The Best Stress Reliever

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

First of all, big accolades to everyone for the great entries from last week’s blog.  It was fun to see all the creative things people came up with based on the picture I supplied.  Are some of you now ready to continue your start and complete the adventure in story form?

Here are the three randomly selected winners of a $25 Starbucks e-gift card:

Barbara from Tennessee

Gail from Indiana

Debbie from unconfirmed


Stress can make us old, ugly, and not nice to be around. We despise it and swear we’re not there, but the truth is . . . we all frog-1339916get stressed. Two weeks ago, I found myself swirling with a to-do list that was longer than my 5’2” frame.

What cured the problem?

Our delightful four-year-old granddaughter (the best stress reliever) came to visit for a long weekend. The burdens of my to-do list lifted and flew away as I determined to make every moment unforgettable for her and me.

And we did.

Having the youngest of my grandchildren all to myself is rare. I adore experiencing her little personality, imagination, and the way she sees life.

We swam in the pool.

IMG_4493We had an adventure at a ceramic shop. She choose special colors for a cat she named Emma—and was sure it would come alive when she took it home.

We went shopping, and she showed me her distinct taste in shoes.

We decorated rings.Duck-Park-1

We fed the ducks.

We decorated our nails.

Meet Thomas the snail that she saved from drowning in the pool.

IMG_4511And we watched Pinocchio, twice.

In short, when she went home on Sunday night, I was relaxed, happy, and definitely stress-free, 40 pounds of sugar and spice and everything nice.

How do you relieve stress?

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DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable DiAnn Mills author photocharacters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. 

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association; International Thriller Writers, and the Faith, Hope, and Love chapter of Romance Writers of America. She is co-director of The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. 

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. 

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