Author: Karen Eisenbraun

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?

4 journaling exercises for self improvement

I love journals. Any kind of notebooks, really. And planners. I buy journals all the time, even if I don’t need them. I can always find a use for them. I currently have about 4 different journaling projects going — not counting notes for actual writing projects — and it’s great having a separate journal for each one. So if you also love journals, or are just looking for some journaling exercises for self improvement, try the ideas below.

Be your own everything

I have been thinking a bit lately about authenticity, and how it relates to relationships. Last week, I went to hear Elizabeth Gilbert talk about her book Committed, which was just released in paperback. Now, I thought Eat Pray Love was a decent book, although it didn’t blow me away as much as some people, and the movie was a bit underwhelming. Still, I was intrigued by Committed, which was originally subtitled “A skeptic makes peace with marriage.”