Show You Love – A Challenge

I want the people around me to know that I love them. Just yesterday, my great uncle Arnold passed away. He’d been dealing with Alzheimers/dementia and was in a nursing home. It makes me sad. I really hope he knew he was loved by his sisters and their kids and grandkids.

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This brought me to think about all the people in my life.

I don’t want there to be a shadow of a doubt in their minds, about whether I loved them or not. I want them to know. Continue reading “Show You Love – A Challenge”

Upcoming Twitter Chat Schedule!

The #WritingHarvest Twitter Chat is back on this month! Aren’t you excited? I know I am. I have some exciting projects and things coming up for the #WritingHarvest Peeps. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom and make sure to click on the link and fill in the questions.

First off, our next Twitter Chat will be held on July 25th at 3pm Pacific Time. Be sure to join our #WritingHarvest Facebook Group and our Pinterest board. (Ask to be added as a pinner and I will add you.) Twitter Chat, #WritingHarvest, Devin Berglund, Writer, Writing

Upcoming Schedule: (Check here for further dates)  Continue reading “Upcoming Twitter Chat Schedule!”

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July! When you think of America, what are a few landmarks that pop into your mind?

My list would be:

  • Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota
  • Statue of Liberty, NYC
  • St. Paul’s Chapel, NYC
  • The Wild West
  • Medora, North Dakota
  • And many others…

There are many places that stick out to me. And it’s because they carry the traits of the American values and our history. The pride to be an American.

I went to New York a few years ago with Johan. It was my first time there. When I saw the Statue of Liberty I was blown away with emotions.

You probably ask why?4th of July, Fourth of July, America, American Rights, Devin BerglundBecause, I was listening to their audio guide and one of the ladies had written in her journals about how trying and tough the boat ride to America was and that when they finally saw lady liberty, they couldn’t help but cry. They were coming to a new country that was opening their arms to them. Saving them from religious persecution. Saving them from countries being run by Tyrants.

I put myself in her shoes. I put myself in my ancestors shoes. Some of my family from the past went through Ellis Island. Lady Liberty greeted them.

My ancestors went through many trials to come into America; the right way. My great great grandma lost a child at sea when coming over from Norway. She tried hiding the little kid so she could bury them on land, but the captain found out and they buried the kid at sea. How sad! I read the letter my great great grandpa sent back to his family in Norway describing this whole story. Once she met up with my great great grandpa to make the trek to Minnesota, they lost their other child. They were starting out NEW. Completely new.

They fought for what they had. They worked hard for what they had. They started over.

I believe this is what describes an American.

If anyone wants to be an American, they must be willing to fight for what they have.

They must work hard for everything. They mustn’t expect to get things for free.

That means they shouldn’t expect the government to take care of them.

An American must take care of themselves.

Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

 

Dear upstairs neighbors,

What to do about the trolls living upstairs – Noisy Neighbors

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Troll from Harry Potter.

I’ve come to a conclusion that you are two trolls who love dancing polka with your granite shoes at all hours of the day.

You don’t know the meaning of quiet or respect when it comes to keeping the volume down. I guess that is what makes you the loud upstairs neighbors in my life. I want to divorce you.

I’ve been respectful and have reached out to you to ask that you keep it down. But, it’s coming to a time where I don’t know what to do anymore. I am at my wits end. I’ve called the landlord and I’ve even sunk to using the broom on the ceiling, but you still intend on being a troll with no neighbor values or politeness.

What will it take for you to stop being so loud?

I work from 9-5pm and then come home. I don’t want to hear your music pounding and shattering through the walls and my ceiling. Stop being the loud upstairs neighbor. I really dislike you when you are so loud.

Please, for the love of humanity… turn down the music blaring in the bathroom, lower your TV’s volume, and stop tromping around so loudly. I’m afraid that one of these days I will wake up to find your feet sticking through the ceiling.

How do you survive apartment living with a loud upstairs neighbor?

5 Things I Hate About Long Distance Relationships

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There are many amazing things about being with someone you love. But sometimes It can be hard, especially when you are separated by an ocean. Here are 5 things I hate about long distance relationships & some things that will help you through them.

1. Saying “See You Later” at The Airport

It’s one of the worst feelings a person in a long distance relationship can experience.

You embrace one another tightly. Almost as though you’ll never let go, but then you must.

Que: tears…

You watch them go into security. They move farther and farther away from you until you can’t see them anymore. Continue reading “5 Things I Hate About Long Distance Relationships”

Out of South Africa

In Love in South Africa

I am back from South Africa. It was so beautiful. Now I am all inspired and ready for the New Year! Have you written up your New Year’s Resolutions? (I did. Read mine here.)

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© Devin Berglund, South Africa – Swartberge (Black Mountains)

Often, when South Africa or anywhere in Africa comes to mind, many people get images of women balancing baskets or jugs of water on their heads, while walking down gravel paths that run throughout the countryside. Or they think of the mud huts that people must live in or the wild lions and animals that roam the country.

