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I’m Danielle McGaw, aka Dani Gibbings, aka Danielle Rene.  I’m an author and blogger and a webpreneur (I have various online businesses, including the writing network that I own with my business partner and friend, Michelle Harlow). This site is my space to talk about what I’m working on, what’s going on in my life, what projects I have going, and books I am publishing. It’s a little random and definitely a bit personal.  It’s a place where you can actually get to know me.

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More Changes – It’s Not a Bad Thing


Just when I think I have it figured out, everything changes.  Isn’t that the way life always is?

Until recently, my goals have always focused on writing.  And that will always be a part of my life.  But you know what? I’m really tired of being broke.  I’m tired of always fighting the uphill battle. And for awhile – not forever, just awhile – I am not going to worry about it.

Things changed at my job and I suddenly find myself in a position of being one of the “senior” staff (even though I’ve only been there just over a  year) and able to make some choices. Like what shifts I work and how often. So, I’m going to take advantage of it.  I’m going to work 5 shifts a week and I’m going to take those prime money-making shifts as long as I can have them.  I’m going to be working full-time, which I have not done in over 6 years.

I had my first week of full-time shifts this week and I think I can deal with it.  I think I can manage it.

One of the cool things is that I start at 6 AM.  Ok, it’s not so cool getting up at 5 AM while everyone else is still warm in their beds but my boss picks me up for work each morning and I get to work the first 2 hours by  myself and, the best part, I’m off by 2 PM at the latest.  That gives me the rest of my day to do whatever I want to do. Until around 9 PM anyway, when I pretty much crash big time. 🙂

I’m still going to spend part of that time online, writing on my own sites and working on the HMM Network of sites.  But I’m also going to work on cleaning up my house (have I mentioned that I’m a horrible housekeeper?), cooking healthy meals (I’m a good cook, but a lazy one), and stuff like that.  I’m going to go for coffee with my mom and spend time with my hubby.

And the most important part, I’m going to put money aside for savings and I’m going to work on paying off some debt. And we’re going to get a car.

I know that doesn’t sound like a big deal to most people but for me it is.

So, I’m still a writer. But I’m going to write what I want to write, when I want to write it.  Writing is going to go back to just being something I like to do. Not necessarily something that has to make money.  And maybe that means that I won’t stress about getting a certain amount of words written.  Maybe I won’t stress about whether a particular piece of writing is going to be worth my time.  Maybe I won’t stress about doing something I actually love to do.

I’m not sure how much I’ll update this blog so much anymore.  I mean, I will update.  But I have no clue what I’m going to actually write about.  Maybe I’ll write about writing.  Maybe I will write about something else entirely.  I don’t know.  We’ll see what happens.