Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Inspiration is EVERYWHERE!  Inspiration CAN be FOUND anyplace!  The “WHERE” isn’t important.  What’s important is your SIGHT! 
I experience WRITERS BLOCK quite often!!  But it is REALLY writers block as must as it’s my bad attitude towards the task?  I’ll be even more transparent:  when I get out of my own way and allow my mind to quiet down, MAGIC happens!! 
So I beg to ask you this question, when INSPIRATION is in short supply what eyes are you searching with?  Are you searching with eyes of frustration?  Are you searching with eyes of judgment?  Are you searching with eyes of lack, worry, anger, desperation etc? 
 I so often look for my INSPIRATION through clogged eyes.  My eyes are clogged with life.  My husband is requesting my time, my toddler is throwing a fit, the sink is FULL of dirty dishes, the couch has 3 loads of clean, unfolded laundry on it, and I have writing deadlines that are SCREAMING for my time!  INSPIRATION WHERE ARE YOU? ??? 
INSPIRATION needs all of me!  It needs a clear mind.  It needs a willing heart.  It needs ME!
If INSPIRATION is hard to come by these days, STOP for a moment.   Declutter and unclog your sight.  My guess is, once all that is removed the rest will be magical!!

Stephanie Lainez
Children's Book Author

Friday, February 24, 2012


Thinking of this word, “loneliness”, puts a bit of sadness in the core of my belly.  I have LOTS of friends and TONS of acquaintances in my life.  I have a LARGE, close knit family.  I have a hand selected group of SUPER CLOSE girlfriends that I TREASURE and could go to at ANY HOUR regarding ANY SUBJECT and know I would NEVER be judged YET. . . I too have seasons of loneliness!

Being married for just over 5 years I find myself hitting little snags and when I do hit those snags LONELINESS is there with WELCOMING ARMS!  Sounds sick doesn’t it?  But my guess is that lots of us hang out there from time to time! 
When I find myself lying in LONELINESSES arms I find that my “self-talk” is full of self-doubt, low self-esteem and insecurity.  My stay with LONELINESS is short lived.  Once out of its grasps I wonder to myself, “What in the WORLD WAS I THINKING to have ALLOWED myself to go there”! 

I really believe that I’m NOT ALONE here, no pun intended!  I believe MILLIONS of us visit with LONELINESS more often than we’d like to admit!  I don’t PREACH anti-loneliness; fore I too have over stayed my visit sitting in its company!  I fare on the side of the “CAUTION” of LONELINESS.   When choosing LONELINESS look at the CORE, the WHY, the CATALYIST of what got you there.  Once you can figure that out the rest is a whole different journey and awakening!
So in your journey remember that you are TRULY not alone!  You are LOVED, WANTED and ENJOYED!

Stephanie Lainez
Children’s Book Author

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Lately, I have been focusing on L.O.V.E!  I know that for some of us this is our nature and some of us do it so well, and I hope for the most part the same is for me too!  I have just been thinking about the other love languages other people have.  You know those love languages that maybe mean more to someone else then yourself.  I don't know about you, but for me my desire is to LOVE well!!!  Sometimes that even means loving when a person is getting on your last nerve and testing your patience.  But, what about those that have hurt you?  How many of us still love anyway?!  Deep question, I know.  But, for me I want to push beyond those barriers and love just because it's in me to be no other way...............

My husband has been on vacation for the last week and a half......and I have been non-stop on a mission to pay attention to every little detail, to the way he sits, things he does around the house, how he interacts with people, how he sleeps, you get the point........the reason is because I want to study him and know more about him, to find out more ways that I can be a blessing to his life and LOVE him more!  Certainly, being married to someone who has their own quirks, dislikes, opinions, etc. can surely test every marriage.  We just celebrated 7 years of marriage, can't believe how fast it has gone, I just want to love well...

Let's find ways where we can show L.O.V.E. and be L.O.V.E in all it's different forms and languages!!!!

Here is my favorite quote from Mother Teresa!

And remember Hephzi's to keep your heels, head and standards high! 

Tomorrow I will post about the exciting events coming up for Hephzi!

Loving You *-*

Angela Smith, Owner Hephzi Creations