What do you do when life moves you ugly?

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 ©Devin Berglund

He who kneels before God can stand before anyone. – Unknown
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I wanted to get a blog post up today about something completely different, but just couldn’t get to it, because of all the hectic-ness happening lately.

The past week has been a hectic, tough week and weekend for me and my family.

Many different things took place.

And because of all these things, I wasn’t able to work on my edits, which is aggravating because I have a deadline to meet.

To start off… I was loving my summer job, but when the computer program I’d been using at work glitched so much – I had to call the programming company. Let’s just say I was stuck on the phone for a long time.

On top of that, one of my little baby cousins passed away this week. She was only 1. We haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. SO SAD.

I hope to get some editing and writing done today. It’s so tough when life hits you and you have to stand up and keep on keeping on.

What do you do, when life hits you down and moves you ugly?

ND Writing and Blogging Workshop Through My Eyes

I recently went to the ND Writing and Blogging workshop in Fargo, North Dakota for writers and bloggers. There were probably about 40-50 other bloggers and writers from all around North Dakota, Minnesota, Canada, and other places in neighboring States.

Of course there was a picture of Josh Duhamel. A ND writing workshop wouldn't be complete without a picture of a fellow NDakotan who has made it big in Hollywood. He is a really down to earth person, I've heard.
Of course there was a picture of Josh Duhamel. A North Dakota writing workshop wouldn’t be complete without a picture of a fellow NDakotan who has made it big in Hollywood. He is a really down to earth person, I’ve heard. He is the voice of their new advertisements.

The Editor of MN Monthly spoke about submitting your writing to magazines.

It has inspired me to reach out more to print media.

I sat next to a girl from Fargo, named Allison. It was crazy how much we had in common about writing. We also enjoyed many of the same books. Check out her blog on the writing workshop here.

I also had the lovely chance of meeting and speaking with Jenny Dewey, who is actually from California originally. She shared with us the interesting story of how she met her husband on twitter. He was a farmer in a small North Dakotan town. Jenny also wrote about the workshop here.

The stories that North Dakota spins are just amazing.

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A year of… (Resolutions)

My Resolutions

Photo Credit : Brooke Shaden
Photo Credit : Brooke Shaden

It’s that time of the year again! 2013 has gone and 2014 is HERE! Hope you all had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year! I sure did.

And I already have my New Year’s Resolution written up. Do you?

I am so excited for this year. So many things to do and see.

Here are a few things from my resolution for 2014

  1. Lose Weight & Get Fit
  2. Do a 5K
  3. Start on book 2
  4. Finish a book I am in the middle of
  5. Learn Afrikaans
  6. Get something published on Glimmer Train

A Year Of…

I heard about this challenge called “A Year Without” at the World Domination Summit from Leo Babauta from the well known Zenhabits blog. And have been thinking about doing something similar for this year, but instead I am going to call my challenge “A year of…” Continue reading “A year of… (Resolutions)”

What Are You Thankful For?

It’s been awhile since I last posted, so I thought I’d post about Thanksgiving. I will be away for a few days in the next week as I will be going to NYC and Washington D.C. with Johan.

I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving with your family and friends. I sure know I did! I should be back on the blog after we get back from D.C. and N.Y.C! 🙂

This time of the year there are plenty of things to be thankful for. It all reminds me of these statistics:


I am thankful for many things. Among the given:

  • Thankful I have a roof over my head
  • That I am not starving
  • Thankful for my family & a wonderful boyfriend
  • Greatly blessed that I am able to travel
  • For my work that I love and enjoy

And you all know, I love showing pictures! So, here are some things I’ve been thankful for this November.

Johan flew in to visit me on November 25th. He is still here and I am enjoying this time abundantly.

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On Hope : Have You Ever Lost Someone?

Photo Credit : Devin Berglund

Have you ever lost someone?

