My Word When Was The Last Time I posted a blog?

Hello Sexies!

I know, it’s been a while. Last blog post was September 2015? Crazy! Then again, it’s Mimi, crazy is as crazy does! I haven’t been idle. I haven’t been as productive as I had hoped either. I tore up (and by tore up, I mean, deleted this is the digital age…) my book four for the Mackenzie Dominants. I hated it. I went and got some advice on the direction then began anew. MAYBE I’ll get it finished this year!

I am not a fast writer!

Don’t get me wrong ideas are always on and poppin’ in this cranium. Yet balancing my responsibilities, my writing, my mental health, my physical health, my relationships, my Mimi time…one of these days, I’ll have that AHA! moment. I aint had it yet tho’… 馃榾

Now during this lull in my writing I’ve gotten a few other dreams realized. Hubby and I bought a mobile home. We got us an extended single wide in a stellar community in Norton Shores, Michigan. I absolutely love it. Our journey to home ownership wasn’t a quick nor easy one but we finally made it! We are loving the new digs, especially for our son. We can now get him out of the house more (perfect sized yard) and into the fresh air. My son is autistic and prefers solitary activities that don’t involve many social situations. It’s a thrill to see him go outside and explore his surroundings. He loves having a larger room, and his own bathroom! I think we all like having an extra bathroom! No more knocks on the door or setting the timer for the allotted shower times!

Of course there are all the things that come with home ownership versus renting like mowing your own yard. We had to buy a lawnmower! 馃榾 Of course the fun part is the yard wars. Man I have some neighbors that go beyond the Pink Flamingo thang! I’ve pitched my hat into the ring right along with them. I’ve started small, just a few hanging plants and solar lights, but I have plans… yeah you should be afraid!

So life is happening in between the stories. I am still role playing, collaborating with friends on some stories that we have in various online spots. When time permits Nikki Green and I add to the Gangstah Love Blog, and as always I keep outlining and plugging away on Mackenzie Dominants and my indie projects.

In short life is being kind to me. Until next time Sexies, enjoy your journey. Take time out to pursue your dreams, love your love ones while they are still with you, and don’t forget to love yourself.

Simply,

Mimi

 

 

 

 

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And The Journey Continues

1laptop2_smallI’ve come to realize that making choices that might affect others isn’t always an easy thing. Especially if it’s not a popular decision. When you set out to accomplish a dream or goal, hard choices will come into play. You may lose a few folks along the way, bruise your knees when you stumble but ultimately, there has to be a determining factor that propels you forward. That makes you get up, dust off and start the journey all over again.

Part of that process is knowing your own limitations. Being able to admit that your plate is full and refuse the second or third helpings. Sometimes you even have to pass on the dessert. It’s not that you don’t enjoy the cook’s cuisine, but knowing when to say I’ve had enough, I’m full or no thank you can sometimes take finesse. Even so there are bound to be a few offended chefs.

First rule of hard decisions is accepting you cannot and will not please everybody. That will derail your determination before you even leave the station.

I use these analogies to say that what you (or I) may value and place the highest priority on isn’t necessarily placed in the highest regard for others. And when you have to say no, take a step back, lighten your load, it isn’t always understood but it’s still a necessary, next step in the going forward process; unequivocally so when you have allowed all the extras to get you off track in the first place! It’s not enough to step on the scale of life and see the extra pounds and and do nothing but complain about it! 聽You (I) have to be willing to do the extra work to shed the weights (or cares of this world) to get back into form. If that means less television, less partying, even less hours on a job to pursue your dreams, it takes the courage to know when to say when. To decline invitations when you have an outline to work on. To pass on starting that new fall television show to work on your writing. To even let go of distractions and even those pastimes that you enjoy, to refocus on what made you want to write in the first the place.

Despite it all, hard choices are not impossible ones. Difficult to make at times but you can do it. Unpopular decisions may make you feel rotten but they are not unbearable. When you think of the outcome, of the rewards of being diligent, you can survive being unpopular. You either make the choice to work for your dreams or you sit back and live with the regrets of not trying.

When that journey becomes a solitary one, remind yourself that you signed up for it. Call to remembrance the joy the journey brought you. Understand that your dreams are non negotiable. Give yourself permission to accomplish your goals.

