Having More Than One Dream, Is It Possible?


Good morning, readers! It is about 7:45am and my day started at 7. I have a new schedule at work that I’m not fond of, but we are here. I am grateful for the little things so that I can be blessed with bigger! Yesterday, I was watching a church sermon from Bethany Baptist church! If you guys are not familar, check them out on Facebook every Sunday, they go live. One of the messages that stood out to me was, ”  figure out what you want to change in the world and focus on that.” The Bishop said that is where your passion lies. Now, my 18 year old self had SO many things that I wanted to contribute to the world and I’m thinking about that as my 35 year old self! Speaking of, I’m REALLY 35. Like, where did the time go? I mean, I remember graduating high school and taking my senior pictures. Anywho, the statement really had me thinking because there are only two things that come to mind. Writing and Finance. Which brings me to our topic today. Is it possible to have more than one dream? Of course!!  Why not? I follow Kumiko aka The  Budget Mom and she said something that was SO profound. She said, ” Let’s stop leaving the big dreams to millionaires!”


There is nothing wrong with have more than one passion. We are gifted in so many things. I’ve been told that I’d make a great counselor, accountant, writer, even speaker. Believe it or not, I am not fond of speaking in front of crowd’s. But, who knows I may have a passion for it later in life. If you see something that you quickly develop a knack for or it comes easy to you, look deeper into that. It maybe a new passion or gift. I love to write, but I have not been writing a lot. Dealing with the stress of student loan debt and figuring out how to pay it off with my small salary( at least not enough to really put a dent in my loans) was taking up so much in my mind. But, NO MORE! The debt will be there until it’s not. As long as I am making more than my minimum payment, that will suffice for now. Cinderella once said, ” A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep.” There is truth to that! When I lay down at night, I dream about  budget coaching and helping people manage their finances. This is something that I want to do as a side hustle for now and continue my writing endeavors. But, when you become self employed, to me its’ hard to find people who will pay your services. I just need to look and find the people that will respect my craft and my passion and will actually want the services.

Having dreams is something that should not frustate, but it should excite you. Make a plan and then put action behind it. Do not allow anyone to tell you what is good for you and your life. If that dream is to become a chef, cook everyday. Start allowing people you don’t know to try your meals. Get an internship or a part time job at a resturant. As long as you are passionate about it, others will start to take notice, too. I’ve talked about my writing and my finance passions at work. It’s funny, I could see people judge or smirk from afar. One girl said, ” Well if you have done all of this and you like finance, why are you here?” I often get that question a lot! My answer is, ” Well, I have several streams of income and this just happens to be 1 of them.” Then she got quiet. In a sense, I’m not lying, lol. I do get royalties from my books when they sell and I will try to make a way to get money from this blog as well. See, potential revunue for your work! But, this goes to show, you can not tell everyone your passion and dreams. Just like that girl who asked, ” well why are you here and the other looks I got.” They are not happy that I have more than one dream or even income. They are called ” haters”. With haters you have to erase them from your mind and keep going. She could have simply said, ” That’s great that you do more than one thing or how does this job that we do correlate with your passions?” It could have been many questions asked. But, yet, she thinks I’m lying about my other income streams because I’m working their full time. But, here’s the thing. We are not responsible for what other people think about us. It’s simply none of our business. Now that I know how she is, I will just not speak anymore on the subject matter. Once you know your dreams, take the time and patience to see them through.

The Writing Struggle


Good afternoon, readers! I have to keep telling myself that life is beautiful. It is because I am alive and well. But lately, I have been wondering what has been holding me back with writing? Then it dawned on me, I am not focused on writing. I have so many stories that I want to tell that I can not focus. I have been all over the place with everything else like job hunting, contributing more to my youtube channel and trying to figure out my life. Yea, I know. I would think by now since I am 31 that I would have my life together, but I don’t.

My life coach has been helping me a great deal of keeping my mindset focused, but as they say, ” the proof is in the pudding”.  It is time for me to get the fingers on the keyboards and make magic. So, in order to give myself more motivation, this is what I am working on.

Trapped Cover

I need some help from my great readers! Please post motivation and words of encouragement so I can finish writing this book, lol. Knowing that people are excited about my work helps me keep going. After all I am a writer. Writing is what I am going to be doing!

Book Review: Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Good evening

Good evening, readers! Tonight I have a video for you of a GREAT book that I’ve read called Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.


Let me tell you! This book is amazing!! Check out my video to see my thoughts. To the new readers that have subscribed to my blog, I appreciate you! Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy. If you haven’t please subscribe to my channel to see what other books I have purchased and read!


