On Seeing Beauty: A Daily Challenge

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting – a wayside sacrament.  Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson For the past three months, I’ve been workingContinue reading “On Seeing Beauty: A Daily Challenge”

The Essentials for Surviving Life’s Tough Spots

I do not at all understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. -Anne Lamott Being human means that life won’t always go smoothly. Last week for me was a very bumpy road made rough by a medical emergency, myContinue reading “The Essentials for Surviving Life’s Tough Spots”

Synchronized Swimming, the Olympics, and Me

“We want the girls to meld together. This sport helps train you for life that way.” -Betty Hess, synchronized swimming coach, Pennsbury Falconettes   Many years ago, there was a girl who loved to swim. One day at her swim team practice, she saw legs rocketing up out of her school’s pool water. Loud musicContinue reading “Synchronized Swimming, the Olympics, and Me”

My 3 Years in Prague

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. I’m not sure there is a way to become an expat besides just taking the leap. Actually, a leap from a cliff into a murky pool of water. There is no way to know if, onContinue reading “My 3 Years in Prague”

Sharpening: The Power of Continuing to Learn

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.” – Henry Ford When we were young and in school, we had the wonderful opportunity to learn, to challenge ourselves, to sharpen and stretch and grow, and find out new things about ourselves. But when we cross the threshold from college years to adultContinue reading “Sharpening: The Power of Continuing to Learn”

Authors: 5 Steps to Building Your Own (Professional-Grade) Website

Some may say simple writers may not be able to build their own website, and have it look professional-grade. But I disagree. I think if you can structure a 80 – 100,000 word novel to lure a reader through a story to page 380, and you can bake a cake from a box, then youContinue reading “Authors: 5 Steps to Building Your Own (Professional-Grade) Website”

10 Things I’ve Learned from 2 Years in Prague

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou   Two years ago in the middle of a July thunderstorm, I boarded an airplane in NewContinue reading “10 Things I’ve Learned from 2 Years in Prague”

Website Reconstruction: Thanks

If you’ve tried to visit my site, http://jenniferlynking.com, in the past 7 days, you know that my site has been down. Some days, a directory appeared in the site’s place; some days, an error message. Most days, if you could have seen me at my computer, you would have witnessed my lacking techie side tryingContinue reading “Website Reconstruction: Thanks”

Writing Wednesday: How to Make Time to Write

“Serious writers write, inspired or not. Over time they discover that routine is a better friend to them than inspiration.” -Ralph Keyes “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” — Stephen King , On Writing About seven years ago, I attended my first big writers conference. I remember being so very overwhelmed, asContinue reading “Writing Wednesday: How to Make Time to Write”

Find What You Love

You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way toContinue reading “Find What You Love”