How to Live a Happy Life~

19 April 2019

Hello, everyone,

 

It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post, and I do apologize about that. I’ve spent the past couple months getting prepared for our house and baby, as well as planning, organizing, and nesting. I have missed writing, however, very much, and even after the baby is born, I still plan to write. I’ll never give it up.

 

So with everything going on around you, living a busy life day after day, how do you still live a happy life?

 

Well, I can honestly say that I’ve never felt truly happy until I’ve heartily prayed about the things in my life that bug me, and then leave the rest to God, trusting Him to handle it in His own good time. It gives you such peace when you finally allow God to take care of even the smallest things in your life, such as what you and your spouse are going to have for supper that night. I’ve been known to pray about such things. It gives me the courage to rely on the Lord even more. In fact, you can rely upon Him with anything in your life that may bug you. Praying about it simply makes it all disappear, as well as causes you to realize that maybe the situation isn’t as bad as you may think. After all, you’re giving it to a big God who is more than capable of handling it!

 

The main reason there is a growing rate of suicides in the world today, is because people are not truly happy. They may have hobbies that they love, family members that they love, and so forth. But if you don’t a hundred percent give everything to the Lord, then how do you expect to endure true peace in your life? Even after a couple of days of neglecting to pray, I feel weak and empty inside. Many times, I’ve heard how people in the news admitting that they felt suicidal or depressed, because they felt so empty inside.  That emptiness and depression wouldn’t be there if only they had given their problems and burdens to God. Of course, it doesn’t happen overnight. There are still things that I personally struggle with and have to cry out to God about them every day, but I pray that God will help me through them and give me the wisdom and guidance to know how to encounter such trials. Maybe the trial is a person in our life who brings us down in some way, or maybe it’s an event or circumstance that you dread coming across either occasionally or regularly. Maybe it’s something in your own personality that you wish was different. Whatever the case, give it to the Lord. Even though He knows what we need and want before we ask Him, we should never be afraid to ask Him for things, because that’s what builds a lasting relationship with Him.

 

There was a time in my life when I hardly ever prayed to God unless I absolutely needed something extremely important changed or a problem fixed within my life. I realize now how wrong that was. Aside from asking for things we need and want, as well as giving all of our burdens over to Him, we need to do so with a thankful heart. A lot of times, if we get a prayer answered, we forget about how fervently we’d prayed to God about that situation that we don’t even thank Him for the answered prayer! We must stop this. After all, God gave us His Son to die on the cross to pay for all of our sins. Jesus was innocent; we are not. God gave us the blessing of our spouse; our true friends; our family; our home; our jobs; our cars; our gift of life to breathe and live each and every day. If we only pray to God whenever we need Him, we’re not giving Him enough credit and we’re definitely not being very fair to Him who has given us all things.

 

So once again, do you want to know the key to a truly happy life? God. Find God, and you find yourself and every answer to every problem in your life. Find God, and you’ll never be depressed or suicidal. Find God, and everything will work out beautifully in your life. And trust me – as soon who prayed fervently every day for years for a baby and a bigger home, and those things have happened – they WILL turn out all right. 🙂

 

Happy Easter, everyone 🙂

 

JMK~

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Update on “The Magic Suitcase”!

Hello everyone,

I have a recent update on the release date of “The Magic Suitcase” and the information surrounding that. It will now be digitally released through Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble this April. It’ll be print on demand too. 

If you’re looking to read a fun fantasy novel with historical elements, the book “The Magic Suitcase: Martha” is for you. This will be the first of two books in the series. 

As for my current project I’m working on (see the Current Project page for more details), I plan to try everything I can in publishing this in print first through a common publishing company. Whether it’s through an agent or a company editor, I’m determined to make this dream a reality. If anyone has any publishing advice, I’d love to hear it, too. 

Have a great week, everyone 🙂 

JMK 

Being Patient as a Knit-Wit

Hello, everyone,

I’m sure we all have noticed the cool changes I’ve been making to my website lately 🙂 I hope everyone is loving as much as I am. Dark green is the new “awesome,” don’t you all agree??

I’ve been thinking lately, as always (and no, the big announcement hasn’t come yet; see my website sidebar for more details), and I’ve come to the decision that instead of beginning my knitting projects in the fall like I usually do, I’ll start them this summer! Knitting is so much fun, so why put off one of my favorite hobbies for then when I can do it now?!

Today, my husband and in-laws and myself stopped at a cheap furniture place. They have the nicest stuff on sale for cheap. Like, a cedar chest that doesn’t have a single scratch on it is on sale for only $100. Really! Who knew such nice stuff could be on sale for so cheap. I am thankful for such places. After all, then we will not have to buy expensive items and virtually waste our money.