Happy Reading,






Book Review: In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

In a dark dark wood

Author: Ruth Ware


Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

In a dark, dark wood there was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s bachelorette party arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room…

Some things can’t stay secret for ever

My Review:

In a Dark, dark wood was an okay novel for me. I know that this is the author’s first debut novel. I was excited to read this psychological thriller. This book is about a writer who has a love that she can not get over. Being invited to a ” hen” or bachelorette party to a friend that she has not seen in 10 years brings backs memories. Not necessarily, happy ones. Leonora aka Nora tries to figure out why she’s now reunited with her friend after she has not spoken to her in so long. I will say that this books has some twists because I was not expecting the killer to be who it was. I did enjoy this book, but it was a slow read for me. It did pick up toward the end. If you are reading this, please give it a try. This story was well written, I just wished the ending could have been better.

I rate this book a 3 out of 5 stars

The Wrath and The Dawn DNF ( Did Not Finish)


Print Length: 416 pages

Pages I Read: 100 pages

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (May 12, 2015)
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Language: English

Current Read: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

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Hey readers! I hope all is well with you! I know it’s been a few days, but I have been really taking a break from reading and writing my blog. Nothing has been wrong, I am just trying to sort some things out I guess. Life has been happening for me and it has not been pretty. It’s my current job. It is not what I thought it would be and due to my current health issues, the company is not excusing my absences due to my appointments. Anyway….enough about that. I just had to decompress, but I am back!  How has everything been? My e-mail is swamped with tons of your blogs that I will be going through this week and next since I’m off from school! Yes!! It feels so good let me tell you. This past 11 weeks have been hell, but I assure you, it is all good! I got two B’s in my Qualitative research class and my Social Psychology class. I was like 5 points away from an A in both classes. But, hey, I passed and will not complain.  Okay, on to the reading fun!

My current read:

Everything I Never Told You

I had heard bout this book for a fellow Book Tuber named Regan and her channel is the Peruse Project. I started watching her a few weeks ago and I feel in LOVE with her videos! She inspired me to start making videos about books, reading, and etc. Definitely check her out and subscribe to her channel. I ordered the book about two weeks ago and it’s also a book that I’m reading from a book club i’m in on Goodreads. I am currently on page 20 and it has picked up pretty quick. This book is about a girl who goes missing and her family is worried sick. It talks about a Chinese girl living in the 70’s who disappears and the family and a search team look for her. Thus far, during this time (in the book), the Son of Sam and other killings are going on in the world and the mother is worried sick. It’s still early in the book to tell what is going to happen so if you are interested check this out!

Recently finished:


Check out my review on this great read! Also stay tuned for my in depth review as well on YouTube. If you haven’t definitely  subscribe to my channel. Check out my recent buys too!

Let me know below, what are your current reads?

Meet Up #1: Tracey Clark A Great Writer and Blogger

Good morning

It’s not everyday that you get to meet awesome people! Well, I have met a new friend, blooger and writer named Tracey. Tracey and I met though another blog! I have decided to do guest posts on my blog so you that you guys can join in on the fun! If you are interested in being featured on my blog please send queries to:krystoldiggs@gmail.com. Okay, enough of my rambling, meet Tracey!

Tell the readers about yourself?

I am a country-twang gal from the bluegrass state. Kentucky is a hot bed of horses, cave systems, and whiskey. And I love all three. With my pugs and bossy kitty cat, I spend my days writing and working social media. I write with the help of the voices pushing me to create worlds for them to live in. Fantasy Romance, Contemporary Romance, and eventually some cowboys (because cowboys live in a group all there own, yummmm) are the genres that I love best.

In 2005, a serious case of Multiple Sclerosis ended my higher education as I strived to finish my mathematics degree, wiping away all my beautiful numbers and a large portion of artistic talents that I had taken for granted most of my life. After a few years, my beautiful words started to come back to me. Filling my days and nights with imagined worlds helped me to cope with my newfound reality. I am currently working with Mary (my publisher) at http://gonewritingpublishing.blogspot.com/ Each day I find that getting sick has helped me to find my passion.

  1. What made you start blogging?

I knew that if I wanted to be serious about publishing my worlds and characters for the world to find and enjoy, I needed a platform. At first I collected books like ‘2014 Novel and Shortstory Writer’s Market’, while I joined RWA (both online and my local chapter) in order to gain the knowledge I would need to go forward with what had fast become my life, my dream.

