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Friday, November 15, 2019

Li'l Pears of Sunshine: Ringmaster

Yep, it is a reality that everyone needs to face--the crazy, wild, unpredictable parts of your life are all yours. Ups, downs, family, children (oh man, talk about monkeys!), relationships, work, trials and triumphs are all part of the circus of life. Sometimes there is only one ring lit up in the spotlight, and other times it could be three or four or five rings all going at the same time—clowns, elephants, lions, fire-rings, and balancing acts all vying for your attention.

But remember, this is YOUR circus, so if something needs to change, YOU have the ability to do so. It isn't always going to be easy, and often you will have to work those ropes and pulleys and curtains a little longer, help the clown find something to smile about, or take time out to take care of the sick little monkeys. Maybe you'll find you need something to add to your circus or maybe it is time to seriously consider changing up the cast or the acts.

Finding what works right for YOU is important. And even though it is your circus, it is OKAY if you need to ask for help to figure it all out.

So hey, Sunshine, this may be your circus, but remember, YOU are the Ringmaster--enjoy it and create the show of your life!

Who or what is in the main ring(s) of your circus today? πŸŽͺπŸ˜„.

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For the full series, check out my Instagram page at @lilpearsofsunshine 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Quick Tip Tuesday: Your or You're

Two more terms that get mixed up quite a bit in manuscripts so offering a little clarification:


Your is a possessive term:

He is your boyfriend.

Your car is wicked cool.


You're is a contraction of you are:

You are going to the library.  /   You're going to the library

Let me know when you are at the party.  Let me know when you're at the party.


Friday, November 08, 2019

Li'l Pears of Sunshine: Spread Love


Who you love is who you love πŸ’–. It really is as simple as that. And don't ever forget to include yourself!πŸ₯°πŸŒž

Being happy with who you are, who you love, who and what you give your energy and time to makes all the difference in your outlook on life, in the way you treat others, and more importantly, in the way you treat yourself. Loving yourself by celebrating your uniqueness, loving your own special vibe, is so freeing...and in turn spreads to others, often without you even knowing. And that sharing HAPPINESS, KINDNESS, and LOVE promotes even more of the same in you, creating a circle of acceptance and LOVE that can spread far and wide πŸ’•πŸŒŽπŸ’•!

So hey, Sunshine, spread love freely by tagging someone in their posts today who you love or admire or who shares their love of life and/or passion for their craft freely to spread the loveπŸ˜„πŸŒž❤️

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For the full series, check out my Instagram page at @lilpearsofsunshine 

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Quick Tip Tuesday: STOP YELLING!!

Overuse of exclamation points makes it read as if your characters are yelling All! The! Time!

A good rule of thumb is to seek and destroy the vast majority of exclamation marks (a good 90%), using them only when absolutely necessary to enhance the moment.  Instead, see if you can use stronger verbs/descriptives to paint the tone of the moment to really draw the reader in visually and with sensory details.

Friday, November 01, 2019

Li'L Pears of Sunshine: Every Shape is Beautiful

I’ve always been the “rounder” one—whether next to my naturally thin sister or my friends, even years of different co-workers. It took me a very long time to start accepting myself for who I am as a whole person, not just the container I’m in. Sure, maybe I'm not at the weight I want to be, but that doesn’t mean I won't get there if and when I'm ready. But my shape has nothing to do with who I am INSIDE, how I choose to treat others, my beliefs, my passions, or my choice of friends. And it especially doesn't decide for me how smart or creative or happy I can be.

My size doesn’t define the person I am, and yours DOES NOT define you, whether you feel too thin or overweight, gangly or thick-ankled, apple-shaped, stick-shaped, or pear-shaped—because EVERY SINGLE THING about you, is 100% unique to YOU, and that is why you are so BEAUTIFUL. No one else is like you and that is what makes you so special, so beautifulπŸ’–.

You hear all the time that beauty comes from within…that’s because when you start embracing yourself, all of you, the cloud of other people’s opinions lifts, letting your inner light shine out, and it is a truly beautiful thing.

So hey, Sunshine, every shape IS beautiful. EMBRACE YOURS! Share something about you in the comments--shape, personality, passion, your choice--and then go and share a sunshine and a heart today in someone else's post to let them know they are beautiful, too.

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For the full series, check out my Instagram page at @lilpearsofsunshine