But anyway, we found an old spinning wheel when we were there, and I was like, “Wow!” You see such items mainly only in old movies. “Sleeping Beauty” was in a big rave about it, LOL. I had also seen it at a knitting studio in town, though, and was instantly curious. Why still use such an ancient contraption in today’s tech-savvy world? I want one.

Remember that scene in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” when Harry was studying the scarf of yarn being knitted magically by itself? Well, sometimes I wish I can have that happen for me. I get so impatient with knitting sometimes, mainly because I do not have the patience to sit through an entire ordeal of figuring out the situation of knit vs purl, different sized needles to use, etc. Well, I’ve decided that since I taught myself this hobby to begin with, I am just going to stick with it and learn new items and new knitting designs this summer! Yay!

I already have a ton of stuff I am busy with, folks. I have a husband and two cats, a home, a job, am of course a writer who devotes time daily to do it, play piano, teach Sunday school, construct the church bulletin, as well as extra projects as needed. I am one busy girl. I know this Big Surprise will make me much, much busier, too, which I am very certain I will love.

So I suppose I am writing this blog post to say, quite simply, expect much more exciting things coming from me soon! 🙂 These things associated with knitting project fun, as opposed to only writing, although that is still fun, too. 😉 Oh, and it’s my birthday on Monday. Not trying to brag or anything, though. Birthdays only come once a year, after all. It is just exciting. 🙂

Have a good week, everyone. 🙂

JMK~

My Favorite Things

May 13, 2015

Hello, folks,

This week sounds like a perfect week to go about examining one’s favorite things and how they help you through life’s struggles. So below are some of my favorite things.

What are your favorite things? How do they give you comfort in life when life just seems really hard?

**My Favorite Things:

  • God  – Every morning lately I have spent 1-2 hours thoroughly reading and studying God’s Word through Bible app reading plans, devotion, and prayer. This gives me comfort at the start of the day, reminding me that God is with me, has amazing plans for me, and that trusting and being confident in Him will bless me.
  • Family – There’s no better support system I have than my husband and family. They are my constant encouragement and true love, helping me realize what’s really important in life. My husband has a great sense of humor, too, as well as the rest of my family. Humor mixed with love is probably the best way to help a loved one overcome a trial!
  • Cats – My cats, Lefty and Felix, are really entertaining. They also keep us on our toes, but get into everything! My black cat, Felix, as you’ve probably seen in my recent Youtube video here, is the most prone to getting into mischief! No matter where we hide his cat food, he has a highly alert, keen sense of smell and does anything he can – destroying the carpet, opening doors as strongly as he can – etc., just so he can get what he wants. No matter what I go through in a day, their entertainment keeps me reminded that there are enjoyable aspects of life to constantly strive for and look forward to.
  • Knitting – There’s just something comforting about the tip-tap of the knitting needles softly clinking together, along with the soft, tender feel of that brand new ball of yarn, that comforts you and gives you peace. It’s a feeling only needle-workers can understand. Any needle-workers out there? 🙂
  • Baking – My husband loves it when I bake stuff. He does most of the cooking around the home since I don’t really enjoy cooking at all. I even groan about making a simple pot of mac and cheese! His favorite thing that I make is my Oreo Pie Dessert, which you can see on my page Discover More! Putting all the recipes together, measuring cups, tablespoons, and teaspoons of ingredients, is fun to me. Plus having a big sweet tooth is a plus, too. 😉
  • Playing Piano – Yes, it’s true, I have played piano for 16 years. I have a piano keyboard in our office corner, but as all avid pianists know, nothing beats sitting down at a real piano. My heart melts at seeing a brand new, black and shiny piano, sitting there just waiting for someone to play it! I love all the classic composers, such as Pachebel, Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, etc. I’ve played almost every Beethoven piece, and have played at least one song from each of these composers. Classical music is my favorite to play, but I also enjoy jazzy tunes. Playing a simple song makes you forget about your troubles and focus on the soft comfort of music that sings all your troubles away. Any musical followers out there? 🙂
  • Reading a Book – I’m not a fan of Kindles, etc. It’s fine if someone else uses them. But for me, I love the crisp, soft feeling of the book in my hand. You can stroke your hand across the texture of the book cover, feeling the crispness of the pages, and know how real the book is. If it it was up to me, I’d have an entire library of books. My favorites are anything from Jane Austen and Kate Morton. But aside from the Bible, my all-time favorite book is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. The book just really speaks to me. I don’t know if it is because I’m a writer or because I have three younger sisters. Reading a book with a telling story just sends you into another world where nothing else matters except the fun adventure you’re about to experience!
  • Gardening – Since we live in an apartment, there’s really not much of a garden you can have. We tried growing a tomato plant in a pot, but it didn’t work out so well. More so than vegetable plants, however, are using the beauty of flowers, even if it is just a dozen-some pots lined up on your balcony. I enjoy learning more about plans and flowers in how to make them better and better. Just another comfort of home.
  • Humor –  My favorite comedians of all time are Brian Regan and Jim Gaffigan. Not only are they relatively clean humorists, they make you laugh. Laughter is the best medicine to anything, no matter what kind of sick you’re feeling.

