Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Galentine’s Day

For several weeks whenever I walk into a drugstore in Queens I'm subjected to an explosion of everything pink and red, this could only mean one thing: Valentine’s Day is around the corner.
The funny thing about Valentine's Day is that most of my adult life I have recognized the holiday as romantic in nature, but in recent years with the inclusion of friendship, I’ve come to appreciate Valentine’s Day as a general day of Love. In fact, I send Valentine’s Day cards to close family and friends (yes, I do!). 
Recently I got to thinking, how many women and men go out of their way to celebrate special people on this day. A lot, it would seem from an online search. One celebration which resonated with me the most was: Galentine’s Day.
What is Galentine’s Day, you ask? This term was coined a few years back by Leslie Knope - a fictional character from the popular sitcom Parks and Recreation. Leslie declared, “Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies.” What a great concept.
In the spirit of Galentine’s Day I’m channeling Leslie Knope and suggest ways to celebrate:

* Brunch date with gal pals – send Evite
* Eat waffles – a Leslie Knope must!
* Exchange gifts – who doesn’t want gifts?
*Consume fizzy drinks – ok, so I’m partial to Merlot, but even I’ll drink a sugar-laden frou-frou drink for my lady friends

Whether you are taken, or happily detached, I’m sure you too can appreciate a different type of celebration. In fact, how about we declare February 15th Bromance Day?

Maria Cox


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Writing Takes Center Stage

It's a brand new year...ah the possibilities!

I am thrilled to start this year with a renewed sense of purpose. Already, I started the road back to writing every day, I'm also committed to: journaling, blogging, writing articles and book reviews; all this is sure to keep the creative juices flowing.

As an author I've set daily and weekly writing goals. Below is my Done list:

  • Pulled out the Idea Board
  • Developed a writer's schedule
  • Enlisted an Accountability Partner (AP)
  • Signed up for the 2018 Goodreads Book Challenge

Whatever your goals, set a plan in motion today. Write your plan down then tell your family, your friends, even co-workers. "Why?" you ask. A month from now when life settles back into a routine and the well-intentioned resolutions fall by the wayside, you'll need the accountability factor. So when your neighbor asks "How's the writing coming along?" you'll proudly say, "It's going great!"

Happy Writing!