The Purge

When I was in middle school I read a collection of stories about people who gave up all their worldly possessions to live a simple life. That simple life was in different forms. I remember thinking who in the world would do that? All of their stuff. Only crazy people do that.

Well call me crazy but I’ve been purging a lot of stuff lately. Car loads of stuff to our local charity. And I was reminded of those stories. My life had been taken over by stuff. And most of that stuff didn’t have any meaning for me. The thought of having meaningless stuff just hanging around, weighing  me down, was a horrible feeling. That’s when I started going through everything.

I’ve gotten rid of a lot of things and I don’t even miss the stuff. Which I thought I would, but I’m loving the feeling of being free from stuff. A weight has truly been lifted. Believe me I still have a lot of things, but I’m going through them. I have a goal of once a week to make a drop off trip to the charity. The charity also does pickups so I’ll be using that as well.

When I’m deciding if an item will stay or go I ask myself a few questions.

  1. Have I used this lately
  2. Does it give me joy
  3. Is it meaningful

It’s been hard for some items and to be honest, there are items that have made it through a few rounds because I can’t seem to let them go. And there were others that were really easy to say good-bye to. But oh what a feeling of knowing  others will enjoy and benefit from the items. That makes me feel good.

Have any of you gone through this or are currently purging stuff out of your life? I would love to hear about it.

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Have a great day and see you soon.

July Book Sale

Well hello happy people. I know July is almost over but it’s never too late to let you know about a book sale.

Every year Smashwords hosts a very large sale on books. Books are up to 75% off and some are even free. Can’t beat free with a stick people. The author’s who participate in this sale do so voluntarily with the hopes their stories and their voice will be read by those who may not have considered their work in the past.

I have several books for 75% off and some free ones as well in the sale.

If your interested in checking out some of my work or the work of other authors please head on over to Smashwords. You can search me Laura K Marshall or LKMarshall to find my full catalog of work.

Hope you all are having a wonderful day and as always follow me on Instagram for updates on being me. Search beinglaurakmarshall to follow.

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The Starving Writer Review Collection

Long Time No See

I had this really long post written about all the stuff that has gone on with me over the last several months since I posted last. Then I realized when it came down to it there were only two life things that were big for me. We all celebrated October through December holidays in our own way then came January through May, but two big things in my life that has moved my journey forward. In November I turned forty and in February I officially became debt free. These two events really mean something in my journey. I have been a slave to the norm, work a job, pay bills, be responsible, etc., etc. I knew deep down there was more. I love being creative either through writing, crafts, painting or drawing. Those things enrich my life more than my day job of contributing to the obesity problem ever has. Reaching those mile stones has really opened up possibilities for me that I never considered. Always sometime in the future or that would be nice but. Well hell, but nothing. I am actively now engaging in the realities of creating the life I want. Not settling for the day to day survival. I am actively moving in the direction of change and creating new goals. What are those goals you may ask?

My life goal is to travel and live a full enriched life through creativity and helping others.

How does that look in reality? I’m not sure but I’m figuring it out. Day by day I get more insight into how I am going to be able to live my dreams and reach my goals.

What are you working toward in your life? I challenge you to ask yourself that question. You may be surprised in what you find.

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Book Sale

You've Decided to be a Writer, Now What?
You’ve Decided to be a Writer, Now What?

You read that correctly, Book Sale! I have a great deal of my titles on sale this month on Smashwords. Here is your opportunity to check out my writing for up to 75% off.

Here is just a sampling of the titles available during this sale:

Mighty Magnificent Book of Prompts

Solar System Lesson Plan Workbook

Short Story Crash Course

I Love to Read and Write

Journaling Guide and Course Work

Reading is Fun – At Home Activities for Beginning Readers

Aunt Millie’s Dairy Farm

You’ve Decided to be a Writer, Now What?

Mr. Quipsters Tales

And so many more.

I am very excited to be sharing my work with all of you. So hop on over to Smashwords and check out the Book Sale.

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Super Laura

Addicted to Art

Hello my name is Laura and I’m addicted to art.

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Super Laura

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It all started nine weeks ago when I realized I was addicted to art. I dabbled off and on for years in sketching, a little water color here and there, maybe a colored pencil or two, but it wasn’t serious. I could stop any time I wanted to. That’s what I told myself at least. I would try to give it up but it kept pulling me back in. You know the smell of freshly sharpened pencils is hard to resist. We all know once you get hooked on art you can’t go back.

You know what? I am totally okay with that. That’s right. I’m okay with being addicted to art.

The last nine weeks have been totally amazing. I have rediscovered how much I love creating art. I started with some sketching, then Parker and Aiden started doing pixel art. So I figured I’d give that a try. It was so much fun. I have created quite a collection of those bad boys. Then I started drawing the harder stuff. You know, mandalas. Wow, talk about amazing. The ones I have created so far have just blown me away. I don’t even know how to express how much this process of creation has changed me over the course of the last two month.  It has been a wonderful experience that I plan on continuing for a long, long time to come.

