Samantha's face at the Katy Perry concert

This is the kind of face you don’t ever want to forget.

Today, I am excited to announce that Lara Krupicka is launching her new book, Bucket List Living For Moms, Become A More Adventurous Parent. LINK

Like me, you may be a bit of a bucket list skeptic. You may think, as I did, “Yes, bucket lists are nice and fun and all that, but I certainly don’t think that having a bucket list is going to change my life or anything like that.”

Then I started working with Lara Krupicka on her first bucket list living book, Family Bucket Lists, Bring More Fun, Adventure & Camaraderie Into Every Day. LINK

Lara has a good head on her shoulders and her heart is in the right place. Her books are not about spending your day on Pinterest competing with other moms to create the best Pinterest boards. These books are about examining the contents of your own heart and articulating what you find there — first to yourself and then to others in your family.

After Lara launched her first book on family buckets lists, I sat down with my own family, and put us all through the simple Q & A process that Lara created. In less than an hour, we created three colorful lists of all the things we longed to do, to see, to be, as well as a list of folks we wanted to meet.

I immediately gained a whole new appreciation of my husband and daughter as soon as I could see the world through the lens of their hopes and dreams.

Family Bucket Lists by Lara KrupickaHere we were, three people in one family, and you would think that we were oh, so much alike. But in reality, this family and any family is composed of unique individuals. And our individuality came shining through in each of our lists.

The story could end there. We could have used the book and gained appreciation for each other and then moved on. But nope. We decided to post our lists on the fridge. Then this summer, an opportunity came up for Samantha and I to realize one of the goals that was on both our lists — attending a Katy Perry concert.

The concert was Friday, and we got to spend the whole summer looking forward to the event and getting excited about going together. A bunch of my daughters’ friends from school and dance were at the concert with each other, but Samantha did not seem to mind going with her old mom at all.

The concert was unforgettable. I will never forget the incredible amount of creativity that Katy Perry exploded out into that stadium. I will never forget the way she was an electronic fountain of positivity and color and grace and humility and girlpower.

Attending the Katy Perry concert with my daughter was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. And I owe it all to working with the tools provided by Lara Krupicka for bucket list living.

You might think, bucket list living is no big deal. That’s it’s just a trend, a fad, a passing media fancy.

BucketListCoverWebBut you know what, you might be, as I was, underestimating the way the bucket list living might change your life for the better.

You might be missing out on ways to connect with the most important people in your life through the hopes and dreams that make them unique.

I will never forget seeing my daughter’s face at her very first concert. I will never forget rocking out with her to the opening song, to the songs in the middle, and to the finalé.

And I hope, when it comes to your personal and family bucket list dreams, you will too.

Head on over to Lara Krupicka’s website this week to register for a chance to win a Kindle, both of her books and a slew of other prizes.

Or better yet, buy both of her books right now, and start using her bucket list living exercises for yourself and for your family as soon as you can.

Learn more about Lara and all of her awesome offerings and resources at

And definitely check out the Katy Perry concert if you get the chance!



Great news about my writing challenges, everyone!

The technology has become available to let me offer multiple challenges at the same time without completely losing my mind.

This was too much for me in the spring when I was creating, launching, and juggling so many writing and platform challenges at once that the day-to-day work became unmanageable.

It was so challenging that I had to take a break from offering some of my challenges this fall.

But over the summer, technological advances took place that now allow me to re-introduce as many challenges as you want me to offer.

Hooray! Because folks have already been asking me about new levels of freelance challenges to build on the three I already offer.

I can forward on new challenges once I have properly set up all of my past challenges, which include three freelance challenges and five 21 Moments challenges.

I’ve got all three freelance challenges already set up and going, and now I just need to tackle setting up 21 Moments.

My current thinking is to offer my three platform challenges elsewhere. Stay tuned for an announcement with this news, coming soon.

In the meantime, hip-hip-hooray for the return of 21 Moments!

Effective today, registration is now open for all of the challenges listed below, which will start landing in your inbox on October 1st!

Receive 21 excellent examples of great writing in your inbox daily for 21 days. Click on the badge to learn more and register:

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Anyone who is looking to become a more facile and joyful parenting article writer should take my Article Writing Challenge.

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Anyone who is looking to become a more thoughtful and skillful parenting essay writer should take my Essay Writing Challenge.

Christina Katz Essay Writing Challenge

Anyone who is looking to become a more thoughtful rewriter and polisher of her own words should take my Grammar & Punctuation Challenge.

Christina Katz Grammar & Punctuation Challenge

I am so excited to be going in the right direction again. Thank you, technology, for continuing to grow and evolve!

I should be able to offer levels four & five of 21 Moments for November.

Then I can focus on adding brand new challenges/levels in the New Year.

If  you are hoping for more levels of my freelance challenges, please spread the word about the challenges I already have.

Steady registrations this fall help insure more levels will be launched this winter.

Thanks for your support! I look forward to working with you on more writing, rewriting, and platform challenges!



