About memomuse

I am an arts educator, writer, poet, photographer, and mama. United Arts Council Artist in the Schools and Writer-in-Residence -- I am available to conduct workshops and residencies: Memoir, Writing, Poetry, Spoken Word, Poetry Slams. Contact me for more information. Also available for freelance writing and photography. I am also working on a historic food memoir: http://evanstoncommmunitykitchen.wordpress.com

Endorsed by Endorphins


This Post is Endorsed by Endorphins
#Exercise is a powerful way to grow your inner and outer strength. We all have an inner force that is waiting to grow new #muscles and gain muscle in already defined muscles. The best self help book you can ever buy is a #YMCA or gym membership. 
I felt like a super hero in my spin class. The instructor was amazing but as I rode I eliminated the negative self talk with positive, telling myself, “You’re a badass. You got this. What if you finish this class. I challenge you to enjoy this.” You have to understand this as well — I didn’t exercise last week (Monday-Thursday) after having been in a daily exercise habit for three months (since May). I noticed how I felt like I was back where I began — unmotivated and not thrilled to start exercise routine again and other habits of mind taking root again. Like that horrible thorny vine that takes over healthy bushes and trees. It is impossible to dig out and kill unless treated at the root. And it is hard to find the root when it runs rampant. 

My exercise routine is my self help book. I am trying to retrain my brain and get to the root of negative thinking. I am allowing myself to tell my story using my voice. My writing voice is the strongest muscle I have. 

If you like this post read some of my other posts under the hashtag #exercisediariesmemomuse on Instagram @memomuse

God bless #endorphins.

#positive #growthmindset #yesyoucan #highonendorphins #spin #cycling #workhard #muscles #confidence

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Cleaning


Cleaning chore day here at our house. My husband mowed the lawn while I cleaned the house. I deep cleaned the living room — sweeping, mopping, and straightening up. I redecorated the mantle with seashells from trips to the beach. Hard to believe summer is over.

 I love the living room with the original wood floors that have lasted a century and a half. The floor to ceiling windows are nice too. 

I first saw the living room when I first saw this 1880 house. It had a dead lady’s things in it, but Aunt Billy (I refer to her as Aunt Billy because that is how a neighbor introduced her and it stuck). I have her grey Royal typewriter that I bought from her nephew. Aunt Billy was a writer and a chain smoker. #typewriters #cleaning #oldhomes #historichomes #chores #seashells -#oceanmuse #nauticaltheme

It Splits You Open


“Let go of everything when you write, and try at a simple beginning with simple words to express what you have inside. It won’t begin smoothly. Allow yourself to be awkward. You are stripping yourself. You are exposing your life, not how your ego would like to see you represented, but how you are as a human being. And it is because of this that I think writing is religious. It splits you open and softens your heart toward the homely world.” — Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones