On caregivers, faith, family, and writing…

Getting out of the way

In another time and place, I sold insurance for a while. My sales manager frequently sent motivational pictures and sayings through the inter-office mail–he would have loved the Internet. One of most memorable notes he sent was about happiness. It said happiness is a decision. Don’t say I’ll be happen when…I get a married, I get that promotion, I get a bigger house, or I win the lottery. Just be happy.

The same principle applies to being a writer. I wanted to be a writer when I was younger, but I allowed  my priorities and my fears to get in the way. Once I stopped telling myself that I didn’t have time to write, and once I stopped  telling myself why I couldn’t be a writer, I started putting words on paper, and I became a writer.

What about you? What is keeping you from becoming the writer you want to be?



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About the book:

Sometimes reality really bites. Alzheimer’s has wrapped Mom’s brain into knots, vascular dementia has attacked Dad, and, instead of carefree retirees, we have become caregivers. Regardless, dreams die hard, and we somehow stumbled into the purchase of a forty-foot motor home. That’s when all four of us set out on this seven-week trek across sixteen U.S. states. Now, Dad stopped-up the toilet again, Mom wet her last pair of clean jeans, and David just announced that he was hungry. My head is beginning to pound, and I know this isn’t going to be the easygoing retirement we’d imagined for ourselves.

Linda Brendle takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotional and spiritual challenges that many families are facing right now. Co-dependency, mental breakdowns, and finding love after divorce are just a few of the issues weaved into this journey of caregiving. Whether you’re looking for an inspirational story to help teach you how to “let go and let God,” considering becoming the caregiver for one of your own parents, or are just looking for an entertaining travel book, this story is sure to strike a tender nerve.



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