 

 

First Letter to the Sexies of the New Year

1laptop2_smallDearest Sexies:

Happy New Year!

My hopes for you is that the new year has greeted you kindly! As for me, my latest book in the Mackenzie Dominants Series, Tempting Temptation is due for release January 13th, 2015 on Bookstrand.com. I am very excited about that. Many changes have happened, none that I would bore you with; some good, some sad, all a part of the journey we call life. I’m grateful to see another new year!

I’ve migrated over to Google Plus so if you happen to be that way add me to your circles! I am still on Facebook and Twitter respectively. I have a few self projects in the works but mostly I am allowing the batteries to recharge. Of course I am getting in a little bit of reading here and there and still roleplaying {collaborating with friends} in my online writing group as time permits.

All in all the year 2014 ended and the new one has begun. I wouldn’t take anything for my journey thus far!

Simply,

Mimi

A whole lotta nushin’: Letter 3 for the sexies

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Dear Sexies:

I told myself that I’d try to post something, if not meaningful, uplifting and or funny鈥攁t least once a month. That’s not putting too much pressure on me. 聽One of these days I will learn to stop talking to myself. Because now the monthly time frame has rolled around…and I got nothing.

I suppose, in a way, that’s a good thing. Last month saw a bit of personal turmoil. This month saw some peace and less stress rolling in. No complaints. I’m writing. Family is lovely. Emotional and physical health within acceptable parameters. I’ve even been indulging in a bit of old school t.v., namely revisiting Twin Peaks and Star Trek: TNG. It breaks up the monotony so don’t judge me…

If you ask me (and I know you didn’t but I’m going to tell 聽you anyways…) Twin Peaks should be on Syfy channel right now. I’m almost tempted to start a change.org petition to get a reboot going but that might be going just a tad bit too far. I did say MIGHT. I tend to do whatever I feel like doing so don’t get all surprised IF you happen to see a petition floating about on cyberspace! I know for a fact I’d get at least ONE signature. *sassy*

So for the sake of keeping my word to myself, this is my post for the month. Which actually occurs toward the end of any given month, give or take a day or two. Meh. I enjoy chatting with the sexies at any rate. You can count this letter as a place holder to something more substantial. Maybe. *cheesy grin*

Until next time,

Simply Mimi

Rolling with the Punches

boxing-glovesThe hump day push through is here. After a rainy start to the week, literally and figuratively, I got myself up and at ’em. It’s been a rainy couple of weeks for my household. We lost a beloved pet to illness. During that heartbreaking time a long standing friendship came to an end. I was on an emotional roller coaster for a time.

Yet I was always told that in order to receive something new you have to let go of the old. Whether that is old habits, old ways of thinking, old draining relationships, whatever that old stuff is, it’s in the way. If your hands are full there is no room to pick up anything else anyways. So in the spirit of moving forward, I started mapping out my next course of action; key word鈥攁ction.

Stress can paralyze you into inactivity if it takes root. It will drain your energy and stifle your creativity. So I encourage you to get in some self time when you can. Even ten minutes alone in a quiet space can be rejuvenating. Life throws enough punches so learning how to roll with them, aka, cope with your stress, problems and dilemmas (in a POSITIVE WAY) can keep you moving forward towards your goals and dreams.

It’s even more crucial if you suffer from any anxiety disorders or mental illness. I can say that because I am manic depressive (Bi-polar) and still learning how to deal with my own triggers. So rolling with the punches is a daily walk for me! 馃檪

Above all, loving yourself, forgiving yourself, taking care of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually will allow you to care for those around you. It doesn’t hurt to have a compassionate heart either. I had someone tell me that they were no longer going to commiserate with me. It would take compassion first and foremost to have the ability to commiserate with anyone, so when a person is lacking in compassion, they probably can’t feel what anyone鈥攐utside of themselves鈥攆eels or understands anyway. The human condition encompasses a myriad of misery all by itself and who wants to extol the virtues of past hurts, old wounds and sufferings of any sort?

Let me share a word of caution: Living among the weeds of past hurts, wrongs and misdeeds will choke out the bright future you have ahead of yourself. You can uproot yourself and move a million miles away but if the weeds are growing on the inside, you will still find yourself an overrun garden, stunted and not growing! You have to pluck the weeds out of your heart first鈥攋ust my thoughts for what it’s worth.

