Sunday, July 24, 2016

Weekend Wildcard - Downsizing

Pink Heart Society columnist Jenna Kernan is talking about downsizing and writing full time...

As I write this in my longtime home in New York State, I realize that when it posts I will have already moved to my new home in Florida.  I'm making some big changes, including leaving my day job to pursue writing full-time.  Other changes include downsizing my lifestyle.  This reduces the financial burden and will give me more freedom.  But the process!! 

The last year has included yard sales, trips to donate household goods to my local charities, donations to my church rummage sale, Craigslist posts and giving away possessions to family members.


As I divest myself of possessions, I find, instead of regret or sorrow, an unexpected feeling of joy and freedom that comes from not having so many things to look after, dust, wash and store.  My husband and I shredded paper for one solid week.  I still cannot believe how much paper I had in closets, cupboards, filing cabinets and my desk. 

The Before Desk...

During the entire process, I have been writing.  First in my office.  Then in my stripped down office, then in my staged for sale office, then in my empty office, and then on my desk in the dining room after the sale when this surface doubled as our dining room table and finally at my breakfast counter when my desk was disassembled for transport.

Bookshelf Culling

So bon voyage to me and mine. I'm beginning again in a new place... but one thing that will not changed is my love for telling stories and finding a time and place to write.

So have you ever downsized?  What are the vital things you need with you?  Join in the discussion in the comments! 

Jenna's latest book, Native Born is the final book in her popular Apache Protector series for Harlequin Intrigue, and is out now:

Heritage or Heartbreak? 

Apache tribal counsel member Clyne Cosen needs the FBI's protection. But having Agent Cassidy Walker as his personal bodyguard presents its own dangers. His involvement in the custody battle for Cassidy's adopted Apache daughter muddled the lines between personal and professional. Now he has feelings for a woman who was not native born. 

Cassidy will do her job at any cost. But being so close to Clyne means the FBI agent sees him as more than just the man who could take her daughter—he might also steal her heart. Duty. Desire. Which path will Cassidy take…or will a bullet make that decision for her?

Jenna Kernan writes romantic suspense for Harlequin Intrigue, Western Historical fiction and paranormal romance for the Nocturne line. A Publisher's Weekly Bestseller, winner of the Book Buyers' Best award and two-time RITA nominee, Jenna is moving to Florida from New York. Her popular APACHE PROTECTOR series from Harlequin Intrigue concludes with NATIVE BORN (#4) June 2015.  Next up...THE WARRIOR'S CAPTIVE BRIDE, a Western Historical, September 2016.

Jenna is forming a new review team.  If you are interested in getting free pre-release copies of Jenna's latest visit her website to apply to Jenna's Review Team.

For more details about Jenna Kernan's stories, visit her EXTRAS page, subscribe to her newsletter on her website, visit her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter.


  1. I have downsized twice and maybe will be doing it again I love the feeling of letting go of the clutter. At this point, i have nothing personal to de clutter, my husband and son have most of it. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Similar feelings, Charlene. The more I release the more free I feel. Do you have the feeling that you need to let things go to make room for better things in your life?

  2. I'm down sizing now as I expect to move to a smaller place in a couple of years and don't want to leave such a huge task to the last minute, which I've done before and ended up moving it all with me because I couldn't make decisions under that stress. Have you heard George Carlin's bit on STUFF? Too funny..