Hold on to Your Dreams

Thank YOU!

First of all, I want to thank all of you who have supported me and my works, especially during the month of August, when I released my third book, Luck of the Irish! Thank you so much for downloading this third Holiday Heartbeats story (the longest and so far, my personal favorite). I’m so excited that this book is getting into hands around the world. What a dream come true!

Keep On Dreaming On

As an adult, when you believe a dream of yours, it can be difficult to hold on to that belief  – especially when many of those you love and respect quietly give you the side-eye for pursuing what seems to be a far-fetched dream. I’m thankful to have always had a family that supports my very, *ahem* unique perspectives and pursuits in life, and I’m blessed to have a husband who’s my biggest fan and motivator. Still, it’s hard to pull both inspiration and creativity out of the ether and consistently be productive on the daily. Doubt is constantly on the sidelines, poking its nose in places where it shouldn’t be. Combating negativity and creating anything useful aren’t compatible activities, so some days can be pretty exhausting. But I keep on crawling towards that dream, ever hopeful that soon I will walk and eventually run as I grow stronger.

Last month, more readers showed genuine interest in my work than ever before, and it miraculously affected my bottom line. I’m sharing this because I know that many of you reading this blog understand the struggle between living your authentic life as a Creative and also being able to put food on the table for your family and yourself.

So often, I battle with the guilt of no longer working a so-called traditional job by “choice”. Believe me, I’ve definitely been led to do this; even I can’t yet explain why. It’s exhausting running my own business feeling as though I’m wearing blinders, but by Grace and by Faith, I am slowly learning to feel my way around. Mentors are popping up into my life in ways that I may not have expected, but humbly welcome. Last month, I was awarded a grant to attend the Northern Hearts Conference in Toronto, Canada with the Toronto Romance Writers chapter of the Romance Writers of America! Good things are coming, and as I continue to learn and grow, just as I promised when I first came to the decision to work for myself, I intend to continue to share my ups and downs with you as candidly as I can.

There is so much that I want to accomplish, and the desire is still so strong, it’s often overwhelming. As a woman of Faith, I am convinced that I’m following my calling, but it’s hard to hear it over the discouraging silence that often comes back when reaching out. That’s when I’m grateful to those encouraging souls who remind me that just because I’m not hearing an echo doesn’t mean that my message isn’t resonating with someone. So, I’ll continue to reach out, thankful to all of you as I continue to explore Love and Life, one word at a time.

Sending Love and Light to all of you.
Luck of the Irish, Holiday Heartbeats#3, is now available. The first chapter is available for free on Wattpad. Read it here.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

 

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– Atina Atwood is 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. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

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Motivated Monday

It’s up to you to set the tone.

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Sending Love and Light to all of you.
Luck of the Irish, Holiday Heartbeats#3, is now available.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is 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. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

#MotivatedMonday: Persevere​

Luck of the Irish (Holiday Heartbeats #3) is LIVE. Download your copy today.

Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th. -Julie Andrews

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” 
– Julie Andrews

Sending Love and Light to all of you. August is Support Indie Authors month.
Luck of the Irish, Holiday Heartbeats#3, is now available.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is 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, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

#MotivatedMonday: Live without Regret

August is Support Indie Authors Month! Download your copy of Luck of the Irish (Holiday Heartbeats #3) here.

I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done. -Lucille Ball

“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”
– Lucille Ball

Sending Love and Light to all of you.
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©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is 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, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

#MotivatedMonday Be Patient With Yourself

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Be Patient With Yourself

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“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground.
There’s no greater investment.” – Steven Covey

Sending Love and Light to all of you.
Luck of the Irish, Holiday Heartbeats #3 is LIVE. Download your copy at your favorite ebook retailer.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is 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, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Love Is All We Need

“All you need is love.” – The Beatles

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is 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, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here. Luck of the Irish, Holiday Heartbeats #3, will be released this month. Preorder now.

We MUST Do Better

This month is Support Independent Authors month, and while I’ve been so excited to share my latest book in my #HolidayHeartbeats novella series, I’m not going do it today. As a matter of fact, I had a fabulous post prepared to introduce you to my heroine, Nhu Hoang, but over the past weekend, life got in the way.

Or should I say the loss of life.

