and then it was Thursday and the world rejoiced.

Before I get to my blog-of-nothing today, I posted this on FCR yesterday afternoon. I swear, I could have written this article.


I’ve been wanting to get back into yoga, but I’ve been holding off because of how fit people tend to view fatties when trying something new. Normally, I could give a flying rat’s ass about how people view me, but with yoga, it’s different. I can kick your ass in the gym or on the softball field, but you put me in yoga class and I turn into a shy, awkward mess. Because I’m not as flexible as I used to be. And because I have Gigantic G cups that get in my way and sometimes try to suffocate me in certain poses. So walking into a new class, with a yogi who doesn’t know me, makes me feel intimidated.

Not my favorite feeling in the world.

However, I have decided to try some yoga at home. I found this video on Fitbottomed Girls: Yoga for Weight-Loss: A Sequence for Beginners

I just wish I had a personal yogi who could help me with proper poses.

Enough of that talk, let’s talk about something else… Like, this morning’s note from the Universe!

The question, Melissa, that some might consider asking is, “Can others, doing what they’re now doing, no matter what their motivation, no matter what our relationship, and no matter what they decide, keep me from being all I want to be?”

And the answer is always, “Not in a million years.”

    The Universe

Especially, when who you want to be, Melissa, is as simple as being happy, huggable, and sharing your new good book deal with the world.

I needed this today. Sometimes I forget that the only person in charge of me, is ME. Sometimes I allow myself to get wrapped up in other people’s actions and reactions and forget that how/ who they are is not my problem nor is it my fault. Those are their issues, not mine.  It sounds easy, but the reality is, it is much more difficult to practice. But I am practicing. Everyday.

In other, other news…This will be another weekend with Rader, practicing driving! He’s stoked…as am I. He’s a quick learner, too.

Well, I hope you guys have a great Thursday. Turn your sparkle up to 11, folks! And if you have a sunroof or a convertible, I hope you’re somewhere that you can open the top and enjoy the day!

I blogged at FCR today as well. I‘m talking about Mastering Yourself (not being the Master of Your Domain. I mean, why would you punish yourself like that?)

Notes from the Universe

Sometimes the Universe knows exactly what a girl needs to hear…

The sad part, Melissa, is that they told you it’s wrong to be selfish, tacky to be vain, vulgar to be sexy, and wasteful to be rich.

The happy part is that they were just making all that up.

Probably just jealous of all you might do, be, and have. And afraid of all they might not.

Uh-oh… one of them is in trouble now, gotta bolt!

    The Universe

Melissa, follow your heart and get your groove on because, no matter what anyone said, it’s never too late to have it all. 

Thanks Universe. I think I will take your suggestion and run with it.

I’ve reported on my weight loss and other stuff over at FCR today. Go check it out and celebrate with me!

Tonight, Rader P. (#66 in your programs, #1 in your hearts) is playing at Benton. Wonder Foot Power…ACTIVATE!

a pick me up from The Universe

Sometimes The Universe really knows how to make me smile:

Your secret blessing, Melissa, is that no matter where you go in time and space, you only ever have to be yourself – as courageous, vulnerable, bold, or afraid as you may feel – to find yourself amongst friends.

So loved, The Universe

Then it added a little PS:

You’re actually kind of like chocolate to other people, Melissa, when you’re just being yourself.

I like the idea that I’m like chocolate…

2011: Month of Mel Day 9

So I receive Notes from the Universe every day and they are awesome. How much do I love today’s note?

Here, Melissa, friends adore you, strangers admire you, and physical laws fear you.

OMG – Is this like “Melissa Francis World,” or what?

You can have it all,
The Universe

Dude. The Universe gets me.

In fun news, I got this new camera app for my iPhone (Camera+) and have been playing with all the fun extras.

Fun with Filters, Borders, and Lighting: OH MY!

Today is Wine Wednesday and I will be having me some of that with Birdrunner after work. Add in lunch with Laura and Jenn today and you have a very bright and happy(even if it is gloomy outside right now) day.

a good way to start the week

From the Universe:

Thanks, Melissa, for every single time you ever fell in love.

Whether or not it was obvious. Whether or not it lasted. And whether or
not you were loved back.

It changed everything.

You changer,
The Universe

This was the perfect note to start off this week. Dont ya think? Happy Monday, folks. I’m gonna be blogging at Fictionistas today, but it’ll be a little while…got work to do first!

Dear 2009,

Don’t let the door hit you on your way out.

My friends and I were talking yesterday and we have decided that 2009 has been a year of either REALLY BIG HIGHS or REALLY BIG LOWS. There has been no in between. And dealing with both highs and lows with barely any time to catch our breath, we also decided that we’re exhausted.

So hasta la vista 2009.

I consider myself a very lucky girl. Even though we had a few scares over the year (a scary car accident with my niece and SIL and my BIL’s heart attack) my family remains healthy. And I’m very grateful for that. Several of my friends are struggling with illness in their lives and it breaks my heart for them. So knock on wood, we have our health.

I want to end this year on a positve note, so I think I’ll name all the good things that have happened to me over the year. If I focus on the good, the memories of the bad will fade into the distance.

