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“Thank ya, thank ya very much.” — Elvis Presley

Published April 28, 2023 by Maryanne

At Jack’s Music Shoppe, Red Bank, New Jersey, Record Store Day, April 22, 2023

My husband called the shot on the above. “Photo op!” he called out to me, while I was busy sifting through a bunch of dirt cheap books — good ones! I didn’t want to pull away from the books, but then again, who could resist posing with Elvis.

Elvis is known for saying, “Thank ya, thankyaverymuch” to his audiences. And I thought that would be a great blog, to say thank you to everyone who reads.

Since I’m a professional writer, this blog has been more of a labor of love, pot potpourri of stuff I write, when I feel like it. (I hate that phrase, “when I feel like it” but it’s true, so pardon me as I cringe at my own wording. It’s embarrassing to cringe at oneself, but I am human).

Anyway, I am not here to make money. I promote my books organically without being salesy or pushy.

I am genuine and authentic. I read who I want to read when I’m on here. I’m not here to like the blogs of others in order to jack up my own likes. This is old school baby!

All that said, I want to thank others who are genuine. Who have read my blog over the years. Who have commented. Who have sent me individual emails. Who took a chance on buying my books. And those who came to my YouTube channel.

Thank you to those who I have bonded with over a variety of topics.

Thank you to those who have been with me for the major wins in my life that I chose to post about.

Thank you to those who “got” my silliness.

Thank you to those who continued to follow even after a major rant.

Thank you to those who have, themselves, provided great content that I love to read.

Thank you for being a reader and having a great attention span. In this day and age of Instagram and TickTok, attention spans are way to short. All fine and good, but you can never get deep in shallow waters. Thank you for being deep.

Thank you to everyone, from all over the world, who continue to check out blogs I wrote YEARS AGO! I’m always astonished to see people clicking on very old stuff. Some of the YouTube videos I’ve shared have been expired. And, early on, some of the photos I grabbed from Google weren’t exactly legit to use, so they disappeared from my page. Nowadays I use Unsplash, or just my own photos to be legit.

Thank you to the readers from back when I started, in 2012. And thank you to new readers.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much!

🙂

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

Pre-sales for Maryanne’s 6th book, “So You Think You Know the Jersey Shore?” are now available: https://omni-pub.com/product/so-you-think-you-know-the-jersey-shore/

And while we are celebrating, here is a wonderful article about the book: https://www.mypaperonline.com/beautiful-ride-in-maryanne-christiano-mistrettas-front-row-seat-to-the-jersey-shore.html

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Visit my business page, Pear Tree Enterprises, at: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

Super Busy and Fueled by Veganism

Published April 23, 2023 by Maryanne

Early today, I’m cat sitting. I’ve been doing this for sometime now and I absolutely love it. Like other things, clients come in spurts and many are repeat clients, which makes me very happy. I love all the cats and get very attached.

Afterwards I’m reporting on possibly the most amazing story I’ll ever write about. A TIME CAPSULE from April 23, 1921, is being opened at the Little Falls Civic Center, in Little Falls, New Jersey!

Since I was a kid, I heard about time capsules. This is very exciting!

The upcoming week I have so much going on with cat sitting and journalism. Then once in a blue moon I get a modeling gig. This Thursday, weather permitting, I’ll be modeling in the beautiful town of Princeton. I’m honored to still be doing this at age 59! (Same with acting gigs … I’ve been playing moms for 17 years, and the gigs keep coming!)

I never imagined middle-age would be this FUN and rewarding! And it’s not always “all work” (even though my work doesn’t feel like work). Yesterday was Record Store Day. My husband and I had lunch at a wonderful vegan restaurant, then spent the day antiquing and record shopping (which also meant book shopping, as I scored some good ones, “The Vinegar Anniversary Book” and “Of Cats and Men.” I look forward to reading both.

Ah, life is good! And I never seem to slow down, thanks to a healthy vegan diet. But spiritually, I’m doing this for the animals. As I grow spiritually, I feel closer to their beautiful little souls. It’s great to go to bed and wake up with a wonderful conscious, that I harm no one.

A great day ahead, and a great week ahead.

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

Pre-sales for Maryanne’s 6th book, “So You Think You Know the Jersey Shore?” are now available: https://omni-pub.com/product/so-you-think-you-know-the-jersey-shore/

And while we are celebrating, here is a wonderful article about the book: https://www.mypaperonline.com/beautiful-ride-in-maryanne-christiano-mistrettas-front-row-seat-to-the-jersey-shore.html

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Visit my business page, Pear Tree Enterprises, at: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

Happy 4/20, but I’m high on life!

Published April 20, 2023 by Maryanne

Selfie on set a few days ago

While everyone is celebrating 4/20, a day to smoke weed, I’m celebrating me — being high on life.

Why am I so happy, let me count the ways…….

