Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Inspiration is EVERYWHERE! Inspiration CAN be FOUND anyplace! The “WHERE” isn’t important. What’s important is your SIGHT!

I experience WRITERS BLOCK quite often!! But is it REALLY writers block as must as
it’s my bad attitude towards the task? I’ll be even more transparent: when I get out of my own way and allow my mind to quiet down, MAGIC happens!!

So I beg to ask you this question, when INSPIRATION is in short supply what eyes are you searching with? Are you searching with eyes of frustration? Are you searching with eyes of judgment? Are you searching with eyes of lack, worry, anger, desperation etc?

I so often look for my INSPIRATION through clogged eyes. My eyes are clogged with life. My husband is requesting my time, my toddler is throwing a fit, the sink is FULL of dirty
dishes, the couch has 3 loads of clean, unfolded laundry on it, and I have writing deadlines that are SCREAMING for my time! INSPIRATION WHERE ARE YOU? ???

INSPIRATION needs all of me! It needs a clear mind. It needs a willing heart. It needs ME!
If INSPIRATION is hard to come by these days, STOP for a moment. Declutter and unclog your
sight. My guess is, once all that is removed the rest will be magical!!

Stephanie Lainez

Monday, February 27, 2012


Thinking of this word, “loneliness”, puts a bit of sadness in the core of my belly. I have LOTS of
friends and TONS of acquaintances in my life. I have a LARGE, close knit family. I have a hand selected group of SUPER CLOSE girlfriends that I TREASURE and could go to at ANY HOUR regarding ANY SUBJECT and know I would NEVER be judged YET. . . I too have seasons of loneliness!
Being married for just over 5 years I find myself hitting little snags and when I do hit those
snags LONELINESS is there with WELCOMING ARMS! Sounds sick doesn’t it? But my
guess is that lots of us hang out there from time to time!
When I find myself lying in LONELINESSES arms I find that my “self-talk” is full of self-doubt, low self-esteem and insecurity. My stay with LONELINESS is short lived. Once out of its grasps I wonder to myself, “What in the WORLD WAS I THINKING to have ALLOWED myself to go there”!
I really believe that I’m NOT ALONE here, no pun intended! I believe MILLIONS of us visit with
LONELINESS more often than we’d like to admit! I don’t PREACH anti-loneliness; fore I too have over stayed my visit sitting in its company! I fare on the side of the “CAUTION” of LONELINESS. When choosing LONELINESS look at the CORE, the WHY, the CATALYIST of
what got you there. Once you can figure that out the rest is a whole different journey and awakening!

So in your journey remember that you are TRULY not alone! You are LOVED, WANTED and

Stephanie Lainez
Children’s Book Author

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Random Acts Of Kindness

This morning while still half asleep I decided to open my email. I received an email from my
elderly neighbor. He said that the other day he fell in the middle of the night and broke his foot in multiple places. Since the fall his wife has had her hands full regarding house work and caring for him. I was beside myself that he waited almost a week to tell me. I popped up out of bed
and started cooking pancakes, eggs, sausage and brewing coffee. My husband and I quickly got dressed, platted the food and walked over with a piping hot breakfast for two. His wife opened the door and was so surprised.
How many times do we purposely do ‘Random Acts of Kindness’? Are our lives so busy and jam packed with work, meetings, doctor’s appointments, errands, ballet classes, t-ball games,
bible studies, church, etc… that we have lost sight of KINDNESS? I am notorious for getting bothered with the driver who cuts me off or the lady in the 10 items or less line with a cart
full of groceries. Yet how much more energy do we expend when we CHOOSE KINDNESS over frustration, my guess is, not much more… if any.
When was the last time someone extended ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ to you? How did it make you feel? Maybe it’s time for more of us to extend KINDNESS. What will you do next?

Saturday, February 25, 2012


CHANGE is funny. Sometimes when the CHANGE is in our favor we’re ALL about it. We LIKE it! We post about it on our FB page. In our conversations around town we boast about how we enjoy CHANGE and how it’s good for us. BUT…when it’s not in our favor we suddenly despise it. We complain about it, we post, “CHANGE SUCKS”!
But why does CHANGE affect us so adversely? CHANGE rewrites our plans. Our schedules and direction get knocked off its kilter. So CHANGE means WE have toCHANGE, ADAPT and SHIFT!! Sometimes having to CHANGE ourselves, rocks our world.
CHANGE in life means we have to CHANGE!
When CHANGE comes ADAPT, MODIFY, REFINE yourself because in
the end it will only make you a better, more complete version of you!

Stephanie Lainez
Children’s Book Author