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Be Opened to Change.

For the past five years I have carried the same purse made by Brahmin. It’s a beautiful wallet on string which I love. I couldn’t imagine having any other shoulder bag. It was small and compact. Perfect, because if I had a larger purse I had the tendency to fill it up with all types of things I didn’t need.

Old Brahim wallet on a string.
Old Brahim wallet on a string.

The wallet on a string also had sentimental value. My husband purchased it for me as a gift before he started the long journey of medical school. If you look up Brahmin handbags, you’ll see they carry a hefty price tag. Not extremely expensive but enough that someone like myself wouldn’t have a closet stocked with more than one. I also don’t switch my purse to match my outfit unless going out to a formal event. The reason, I’m usually in too big of a hurry to bother having packed my day with a weeks worth of things to do.

So when this bag I loved started to become worn out and I toyed with the idea of replacing it. I visited the Brahmin site and to my horror discovered my beloved wallet on a string was discontinued! After all it HAD been five years, but I didn’t care I wanted THAT purse.

After hunting on ebay for a new one with no such luck, we went to the local mall one afternoon to shop for some well needed clothes for my husband. As we walked through the mall, my husband saw the Brahmin store. Realizing I had been complaining for weeks about the fact my purse had been discontinued, he took control and shoved me inside the store. There he explained my situation to one of the lovely woman working the floor. She immediately went to a rack of the styles that had replaced my wonderful wallet bag. I stared in horror as they looked larger and weren’t what I had grown attached to and loved for the past five year. I mean how could I get used to all the compartments being located in a different area?

New Brahmin bag I love.
New Brahmin bag I love.

My husband, who despises shopping stared at me like I had two heads. “She’ll take this one,” he said and went to the register to pay for it. Sweat began to pour out from my brow. He was buying me this expensive purse AND he was going to expect me to use it! But how could I? This one was a huge change from my other bag.

He decided to withhold the purse until my birthday which was in two weeks. Good, because this allowed me a little more time to adjust to the idea of replacement of my leather appendage of the past five years.

On June 1st, my birthday,  I received my new Brahim bag. I opened it and placed in on a chair giving it the stare down for a few days. I knew I had to break away from my old worn-out love and replace it. As I switched all of my personal items from the old compact bag to the slightly larger one I discovered I no longer needed a separate cellphone wristlet, the new bag had a spot just for cellphones, also I could keep my sunglasses in this bag and it had a zipped in wallet to hold all credit and debit cards. It wasn’t too large or heavy at all. Suddenly I was in love. Change can be good! Sometimes we are stuck in our old ways and can’t see that doing something differently might just be the best thing for us after all.

Have you ever been stuck doing something one way, only to discover a new found freedom when someone or something makes you try to do it differently? Leave a comment and lets talk about it.

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The Big Easy Blog Tour – Cozy Cove Series

iStock_000017057586XLargeThe Big Easy Blog Tour features authors and helps you understand the writing process. I was asked by the lovely Lynne St. James who just had a new release Embracing Her Surrender. You can find out more about Lynne at www.lynnestjames.com.

What am I working on?

I’m just finishing up book two in my Cozy Cove series. This story takes is about Constance Lucas, Cookie to all of her friends. She was in book one as a close friend to the heroine Olivia and now she is about to be struck by the love in this story. Our hero is a new character to arrives in Cozy Cove and sets Cookie on fire.

How does my work differ from others in the same genre?

My contemporary romance stories take place in a small-town where the people are like quirky family and friends we all have met at some point in our lives. People we know and love. I like to add a touch of humor to a steamy romance. When the story ends there is no mistaking these two people are going to remain together.

Why I write what I do?

I like what I like to read but I also have a long list of book ideas. As a matter of fact I have a Sci-fi romance in the works as well. My imagination is endless and diverse. I plan on writing in several genres so look for a broad variety fro me in the future.

How does my writing process work?

I am not a plotter at all. I have an idea of the characters and a skeleton idea of the story but as I write and develop the characters, the plot unfolds naturally taking twists and turns in unexpected directions.
That means, characters are added all the time that I wasn’t expecting as they are needed to rule the storyline.

If you haven’t visited Cozy Cove and read book one in the series Irresistibly Delicious, the buy link is available on my webpage www.debrafisk.com or my Amazon author page.

Released in January.
Released in January.

 

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When We Reach Our Goals.

IMG_0713My life has been quite busy over the last few weeks. After years of hard work and dedication my husband graduated from medical school. I was thinking back about our long journey together. For as long as we have been together he has been in school, first college, then graduate, and then medical school. I am going to take a moment to brag, because he graduated with honors from both UCF and medical school.

We had a wonderful time at the graduation ceremony and after we returned home from our traveling, he said it was strange not to have to study for hours everyday. He said he finally reached a goal he had been pursuing for years. So many people don’t get to say that.

We are both very fortunate to be able to make that statement. I achieved my goal of becoming a published author last December and on June 9th my first book came out in print! None of this came easy for either of us and we are very grateful.IMG_4151

Now the second phase of the hard work begins. For me, I have almost completed my second book in this series and my husband will begin a residency program. The hard work isn’t over we are just shifting into a different part of the process.

So I ask you what are you goals? Have you reached them or still working on them like we are?

 

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On The Street Where I Lived.

A few months back I went to see the play My Fair Lady at our local theater. Afterwards, the song On The Street Where You Live was stuck in my head for days. Then yesterday I put on the classical channel on Direct TV. You know the one that just plays elevator music. I wanted to kick back and relax by not listen to any stressful music and that Channel (number 820) if you’re interested really does the trick.

The first home I lived in.
The first home I lived in.

It started me thinking about the street I grew up on in Kenilworth, New Jersey. My town was tiny, only two square miles and everyone knew everyone from church, school, sports or other activities. To this day I can go to the Kenilworth town webpage and see so many familiar names of people who remained in the town and now work for the borough.

I moved to Kenilworth at the age of one. We moved into a house located on No. 8th Street. My parents purchased a two family home. We lived upstairs and my grandparents lived downstairs. Thinking back at the first home I grew up in, I realize the rooms were small. It was really a five room apartment.

I was fortunate enough to grow up with my grandparents so close, and I have many wonderful memories of the time I spent with my grandmother. One of my favorites is making raviolis with her. Another is my grandparents taking us to Hershey’s Deli uptown. Hershey’s Deli had the best ice-cream cones called a sky-high! The sky-high was a thick wedge of ice cream cut from the end of the gallon of ice-cream and placed in a rectangular cone, it sorta was the size and shape of a paintbrush. They were huge for a kid like me who was a picky eater. I was often torn on ordering a neapolitan or the chocolate marshmallow.

Eventually we moved across the street to a larger two family home. My grandparents lived on the other side of the duplex. Kenilworth is the type of town you don’t want to leave. It was a Norman Rockwell painting come to life.

The second home we lived in across the street.
The second home we lived in across the street.
Kenilworth Boulevard shops located uptown from where I lived.
Kenilworth Boulevard shops located uptown from where I lived.

Kenilworth, the town where I lived, is like the one I moved to in St. Cloud, Florida. It helped shape the characters in my first book Irresistibly Delicious, my small-town contemporary romance. These towns instilled in me the sense of community, caring and shaped who I am today. I have so many wonderful friends and relationships from living in the town where I was raised. Where were you raised? City – suburb – country? I’d love to hear from you!