What are your favorite things? 

Have a good week, everyone. 🙂 Don’t forget to enjoy life to the fullest! 🙂

JMK~ 🙂

The Joy of Writing

Hello everyone,

Has the good Lord ever made you wait for anything? Well, folks, I’m waiting right now, for a couple things, and let me tell ya, it’s tough!! 🙂 But I know that in the end, it’ll be so incredibly worth it 🙂

What have you had to wait for in your life?

Imagine sitting in jail, feeling like you’re rotting there, while waiting to get let out from that dark, grimy cell, behind black, steel bars that are keeping you there until the government thinks you’ve learned your lesson. This was such a case for Benjamin “Ben” Martin.

I know, I’ve now finished writing about the history of all the books I’ve ever written since I first began writing in my life (see category History of My Books above). But this book is special. In the past couple weeks, I’ve been thinking to myself about the writer’s block I currently have with the book idea I have listed under my “Current Project” page (see above for further details), “Crimson”. But I’ve also had a good idea that if I’m going to speed up my writing and publishing process once my husband and I have children and it gets loads busier one day eventually, I’ll have to get a head start now.

So while I’m waiting for my current writer’s block of my book “Crimson” to flourish away, I’m currently in deep revision of my first book I’ve ever written that was once called, “Life with Guardian Angels.” But now it’s called “Childhood Secrets”. And it is going really well!

So anyway, Ben Martin has been in jail for four years, now being let out. As a reader, you don’t know what he went in for or why he committed the crime. All you know is that he is now a free man, being led out of the jail gates toward a gray SUV where his friends, Cassie Dawson and Mike Bain, excitedly await! His friends are so happy to see him. They haven’t seen him in four years, but beyond that, they have been the only ones keeping in touch with him. Now Ben is a pretty decent guy, apart from the fact that he was once in jail. He comes from a good family; he’s a farm boy, too, and now things are about to get exciting.

Meanwhile, Jess Olsen Beckham had lost her husband to a terrible car accident two years before. She has spent the last two years in mourning for him, trying to move on in a life where her husband, Don, no longer exists. Now how sad is that. Writing the scenes of Jess losing her husband, it really made my heart heavy, just thinking about the complete and terrible loss and pain you would have from losing a spouse so unexpectedly like that. Jess has moved her and her dog, Frank, to a different place and is gradually starting to build a brand new life for herself, little by little.

Ironically, Jess is best friends with Cassie Dawson, and they have been best friends since seventh grade. She’s also friends with Mike. So when Jess steps foot inside her and her friends’ favorite taco joint, she is shocked to see Ben there with them, for of course Cassie never said anything, the matchmaker! All we know about this situation thus far is that Jess and Ben were once high school sweethearts, aren’t very good friends now, and didn’t talk at all during Ben’s jail sentence except for when Jess testified for him during his court trial.

Has this story grabbed you by the throat yet? 😉

So continuing on, as I conclude, this book will be an inspirational-based, romance suspense. It’s suspenseful, because in order to understand all the major facts of the story, we must peer into each and every character’s life, including the deep, dark secrets of Jess’s deceased twin sister, Lizzie’s past, to piece everything completely together.

That is all I will share about the book for now! 🙂 I’ll of course keep you posted gradually about it as time goes on.

Let me share one last thing for you. It is a gloomy day here in North Dakota where we live. It’s very rainy. There’d be nothing better I’d love to do than ——- no, not write ——– read fan mail! I know I am not a published author yet, but almost, so with that said, if you all have any questions, comments, or suggestions about writing, fun characters you like whether it be mine or another author’s, my blog, my life, your life, your passions and about you, or anything in general, really, please drop me a message to my email: books_jmg@yahoo.com sometime! Oh, and please also visit my “About Me” page for more information on how to follow me on social media and subscribe to my monthly newsletter! 🙂

All for now and wishing you all a blessed week,

JMK~ 🙂

The Mysterious Secrets of a Blank Mind ~

Hello everyone,

And yes, if you didn’t understand my title, I am a writer and I do have writer’s block. 😦 I’m struggling with my current novel (see Current Novel page), with my black cat Felix’s tail looping over my keyboard, and I am staring at a blank screen. I usually don’t enjoy donating plasma and writing in one day, since I’m often found drinking ten gallons of water, haha. But I decided to be a little more productive today.

