Stephen King was right about theme in writing
I’ve had this quote from Flannery O’Connor on my desk for years. I always remind myself of it when I feel like my manuscript is garbage or I don’t know what I’m doing. Wouldn’t it be better for you to discover a meaning in what…
Make this your best year yet!
It’s a brand-new year! Although some people say that January 1 is an arbitrary date and that New Year’s Resolutions don’t work, I always feel like the start of a new year is a good time to reflect and refocus on your goals. I’ve been…
My modified Miracle Morning routine
A couple of years ago, I read The Miracle Morning — a super motivational book about creating positive life changes by adopting a consistent morning routine. The author, Hal Elrod, describes how he picked six activities commonly considered the most effective self-help practices — meditation, affirmations,…
Thoughts on privilege
Those of us who are interested in spirituality cannot call ourselves enlightened if we turn a blind eye to injustice and inequity in the world. We cannot be agents for truth and compassion while simultaneously ignoring the ways that racism continues to have a very real influence in our society and institutions.
Why I’m rebranding (and what the heck is hygge?)
When seeking a new name for my blog, I came across the Danish concept of hygge. While the word doesn’t have an exact translation, hygge broadly means an approach to life that encourages positivity and greater well-being through enjoying the simple things in life. It’s loosely translated as “contentment of the soul.”
I want to see you be brave
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about bravery, and how it’s probably going to be my theme for 2018. Every year for the past few years, I have chosen a theme. For 2017, it’s been Faith. Mostly because I recognized my need to have more faith in my abilities as a writer and faith that if I just keep moving forward on my book, it will eventually become the story I envision it becoming.
My review of the ProLon fasting mimicking diet
Would you give up food for 5 days if it could improve your health? There are numerous benefits to fasting, but water or juice fasts are extremely difficult to stick to — not to mention they can be dangerous if not done correctly. Fortunately, other methods of fasting offer the same benefits without requiring you to completely give up food. Now there’s a newer fasting diet that’s garnering a lot of attention: the ProLon fasting mimicking diet. I recently had the opportunity to try it.
7 life lessons from 2016
I switched planners today, because I’m a nerd like that and I didn’t want to wait until January 1st to start using my beautiful new 2017 Inkwell Press Planner. As I was flipping through my 2016 planner to make sure anything important was transferred over, I found a page in the back that I had titled “Life Lessons,” which I had completely forgotten about, but on which I had written down a few things I had learned throughout the year.
Book Review: Big Magic
This is officially one of my all-time favorite books, even though it just came out late last year. I should divulge that I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Gilbert. I wasn’t actually blown away by Eat, Pray, Love like a lot of people were — I didn’t read it until it was already a huge phenomenon, and maybe it just didn’t live up to the hype — but then I saw her in person discussing her next book, Committed, and I just loved her message of chasing your joy and being authentic, of not waiting for other people to make you feel fulfilled or happy.
Book review: Brave Enough
When I first heard that Cheryl Strayed had released a book of quotes curated from her earlier works, I was skeptical. I love Strayed’s work; Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things are both among my all-time favorite books. But despite the huge success of her books, I couldn’t help but wonder, with an online column, one novel, one memoir, and one self-help book (consisting of content pulled from said column) to her credit, did she really have enough material for what was essentially a “best of” collection?