December 19, 2014

2-Minute Interview with Author Haley Hatch Freeman

Haley Hatch Freeman

Meet author Haley Hatch Freeman! 

Haley, who are you as a person versus an author?

One in the same, I say this because my writings thus far have been either my true story or have had great purpose, truth and personal meaning behind them.  

What genre(s) do you write in?

The two books I’ve written are from different genres. My first is my true story about surviving anorexia and experiencing miracles along the way. My second book is a children’s book to help elementary aged children to tweens start to build a healthy body image and to empower them when dealing with life’s unavoidable situations regarding food, self-worth and pressures to look a certain way.

Where do you write your best stuff, and when?

I like to write at home, usually when my children are at school or after they have gone to bed.

Vanilla or chocolate?


What is your preferred manner of writing?

Writing on my laptop.

What is your current book?

From Head to Tummy: The Simple Truth about Food, Media Messages, Self-worth, and Real Beauty. I am working on a second edition of A Future for Tomorrow. I’m adding a couple of chapters and making a few tweaks to the first edition. I’m hoping to have the second edition ready for release by the first of next year.

One piece of advice/wisdom for the world?

My wish is that we, especially as women, would be kinder to ourselves. I think if we each decided to accept and be kinder to ourselves and not as hard on ourselves that would translate to nicer behavior to others and create a massive wave of kindness everywhere. 

Dogs or cats?

Dogs, I have two and I love the little critters!  I usually have one on my lap while I’m writing.

What do you want to be remembered for, or as?

I hope I’m remembered for changing people’s lives for the better and maybe even saving some lives with my story.  

December 15, 2014

Nope. Can't. Maybe next time: The art of graciously saying 'no'

Can't face baking one more thing or buying one more gift? If you find your stress level skyrocketing as the holidays approach, it's okay to say "no" when you feel you can't handle anymore. 

Really, it is!

Yes, it's great to give during this wonderful holiday season. But there's a fine line between the "joy of giving" and "the stress of feeling obligated." The latter robs you of peace of mind -- feeling stressed and edgy is not what the true meaning of the season is all about. 

In my latest article for Family Share I tell how to make saying "no" easy -- and how to ditch the guilt of declining requests from others. 

December 2, 2014

A Christmas Planner!

"As we do the hard work of time management, we come to understand that we cannot do everything that we want to do . . . we must learn to make wise choices." ~ Marilyn Paul

The holidays are upon us!

Rush here. Rush there. Food to cook. Food to eat. Don't forget the lights. The cards. The candles. Clean the house. The list seems to stretch on and on.

But where to start when to-dos and obligations begin falling like snow and accumulating faster than you can shovel a clear path?

A Christmas planner!

Use a calender page, or print a calender from the Internet, and tape it to the inside front cover of a spiral notebook.

Opposite the calendar on the first pages of the notebook, list and prioritize want-tos, need-tos, and feel-pressure-if-you-dont's. Color code your activities to provide a quick visual assessment. Use red for activities that make you feel stress or pressure. If many reds begin to appear, reassess your schedule and objectives and shoot for balance in how you'd truly like to celebrate the season.

Create basic sections for your planner based on your needs: budget, gift and food shopping lists, card recipient list, etc. Cut a sticky note into strips; use the strips as tab dividers at the front of each section..

Don't let yourself feel pressured into deviating from your schedule. Plan ahead and leave days open with unscheduled time slots when you can complete forgotten shopping or attend to other details. If something doesn't come up to fill those days, enjoy the time off!

Make your Christmas planner spunky and fun. Decorate it with a few paper cuts or some spritzy white glitter. To get you started, we've got a free printable! You can get more digital Christmas clip art for all your projects here on Etsy.