October 14, 2017

Getting to Know Me, Getting to Know All About Me

Pop-quiz.... Feel free to copy the questions and answer them. It was a personality quiz I found online that really made me do a little soul searching. What can I do to change some of the answers or accomplish them!

What does your ideal day look like?

First of all, stress-free. I would be crazy productive in my private work-shop/office, yet still have time to do errands and relax at the end of the day with my family. Finally, it would have to be on an island where it's warm or at the very least I can see the ocean.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

I wanted to be a writer. I have always wanted to be a writer as you can see.

Who are you most inspired by? Why?

Superman. I know that may sound silly, but to me he's this guy who researches, writes and still finds time to be a hero with a heart of gold.

Who would you love to meet? What would you ask?

That's a tough question because there are so many people that I would love to meet, but the one that stands out the most is my Aunt Velda.

The question I would ask is why are you really not in our lives.

What habit would you most like to break? What habit would you most like to start?

The habit I would like to break is my procrastinating habit.

The habit I would like to start is powering through my life goals.

Think of a person you truly admire. What qualities do you like about that person?

See whom I most inspired by.....

How do you like to relax?

Reading a good book, writing, crafting, listening to music or playing a video game. How I would like to relax is by taking a cruise ship vacation.

When was the last time you did something you were afraid of?

I moved on with my life several years ago.

What are you most proud of?

My kids.

What are you most afraid of?


If life stopped today, what would you regret not doing?

Accomplishing my goals and my bucket list.

Who would you like to connect (or reconnect) with? Why?

Some of the great entrepreneurs online.

Isn't the why obvious?

What qualities do you admire in others?

Honesty, loyalty, faithful, kind-hearted, yet can be strong.

What practical skills do you wish you had?


Imagine you’re in your 90s. What memories would you like to have?

None really. The 90's we're not kind to me.

What stories do you want to tell?

Every story I have ever created and will continue to create.

What is your favorite book/movie/song? Why?

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton both book and movie. I was always attracted to the bad boy type, so this book was right up my alley.

As for song, I'd have to say, Innocent by Pat Benetar. The song reminds me of female power, standing up to a cause because it was the theme song in the movie, Legend of Billie Jean.

If you could make one change in the world, what would it be?


What do you love to do for, or give to others (not an object – something from you personally)?

My stories and singing.

What excites you?

Achieving my goals and dreams

What do you wish you did more of?

Relaxing, writing, crafting

Pretend money is no object. What would you do?

Move to an island. Live my life and travel the world with my family.

What area of your life, right now, makes you feel the best?

My kids, writing and crafting

Which area makes you feel the worst? Why?

My fears, my procrastinating. I know I won't achieve my goals and dreams if I continue down those paths.

Let’s jump forward a year. What would you like to have achieved in the past year?

My writing and crafting business being successful, so that I can be a full-time stay-at-home mom.

What piece of advice would you give to five year old you? Sixteen year old you? Twenty-one year old you? Right now?

Don't ever give up your writing dream, but be bold and stand up for yourself. Stand up against the bullies.

Keep writing, but study harder in school, even if it is boring. Try out for a lead part in drama and definitely take choir!

How do you want to be remembered in life?

As the girl who changed the world or at the very least, just remembered!

August 7, 2017

And I'm Done


I decided to take a big break from my writing career so that I can work on those important things in life. My biggest struggles, ADHD and depression. I have tried managing it with help, but unfortunately, Kansas limits the necessary help and I have found I am highly allergic to every man-made medication on the market. My body was telling me something, so I am in the process of changing what I put into my body. I am also attempting a healthier diet in my life, but this is easier said than done when there are others who enjoy a less healthier lifestyle.

As for my writing and crafts, stay tuned, because I'm slowly getting back on track with anticipated kick butt excitement!

I've been so busy with my job away from home that I have forgotten what the most important thing in life is, my family. But what's even more tragic, along the way, I lost myself. I use to go to yard sales with my kids. I used to take weekend fishing and camping trips with my family. I use to take real vacations. I use to craft, write, sing. I used to, I used to, I used to.

Now, I do nothing but work. My body and health feel it on a daily basis. I come home, eat, then go straight to bed, most nights. I don't even have time to do grocery shopping anymore. Sad, isn't it?

At the start of 2017, my goal was to re-create this blog by taking it down a new path of life designing, in addition to my writing career as an author. I wanted other single moms to live a life within their means and make enough money to give them the opportunity to stay at home with their kids, just as I wanted with my own kids. But I allowed my other job to slowly take over my world and here I am, back to square one. Ugh!

A week ago, I broke down and decided to have a talk with my boss, only to realize, nothing will ever change.  There would be no more family time, no more vacations, no more days off. It was time to move on.

But moving on will mean a lot of hard work! It will not be an overnight success. There will be long days and nights, but most importantly, I must focus, focus, focus! Something clearly easier said than done for me! Still, there will be no excuses and I'll continue to keep on trucking, or should I say blogging because after all, this is my life, not yours and I will prevail!

Joy Smith also known as The Insane Writer, is the author of the Sci-Fi novel, The Generation. She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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