Butttt … Post MS me turns out to be extremely tech-lite. It took some frustration and multiple attempts, but I final know at least half of the ways to share my posts with the world wide web. Okay … at least a quarter of the ways. But this gal refuses to give up. I have been blessed with something that I love to do. Something that none of my current limitations can prevent me from doing. Yep, I love disappearing into a world of my own making.

  1. What inspires you to write?

At first, I was just looking for a way to relieve the boredom. When I first got sick everything caused my head to hurt. No TV, no reading, no writing … a lot of no-nos. Finally I was able to read for entertainment, but quickly found that the genres/authors I wanted to read were being produced slower than my need. Lol. With nothing to do but read, I went through quite a few books. I had always scribbled down story ideas, but for the most part I had focused on other arts like painting and poetry. I decided that flushing out my ideas sounded like a fun pursuit for my endless downtime … then story boards, rough drafts and finally searching for the publication avenue that would best suit my needs.

But it is more than just an inspiration to write. It is an inspiration to create. Between my Irish Granny with her love of painting, drawing, and cooking and my Cherokee Papaw with his need to gift everyone he met with their own personal rhyming introduction, his love of singing, and his overflowing notebooks of poetry, I grew up with a love of all things artistic. It is something that can take the ordinary and make it MORE. 😛

  1. As writers we always have to have that one drink when we are writing, what is your drink of choice?

My main drug of choice is Diet Coke. I refer to my easily flustered man at the gas station at the bottom of the hill as my Coke Dealer. 😛 I love diet coke, but only out of a fountain … no bottles, cans, or 2-liters for this gal. As a runner up, I enjoy tea. Sweet (splenda, of course) iced tea … I am from Kentucky after all. But a lot of other hot teas will do as well. I know that most will consider this blasphemy but I have never enjoyed the taste of coffee. It smells great, but that is as far as I will go.

5. Tell me about your latest writing, what can we expect to see from you?

Before I talk about my upcoming novel, I want to invite anyone that would like to participate in a blog tour. If interested, just drop me a line and I will put you in touch with my publisher. This will be my first blog tour, so any advice is welcome. 😛

This will be my first published piece, and I couldn’t be more excited. Shocking Finds: A Finder’s Keepers Novel is more than 100,000 words of fantasy/paranormal romance. The story begins as 21-year-old Marin attempts to find a small measure of independence. She lives in a world where heightened senses are common place, as she works at Finder’s Keepers using her senses to help find the lost or missing. Still, her overprotective and verbally abrasive aunt insists that real magic is for fools, nothing more than a children’s fairytale.

Her bid for independence leads to betrayal, Fae assassins, and more magic than Marin knows how to handle. Luckily, the insanity comes with her own personal bodyguard. A Fae too delicious for his own good.

This story started out as just Finder’s Keepers, but Stephen King managed to get there first. At first I was aggravated, but I think I may own the man a thank you. I already have two more rough drafts to follow in this series. As the people working at Finder’s Keepers will be in each novel, the master of horro actually did me a favor.

  1. Besides, Pugs, what other kind of animals do you like?

I love all animals, really. I definitely lean towards the Pug when I go to pick out a new pup, but there is so much beauty and intelligence to be found in the animal kingdom. Though I have never owned one myself, I love the feeling of flying across a field on the back of a horse. So much strength and elegance. To run on the back of some massive steed is the most freeing feeling to be had on land. (this is Kentucky which makes the beast hard to avoid)

There is also this toad that tends to stop by my back door when the weather gets warm. And yes I catch and feed him moths. This year, the toad appeared to be smaller. Most likely one of Froggy Assassin’s children (yes I named him :P). Last year I stepped outside, in the pitch black dark, and almost stepped on some toadish lovin’. Still, they fascinate me.

  1. You were diagnosed with MS a long time ago, what advice do you have for those who struggle with the disease?

The best advice I have to share would be to remind yourself each day that MS affects each person differently. When I was first diagnosed, my doctor tried to cheer me up by explaining that he knew of a patient with one lesion that had already died, while I could still walk and talk, even though my MRI showed too many lesions to count …. Huh??? Yeah, not very encouraging. I quickly stopped listen to horror stories, or even inspirational news. Instead I focused on how I felt, how I could deal with my limitations each and every day, and how to get back to being the person I used to be.

I had already lost my eyesight to the point that I couldn’t drive, only to have the issue reversed within a few months. So I knew that no matter what affects I had to face, I wasn’t the end. If I lost my ability to walk, I knew that with time I could get it back. I protect myself from further exacerbation (if your head hurts, stop what you are doing instantly, no matter what it is), and wake up asking myself two questions … what do I want to do today? Followed closely by; what can I do today? Just because reading hurts my head today, doesn’t mean I won’t be able to enjoy the book I’ve been waiting for forever tomorrow.