One fine autumn morning, I was walking to my college class. Leaves floated around in the blue sky and rustled on the sidewalk. It was the perfect day. Once I got to class, I sat down next to my friend. Class hadn’t started yet, but my cell phone vibrated in my pocket. I looked at the name – it was my dad. I wouldn’t have normally answered a call so close to class, but lifted the phone to my ear.

“Hey Daddy!”

“Hi. Devin.” Daddy said.

“What’s up?” I asked.

“Well, are you sitting down.” Right as he asked me this, I looked around at my friends. Then I got up and walked into the hallway to sit at a bench. I remember the sunlight shining through the window. It was the perfect day, but not for this kind of conversation. Continue reading “On Hope : Have You Ever Lost Someone?”

Falling in Love with Fall…

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been enjoying the Autumn leaves here in Minnesota. They are turning all sorts of colors. On Monday my Mom and I took a drive up to Itasca State Park, which is where the Mississippi River starts. Crazy to think you can cross the small stream on a few stepping stones across the water and then when you get to Louisiana it is a raging river. Crazy how things grow.

But, I was just thinking I’d share some pictures with you from over the past few weeks in the Fall leaves. 🙂

My mom did an autumn photo-shoot for me with my red jeans! Love it! :) Perfect for my blogs NEW look!
My mom did an autumn photo-shoot for me with my red jeans! Love it! 🙂 Perfect for my blog’s NEW look!

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What I’m Looking Forward To About Autumn…

Autumn, Fall, love about fall, Devin BerglundI love Autumn.

Don’t you?

Don’t you love smelling the pumpkin pie scent waft through the house as it bakes in the oven. Sitting by the fireplace with a cup of hot apple cider is one of my favorite inside autumn activities.

It’s just so festive. The leaves crunch under my feet as I walk in the woods and the crispness of the rotting leaves fills my lungs… ahh… love it. I know, that might not sound so amazing, but if you’ve experienced autumn in a northern state than you probably know what I mean.

Here are a few things I’m looking forward to this Autumn.

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Review : Packing Light & My Packing Light Moment

Hello Everyone, I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately, besides the tornado of revisions that spins above my head. I’d love to share some with you about Packing Light.

Packing Light is a story about one girl’s (Allison Vesterfelt Fallon) adventure across the 50 States of America with a friend. Her goal was to go to each State and write about it.

“We discover what we need when we live without things… Sometimes it’s good for us to need things and not have them.” -Allison Vesterfelt

I came up with an idea to go through all my things when I got home from Australia to figure out what I needed and what I didn’t need. I had spent a year and some abroad in Australia with only two big suitcases and a carry-on bag stuffed full of my stuff.

My clothes. Books. Decorations reminding me of home. My Cameras. My Computer. Everything I needed fit into two suitcases.

Yeah, It was hard to pack at first, but it was tougher packing to go home. I find myself always collecting more and more books, notebooks, and pens.

If you stay in one place long enough you will accumalate stuff and more baggage. Probably more than you need.

In the front pages of Allison’s book she has a Rick Steves Quote was, “You’ll never meet a traveler who, after five trips, brags “Every year I pack heavier.” The Measure of a good traveler is how light he or she travels.”

Allison is a talented writer and brings to light many stories. You can see her humble and kind heart in her writing voice. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to travel, or anyone who wants to travel, but never has. At many parts in her book, I found myself nodding my head in agreement. She really knows what she is talking about. I don’t want to spoil the story for any people, so you must go check it out! 🙂

“I drove home crying, not just because of Ben, but because home didn’t feel like home anymore and I wasn’t sure what to do to get back to the life I had before.” -Allison Versterfelt, Packing Light  Continue reading “Review : Packing Light & My Packing Light Moment”

Live Through The Eyes Of Story

SONY DSCShe bounced him on her hip. His eyes lit up in excitement. He had never met his PaPa, David. David was an American GI, based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia during World War Two. He had to leave with the rest of the GI troops when his time was up. He loved Margaret and wanted her to come back to Pennsylvania with him.
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