2016 was a hard year, and like many, I felt rocked by everything that happened in the news, politics, violence across the nation and world, and the loss of so many icons. In 2017, my prayer is that we will stop being so divided. If we look at the world as a whole, things feel … Continue reading How to change the world in 2017
This week, I celebrated another year around the sun. For those of you who have been reading along for a while, you may recall how much I struggle with birthdays every year. It started on the day I turned 31, and my reaction to that day took me by surprise. Before I turned 31, I … Continue reading Gray hair, birthdays, and growing older with grace
I’ve spent a lot of energy lamenting my failure as an author. I shouldn’t even write this. No successful author ever admits this.
Last week, I was honored to speak to a group of people from my church about Reclaim Your Creative Soul, the book I published earlier this year about making more time for creativity. I began by telling them about my journey toward that book, and then I shared a quick rundown of the necessary steps … Continue reading The story behind “Reclaim Your Creative Soul”
This week I was a guest on Culture Dept., a podcast that, in their words, "features interviews with artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs who share their insights on building a sustainable, contemporary creative life." Host Daedalus Howell and I discussed how to make creativity a huge part of one’s life, accomplishing creative goals even with a busy schedule … Continue reading Culture Dept. podcast: Reclaim Your Creative Soul
The thing about obligations is that they play on our guilt strings. We will generally say “yes” because saying “no” will disappoint the other person. We don’t want to inconvenience them or hurt their feelings. We want to be a good friend. We don’t really have a good reason to turn them down. It was … Continue reading You can say NO and still be a good friend
3 years ago this month (March 16, 2013, to be exact), I published my very first book. I didn't know what I was doing, and I had big visions of everything I would do with the millions I would be raking in. Obviously, I am still working on reaching millionaire status. I did, however, accomplish … Continue reading Just published ~ Reclaim Your Creative Soul
Last August, I felt like the walls were caving in on me. I was busier than I had ever been, work was crazy hectic, and I felt like I couldn't breathe. There were days when I'd be driving to work, and the temptation to miss my exit and keep driving was overwhelming. I needed an … Continue reading The countdown is on for release day!
This week I have an interview for a job as the editor of a magazine website. I know the job inside and out, I love this magazine, and I’m passionate about being a part of a team to strengthen this particular website. And yet, I have probably talked myself out of this job at least … Continue reading The risks we writers have to take to succeed
Blog note: This post is kind of embarrassing. Don't read it. Especially if you are Colleen Hoover. There are two realities I've been living in lately - one of total frustration and impatience, and one of sheer excitement about possibilities. It's whatever one I'm focusing on that dictates how I live. Right now, I have … Continue reading Don’t tell Colleen Hoover I Facestalked her.