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Wednesday, May 16, 2012


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MJ - another writer-mom

Beautiful reminder for all of us that struggle learning to trust our own selves.

Eden @ Evergreen Eden

Doña did you know your name is an honorific title in Latin? (I just saw that when I went to copy and paste your name into this comment! Thought it rather kismet, considering the fact that I am commenting to honor your work in the first place!)

I hit your link on Jeff Goins' contest page, and just had to leave you a note because your post here resonated so well with me.

I love that you have that quote on your mug (and that you mentioned it with a sweet reference to 'your love') because I think the same thing about evergreen trees. It's actually all over my blog and sort of a theme for me -- evergreens hold their true color through it all, they sway gracefully under pressure, etc. I have a whole post/poem about them, in fact, and have been working on more about other natural elements as well. So the water thing hit a chord. :)

Anyway, :) you are a wonderful writer and obviously very positive! I will be coming back from now on. God bless you, and your lovely little daughter too!



Oh, and by the way...I just turned 41!!!!! Congrats on the baby!!!!


Finally somebody who knows what Im going through. I recently transitioned from a 12 year career with the IRS. Everybody, and I mean everybody thinks I am insane. If I hear "why would you give up a job when so many people are looking for work", or "do you know how many people would like to make $55k a year!" I almost abandoned my dream to write full time. I want to write about my life as a single, divorced mom with two wonderful sons...19 and 11. I have some much to give and such a desire to create. Thanks. I hope to inspire someone else like you have inspired me.


Very well written, Donna. It's rare to find a financial planner who can think outside the money-box! Kudos to you, though, for trusting yourself and letting go. Cheers!

Pam Howell

You're an inspiration, Doña. How fortuitous that you ran into that perceptive financial planner. And now you have Stella to help you focus on what is really important in life! You have to slow down to be in her world. I salute you for your beautiful writing and have no doubt that you will find success with that. You can even illustrate your own work! Best wishes!

Mikaela D'Eigh

Beautiful! And how courageous of you to just let go and give yourself permission to just be! Our modern culture no longer values leisure: we take work home, we take work on vacation, we constantly check our email, tests, FB and Twitter feeds. Phew!

Many blessings to you on the second part of your journey! It sounds wonderful!

Lee Isbell

Beautifully put.


oh that quote by Joseph Campbell, I love it so! I've had it on my FB profile for ages because it really speaks to me. It takes a lot of courage to let go and be like water, but what we resists persists so the letting go will happen sooner or later, whether we like it or not. xoxo

Tia Bach

Loved this post and the sentiment. Wishing you all the best!

Michelle Rafter

I love this! Sometimes the second act we think we want or think we're getting isn't what life had in store. And I'm so happy for your baby news. I had our third after turning 42 and it was my chance to take a break, slow down and just be a mom. It was my stay at home mom second act. And I loved every minute of it. So much that seven years later, I was re-charged and ready to move to act three.

Best of luck with everything.

Michelle Rafter

Kathrin Jansen

Hi Donna, I really like your blog. Thanks of sharing your thoughts.


Julie F in St. Louis, MO

I think many out there need someone to give them permission to do something different, to do a "want to" rather than an "ought to."


This is lovely, and thought-provoking, Doña. Blessings on you.

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