I’d like to think that encouraging another out of compassion would help not only the person who is down but also the person doing the encouraging. I say that to say when I find myself in a downward spiral what helps me is to help others. In whatever way I can; a kind word, a card, a prayer, listening to them when they need to vent. It’s not always the big things that make a person’s day. A hug is a miracle we can all share. So is a smile.

So if life is trying to go 12 rounds with you, try to roll with the punches. Heck bob and weave! Problems rarely remain and what was a mountain one day can be a mole hill the next. Life lessons are learned with each blow. Where you once stood still and absorbed the hit,s as you mature, you learn how to duck them, and get in a few good shots of your own! You learn how to develop some fancy footwork and keep moving. And when that bell rings, in the end, the technical merits will add up and life will have to declare you the winner!

 

Survey for the Sexies!

marketing_techniques_for_ecommerce_surveysHello Sexies:聽

A quick update: I’m excited to share that a new paperback, double edition, of both Curiously Curious and Seductively Seduced, entitled, Mackenzie Dominants is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

Now speaking of book series, I’m ready to delve into a new one…but I need YOUR help! 聽Therefore,聽I’d like to invite聽you to take a really short survey. I’m conducting some research and your help is greatly appreciated. Your answers will definitely influence my next new book series!聽

XoXoXo,

Mimi

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NK68GPB

 

 

Sad, Just Sad – Post I made on my Facebook Page

Commentary on this Sad state of affairs: There’s a lot more to this than just her refusal to show her ID. These are campus police. She’s an ASU professor. I’m pretty damn sure they’ve seen her around. When I worked on Campus at my college in the guidance office, I knew just about every security/campus police officer there, whether in passing or by name. All this for “Jaywalking.” Bitch Please.

The arrest of an Arizona State University professor is creating a lot of debate after she was thrown to the ground by a police officer during a situation that quickly…
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  • Mimi Tulanehttp://phoenix.about.com/…/citiestowns…/qt/citycodes.htm聽This is just a partial list of City codes that are punishable by FINES or imprisonment here in Arizona. Jaywalking is on this list fines can top at 2500.00 dollars. However, when the intersection is impeded by construction, you can find a safe way to cross to avoid it. But not in Tempe. ASU Campus police apparently hasn’t reviewed the city CODE/ORDINANCE (not a broken law…) fully themselves. And I still fail to see how ONE WOMAN IN DRESS CLOTHES, was any threat toward TWO LARGE MALE OFFICERS. You know it’s against city codes to beg for money from drivers in their cars, happens all the damn time here! I have yet to see anyone slammed on the ground for it. And again I reiterate Bitch Please.

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    Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa and the other cities of greater Phoenix all have city codes. They are slightly different, but all the municipal codes in the Phoenix area have common prohibitions.
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  • Mimi TulaneAnd you can go here:http://www.tempe.gov/home/showdocument?id=24165聽For a list of Tempe’s City Codes, which ironically jaywalking isn’t on the list. In fact there isn’t anything on the site referring to breaking said “law” or what the fine/punishment聽is. In fact the ordinance isn’t available for anyone on the site to read to determine for themselves how NOT TO VIOLATE SAID CITY CODE. Hmmmm?????? But maybe it’s just me. *lips pursed*
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  • Mimi TulaneAnd just because I’m wondering: How is being on PAID administrative leave any type of censure? That’s called a VACATION! *rolls eyes* Interestingly enough Officer Ferrin has had complaints against him before… Need I say this again? Yes I think I will because this is topping my list of BITCH PLEASES today. *rolls eyes slowly*聽http://www.azfamily.com/…/ASU-police-officer-on-paid…

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    Arizona State University announced Wednesday that a campus police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave following the arrest of a professor.
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  • Mimi TulaneNow while all this debate is going on, I’d like to know where is the POSTED ORDINANCE SIGN REFERRING TO SAID ORDINANCE? There are signs for no left turns, no right turn on red, curfews, no smoking etc posted. But isn’t anything posted anywhere and I do聽a LOT of walking, that I have seen posted about jaywalking, such as this sign that is clearly posted someplace where they want to make it CLEAR you are violating a city ordinance!

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  • Mimi TulaneThis is a sad day sexies. Just sad…
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