In 2021, Let’s Make the Positive Changes We Need to see

Happy New Year! Probably every person on the planet is happy to embrace the new year 2021. If you’re anything like me, you’re a bit on the cautiously optimistic side about this coming year. Still, hope is the glue that keeps motivation in motion.

You may have written an entire list of resolutions for this year, or you may have a Pinterest board full of goals you want to fulfil in 2021. This year, I’ve written only FOUR goals, but they’re big ones. I’ll share the biggest, most important goal here, because I hope it will also help you on your journey as we navigate through these incredibly stressful times: Every day, without fail, find one reason to be grateful.

Every day, without fail, find one reason to be grateful.

Every Day, Find One Reason to Be Grateful (image by G. Henderson on unsplash.com)

I often talk about gratitude (it’s kind of my thing), so for most of you, this is nothing new. But the never-ending stressors of 2020 challenged me to intensify my gratitude practice. It became an integral part of my daily self-care routine, because as the media amplifies cruelty and the harmful actions of others around the world, it takes focused willpower to remember goodness and kindness still exist.

Don’t believe me? Take a second to look in the mirror. Hopefully, you remember that YOU have something good to offer. YOU want goodness and kindness in your life, don’t you? Then, let’s do what we can to perpetuate those good and kind things.

Putting my mentality of gratitude into action last year helped me best serve my family, community, and country when they needed me most. So, I had to postpone releasing my latest Holiday Heartbeats Christmas book. Still, I’m convinced it was worth the sacrifice. Besides, it gives all of us something else to look forward to this year!

What are you looking forward to in 2021?

Sending Love & Light,
Atina

©Atina Atwood 2021 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™
Ready for holiday-themed sweet romance? Read Luck of the Irish, Love Games, His Epiphany, and Playing Cupid to your reading list.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I initially wanted to start out with a stereotypical Christmas image and a generic greeting, but you deserve more than that. This year has been unlike no other. Christmas Day is no exception. As usual, this post will come from the heart.

May your Christmas (and each Holiday and tradition that you and yours celebrate) be one that helps you feel grateful for what you have. We’re conditioned to focus on things we want and to seek more, more, and more. For now, in this moment, I hope you can find joy in the simplest thing that’s right in front of you. For me, spending copious amounts of time with my little family this year has been a tremendous blessing. 

Quote: "Of all the things we can buy, time isn't one of them." Atina Atwood. Background: Winter Christmas setting with candles, stars, sprigs of holly, and nuts.

Of all the things we can buy, time isn’t one of them. (via atinaatwood.com)

Many thanks to those of you who have discovered (or rediscovered) Riley and Epiphany’s Christmas story. It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since I started the Holiday Heartbeats series! I look forward to continuing this sweet, multicultural series and more in the coming year. 

For now, though, I’m making the most of this moment. And I hope you’ll do the same.

Sending Love & Light,
Atina

©Atina Atwood 2020 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.â„¢
Ready for holiday-themed sweet romance? Read Luck of the IrishLove GamesHis Epiphany, and Playing Cupid to your reading list.

Monday Motivation

We are twice armed if we fight with faith. – Plato

Sending Love & Light,
Atina

©Atina Atwood 2020 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.â„¢
Ready for holiday-themed sweet romance? Read Luck of the IrishLove GamesHis Epiphany, and Playing Cupid to your reading list.

– 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.

Monday Motivation: Go All In

Whatever you do, do with all your might. – Marcus Tulles Cicero

Sending Love & Light,
Atina

©Atina Atwood 2020 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.â„¢
Ready for holiday-themed sweet romance? Read Luck of the IrishLove GamesHis Epiphany, and Playing Cupid to your reading list.

– 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.

Monday Motivation: Stand after you fall

fall seven times, stand up eight. – Japanese proverb

Sending Love & Light,
Atina

©Atina Atwood 2020 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™
Ready for holiday-themed sweet romance? Read Luck of the Irish, Love Games, His Epiphany, and Playing Cupid to your reading list.

– 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.

Monday Motivation: Fail better

Try Again, Fail better.

Try again. Fail again. Fail better. – Samuel Beckett

Sending Love & Light,
Atina

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

Ready for holiday-themed sweet romance? Read Luck of the IrishLove GamesHis Epiphany, and Playing Cupid to your reading list.

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– 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.

Monday Motivation: Letting Go is Necessary

Sometimes You Have to Let Go

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You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy.

– C. JoyBell C.

You will find that it is necessary to let things go- simply for the reason that they are heavy.”

Sending Love & Light,
Atina

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

Ready for holiday-themed sweet romance? Read Luck of the Irish, Love Games, His Epiphany, and Playing Cupid to your reading list.

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– 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.

Monday Motivation: Choose Growth or Comfort

Will You Choose Growth OR Comfort?

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Growth and comfort do not coexist.

– Ginni Rometty

growth and comfort

Sending Love & Light,
Atina

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

Ready for holiday-themed sweet romance? Read Luck of the Irish, Love Games, His Epiphany, and Playing Cupid to your reading list.

How popular is your favorite holiday? Take these two polls to find out.

– 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 Look Where You Plan to Go

Only Look Back with Purpose

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“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”

Sending Love & Light,
Atina

©Atina Atwood 2020 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.â„¢

Ready for holiday-themed sweet romance? Read Luck of the IrishLove GamesHis Epiphany, and Playing Cupid to your reading list.

How popular is your favorite holiday? Take these two polls to find out.

– 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 Be Wise

It’s Okay to Change your Mind

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“A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will.”

– Spanish Proverb

A wise man changes his mind,

Sending Love & Light,
Atina

©Atina Atwood 2020 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.â„¢

Ready for holiday-themed sweet romance? Read Luck of the IrishLove GamesHis Epiphany, and Playing Cupid to your reading list.

How popular is your favorite holiday? Take these two polls to find out.

– 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.

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