Danica’s top-secret journal. Okay, it’s not really top-secret, since it’s my blog, but ever since I got hooked on Nancy Drews as a kid, I’ve always been a sucker for top-secret stuff. :)

Family Inspiration for Rocky Mountain Dreams

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Books, Leadville | 4 comments

Pin It The reason I chose to set Rocky Mountain Dreams in Leadville is because we spend a lot of time there. When my husband’s family came to the United States, they settled in Leadville. So much of the family history is tied up in the mining history, and that history inspired my story. That’s not to say that my books are at all based on the family- they’re not. But I can’t think of Leadville without thinking of my husband’s family. Yesterday we buried the last of the Leadville generation of our...

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Rocky Mountain Dreams Release Month!!

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Books, Rocky Mountain Dreams | 0 comments

Pin ItIt’s finally here! The release of my debut, Rocky Mountain Dreams! I’ve got all kinds of fun celebrations happening, so be sure to check them out. Earlier this month, I stopped by Margaret Daley’s blog with an interview with my heroine, Annabelle Lassiter. And, if you want to get to know my hero better, I shared an interview with Joseph Stone on the CRAFTIE Ladies of Love Inspired blog last month. If you’re looking for a little more in depth chat with me, I stopped by Winnie Griggs’s website for...

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Staying focused on the dream

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in art journaling, Dreams | 0 comments

Pin ItAh, the grand plans of a dreamer… one of the things I noticed about when you dream of doing something big, something always gets in the way. I no sooner launched my art journaling class than a minor catastrophe hit our household. I ended up having to focus at least two hours a day on this situation. Completely beyond my control, and absolutely necessary for me to deal with. On top of that, I had some important book deadlines, some major events happening in my world, and it felt like everything was spinning out of...

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Your Dreams Matter

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in about me, art journaling, Dreams | 6 comments

The past few days have been a bit of a whirlwind for me. Some of you were part of my great big huge prayer request and know that I’m stepping out on faith to pursue my dream and start my art journaling business. Coincidentally (HA! Does anyone really believe in coincidences? Thank you, LORD, for aligning everything in such perfect timing), I’m taking the blog challenge with Jeff Goins, and his lesson today was on finding the theme and purpose of your blog. You have no idea how perfect that timing is for me. One of the reasons I...

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My brand new about page!!

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in about me, Authenticity, Chickens | 0 comments

I’m totally blog cheating so that I have a post for today’s blog challenge. Okay, not really, but sort of. I went ahead and updated my About page as part of the blog challenge from Jeff Goins, and that took all the time I set aside for blogging (and then some). But I really wanted to create something that spoke to who I am and what I do in a more meaningful way. So tell me what you think of my new About Me page. Do you like it? Does it resonate with you? For those of you who know me well, or maybe not so well, does it sound like...

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Where is your focus?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Dreams, goals, perspective | 0 comments

Earlier today, I was driving to an appointment and thinking about what I’d be blogging about today since I’m taking a blog challenge from Jeff Goins and I need to post daily. But then, something happened, and what was a really super awesome mood is just now, well, meh. I’m feeling a little deflated and a little discouraged. Which is when it occurred to me. Losing your focus is really easy. Maybe that sounds a little too obvious, but sometimes I think we forget. When we have a big dream, it’s easy for little things to...

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The road to your dreams starts with self care

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in about me, Dreams, retreat | 0 comments

I just returned from a wonderful retreat in Park City, Utah. Many of you read my post about my BIG DECISION, and I wanted to share one of the really important components of making that decision. I engaged in a ton of self care. I stayed at a gorgeous hotel in a wonderful suite that had so many things that really nurtured me. Nurturing myself gave me the freedom to really see the future I wanted for myself. One of the most nurturing things my hotel had was a HUGE bath tub. I’m a shower girl if I just want to get clean. But when I need to...

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Taking a leap of faith

Posted by on Oct 4, 2014 in art journaling | 10 comments

Last night, I asked for prayer about a major decision I was facing. The truth is, I knew what I had to do, and I was scared to do it. After lots of prayer, and hearing from a number of wonderful friends, none of whom knew the decision I was making, that we have to act on faith, I had enough affirmation to know that my fear was not from God, and the only direction to go was forward. So… for those of you wondering about my big scary prayer request.   Some of you know I’ve been talking about teaching art journaling classes for a long...

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Humble Apologies

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So… in my efforts to get rid of a bunch of spammy messages, I messed up something on my site. I can’t find my undelete button, and I haven’t had much luck in finding answers as to how to fix my mistake. Which means I lost a bunch of stuff off of my site. If I lost something you said, I promise, it wasn’t personal. That “delete all” button is way too powerful a button for someone like me (aka easily distracted) to handle. Again, my apologies!! Now, to take our minds off of this dreadful moment, I’m...

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Overcoming Art Journaling Fear

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in artist, Authenticity, imperfection, perfection | 0 comments

As I’ve shared my art journaling passion with others, I’m finding that a lot of folks are afraid to start art journaling because they don’t think they’re very good at art. Even though the idea intrigues them and they’d love to give it a try, they don’t want to take that step toward trying art journaling because they’re afraid they won’t be very good. It’s not about being good! What I love most about art journaling is that anyone of any talent can do it! I can’t draw a straight line or...

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