November 21, 2018

Hello, Wednesday Warriors! 

Welcome to the obligatory Thanksgiving post! This time of year, there is an influx of things people are thankful for. Some count their blessings one day at a time, others wait to reflect until the week — or even the day — of, while someone I know changed her twitter handle to different things she was thankful for (brilliant idea Sharon!)

Tonight, I'm heading out to my parents' house to spend a few days with them. We'll eat all of the traditional stuff — turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, pie, wine — and a few less traditional dishes — broccoli and cheese rice, queso (probably?), then play games. We will also celebrate with a few families from church, a tradition we started a few years ago.


November 14, 2018

Hello, Wednesday Warriors! 

Winter has finally hit Houston! Sort of. For us, this typically means a few days below freezing, followed by another day in the 70's. One day I'm layering up wearing four shirts to my morning boot camp, and the next I'm in a tank top. Weather whiplash at its finest.

This week, we even got snow. I don't have any evidence of this. It came in somewhat apathetic flurries and I only knew of its existence because of the morning show I listen to during the week, but this tiny little phenomenon excited me. Like a little kid, I wanted to run outside, to stick my tongue out, to taste it a la Charlie Brown. This small joy kind of made my entire week.

That's what happens when your city only gets snow every...

November 7, 2018

Not going to lie. It's been a tough week, Wednesday Warriors. A bit of a tough few weeks actually. I'm in what seems to be a never ending battle with anxiety. It strikes in the middle of the most unexpected times, detached, it seems, from any true trigger. This makes it nearly impossible to plan for and to manage. Through some breathing techniques, I've been able to get most of the attacks under control.

However, over the last month or so, my symptoms have shifted. What once worked now makes it worse and chest pain has added itself to the mix. Worried I might have another problem (not anxiety related), I went to a clinic just to be safe. The nurse confirmed my lungs were clear and found only a slightly red throat....

October 31, 2018

Welcome once again Wednesday Warriors and Happy Halloween!

A lot of debate surrounds this candy-filled, costume-covered day. Superstitions surround carved pumpkins (a friend recently told me her pastor gave a sermon on the evils of this particular fruit - I think my friend Sharon would agree, at least, when it comes to pumpkin spice), some individuals lean into the gore far too much for my liking, and graphic horror movies torment my advertisements (thank you Hulu for allowing me to edit what ads I see). But at the end of the day, most of us just want to munch on candy and dress up.

Why do we enjoy dressing up? Maybe it's because it's fun to have a new identity for a couple of hours. Maybe it's just to let our inner creat...

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Here at The Pensive Pen, I blog about writing, querying, and self-publishing my first paranormal academy series. Sometimes I might share about struggling with anxiety and insomnia, and I'll always ask questions to discover something very important to me: getting to know YOU! If you're a writer, reader, or someone trying to figure out what community looks like online, this place is for you!


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