As for my writing, I can type or write long hand … or even use a tape recorder. There is always some way to get what you want. Just add artistic endeavors that use your mind and your hand to eye condonations, or even a child’s hand held game if you can. Work at building new pathways, new ways of being yourself, each day… and never give up.

8. Now we know about your writing, tell me about your reading style, how many books do you read?

I vary on the number of books I read each month, usually in the fantasy/paranormal romance genre but I will try anything with a cowboy to lust over. Because … yeah, Cowboys… yummm. So far, at 11 days into August, I have read four books. This is amazing to me. While my mother could go through twice as many, or more (when she is in the mood), I spend my youth and teen years avoiding books.

At four I was diagnosed as dyslexic. It all started when my aunt called to inform my mother that I written on the wall behind my cousins bed. Of course, my mother insisted to know how her sister knew that I had been the culprit. Turns out that I had written my name, and I had written it perfectly backwards.

People look at dyslexia as shameful, or worse, a sign of low intelligence. Malarkey. I learned coping mechanisms at an early age, and managed to do better in small bursts of text. Though a mild case, I still shied away from books and reading out loud. I would stutter when the teacher asked me to read something to the class that I hadn’t had the chance to memorize, and even today, editing my own words is a pain in the arse. Something that demands many, many, many rereads … and still it is always a good idea to have a second pair of eyes looking things over. But all of that is an inconvenience, not a handicap. I graduated from high school third in my class. I move slower than others, but finding a genre I love has helped me to improve a little more every year. Okay, rant over 😛

  1. What is your current read at this moment?

Currently, I have been reading the guild hunter series by Nalini Singh. And have been enjoying her style. She was suggested on a thread in Goodreads for one of their monthly read and pick for others threads. I needed something to fill my downtime, and all my favorites had been read and reread enough times that I had started to laugh about my favorite scenes while doing other activities. Lol. That is a lot worse than having a song stuck in your head.

  1. If you could meet any author who would it be and why?

Hmmmm … there are so many authors that I could so easily see adding to this list, but this is a blog swap, not a memoire (Warning: I can get a little wordy)

I would have to say that the number one person of interest would have to be Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken (same person) Her dragons and other beasts are right up my alley. I love the way she can blend humor and deep emotions (with a heavy dose of lovin) into her books. Just reading the worlds she creates, I know that she would be a hoot to talk with. I appreciate humor, having been raised by a woman with a sharp wit and hilarious attitude. Laughter can make any situations lighter, and the ones that are already light will become a blast.

  1. When you are reading a book do you prefer paperback, e-book or hard back?

For the most part, I read from my kindle. Buttttt …. I love owning hardbacks of my favorites. The look, the feel … I can spend hours, and all my money, in a book store. No matter how many book shelves I own, I always seem to need more.

  1. Where is the best place to read a book?

I work and read from the lazy boy recliner in my office. Excellent lighting, with a calm atmosphere filling the room from all my paintings and American Indian dream catchers. Comfort, relaxation, and an escape into the unknown.

  1. Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?

I definitely prefer fiction. And besides my love of cowboys, it is the more magical the better. I get enough of reality in day to day life. Being transported to another world is all about experiencing the impossible for me. While I enough deep emotions in at times, I what to have that open possibility that maybe, just maybe the world can be saved, the emotional death scene doesn’t have to be the end for the character you have grown to love, and handicaps can be fought through and conquered. I give myself permission to slip back into the mindset of a child. Where you dad is a superhero, you have the ability to track a lion in your backyard, and sailing your couch through the shark filled oceans of your living room carpet can happen at the drop of a hat.

  1. What do you expect for readers to get out of your blog?

More than anything else, I expect for readers to get acceptance from my blog. I welcome all comments as long as they are not hostile abrasive. The abasement of cultural groups and/or individual (for any reason) is not welcome.They can share in the insanity that is my life or pick up book ideas from random posts. They can follow my progress as I move toward the finish line to publish my first novel, and enjoy excerpts from my shorts and full novels. The number of people willing to follow my blog all ready had humbled me. I love meeting new people and chatting about books, random facts of life, or brainstorming to help fellow writers get their story rolling when it freezes up on them.

You can follow Tracey here!

Blog:                http://traceylclark.com/

Twitter:          https://twitter.com/traceylclark11

Facebook:       https://www.facebook.com/trace.clar

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Linkedin:        https://www.linkedin.com/in/traceyclarkauthor

Goodreads:     https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/10820204-tracey-clark