About Me!

Hi, I’m Dedra! Welcome to my blog site!  I simply named it dedra davis writes!  I truly appreciate your time and thank you for reading me!

What to expect from dedra davis writes?

Life is hard and life is real. It is not always pretty and perfect.  I write to help you realize it’s okay to not have every detail, every emotion worked out.  It’s okay. It’s okay to not feel your best.  It’s okay to not have life figured out.  Who does? I certainly don’t!

I write about real life, not perfect life. I want to make you think. I raise questions about life that causes a pause, causes you to ponder.  I want to make you feel. I want to make you feel like wherever you are in life, you are real and you are okay!

I write from the heart about life, love, and laughter, and an occasional blog about Waco, décor, and weenie dogs, all the while–trying to inspire you, delight you, make you think and hopefully smile. Smiling is my favorite!

When I write about Waco, my favorite type of article to write are those that will help someone, to inspire in some way–help a local shop gain business, help a charity, draw attention to something, or simply bring a smile to someone’s face. We all need more smiles.

Like I said above, I like to blog about my life; things that I actually live and learn from. I hope in someway I can bring that enlightenment to others. Oh, and the smile thing.

About Me—Why I Write

I am a late-in-life journalist, who is God-fearing and husband-loving, with three beautiful grown children. I also love my dogs, my family and my friends. My husband and I enjoy traveling and I include the places we have explored in a few of my posts. I live and love in Waco and enjoy discovering our small urban town that seems to grow and change daily. After living 20 minutes outside of Waco since 1998, we moved our empty nest to Castle Heights, my favorite neighborhood in Waco. My goal, in life and writing, is to grow and push myself daily; over-the-edge kinda stuff. And, to encourage others.

When I say “late-in-life” I mean it.  I graduated in 1988 with a journalism degree.  I didn’t start writing professionally until 2014. (see? late-in-life!)

Featured In

I started as a freelance writer for The Hometown News and The Groove Magazine, both in Waco.  I now freelance for magazines, online and print. I am a Contributing Writer for Taylor Magazine, based in London. I am a regular monthly Contributing Writer for Waco Moms Blog. I blog, guest blog and write for whomever will allow me the opportunity.

I am published  in Holl and Lane Magazine, Modern Texas Living, Taylor Magazine, Culture Trip, Victoria Lee Magazine, The EveryGirl Journal, Wacopoint, Everything Home Magazine and The Outfitter.

Doors; opening and closing life's doors


coffee at Jo's
Read my blog and I’ll love you forever!


Magnolia Market at the Silos


Photo shoot for Holl and Lane Magazine article

I am proud that the article I wrote for Culture Trip has been shared on Pinterest over 5000 times.  I am actually both, shocked and proud of that.  It is an article about Waco and what to do when you leave Magnolia Market. Read the article here.

my Waco article pinned on Pinterest almost 6K!


Being grateful and choosing happy; two qualities that can help you make it through difficult times

Guest Blogs

I love to guest blog and I am blessed to have articles posted on Arrows and Awe blog, Crystal Stine’s blog, Dianne Leigh’s blog, Be You and Thrive and Letters from a Good friend blog.

What Do You Want to be When You Grow up?

I am a Hope*Writer and you can see my profile here.

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Culture Trip Texas article about Waco

In October 2016, I participated in the #write31days writing challenge. The challenge was to write thirty-one blog posts in the thirty-one days of October. Unfortunately, I only wrote twenty-seven in the thirty-one days, because of a trip to San Francisco and Napa.  You can read all twenty-seven here.

I participated in Write 31 Days again, in 2017. You can read all those posts here.

Write 31 days challenge
Write 31 days challenge .


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The Alico Building, in Waco

Thank You For Reading My Blog

I hope it brings inspiration and thought-provoking, life-changing, emotions. Oh! And smiles!  Lots of smiles. I would be honored if you would join my email list. If you join, I will be in your inbox weekly bringing you more smiles.  Sign up below!

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