  • Two days this week I got away from my home computer and got to work outdoors. Tuesday I played a mom in an informational video, with a great team of people. And today I had a modeling gig outside. The weather is New Jersey is fantastic!
  • The finishing touches on my 6th book, “So You Think You Know the Jersey Shore” happened this week. It’s available online for pre-sales (see info below) and will be distributed in May!
  • My publicist rocks!
  • My first article was accepted by West Haven Voice, a new publication I’m writing for, in addition to the others.
  • My cat sitting business is growing.
  • And on a personal note, I was complaining about a new cookbook I purchased that I wasn’t crazy about and my husband said, “What do you need a cookbook for? You make the best vegan mac ‘n’ cheese.”

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

Pre-sales for Maryanne’s 6th book, “So You Think You Know the Jersey Shore?” are now available: https://omni-pub.com/product/so-you-think-you-know-the-jersey-shore/

And while we are celebrating, here is a wonderful article about the book: https://www.mypaperonline.com/beautiful-ride-in-maryanne-christiano-mistrettas-front-row-seat-to-the-jersey-shore.html

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Visit my business page, Pear Tree Enterprises, at: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

Presales for my 6th book, So, You Think You Know the Jersey Shore!

Published April 11, 2023 by Maryanne

Pre-sales for my 6th book, “So You Think You Know the Jersey Shore?” are now available: https://omni-pub.com/product/so-you-think-you-know-the-jersey-shore/

And while we are celebrating, here is a wonderful article about the book: https://www.mypaperonline.com/beautiful-ride-in-maryanne-christiano-mistrettas-front-row-seat-to-the-jersey-shore.html

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Visit my business page, Pear Tree Enterprises, at: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

The Sweet Spot Between Hustle Core and Cottage Core

Published April 6, 2023 by Maryanne

I like nice things, but I don’t work too hard 🙂

At a party last night someone referred to me as an “entrepreneur” and a “hustler.” But I’m not.

Yes, I work for myself as a journalist, author, and speaker. However, truth be told, I don’t work that much. In fact, I have plenty of downtime, which I embrace. Or at least try to embrace. I say “try” because I do like to be busy, but on my own terms.

I love days when I don’t work at all. When I cook or bake for my husband and embrace the simplicity of life. It’s so peaceful, to lollygag around the house and have a cat on my lap as I sip tea. That could be part of a cottage core lifestyle, but it’s not something I want all the time. I would never want to stop my career for good. I love to write. I love public speaking. And I love some of the other stuff I do from time to time and get paid for, like cat sitting, and being a non-union actress.

What I’m trying to say is, I found joy. I found balance. I don’t have to pigeon hole my lifestyle. Terms like “hustle culture” or “cottage core” aren’t relevant to me, though I dabble in them a bit.

I guess I could describe my life as “dream core” but that term has been taken already. I spent hours trying to come up with a word to describe someone like myself who is in a sweet spot between hustle core and cottage core. I guess I’ll just have to call it “sweet spot culture.”

If you are in that same sweet spot, you may be someone who:

  • Loves the privilege of having a career AND being laid back
  • Loves that every day is different and not a 9 to 5 grind
  • Enjoys material things, collecting, and doesn’t believe in minimalism
  • Loves having a variety of colorful candles, essential oils, and herbs
  • Finds it cozy driving an old car or living in an old house
  • Is more excited by sex symbols than status symbols
  • WILL hustle for the right project
  • Doesn’t pimp their work on all forms of social media, and would prefer selling their books organically
  • Writes a blog for the sheer pleasure, rather than hawking product
  • Isn’t a great artist but enjoys art
  • Finds live music more exciting than travel, but is thrilled if travel involves career
  • Has a romantic marriage filled with deep conversation and much laughter because you waited for that person
  • Waits for career opportunities to come to you, rather than chasing dreams
  • Is a late bloomer
  • Flip flops between loner and party girl
  • Is both shy and has a dynamic personality
  • Doesn’t get disappointed over missing out on an opportunity because something better always comes around (like being in an Ian Hunter video)

It seems Sweet Spot Culture isn’t necessarily something you choose, but something you just fall into because you can’t have it any other way. Does any of this relate to you? If I’m not alone, let me know.

Cottage Core before it was a thing (photo of me, by Darlene Foster, 2010)

When the Hustle is real!

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Visit my business page, Pear Tree Enterprises, at: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

Rest in Peace, Ryuichi Sakamoto

Published April 2, 2023 by Maryanne

I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ryuichi Sakamoto.
I’ve been a fan of his music since the 1980s.
He was a Grammy award winning composer for his music (and acting) in my favorite Bowie movie, “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence.” (And of course so much more. You can learn about him on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryuichi_Sakamoto).
I also loved his band, Yellow Magic Orchestra, his solo work, and collaborations with the amazing David Sylvian.
Rest in peace, to a great talent. 🙏💔

Ryuichi Sakamoto’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjAFg9QWPzjRgFI7RpLVu_A

Cat Gives Birth to Three Kittens and a SQUIRREL?!?!?!?!?

Published April 1, 2023 by Maryanne

BREAKING NEWS!!! Cutest news ever! ❤❤❤

Cat gives birth to a litter of three kittens and a squirrel!!

I can’t believe it!! This is just nuts! 🐈🐈‍⬛🐿🐈

And I wish all of you a very Happy April Fool’s Day!

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Visit my business page, Pear Tree Enterprises, at: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/