While I was donating plasma, though, I was skimming through Pinterest and found a ton of writing pins that I liked quite a lot. They gave me a lot of great inspiration, too (as I slam yet another bottled water), and I decided to share some inspiration with you. So here are the top six ways to get over writer’s block and start writing like you should!!!! 🙂 🙂

1.) Write about what you love that won’t get published. Remember those writing exercises you did in creative writing classes in middle high school, high school, or college? Neither do I. But anyway, write about your favorite memory growing up, your favorite food, write about your pets, or just whatever you like. Let your mind explore the possibilities.

2.) Watch your favorite movie. This always inspires me, because after all, most movies are based off of books.

3.) Read your favorite novel, or just excerpts from it. Aside from the Bible, my favorite novel of all time is “The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton. The smallest or greatest word, beautifully sewn in intricately perfect font, is such passionate artwork to me. That really makes me want to write as great a story as a fantastic author.

4.) Outline your book on a separate sheet of paper, or in a notepad, or even on a Microsoft Word document sheet. This particular exercise helps me sometimes, but not all the time.

5.) Get away from the story for a while and let your mind wander. While you’re in the shower, or brushing your teeth in the morning or evening, imagine yourself in the character(s) shoes. Where would they go from here? What happens next and how can they go about it? This especially helps me whenever I am desperately craving a lot more passionate artwork in my own writing, like now, haha.

6.) Don’t be afraid of making the first draft a dud. That’s what editing and rewriting is for! Write out the scenes that are bugging your mind most. Get all of those good and ugly scenes out of your mind, and then polish them later. When I wrote my debut novel, “The Magic Suitcase,” this helped me a lot. When you don’t feel like writing this scene, or if you’re like me and its the only scene of the book left to write (I tend to skip around a lot when I write, which also helps me), just vomit it all out and worry about polishing it later. It’s only when we learn to like and enjoy that particular scene when it deserves the most effort and also when we give it the best effort. 🙂

My surprise should be hopefully posted on my blog this week, so keep your eyes peeled for exciting news soon!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂

Have a blessed week 🙂

JMK~

It’s Raining Poetry!

Hello, 

Are you a poet? Have you written numerous poetry throughout your life? If you’re a frequent visitor here, you know very well that I keep a monthly poem page to share my poetry with others and make a true difference 🙂 

I think of Edgar Allan Poe when poetry comes to mind. I’m sure all of you remember “The Raven” and the darkly ironic words that could only come straight from Poe’s mind. I liked his poetry. My favorite poets are Emily Dickinson and Dr. Suess. These three have very rhythmic, story-like poetry. I base my love for poetry from this. I write a lot of stories in my poetry. Otherwise I find it relatively boring. My first poem, for example, was about my favorite tree in my backyard at home and how it gradually died. It won a blue ribbon at the county fair. I had it framed too. 

Lately I’ve been mulling over a lot of different things in my life while trying to stay strong and grow closer to the Lord through trials I’ve been experiencing. I firmly believe such trials help us grow 🙂 So I decided to write a poem about it that I’ve decided to share with you this week. I will put it as the monthly poem for March as well. I should point out though that most of the time, my poems do not rhyme. But that’s also the beauty of poetry too. I hope you all enjoy it and the rest of your week 🙂 

“Experience”

By Jenna Kinzler 

Silence! Can you hear it? 

Can you hear the whispers in the naked darkness? Echoing my thoughts, causing me to ponder longer. 

It all starts with a sign, a whisper, 

God telling me to begin and then begin again, 

To breathe again will be a beautiful adventure. 

To live for real will be the true test of time, 

Whether I’ve truly faced all the demons lurking there, beneath the surface of the trials. 

Can I still hear the voiceless promise? 

Maybe someday it’ll appear for real. 

The calm before the storm is always haunting me, pushing me on. 

My love for him is still my greatest love, my greatest moment and truest ally. 

Coffee is a reminder sometimes. 

The ghost drives me hoping and then is suddenly laughing, then abruptly swept up, falling up, up, up into the torpedo storm, into the future possibly where it is no longer there. 

I try to grasp for it, fighting to hold on tight, but it disappears and then I am alone again. 

Until God reminds me He is still with me endlessly. 

I will fight, I will work 

Until the time of sunset is there, 

Where I know the contentment of where I truly belong

And then there will be no ending, no reminder always with me.

All that’ll remain is a perfect, beautiful song.