Trigger warning: I’m talking about current events that I’d much rather not discuss but would be remiss if I were to avoid them on this platform.

There’s no way on God’s green, glacier-melting earth that I, in good conscience, can plug the mess out of my book today when our country is facing an existential crisis. Do I sound like an alarmist? Well, if so, the rest of this post won’t sound much better.

As much as I love Escapism via books with happily ever after endings, there comes a time when we cannot afford to turn our eyes away from the shadows of the real world. There is no superhero team that will come and eradicate the rotten consequences of our own apathy. At the rate of these mass shootings in America combined with the increase in domestic terrorism, hate crimes, blatant expressions of white supremacy, and systemic misogynistic abuse, it’s only a matter of time before more of the nation will be directly affected by violence.

Seriously, when we can’t even go to Walmart, a bar, or a freaking garlic festival without fear of *death*, our nation’s wellbeing has reached an incredibly low point. I’m tired of our actual lives being politicized – the more exposure we have to hate speech and violent acts, the more we idolize & prioritize weapons, the more desensitized we become. We grow more paranoid, fearful, angry, and hedonistic. These are inevitable acts of self-preservation; it’s either that or become so ridden with anxiety that we can barely function.

My blog serves to help me find the silver lining in a world where folks tend to leave their wildest dreams behind by the time they reach adulthood. I’ve always been an unabashed dreamer, and because it’s a part of my core, I’ll never stop working to achieve those dreams. My faith in humanity is strong, and I know I’m not alone in wanting better for our nation. I also won’t stick my head in the sand when it is obvious that we are faltering.

WORDS HAVE POWER.

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Every day, I implore you to question your contribution to society. What are you doing to spread kindness in the world? Like attracts like, and the more we feed into dangerous, violent rhetoric, the more prevalent and mainstream it will become. Step out of your comfort zone and kindly acknowledge someone you see in passing. Toss a compliment to a stranger about their outfit or their smile. Give something good whenever you can, even if it’s simply donating items you’ve cleaned out of your garage. Engage in uplifting exchanges on the internet. Obviously, we must do more than this – I’m merely mentioning examples of what I consider to be basic acts of decency, yet they seem to occur less frequently.

Sure, we can be cynical and scoff at what appear to be piteously insignificant acts, but please realize that our children are watching. They are learning, and they are hurting.

How can they be expected to understand why the adults around them look and sound so angry, frustrated, and scared all of the time? Why is it cute to be snarky and disingenuous to be be polite? It’s so easy to succumb to fear, disgust, and loathing, but what we need is to act the opposite. Use those energies to benefit others in your community.

Now, more than ever, we need leaders who support the view that enough is enough. This is the kind of Pro-Life movement that we need – and it has nothing to do with a fetus.

Rant over.

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is 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, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here. Luck of the Irish, Holiday Heartbeats #3, will be released this month. Preorder now.

#MotivatedMonday: Trust, Let Go & See What Happens

Luck of the Irish (Holiday Heartbeats #3) will be released this Thursday, August 8th. Order your copy now. The first chapter is available for free on Wattpad. Read it here.

You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens. - Mandy Hale

“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.” – Mandy Hale

Sending Love and Light to all of you.
Luck of the Irish, Holiday Heartbeats #3, will be released this Thursday. Preorder now.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is 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, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

#MotivatedMonday: Where Are You Going?

It isn't where you came from. It's where you're going that counts. - Ella Fitzgerald

“It isn’t where you came from. It’s where you’re going that counts.” – Ella Fitzgerald

The month of August is going to be all things Luck of the Irish! Download this novella and at it to your end of summer reading list.

Sending Love and Light to all of you.
Luck of the Irish, Holiday Heartbeats#3, is now available for preorder.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is 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, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

I Will Find Love Again

“My heart might be bruised, but it will recover and become capable of seeing beauty of life once more. It’s happened before, it will happen again, I’m sure. When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to

“My heart might be bruised, but it will recover and become capable of seeing beauty of life once more. It’s happened before, it will happen again, I’m sure. When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive. I’ll find love again.”
– Paulo Coelho

Sending Love and Light to all of you.
Luck of the Irish, Holiday Heartbeats#3, is now available for preorder.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is 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, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.