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4 days ago ... Our final giveaway day is finally here, and while I'd love to write a lovely wrap-up to the whole thing...well...to be honest? There are so many ...

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  • You Don't Need A Fancy Retreat to be a Writer #holyhustle

    You Don't Need A Fancy Retreat to be a Writer

    crystalstine.me 20 Aug '17, 12am

    You see the posts on Instagram. A group of writer friends headed of to some fancy location to “be writers.” An agent who sends their top writers off on a fancy and fabulous trip together. Writers who post photos of log cabins or the English countryside where they’ve gone to focus, wor...

  • Super Short Summer Book Reviews

    crystalstine.me 02 Aug '17, 2pm

    I have a confession to make. I love reviewing books. I love getting books in the mail, I love getting a sneak peek of a book before it’s available to the public, and I love getting the chance to decide for myself if I love it or not before the internet and “best seller” lists start bo...

  • My Not-To-Do List

    crystalstine.me 27 Jul '17, 9pm

    “Hey Crystal! Give me just a minute and I’ll have your drink ready for you.” “Take your time – I’m not in a hurry.” “Not in a hurry? When does that ever happen?” I wasn’t surprised to hear the shock in the voice of the Starbuck’s barista. I’ve spent enough time in this space to know t...

  • Compassion, Understanding, and Peace

    crystalstine.me 04 Jul '17, 11am

    I walked nervously into the fitness center at the resort, unsure about what I was doing. It was 8am on our first full day of a trip to celebrate a milestone birthday for my mom and I decided to take advantage of the yoga class advertised on the resort website. I’d done plenty of yoga ...

  • What Happened When We Became #frontyardpeople

    What Happened When We Became #frontyardpeople

    crystalstine.me 06 Jun '17, 4pm

    We became #frontyardpeople last week as we cleared out closets, crawl spaces, and our garage for a three-day yard sale. I had spreadsheets and hundreds of price tags, to-do lists and even a layout of our driveway planned for Thursday so we would know where to put the tables. It took a...

  • The Seismic Shift from Striving to Responding

    crystalstine.me 02 May '17, 4pm

    I had blogged for years, but one wintery day, I decided to get serious about writing instead of it just being a hobby. I designed a new website and started penning a book. Soon I was writing all hours of the night. I felt invigorated. My husband commented on my pleasant demeanor (as o...

  • She is Priceless

    crystalstine.me 16 May '17, 11am

    The first time I received a pearl necklace it was a gift for my college graduation. Apparently, that’s the traditional gift because I also received matching pearl earrings. The only other time pearls were added to my closet, I bought a strand of fake ones for myself as a souvenir duri...

  • Marriage Through Jesus-Tinted Glasses #wifestlyin #holyhustle

    Marriage Through Jesus-Tinted Glasses

    crystalstine.me 29 May '17, 4pm

    Matt’s experience with marriage was considerably different from mine. His parents are still together, while mine divorced (and then remarried – several times in my father’s case) while I was young. Marriage felt like something you did because it was expected, but somewhere. in the bac...