Upgrade Your Life


Have you ever visited a friend’s house and been struck by how pretty that arrangement of flowers on their kitchen table looked? Or by the aromatic smell of a Yankee Candle burning in the family room? Or even how ridiculously fancy the handsoap in their bathroom felt?

This may sound ridiculous, but I never realized I had the power to light those decorative candles I’ve kept so pristine. I never once thought about spending a few extra coins to get the foofy handsoap. And you can definitely be sure I wasn’t headed out into my garden with a pair of shears to cut posies.

But after a “self-care” challenge from a travel writing friend, Dawn Engler, I struck a match that instantly upgraded my life. And I’m extending the challenge to you this week.

What could you do to bring yourself a jolt of happiness? You don’t have to win the lottery to feel rich. Maybe there’s a drawer with fancy skin care products you could open to pamper yourself. Or perhaps there’s a nice bottle of wine you’ve been saving. Or maybe you could set the table tonight with the “nice” dishes.

I’d love to hear how you’ve taken on this challenge. How will YOU upgrade your life?

And always – write with joy,


Maria SnyderYou can hear Maria Snyder speak about her books at the York Book Expo keynote event, Saturday, October 15, at 10 am (tickets on sale HERE), or if you’re super savvy, you’ll join us for the day-long writer’s workshop series on Friday, October 14 from 1:30-8:30 pm. Maria will be teaching two don’t-miss classes:

  • Fantastic Fight Scenes – Learn to write thrilling and realistic fight scenes using the perfect balance of description, dialogue, inner dialogue and character emotions
  • Creating Believable Villains – Turn your one-dimensional villain into a full-blown bad ass your readers will love to hate
A full listing of the twelve masterclasses offered by professional writers and instructors is available at: YOTBpress.com/Writers
Learn more about Maria at: MariaVSnyder.com



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