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Freestyle Friday: The Jar of Awesome

Have you heard about The Jar of Awesome? Entrepreneur and author Tim Ferriss credits his ex-girlfriend for showing him the way to celebrate even small wins.

Instead of a jar full of slips of paper listing tasks waiting to be done (why would you even go there?), this jar is a vessel for holding reminders of awesome things.

Any time you want to, you can open up that jar and read about things you did, lovely things other people have done that you decided deserved a place in The Awesome Jar.

“It’s like a self-made fortune cookie of goodness,” Ferriss says.

I wanted one!

My jar is a little metal lunch kit that a friend gave me, and the slips of paper (so far) are postcards I picked up at the turn of the century at a writers’ conference on Prince Edward Island. The postcards themselves are beautiful, they remind me of a fantastic trip, and then I write that day’s or that week’s wonderful thing on one for a triple whammy of awesome.

I want to say, though, that it’s the reminders that are important, not the container or the kind of paper. When my wonderful PEI postcards run out, I’ll tear strips off my ubiquitous blue-lined looseleaf paper. The important thing is that awesome things happen All The Time, and I want to remind myself of them.

So far in 2018, I’ve added at least one Awesome Thing each week. This weekend I’m going to a couple of events with great people so I expect I’ll be adding more than one.

Isn’t that awesome?!

Wishing you a fabulous Friday and an awesome weekend too,

Rachel

Shopping days before Christmas: you only need one

Before you head for the mall to start your holiday shopping, the Corsettes have a present for you!

All four books in the Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop series are now available in one print volume! Plus the Christmas short story Kiss at the Altar is in there too!

It makes a great gift for any reader friends who love chocolate, or romance, or ghosts, or the Pacific Northwest, or pirates, or even parrots!

And it makes a great gift for you, which you can read in the time you save by not having to go to the mall.

You deserve it.

Happy shopping,

Rachel

Freestyle Friday: you never know what’ll show up!

Today, November 10, is World Science Day for Peace and Development to highlight the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.

There’s more about this interesting initiative on the UN’s website.

And here’s a TED talk by Janine Benyus, on biomimicry and how scientists (and all of us) can learn from Mother Nature. As Ms. Benyus puts it, we live on a competent planet that does a zillion things extremely well; we can learn from that.

Wishing you a fascinating Friday,

Rachel

A wedding at the Cove!

The latest story in the Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop series is out, and ready for your weekend reading! Or your bus commute! Or lunch break!
It’s a short story – or what passes for “short” in Corsette world, which means it’ll give you at least a couple of hours of reading pleasure.

Here’s the sweet scoop:
A wedding at the Cove! But not only is Granny Pearl’s antique Art Deco ring missing, so is the bride! Is it ghostly mischief, or is Prudence going to get cold feet this Christmas Eve and leave another groom standing at the altar?
Or will she remember in time that the sweetest life is the one you make together?

It’s available on
Amazon
Kobo
iBooks
Nook

I hope you love it as much as I do,
Rachel

“Love is a sweet adventure—especially in Corsair’s Cove!” —Bella Andre (aka Lucy Kevin), New York Times bestselling author of The Sullivans

Booksweeps and a chance to win Corsair’s Cove!

Corsair’s Cove is definitely a small town, and it’s contemporary – although some of the residents are from another century…

But for sure it’s full of romance!

My fellow authors the Corsettes and I have teamed up with 45+ fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Sweet & Mild Small Town Contemporary Romances to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner!
You can win Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop: The Complete Set, plus books from authors like Shoshanna Gabriel and Kendall Ryan.
Enter the giveaway by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2xvY3ov
Good luck, and enjoy!
Rachel

News!

Reviewer Amelia Richard of the site AlwaysReviewing has lovely things to say about Livy, Mack, and Corsair’s Cove – I’m so happy!

She really gets Livy, and she likes Mack as much as I did when I met him.

“KISS IN THE WIND is delightfully enjoyable,” Amelia writes, “and I want to believe these characters and the old-fashioned town actually exist. …There are emotional moments, humorous incidents, and lots of engaging townsfolk. Rachel Goldsworthy had me wanting to visit the businesses that are depicted in the story, as the proprietors sound charming.”

I am herewith inviting Amelia to come to the Cove for a visit any time. Livy will make a fresh batch of Five-Spice Barque to celebrate, and I’m sure Bonney the parrot will have some appropriate welcoming comments.

Check out what Amelia has to say about Kiss in the Wind and other books at always reviewing.com.

 

Spectacular Saturday: flowers in fall

It’s a glorious Saturday here in the Garden City – warm, sunny, and full of that back-to-school excitement that energizes a town with students of all ages. And even though our flowerbeds are starting to get tired after blossoming for so many months now, a few fall blossoms are popping up purple-ly.

tiny blurry cyclamen
glowing autumn crocuses

Wishing you an equally happy heliotrope Sunday,

Rachel