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I have been waiting all summer for this!

I am very pleased to be able to offer a Writer Mama Back-To-Writing Bundle Of Booster Rockets to mom writers this month, and this month only.

The kids are back in school (or back to home school) and now mom can back on her writing horse. I’ve compiled a collection of my best resources to help mom get her writing groove back.

If you are just diving back in to your writing, mom, or just getting writing for the very first time, never fear. You are not alone.

We’ve all been there, at this pregnant pause, right after the kids go back to school, entertaining all the possible ways we could spend our newly free time.

Don’t wait and let this time get filled up with other commitments. Seize the opportunity to set aside some daily time to write.

This is the PERFECT time to get writing and stay writing all school year-long.

If my students can do it, you can do it, too. And then you can goof off next summer if you want.

I have a host of materials and classes here at my site to help mom writers with their writing goals. You can read about them all here.

And to celebrate back-to-school, I am offering a bundle of products created by me and sent to you directly from me:

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Christina Katz Freelance Article Writing Challenge For Parenting WritersIf you would like to improve the way you think about brainstorming parenting articles, structure pieces that are more likely to sell, and come up with many ideas that are sure to dazzle editors, then you need to register for The Christina Katz Article Writing Challenge.

In this daily challenge, I will share 20 of my successful parenting articles and explain what makes them work, while encouraging you to come up with your own ideas in your own formats, so you can better serve editors with your desire to write.

Christina Katz is a true coach. Not only does she teach, she trains. To me, that means she is willing to serve and invest in her students without being threatened by sharing her methods. She wants her students to succeed. The Article Writing Challenge helped tighten the mechanics of article writing and simultaneously produced creativity and inspiration. ~ Kathy Moulton

Christina’s Article Writing Challenge was an energizing way to help me amp up my article idea machine. Better yet, it motivated me to capture those ideas floating around in my head and get them down on paper before they were lost forever. And, that means I’m one step closer to getting them sold! ~ Christa Melnyk Hines

This challenge provided a much-needed energy boost for me. I was feeling stuck for ideas, and getting too focused on a few, but after reading the samples and completing the exercises, I have a list of ideas that I can turn into articles I know will sell. This was a perfect challenge to jump-start my spring writing, and get me back in the Regional Parenting Publication swing. I’m so excited to get writing now that I have a lot of different ideas and structures to play with. ~ Beth Fornauf

For me, the class got my creative juices to overflow. While completing the exercises I had so many ideas that I had to keep a separate pad of paper for future article ideas. I came a way with 3x as many articles as days in the challenge. I can’t wait to get started writing them.
because of the different types of articles my new article ideas will open me up to writing for new and different publications, which will provide significant  growth in my writing and audience  ~ Maureen Schuster

If you’d like a folder full of ideas and 20 new articles outlined in that many days, take Christina’s Article Writing Challenge. ~ Lisa Seplak

Register now for The Christina Katz Article Writing Challenge.

Women Writers Of The World, Unite! Let’s Help Cheryl Strayed’s, Wild, Get To The Oscars

August 29, 2014

Breaking Reviews From The Telluride Film Festival For Cheryl Strayed’s Memoir-turned-movie, Wild Technically it’s Reese Witherspoon’s adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild. But let’s not be too picky. There would be no Wild, The Movie, without Cheryl Strayed’s book coming first. But have no doubts that I love you, Reese Witherspoon, for making this book […]

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Freelance Challenges Begin Monday September 1st

August 28, 2014

My freelance challenges, which have been so helpful to so many of my former students, begin again on Monday! You do not have to be a former student to benefit. I can tell you who would appreciate them… Anyone who is looking to become a more facile and joyful parenting article writer should take my […]

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My Most Popular Pinterest Quote Is Now A Downloadable Poster On Etsy!

August 26, 2014

At the end of the year last year, I started playing around with turning the things I often say into Pinterest quotes. These might be quotes from my books or paraphrasing of things I find myself saying over and over to my students. It even got to the point where I would say something helpful […]

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Need Exercise Accountablity? Writers On The Move Is Now A Closed Group

August 25, 2014

Well, you asked for it, so I did it. Some of the members of Writers On The Move expressed interest in making the Facebook Group a closed group rather than a public group. I could not see a reason not to do so, so I did it. (See the differences between public and closed groups […]

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Check Out Blind By Rachel DeWoskin, Cheryl Strayed Loves It!

August 22, 2014

We had a lovely time visiting Cheryl Strayed’s home in Portland on Wednesday, where she hosted a book launch party for award-winning author, Rachel DeWoskin. Rachel is on tour for her latest novel, Blind, and we were lucky enough to get to hear her speak about her process and what it’s like to write a […]

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Time To Update 277 Movies About Writers & The Writing Life

August 19, 2014

But it looks like I did not post last year’s version in the blog, so here it is. Now I’m looking for the 2013-2014 writer and writing life movies. Feel free to chime in here if you have any ideas! Thanks for supporting all of our hard work! Selection parameters: A main character in the […]

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