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?
I’ll take a thousand migrants willing to walk 2,000 miles across a desert in hopes of a making a better life in America over one privileged smirking insolent snot-nose MAGA hat-wearing teenage dipshit asshole any day of the week and twice on Sunday
The goal of feminism is to eliminate gender hierarchy and its associated marginalization. Men hold gender based privilege; feminism works toward elevating women to a level field. Asking me to call it “equalism” or “humanism” is asking me to ignore my reality for your comfort. No.