  1. Wrote LOVE SUCKS!
  2. Won money at the horse races (not a lot, but hey, it paid for dinner and drinks!)
  3. Reconnected with some dear old friends and have rekindled some fantastic friendships that will last forever
  4. Got my awesome tattoo
  5. started working on a 40 things to do at 40 list and have accomplished many things on the list
  6. Ran my first 5K
  7. Celebrated the Month of Mel
  8. Turned 40 with style
  9. Went to two conferences, one in Florida and one in DC
  10. Spent some time at the beach
  11. Began to plot out a new series
  12. BUNCO BABES TELL ALL and BUNCO BABES GONE WILD both hit the stands
  13. CAN’T STAND THE HEAT also hit the stands
  14. oh yeah, and my debut novel BITE ME! finally made into the wild
  15. I found more than 100 four-leaf clovers over the summer
  16. Spent a weekend at Beaver Lake with my Thursday Girls.
  17. Got an email from CNBC’s Melissa Francis
  18. BITE ME! went into a 3rd printing
  19. After two years we finally sold our house in Oxford
  20. Saw Staind in concert!
  21. Did a local interview on a morning show
  22. Saw my ‘wee Scottish lad’ and his family in Nashville
  23. did the Race for the Cure
  24. Lost 35 pounds (and depending on the clothing) 2-3 sizes
  25. Had several successful book signings, an author talk, and visited the book club at my former high school

Looking at my list of good things that have happened this year (and I know I haven’t listed them all, but this is what came to mind this morning) I realize even with all the lows, 2009 wasn’t all that bad. Sure there have been some tough times, but I’m going to believe the good out weighs the bad.

The Universe wants me to know that 2010 is all mine. I thought I’d share that with you as well. The future’s so bright…I gotta wear shades.

Have you ever noticed how folks instinctively know that creating wealth is
much more fun than spending it, yet they dream more about spending it than they
do about creating it?Could it be, Melissa, they’ve momentarily forgotten that
they’re supernatural, that they can have whatever they want, and that life is
but a dream? 2010 is all yours, baby – The Universe

500 miles…fabulous Friday!

So today is Friday. I’m very glad. I’ve had a great week thanks to my good friends and my good dreams. (I love good dreams, don’t you?) I thought I’d post a few random tidbits that happened this week that made me happy.

Bryant Hornet Reading Club and seeing Mr. Cole again.

Watching TV with my 15 year old’s head on my shoulder. No better feeling in the world.

My 11 year old cracking himself up by telling me I needed to add The Proclaimers: I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) song to my iPod for when I walk. Because you know the verse is: But I would walk 500 miles; And I would walk 500 more

The very yummy dream I had last night. Oh wait, did I mention that already? Well it deserves a 2nd mention because damn it was good.

Amanda Brice, my friend and co-blogger over at Fictionistas, had her beautiful baby girl on Wednesday. Even though Amber arrived a little earlier than scheduled, both mom and baby are doing well.

Girls Night Out and Carlos’s yummy flaming coffee drink that he made for us! And our new friends that we met. Too fun…

And finally, today’s note from the Universe was just filled with sparkly goodness:

Did you know, Melissa, that every time you cry there, harps go quiet here, angels stop dancing, and the stars look down in stunned silence?

Which is why we often say, “If Melissa ain’t happy, ain’t no one happy.”
You are loved,
The Universe

And did you know, Melissa, that every time you smile there, it’s like sunshine here?

Have you had a great week? Please say yes…if not, you can borrow some of my sparkle. I have tons to share.

silly universe, trix are for kids!

Y’all know I get daily emails from The Universe. Lately dude has been deadly with his goodness. Here’s today’s note:

You know how every once in a while you get that feeling when you feel light as a feather, and YOU KNOW with every fiber of your body that everything is exactly as it should be?

Melissa, that’s exactly how you make me feel.

The Universe

and at the bottom of the message, there was this little gem:

Melissa, you are on track, you know exactly what to do, and everything is going to be “A OK.”

You better not be foolin’ with me, dude. Got that?

I received some good news yesterday, but I can’t share it yet. (No it’s not a book deal, so don’t go jumping to conclusions.) I will share as soon as I can.

Anything going on with you guys? Big plans for the weekend? Who am I gonna see in DC?

messages in a virtual bottle

Today the Universe sent me this message:

Act with faith, Melissa. Prepare the way for your inevitable success. To the degree you can, behave as if your dreams have already come true, as if you already owned a good book deal, as if later today you were going to a fabulous six figure book deal.. And you shall see the power you wield as the floodgates begin to tremble, the elements begin to conspire, people in your life begin to change, insights are summoned, comprehensions soar, and clarity is born.

Not to mention fierce, wild animals laying down when you pass by –
The Universe

And my horoscope said this:

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 — You could become obsessed today with one particular idea that you have about your future. On the other hand, it’s possible for you to become quite fearful of being stuck in your current path and not liking where you end up. Either way, it’s crucial for you to loosen your mental grip so you can regain a healthier perspective.

And I’m sitting here wondering if one has anything to do with the other? If I loosen my mental grip, will I get that 6-figure deal? (or will I just hit the lottery?)

So, consider my mental grip loosened and my perspective healthier. Bring on that book deal.

Love ya, Universe. Mean it!

where’s my coffee?

I can’t believe it’s Monday. I can’t believe it’s February. I can’t believe I haven’t left my desk in over a week.

I miss living. I miss working out. I miss real food.

I did finally shower yesterday. My family was thankful.

The Book That Will Not End is not done yet. It’s close. Soooo close, but not done. But it will be. Just you wait and see. And when it is, there will be a party.

BTW, look what the Universe sent me today:

How will you answer those, Melissa, who will one day look at your utterly amazing life, complete with good book deal and cool friends, and say, “Yeah, but for you it was easy”?

Huh, huh, huh?
The Universe

That’s kinda funny, huh? Good old Universe.

I’m back at Fictionistas today, after taking the last two Mondays off. Pop over and see me. But before you go, can you please fix me another cup of coffee? Thanks.

Also, my cross-continental buddy walked her first half-marathon and has documented it in a couple of posts over at FCR. Jump over there and congratulate her! I’ll be back over there sometime this week. When I finally peel my ass out of my chair and hit the pavement again.

  1. Day Before the Race
  2. Race Day