humor, music

Party People Peas!

Party people! (Sung to the tune to that early 90s song, “Whoomp! There it is!”) I’m definitely dating myself with that song… Yikes, Very sad.

Yes, very; but it is what it is. It’s from the early 90s people. Early 90s.

*Sighing while hanging my head in shame

Just kidding.

Anyway… Christmastime is finally here and its time to boogie on down to your malls with your peppermint lattes and holiday cash! Just a heads up; I am having mixed emotions of both elation and bitterness though; I’m on the decaf now. Lucky you. I only dump cinnamon in my morning coffee. But, who’s keeping track? *shrugs with hesitating regret

It’s not all Bah Humbug! for me though…  on the coffee front. Scrooge. Hush.. Once I was on the decaffeinated, cup of joe for a couple weeks, I actually had more energy! What? Yeah! No way. Totally way. More on that on that for a future post.

Circling back, I’m so excited to get that shopping done and since some of my shopping will be done online this year, I’m listening to my new album, “I Pulled The Trigger!” Hmm… Listening to your own music? No… No. Not weird at all. Nope! If I don’t show love to myself, then why would one think anyone else would?! Exactly. Oh, I get it now! So, yeah, I listen to my own music! No shame in my game! Nobody says that anymore. Really? Really. Well, that might be embarrassing. If you got embarrassed. Yes, true.

If…

So as I was saying…

Welcome to the new album release listening party!!!!!!!

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This passion project has been so much fun and getting back to music and working with great producers and videographers again has been an exciting – and sometimes a daunting – task! I grew up around music and have had the immense gratitude of having heard my music play on radio stations and used for television jingles. I write from the heart and being blessed enough to share that with the world fills me with so much joy. Trauma, pain, love, cheer…. these are things we all deal with and having been blessed to have an outlet by the gift of God, is truly something I have immense gratitude. Music helps heal, and spread love. This album effort was much more hands on than I think I’ve ever been in my music and I am very proud of it. I took some chances and I am really ecstatic of how it all turned out! Go ahead… join the party and take a listen!!

Enjoy the record, comment, and share!

LET’S PAAAARTAAAAY!!

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I’d love to hear from you!

On a serious note: I really enjoy getting your messages about how relatable and impactful I have been in helping you get through some tough times through song and it warms my heart and makes me feel like I am truly living to serve others in my own way. Follow me on IG, FB, subscribe to my channel on YouTube, and the blog on www.ritaslanina.com! Don’t be shy… say hello!

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“I Pulled The Trigger” The Album now available on iTunes, Spotify, and wherever you listen and subscribe to music!

Book Entry, contests and giveaways, humor, self-help, Writing Stuff

The Schoolyard Tag Game: Author Edition

Unknown-1.pngWe are well into the second week – uh, more like nearing the end of it, dear – of NanoWriMo. Scratch that. Yeah, It’s pretty much over. For those of you who don’t know what NanoWriMo is, which is an acronym for National Novel Writing Month where us writers emerge to challenge ourselves to write 50,000 words in just 30 days. Uh, you can’t be serious. Totally serious. That’s right, a novel in a month! Yikes!

As you write, you earn virtual badges. Badges for coffee. Oo. Badges for procrastination. Ooo! Badges for keeping track of your writing on a daily basis. Ooowee! Badges for writing streaks. Badges for well, whatever. You “Win” the challenge at the end of the month by accomplishing the challenge of getting a 50k manuscript… first draft of course. You don’t actually “Win” anything; although, I’d beg to differ as accomplishing the daunting task of writing a book is hugely satisfying… and if it can be accomplished within a month? Well, heck, sign me up!

This will be my first year as a participant and as far as my progress is going,

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you could say that I’m a bit behind. A bit? Okay, you got me. Actually, as I write this post, I am about 7k words behind. Ugh. It makes the task seem a bit more daunting but it is what it is. As long as I sit down and write something – ANYTHING – I seem to make at least an inchworm’s amount of progress and I guess that’s okay. No, it’s kind of pathetic. Hush, I know. It’s bad. Really bad. But I still plan on cruising along to the finish line. My last novel was a written in four months. I’ve always wanted to cut that time in half but my OCD puts me in the position to keep my words spelled as correctly as possible and pantsing a novel has sort of been my go-to.