Where is all of this art doing going to take me? I’m not sure, maybe art world domination? Only time will tell.

So I am proud to say, My name is Laura and I am addicted to art!

Enjoy these selected pieces of my art. For a daily dose of being me follow me on Instagram – beinglaurakmarshall or on twitter – @beinglkm

Word Count

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As a writer, you write, pretty basic. So with that said, I haven’t felt like much of a writer in the last 16 months. I’ve written off and on. A few hundred words here and there, but nothing like I used to when I wrote. I could turn out thousands of words in a day. I was driven to write. I always had something with me to write, or edit, or just jot down notes.

Then in November 2013 it all came to a screeching halt. I had to go back to working a “day job”. For me that meant 50-60 hours a week. In the beginning I kept telling myself, “Once you get out of training things will calm down and you’ll have time to write.” But things didn’t. So I find myself only have written a few thousand words over that course of time.

I refer to my day job as the burger mines, because I feel like I’m descending into the mines to dredge away for hours. In the mines I felt so little creativity and writing was a chore. I did very little that was creative because my creative well had been drained. I started to turn that around this last month I have been writing more. A little here, and a little there. I’m feeling inspired to write. Nowhere what I used to but the feeling is there. The feeling of needing to finish the draft of the book I’m currently working on is growing. Not just to feel the satisfaction of finishing the draft but to find out how the story plays out.

I find myself now filling my creative well with multiple different mediums of art. I’m exploring different creative channels so I can grow. Will I ever write to my previous level again? I don’t know. Only time will answer that question.  I’m starting to find the writer in me again. The writer may be different now, but it’s still me.

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Brief History of Laura

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Zen Frog because I love frogs

To get things moving here I thought a brief history of me would be in order. I promise this isn’t going to be long but it’ll give you an idea of where I’m from and where I’ve been.

I was born in Panorama City California on November 26, 1975. I grew up in Simi Valley California. I am an only child. You know, my parents recognized perfection and stopped.

I went all the way through school in Simi graduating from Royal High School in June 1994. In Junior High I was a member of the choir and we went on a singing tour in Florida. That was pretty exciting. We sang in venues around Florida but the best place was Disney World. That’s hard to beat when you’re a teenager. While in high school I was a member of the dance team and competed quite extensively. In 1993 the team went to Japan to compete in the World Dance Competition. And guess what? We won. That was a pretty awesome time in my life. That was my first taste of international travel and I loved it. I was accepted to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where I earned my degrees in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and a Business degree. I graduated in May 1998. Yep, in just four years.

After graduation I worked for an international hotel chain and moved to Texas in Sept 1998. In Texas I opened multiple hotels and restaurants for multiple companies. I even worked for the Dallas Cowboys for a period of time. Let me tell you that was an experience. That is also where I met my husband.

I got married on October 26, 2002. So as of this writing I’ve been married for twelve years. Wow, where does the time go? Jason and I welcomed our first son, Parker, into the world on January 24, 2005.

Jason had a job opportunity in the Pacific Northwest in 2006, specifically in the Portland area. Which it so happened to be where my parents had retired to a few years earlier. Being an only child and having the only grand baby it only seemed right to move. So we moved up to Oregon in March of 2006. We then welcomed our second son, Aiden, into the family on November 28, 2006. Aiden and my birthdays are two days apart. Not only do we share our birthday celebrations with each other, we share them with a turkey. Which if you didn’t see it earlier I am a Thanksgiving baby.

In January 2007 I began writing again much more seriously than I had in school. I started writing in elementary school, but never thought of writing as a real career choice. But as I went through my old writings I got excited about it again and thought, this actually is a real option. My first story was published in April 2012.

In October 2012 I decided to take a year off to write and be a full time mom. I loved every minute of that year. I wrote more than I have ever written before. It was glorious. The boys loved it because mom was actually home all the time. Which was a harsh contrast to when I was working in the restaurant 50 plus hours a week.

I returned to full time restaurant employment in November 2013 to a place I call the Burger Mines.

So what am I working on now? Currently I’m working on returning to purely creative pursuits, to be honest to my true self, to travel and create. To be the mom and wife I want to be. What that year off showed me was what was possible if I let it happen. So now I’m working my ever loving butt off to be able to live the life I truly want to live.

That is the history of me in a nutshell. See I told you it wouldn’t be too long.

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Hello world!

Hello World Indeed!

I am very excited to be starting this new journey with all of you. This blog will be the total me. I’ve lived in the blog world as different parts of me but never the whole. This blog is going to correct that. You’re going to get the writer, the crafter, the teacher, the mom, the wife and the everything else.

Just like in life this blog will be a work in progress so stay tuned for all that is to come.