We all have it. Inner monologue. Train of thought. Brain manifestations. Whatever you call it doesn't matter, because regardless I'm betting most of us struggle with a similar aspect: the dreaded naysayer! The you're-not-good-enough. The dream-killer. I hear this voice a lot and I'm a pretty strong-willed person. I can only imagine how it affects … Continue reading The Voice Inside Your Head
I admitted something to my husband today that I haven't said out loud in a long time. I didn't even mean to tell him, but the truth is, I'm depressed. Though you wouldn't know it if you entered my life anytime in the last 5-6 years, I used to go through bouts of depression rather … Continue reading When Depression is Not Enough
It seems I've gone on another inadvertent hiatus. Six months have slipped by since my last post. Normally, I would write some long winded explanation as to what was commanding all of my time, why I couldn't post an update, apologizing for my absence, blah, blah, blah. Not this time. I don't owe any explanations … Continue reading Cultivating An Attitude of Gratitude
In six days, I'll be thirty. Generally, when I ask people about turning thirty, they have some sort of PTSD or horror story associated with it. "When I turned thirty, my body fell apart." "I cried all night." "Thirty was really hard for me." True stories. Me? I'm pretty excited about turning thirty. I think … Continue reading 30 Things I learned Before 30.
The world is heavy. We are living in an unprecedented time of not only U.S. history, but global history. This relates a lot to the ideas I brought up in Proud To Be An American? (If you haven't read that, you may want to start there). It's a fact that the government doesn't give a … Continue reading The Fate of a Nation
I won't lie. I get frustrated when people complete tasks subpar to what I could do. Whether at work, on the home front, or some other occasion, a little something inside ticks when I see other people cut corners or invest less than 100% into a project. I think, "I would have done x..." or … Continue reading Stop Expecting YOU From Everyone Else
I find myself trapped in a complex moral dilemma, and I'm not sure where I stand. It all started after reading a story about a 41 year old Canadian man who suffered from Motor Neurone Disease (MND) otherwise known in Canada as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Long story short, the healthcare funding he needed to … Continue reading Do You Have the Right to Die?
People tend to forget that a best friend can break your heart. Why is it we're so wrapped up in romantic love that we'll take our friendships for granted, or worse, betray a person we call "friend?" Maybe it's unintentional. Maybe we hide behind excuses. Or maybe, we all forget that we're human, and humans … Continue reading A Best Friend Can Break Your Heart
What makes a Proud Beauty? Is it her adventurous spirit? Her self-less love? Or honorable soul? A Proud Beauty approaches life with passion. With generosity. Bravery. Commitment. She chooses this lifestyle, living in celebration, compassion, integrity, and self-sacrifice as a woman and daughter of the earth. A Proud Beauty won’t stand to waste her life … Continue reading What Makes a Proud Beauty?
Fiction writing is like any other art form. It takes practice, perseverance, and technique to create the best version of the work. Without honing the craft and embracing innovative ideas it'd be difficult to grow as an author and create stories that live up to their full potential. The world I built (and am still building) for … Continue reading The Advice That Saved My Fiction Writing