Louellen Coker

Books and an ereader on a table.
Oh, the places you can go in the pages of a good book!

Who doesn’t like reading a good book? I’ve not ever tried a particular reading challenge, rather been tossed along as a pebble in a stream from one book to the next. Sometimes getting stuck in a rut and doing a marathon read of an entire series or settling into one particular genre or the other.

This year, POPSUGAR’s 2017 Reading Challenge came through my Pinterest feed right as I was between books, so I decided to add a bit of structure to my reading travels.

Bed bug shadow on a bed.Many of us grew up with our parents tucking us in saying, “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!” I didn’t realize until I was an adult and traveling around that bed bugs were a real thing, rather than a fictional creature that plagued bad little girls and boys. Sadly, I’ve learned over the years that the pesky little creatures are indeed real. And that an attack can happen before you know it. Sometimes without you even knowing it.

Here’s how to recognize an encounter and what to do if you have.

Quote from Jump by Steve Harvey with Louellen Coker skydiving.
Louellen on her first skydive jump.

I’ve been reading a lot of fiction lately, and with the new year, I thought it might be good to peruse a good professional book. One of my goals this year is to dust myself off and restart my goal of travel and lifestyle writing, and one of my favorite quotes is Jump, and the net will appear! It was only natural that when I stumbled upon Steve Harvey’s newest book, Jump, that I’d pick it up.

Honestly, what’s not to like about Steve Harvey? He’s funny, he’s direct and to the point, he makes mistakes (and fixes them) with grace, and he likes to help people. Love him or hate him, he’s an Everyman. As the author of several books, Harvey has embraced a personal goal of helping others.

You may ask yourself, just as I did,

Little Elm Logo

It’s been almost 20 years since Duane and I happened to come through this part of North Texas to visit some friends. As we drove through the downtown area of Denton, we saw an office space with a “For Rent” sign hanging in the window and we felt it was the perfect place, and time, for us to put down some roots. So we did.

Duane hung out his shingle and founded  CokerLegal, a family law firm that provides expert advice to families in Denton and Collin Counties. I taught 10th grade English at Little Elm High School and went on to found Content Solutions, a boutique marketing firm. And while we have lived in several different cities in the region, Little Elm is the one we call home.

When we first moved to the area, Little Elm had only a two-lane road running through it. The locals were super friendly, but not much beyond fishing and Friday night football was going on in town. Community events beyond those centered around the schools were few and far between. If you wanted to find a group to run, cycle, or swim with, you pretty much needed to drive down to Dallas.

My, how our little town has grown up! And in a good way! The city leaders have done such a good job of preserving as much of the town’s charm while in the midst of substantial growth. What was once a two-lane road is now a six-lane divided roadway. A city that had a few struggling businesses now offers a wide variety of food, shopping, and entertainment businesses.

And, most impressive is that the city has done and is continuing to do so much to allow its citizens to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle no matter their age. Here are a few of the great things going on in Little Elm: