All posts by Susan Malone

how to live in the present moment

8 Ways to be Present in the Moment even if Life Sucks

Okay, so life isn’t all roses. We know that, right? Some days a sack of coal just gets dumped on your doorstep.And yep, we have to deal with it.Of course we all know that the most effective way to deal with whatever we’re experiencing is to stay present, stay in the now. Because that’s what […]

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Trading Small Talk for Big Talk And A Meaningful Conversation

Trading Small Talk for Big Talk And A Meaningful Conversation

This week we have the pleasure of a guest post from author Kathy Gottberg, from SMART living 365.com Enjoy!Even though I am a writer by trade, I still like to talk. And although I believe that my writing represents my best form of communication, good conversation with interesting people is one of my greatest joys. […]

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When My Worlds Collide

Do you have different personas?I do. I’m a book editor, have a career as an author, and raise and show English Show Labradors as a hobby. And I do have somewhat different personas online and for marketing the editing side and author side.But of course I’m the same person underneath it all JAnd while there […]

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relationship red flags

How I Love to Ignore The Red Flags: My Latest Romance

Because, well, I’m good at it!My friends will tell you my love life has brought them countless hours of amusement.And it’s nothing I try to do—honest!But trouble tends to follow me in romance. Or, I follow it. And the process is always, well, interesting.As a male friend from college is fond of asking, when I […]

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let go of worry

I Get So Worked Up And Forget To Let Go Of The Worry

This has been a crazy few months for me. Along with all of the normal writing, blogging, editing, etc., as I’ve mentioned a time or two, I’ve had 13 Labrador puppies in my world.And this is the time they go to new homes. It’s quite bittersweet, as I’ve hand-raised these babies for 9 weeks, and […]

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how to stop worrying

How to Deal with Worry when the World Is a Mess

We all know the clichés about worry, right? You know: “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo F. Buscaglia Or, one of my favs: “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” – Swedish Proverb And a litany of similar bits of wisdom. They seem […]

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5 Ways to Deal with Frustration when You Want to Lose your Mind

5 Ways to Deal with Frustration when You Want to Lose your Mind

Because I sure know about losing my mind. 🙂And most likely, you do too. At least sometimes!Did I mention lately that I have 13 Labrador puppies? I still can’t believe it. Thirteen puppies. And they’re 6 weeks old now. So, we are all pooped around here, in more ways than one!And like you, my life […]

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Let Me Be Frank With You

Let Me Be Frank With You

I love books.Okay, so that’s not a news flash. I’m a novelist primarily, but have had 4 books of co-authored nonfiction published along with 2 novels. I’m also a book editor.So books are pretty much what I do.But I write and edit and speak at literary conferences because, well, I love words and reading and […]

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Fear of failure

Stop Holding Yourself Back

​Don’t we live in a world where success is just everything? All the motivational gurus, all the self-help books, all the talk shows and etc., etc. — all are espousing success and how to get there.And God knows, I’m not advocating for failure. Although it can sure teach us a lot.But so often what I […]

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What have you given up for Lent?

Disclaimer! This Is Not A Religious Post

The Lenten season is upon us.Although most folks don’t actually practice it. LifeWay Research found that only 24% of Americans engage in this period of fasting and moderation (even to the point of self-denial). Not only Catholics but other Protestant denominations observe it, however.Disclaimer! This is not a religious post 🙂Beginning on Ash Wednesday and […]

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