Thing is, South Africa is actually a very modernized country, but if I might say I often felt like it was part 1st world country and part 3rd world country as there were really lovely areas, but also very dirty and poor areas as well. Oh, and side note… there are no wild lions or dangerous animals roaming around. (All the wild and dangerous animals are in the reserves, which have fences keeping them in.) Continue reading “Out of South Africa”

Happy New Years!

Can you believe it is New Years now? I still can’t believe it that 2014 flew by so fast.

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I want to share my 2015 goals with you all. One way of making them real is writing them down and sharing them with someone. So, I thought I’d share it with you all.

BUT FIRST… I’d like to share with you all what I accomplished from 2014.

My 2014 Business & Life Plan 

• Finish The Mason of Hearts (This became a reality earlier in 2014. I was fortunate enough to write full-time.) 

• Send The Mason of Hearts to my Beta Readers. (In November, I sent my book to 6 beta readers and got them back 3 weeks later. I am so thankful for all of them.)

• See Johan for Christmas (This became a reality for the whole month of December. I spent the month with him in South Africa. Miss him.)

• Get in shape. (In 2014, I lost a total of 16 lbs and ran a 5K, 10K, and signed up for a half marathon.)

My 2015 Business & Life Plan

• Final Edit of The Mason of Hearts (The plan is to finish it by the end of the Month of January.) UPDATE 4/18/15 – Finished the 6th edit. 

• Launch the Social Media Blast Class on DancingPoetCreativeMedia.com UPDATE 4/18/15 – Sign up for Dancing Poet Creative Media’s InstAmazing Instagram course for FREE when you sign up for their newsletter.

• Get more marketing out for my website.

• Send The Mason of Hearts to my editor in February – UPDATE 4/18/15 – Sent it off to my editor in February.

• Start writing a new adventure in February.

• Write and share The Mason of Hearts query letter with my beta readers in March.

• Become better at Afrikaans so I can understand it better.

• Start planning my wedding

• Get in better shape and lose more weight. (Sweating for the dress.)

• Read more books.

• Write a few short stories

• Visit Johan (Aussie) and Cassidy (London) both.

• Go to at least 1 writing retreat.

Top Blog Posts From 2014

How to Deal With Copycats 

• My aha moment – The Moment I Knew I Was a Writer

4 Lessons I Learnt From Running My First 10K

Professionalism in Your Writing Career 

• 7 Secrets To Getting Your Novel Beta Reader Ready (There is also a FREE Beta reader Questionnaire in this link.)

Behind the Scenes of My Business 

How To Write Short Stories

• 5 Secrets to Planning A Rocking Blog Schedule (And a FREE 2 month blog schedule tracker.)

What I Want For Christmas…

Peace & Good Will To All Men!

Don’t you just love that song, “All… I want for Christmas… Is you!” I do.

This is what I want for Christmas.

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© Devin Berglund

Every year around this time people start making lists and checking them twice. There might be a few things I can think of that I want for Christmas, but I feel that as each year goes by you find yourself wanting more life things like: happiness, health, joy, no fears, and many blessings rather than material items. So I decided to make a list of things that I’d like for Christmas.

What I Want For Christmas…

  1. Safe travels. (I will be in South Africa for Christmas.)
  2. To have a blessed amazing time with Johan & to make new exciting memories.
  3. Happiness.
  4. Joy.
  5. Get some ideas for my new book written down in my journal.
  6. Health. (when traveling, flying, and just all around health for me, Johan, my family, and his family).
  7. Blessings.

What do you want for Christmas, this year? 

7 Secrets to Getting on Track After Being Sick

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Were you recently sick? Here are some great tips on beating the sick-ness blues.

1. Feel Good Cake *My Fiancé came up with this. haha*

When I chatted with my fiancé the other day. I told him I’d made a chocolate cake.

What? I was craving chocolate & cake. So, I was thinking why not? Right?

No.

My fiancé said, “Oh, so you made a feel good cake?”

It totally makes sense, right? Yes, but, then I resorted to eating cake to make myself “Feel Better”. Which, isn’t good since we don’t need food to make ourselves feel better. Although, it’s definitely okay to eat sweets now and then, but don’t overindulge.

Continue reading “7 Secrets to Getting on Track After Being Sick”

Sick? But, I have so much to get done!?

IMG_6918I hate being sick!

After just getting back from an amazing conference, my mind is spinning with fun projects I want to do and a list of things I need to finish now has piled up, because I’ve been sick.

Do you know the feeling?

Even though it’s hard. The best things to do – is relax & get better.

Here are a few things that help me, when I’m feeling under the weather.

  1. Nap! Get a lot of sleep.
  2. Bubble bath with this amazing spearmint eucalyptus bath foam.
  3. Read a favorite book. (My favorites to read are from The Chronicle’s of Narnia & Little Women.
  4. Some fizzy pop (or soda). I usually have ginger ale or sprite.

What have you found helpful when you are sick?

Other posts on being sick:

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