stories where two couples make the decision to come together around this time of year. Last month, more readers around the world downloaded these two books more than ever before. Thanks so much!

Now that March is here, this is the month where we start focusing on the prospect of spring. Living in Southern California, I know that I don’t have too much to complain about when it comes to the weather. Still, we have our share of not-so-sunny days, and nothing’s more beautiful than watching all of the new growth make its grand entrance among the grass, plants, and trees. Our innate desire for change and growth seems to seek satisfaction in nature. Hopefully, this month will deliver for all of us!

In the meantime, let’s talk about Luck of the Irish. Personally, this is my favorite book in the Holiday Heartbeats series so far (although I’m quickly falling in love with my latest Christmas story!). We first met Nhu in Love Games, and something about her made me want to get to know her more. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one, because Eoghan is more than happy to learn as much about Nhu as she is willing to share.

Of course, there’s one caveat. That would be Jack – Nhu’s ex, who also happens to be Eoghan’s cousin. Go figure.

Luck of the Irish is available now wherever your favorite ebooks are sold.

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All the best for an AMAZING month of March, and PSA: wash your hands for 20 seconds every time!!

Sending Love & Light,
Atina

©Atina Atwood 2020 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series and a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, writing. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

#MotivatedMonday All Plans Were First Dreams

Have you read Playing Cupid yet? Download it for free.

Plans Start Out as Dreams

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Ready for holiday-themed sweet romance? Add Luck of the IrishLove Games and Playing Cupid to your March reading list.

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Sending Love & Light,
Atina

©Atina Atwood 2020 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series and a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, writing. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

End of February Greetings & Readings

Let’s Go, 2020!

It’s hard to believe we’re only just now reaching the end of February. I don’t know about you, but so far, 2020 has felt like it’s been the loooongest year! In any case, I hope this year is treating you well. If you have a challenge or two like my family and I have had (thankfully, all surmountable), I hope that you’re keeping your head up and continuing that onward march!

Keep on Reading

Thanks to all of you for downloading my free short story Playing Cupid! It’s so exciting to see people from all around the world take a glimpse into Bailey & Luc’s special moment on Valentine’s Day. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, download it now. It’s a quick read at a little over 3,500 words.

Love Games is a longer story, but also fast-paced. Marisol & Dante have great chemistry, and surprisingly, the two have a lot more uncommon than Mari initially believes. She loves challenging him, and Dante loves meeting those challenges and surpassing Mari’s expectations. Love Games is available wherever you get your ebooks, and it’s on sale until the end of the month!

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m working on my next Holiday Heartbeats Christmas story. I’m in the process of looking for Advance Readers, so if you’re interested, contact me and I’ll put you on the list.

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There are about 6 reasons why I’m looking forward to the month of March; one of them is because my umpteenth wedding anniversary takes place! Another one is because Luck of the Irish finally gets its holiday moment in the sun. I’ll share more about this love triangle (yikes!) in a later post.

Until then, I hope to post more about Love and Life next month.

Sending Love & Light,
Atina

©Atina Atwood 2020 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series and a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, writing. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.