Returning with Renewed Focus

Well, it has been a while since I posted.  And even before then, I had not been posting regularly.  Once again, my Fall Frenzy of a schedule piled up on me and things I care about other than work and keeping my house up fell to the wayside, including this blog.  But, I went to a retreat last weekend sponsored by the Women’s Ministry at my church and realized that I need to view this blog (and some other things in my life) as an “open door” that has been provided by God and which I can choose to walk through or stand outside of, saying I don’t have enough time or it just isn’t that important.  I have an opportunity to do more with this blog and my words and I do love to write and interact with other bloggers and such.  So, in honor of recognizing this “open door” and walking through it, I am going to participate in BlogHer’s November NaBloPoMo to get back in the groove and share a few things about myself.

NaBloPoMo November 2015

I’m also going to be getting back to the basics of the blog – Being More in Your 40s and beyond.  There are a few areas of my life where I need to “Be More,” so I will be focusing on those for a bit:

Being more….healthy.

Being more…wealthy.

Being more…intentional.

I think everything fits within those categories – there are a number of sub-categories, but they all would fit within those larger categories.  NaBloPoMo has daily post ideas, so I will probably use those for some of the days, but I would like to move out of November with at least six posts a week – one for each of the areas listed above, a Five Minute Friday, a Six Word Saturday and some kind of review post.  I will then take Sunday off unless I have something really important to say (one of my health things is realizing I need “rest” in my week – I can’t take every Sunday off because my job often has me working on that day, but I am trying to take breaks from responsibilities during the week when I can if I don’t have Sunday off – so Sundays will be my break from blogging).

So, what am I talking about in each area?

First, health: Well, I need to take better care of myself.  I am constantly chiding myself on my lack of exercise and poor eating and lack of rest, but I never have done much about it.  I’m not going overboard and trying to change everything, but I would like to commit November to resting more (getting more sleep and taking those breaks from work, etc. during each week).  That’s it for November.  Not going crazy with change over here.

Second, wealth: I need to get on top of our budget and I need to consider ways of increasing income.  I feel like I’ve had opportunities put in front of my the past few years and I’ve refused to take advantage of them out of fear of having even more change (even good change at some point becomes overwhelming when your life seems to be only about change).  I want to be more aware of those opportunities and start trying to take advantage of them.  As we discussed at our retreat, I want to walk through those open doors rather than slamming them closed and running away out of fear.  I feel like some of those have to do with wealth for sure.  It is an area of my life I struggle with being totally open and comfortable.

Third, intentional:  There are a lot of things in this area for me.  But, it all boils down to not living from moment to moment with no intentionality.  Or planning and planning but never doing.  I want to live life with intention, which means I need to simplify some things in my life and then focus on making other things more prominent. I need to be present and do things that are memorable, valuable and meaningful.  I need to declutter my life, specifically all the things I have in my house and all the things on my to-do list.  I want to do things with purpose and intention and meaning.

Speaking of which, my daughter just asked me to play Candyland.  Something I would have said no to before.  But, if I am living with intention and purpose, I need to make time to be present in her life and DO things WITH her.   So, here I go…see you everyday in November!


Book Reviews

Book Review: Booker: No Mas

I am reviewing my second Booker series book today (you can read my first here) that I once again received from Beck Valley Books and although this book had some important differences from the other (setting and characters were much different in this one), I still thoroughly enjoyed it.  Booker’s life is still quite the mess in this one, as he seeks to rid himself and the world of a past threat and cold-blooded killer.  Once again, the plot line diverges with a few different plotlines and multiple characters being introduced, all of them compelling and somewhat a mess in their own right.

Having now read two of the Booker books, I really appreciate the author’s ability to put you in the place of action.  I could easily imagine the sights and sounds and even the smells that Booker was experiencing.  Although I am not as much a fan of the setting for this book (the last was tied to more familiar scenes in Dallas TX and the Sixth Floor Library Museum, this one takes place primarily in the Dominican Republic where I’ve never been), I can still appreciate the vivid detail of descriptions of places and people that Mefford brings to the story.

Once again, the plot is fast moving which made it a fast and furious read for me.  And Booker was once again a very likable character, with flaws but strong convictions.  The tension is definitely there throughout, although I felt like the final climax felt a bit too “neat” for the messiness that preceded it, but it didn’t take away from my enjoying the book.  Overall, it was a very enjoyable book and a fun read!  You can check out the whole series to follow Booker through his many challenges!  I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes the Mystery/Thriller genre and enjoys a good tension-filled read.

Here are the details:


New Release….

No more deception.

Brought to the Caribbean island of Dominican Republic on the premise that he could finally close the chapter on the darkest moment of his life—and rid the world of a cold-blooded killer—Booker T. Adams instantly finds a far different scene. Set against the backdrop of a city consumed by the rising fear of terrorism and a brutal drug lord, a woman, seemingly with two lives and even two faces, uses her hypnotic charm to get what she wants, sending Booker on a mission to rescue a teenage boy held hostage.

No more lies.

Befriended by a fired cop and a homeless kid with nothing to live for, Booker struggles to understand fact versus fiction, while staving off wild bores, snakes, terrorist traps, and a past that has haunted him for almost thirty years. Is he dealing with people believing their own hypocrisy, or have they simply perfected the art of betrayal and treachery?

No more killing.

The all-powerful rule with brute force, killing women and children like they’re swatting flies. It’s a savagery that Booker can’t comprehend, let alone defeat. With the smell of death stuffed down his throat, the man with everything to lose puts everything on the line—because he can stand…

No more.

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About the Author

A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.