#MotivatedMonday: Set the Course

Choose Your Path Consciously

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“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”

– George Harrison

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.

A Word on the #RWA

Right now, I’m sending a strong, disapproving vibe to the barista who prepared a fully caffeinated drink that was supposed to be decaf. Sure, on the one hand, I’m logging in some extra words, but for anyone who has a toddler, the most treasured moments are when Mom, Dad & the Little One all get some much-needed shut-eye. one caffeinated drink can keep me jittery forever.

While working on a chapter, I was looking for a specific quote and I came across another one that resonated with me:

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, youhave chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

– Desmond Tutu

This gives me the opportunity to briefly mention my stance on what is happening in the professional realm of Romance, namely within the imploding extremely distressed Romance Writers of America (RWA). If you’ve ever read my bio, you’ll already know my stance, but for the ever-eternal social media record, please indulge me as I share these few words.

I’m not in the right headspace to delve into the neverending horror stories that are being revealed concerning the organization. News outlets from The Guardian to the New York Times have been covering aspects of the mess, although Twitter seems to be providing more details, theories, and opinions concerning the most current developments.

This year would have been my first experience judging the RITA’s, and until recent events, I considered it a great honor to have been a part of the process. However, watching the “training” webinar felt like a trainwreck of hypocrisy, especially in light of recent events.

I had also been excited about attending my first conference in San Francisco this year. Being able to combine work with visiting family and friends in my old stomping ground was going to be a dream. But no more.

Let me be clear: An organization that actively supports disenfranchising people who are already marginalized is not one that I want to be associated with.

Furthermore, I will not spend another dime to support an organization that is fighting to its death to actively discriminate against people like me –  and against people who aren’t exactly like me.

I haven’t demanded a refund for paid dues, and therefore technically remain a member until the end of November this year. If there is any way that I can support an organization that actually promotes love and romance, I’m ready to do my part. (Honestly folks, it shouldn’t be that hard.)

In the meantime, I’m focusing my energies finishing my next book. I’ll also make time to be more active in my memberships in other, more supportive writing organizations. I’m crossing my fingers that they will let me simply focus on doing what I truly want to do – uplift folks, improve my craft, and share my stories with wonderful people like you.

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 Make Plans From A to Z

“If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters.”
– Claire Cook

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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.

20 Reasons to Already Love the New Year 2020 (Okay, Just 5, but Same Energy)

2020 is HERE!

Happy New Year! You’re probably just as excited as I am to ring in 2020. To get into the celebratory spirit of things, I’m listing 20 simple reasons to already love the New Year 2020. (Okay, when I started this post, I was overly ambitious. In reality, I’m sticking to 5.)

1. This is simple. It’s 2020. Who doesn’t love a repetitive number for a calendar year?

2. A full year of pun fun is on the way. May we all have clarity and 20/20 vision this year. *wink, wink*

3. 2020 is a leap year. What fun! (Okay, so maybe I was too ambitious when thinking about these reasons, but it’s a new year – and I’m no quitter.)

4. We’ve been given another chance, another fresh start in life – however symbolic it may be. Let’s make the most of it!

5. It’s up to us treat this year as one filled with opportunities, second and third chances, and undiscovered blessings – many of which we don’t even yet know about. Look forward to them.

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2020 Resolutions & Goals

If you’re like me, resolutions may not exactly be your thing. Instead, I like to create goals & go from there. When viewing Love & Life as a journey, not a destination, it certainly feels like a more relaxed, self-accepting approach.

One 2020 goal of mine is to write more books.

Because I also have a business to run, that means that something’s got to give somewhere. My family comes first, so that’s no-negotiable. I’ve mentioned before that atinaatwood.com will be modified this year; one modification will be the frequency of my posts and engagement on social media.

In order to prioritize the continuation of my Holiday Heartbeats series, I’ll be spending more of my blogging time to, well, write. (When I put it that way, it does make sense, doesn’t it?)

For those of you who subscribe to my mailing list, no worries. You’ll be the first to receive chapter shares, get exclusive sneak peeks, and tantalizing cover reveals!

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Have an amazing New Year and may your positive visions this year always be 20/20!

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.

Motivated Monday: Never Fear the Light

Shine Bright in Your Truth

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” – Plato

I came across this quote in one of my apps & simply had to share. It’s a great one to remember as we all prepare to ring in the New Year.

