Christmas Tree Ornament with the text: Holiday Gift Giving All Year Long

Holiday Gift Giving All Year Long

While my grandma was alive, Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday. Not because of the tradition of Thanksgiving based on the false history we are fed in school, but because it was a low expectation holiday of food, family, and friends. The concept of spending time with family without the obligation of exchanging gifts provided …

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picture of ocean waves with the text: Are we giving away our self-worth

Are We Giving Away Our Self-worth?

Scrolling through social media, as one does when they are avoiding something, a post slid onto the screen that intrigued me and made me, once again, question the ways we give away our self-worth. A giant in the self-publishing market has recently begun beta testing the option for authors to create hardcovers of their books. …

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Pencil breaking with the text: Ways we set ourselves up for failure

Ways We Set Ourselves Up for Failure

And what to do instead. I have spent a lot of time trying and failing at things. Diets, exercise routines, writing practices, journaling, the list goes on and on. Things I said I wanted to do, but when I attempted to do them, I lacked the conviction and self-worth to follow through. It sounds harsh, …

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Picture of a coffee cup and notebook with the words Not Another Morning Routine

Not Another Morning Routine

Morning is my most productive time. It is when I get the most done and feel the most accomplished. But there are too many things I want to do in the mornings – write, exercise, journal – and I can’t do them all first thing. I have to choose what is the most important, and …

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Desk with papers and a typewriter with the text: Three things I love about being a writer

Top Three Reasons Why I Love Being a Writer

I’ve known I was a writer since the fifth grade. That knowledge waned a little when the real world snuck in and told me that writing was not a practical profession. Writing wasn’t encouraged or supported. Learning how to type and crunch numbers were much more marketable skills, so I pushed my Writer Identity down …

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