Pantsing?

Oh, pantsing is writing your book without a planned or mapped outline of your story. For other novels I have in my idea pipeline, I actually do have SOME of them strategically organized; but, for this particular novel I’m writing? NOPE. Not even a little bit? NOPE. Hmm… YUP.

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You don’t realize how many distractions there are until you have to swat them away! I’m generally pretty good at carving out time each day to get a butt-load of things done; but when you factor in the fact that you have notes planned for your story – I thought you didn’t plan your novel on this one – and you end up writing by the seat of your pants. Right. Well, I attempted to do #preptober and outline my story.. and try hard I did! But?? it was pretty much useless and I’ll have to re-orchestrate the narrative. Yikes. Exactly, it sort of gets you a bit scrambled. My book has a lot of layers. If you read Harbor Excursions, you totally get it. It’s got the multi-facets of characters and world-building of a YA Fantasy fiction but in an adult contemporary, chick lit, thrilling romance kind of way.

I don’t think that’s a category…

Quiet.

Soooo anyway, I came across NaNoWriMo a couple years ago and decided to be a sideline voyeur until this year when I watched a NaNoWriMo Tag video. What the heck does that mean? Remember when you were a little kid and you played a game of tag in the school yard? Yeah, it’s like that. Once I watched a couple tag videos I felt compelled to give it a whirl. Speaking of whirlwinds: 2018 happened. So, what better way to get my next book going than with NaNoWriMo Challenge! Game on. I’m fairly competitive so it behooved me to give it a try.

The reality is, I felt quite compelled to jump in and do this because even if I don’t finish all 50k words in 30 days… At least I tried.

At least you got off your butt and starting writing books again. 

Yeah, that too.

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Exercise, How To, humor, self-help

Middle Split Siracha

I am pretty much becoming a fitness freak again. Oh no. Oh yes!IMG_8610.jpg

After a long hiatus from intense working out; It’s time to get crazy with it once more. Except on the week where mother nature wants to show up. Please stop. I don’t feel really well during that Pre-emergence situation, so F-that. Way too much information though, seriously.

So when Aunt Flow comes a callin’, I like to take it easy and get my yoga on. Namaste!

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And most definitely an amazing stretch! Bend it like a pretzel, people! I was a highly competitive gymnast growing up (Olympic-bound) and that has set me up for flexibility success in life, it has also allowed me to know my body enough that I  know when it isn’t being stretched enough. Something about keeping a fit lifestyle puts that body-awareness on high alert!

healthy-person-woman-sport.jpgNow, I know, I know, not everyone is aspiring to get their splits mastered. Nor were they high level gymnasts. Right. But, for the few that want to attain those middle splits, I’ve created a video for you! If you don’t put in the work, time and effort… you will NEVER get your middle splits. Or any splits for that matter. With anything, you gotta make the time for it. Giraffe wrangling? Put the work in. Tippy-toe dipping? And, set some goals to help you stay motivated to achieve those goals. Even, if it’s just getting your middle splits down pat! Punny.

Additionally, here’s the thing, as adults age we tend to become less and less mobile. If we allow ourselves. No more sitting for  longer periods of time. No more using the “I’m too old for that” adages to get out of doing any physical activity. It’s a bummer!

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And people start this rhetoric in their late 20s! And they’ve already got one foot in the proverbial Twinkie grave in their 30s!!! It’s absurd. 

But, I like to test the limits. Challenge my body. Challenge my mind. When my kid waspexels-photo-690598.jpeg play school age, you’d catch me out on the playground with the kids swinging around on the monkey bars and throwing a ball around and hopping on and off curbs for that matter as well!! As soon as we stop playing, our bodies start aging at an accelerated rate. Add a dash of peer pressure and social atmosphere of friends who complain of ailments and don’t want to get off a couch… and you have a recipe for couch potato-ing with your snacks and beer for forty plus years.

How about… no thanks!

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So, get off the couch, and get some flexibility going… it’ll get the blood moving, the brain moving and most of all; it’ll help keep ya young!

Yes, exercise and flexibility help stave off the aging process.

Oh yeah, and so does hot sauce. Pass the siracha!

Who’da thunk it!

 

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