Wishing you all the very best & as usual, I’m

Sending Love & Light,

Atina

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

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– Atina Atwood is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series (described as “Sweet California Romance”) 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.

Merry Christmas! The BEST Holiday Gift of the Season is Teaching My Child How to Give

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Frohe Weihnachten!

The following is a segment that I’ve recently shared with my mailing list subscribers. I’d also like to share my experience with you:

Our family celebrates Heiligen Abend (Christmas Eve) and Christmas Day, so our little one is truly enjoying the best of both worlds. It’s wonderful to honor family traditions, and it’s especially freeing to celebrate in our own little way. The Holidays are becoming even more beautiful as we create new traditions with my Little One (now that he’s starting to understand what all of the hoopla is about!).

It’s been especially satisfying teaching him the importance of giving. As the years progress, I’ve noticed that it’s not always going to be easy to get my child to understand how truly blessed we are. Of course, at this point, a little toddler really shouldn’t be focused on, well, anything, so I guess I still get a pass.

Nevertheless, it was a real treat the other day to buy one simple present for another child that my son had selected – and then remind him that the present was NOT for him.

Okay, you may be thinking that I was a sadistic mother at this point, but hear me out. It’s so easy to tithe and toss donations towards organizations that support what my family and I believe in, but with a click of a button, my child doesn’t see or feel the impact.

He doesn’t understand the concept of money beyond the fact that he likes the paper in his green crocodile bank, and every now and then he gets some of that paper to stuff inside it.

When he selected the toy he thought was the most exciting, naturally, he wanted to keep it. He wanted to play with it like any normal child would. Although he understood from the get-go that the toy wasn’t for him, he didn’t give up hope that I would change my mind and let him have it.

It gave me the perfect opportunity to talk about the act of giving – and how it’s important to give things to others that we would want for ourselves. At home, I demonstrated the open-palm/closed-palm mentality using his toys, and then I left the subject alone.

Over the course of a few hours, he constantly looked at the present, asked about it, and wanted to role-play that he was the child receiving it. (On the one hand, it was amusing to see how he found a way to achieve emotional gratification, and on the other hand, I felt so privileged to witness how he processed his feelings!) I reminded him that giving can actually make you feel really good. To demonstrate, we baked brownies (with LOTS of sprinkles) to give to his preschool class the next day.

The following afternoon, an amazing thing happened. This time, he wanted to pretend that he was the person giving a present, and I’ll tell you, the Grinch has nothing on the size that my heart grew in that moment.

As many of us get ready to open up our presents, I hope that you have a wonderful time appreciating these moments in the ways that make YOU feel most fulfilled and blessed. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and my most heartfelt wishes for a Happy New Year!

Sending Love & Light,

Atina

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

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– Atina Atwood is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series (described as “sweet California Romance”) 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.

Changes… They’re ‘a Comin’

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It’s hard to believe that the year 2019 is already coming to an end. Not only that, but it also means the end of another decade! 

Right now, that’s too much reflection for me to dig into. Nevertheless, as I look at the fantastic and tragic things that took place in my life this year, I am wholly and incredibly grateful. 

Last month in November, I didn’t publish any personal posts because of an unexpected trip to Germany. We’re never ready to say goodbye to the ones we love, and for me, it was no exception. In the past few weeks, it’s occurred to me that I want to spend most of my time connecting with others in ways that feel the most impactful. As I incorporate more life-affirming choices in my everyday experience, I will also do the same with my website.

Holiday Heartbeats – and More

In the new year, my focus will be on creating new installments in the Holiday Heartbeats series, and developing concepts for upcoming series and standalone novels. I look forward to sharing more about these projects with you here. If you’ve had a chance to read books from the series, please consider leaving an honest review on Goodreads.

Thank you so much for your continued support! Join my mailing list for sneak-peek cover reveals, freebies, and exclusive content. I’m incredibly humbled knowing that my sweet California romance series resonates with so many of you!

Have a wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season;
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 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.

 

Only You Can Change Your Life

You Have the Power

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.”

– Carol Burnett

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

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

– Atina Atwood is the author of the Holiday Heartbeatsseries 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.

Love’s Thrill

The Thrill of Love

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“The real lover is the man who can thrill you just by touching your head or smiling into your eyes – or just by staring into space.” – Marilyn Monroe

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 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.