Nine Things XANADU Taught Me About Creative Endurance

by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy

Nine Things XANADU Taught Me About Creative Endurance
(or, A Writer’s Review of a 38-Year-Old Movie a Lot of People Don’t Care About Anymore But Should)


I really don’t know how the topic started. At a marketing conference recently, my new friend Jenn from Mixtus Media mentioned Xanadu. “Do you remember that movie?”

“Remember it?” I gasped. And then explained how just the day before I was rocking out in the elevator to the song “Whenever You’re Away From Me”. I know that’s hard to believe, but it’s a #truestory. [And here’s where I’m … read the rest. . .

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Five Things Friday: Gifts That Don’t Cost

by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy

The holiday season can bring families together, feelings of holiday cheer, and more stress than you can shake a stick at.

It’s also a season of “How do I possibly do this?” and “How can we manage that?”

Finding that perfect gift for someone isn’t always an option when the price tag is higher than your ceiling.

Here are few ideas for giving without going broke:

  1. Give the gift of time. Spend a few hours chatting over coffee. Catch up with an old friend. Drive over to your brother’s house. Take a loved one to
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#EmbraceTheCrazy: Climb the Mountain

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68

Some time ago, in a galaxy we still live in, This Girl was fighting a war. A war of discouragement and unconscious undermining from those around her.

“Oh, you want to be a writer? Yeah, like that’s going to happen.”
“What’s that, you say? You’ve sold a cookbook? Aw, bless your heart.”
“Gee, that’s a tough gig. What are you going to do for a living?”

This Girl had to make a decision. Either go along with the facade of presenting herself as society says she should ~ quiet, structured, always responsible, living day to … read the rest. . .

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Faith Is . . .

So there’s a lot going on in the world today that I’d like to, but can’t (and really shouldn’t) ignore. I don’t even want to start the laundry list of upset, because I’ll inevitably forget or neglect something or go sideways with it.

As things of late have been happening, I’m understanding more and more there’s a before, during, and after. For everything. Except God. He’s just an all-inclusive is.

My faith has been challenged recently. It’s been uplifted, spun around, trampled on, revived, amplified, and abused. And I’m the prime culprit.

Yet it holds. In the dark thoughts, … read the rest. . .

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Crowdfunding Your Way to Success

After my peeps joined my campaign to bring Raven to Bedford Manor [Translation: When my family and friends supported my fundraiser to buy a new laptop], I was approached by several friends and associates who asked for advice on crowdfunding.

Now, before I get into all that, I need to let y’all in on a not-so-secret. I’ve been pursuing knowledge this year like never before. I’ve attended conferences, used Google like a best friend, and sought information from anyone willing to share it.

And I’ve learned that I’ve already learned a lot. It’s time to use my knowledge. It’s time … read the rest. . .

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