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What to Write While Journaling When You Don’t Know What to Write

Every morning I wake up and get my tea and settle down to start journaling. I rarely have a day where I have absolutely nothing to write about. And if I do, I can just pull out one of the many, many journaling prompts I have stored up for just such an occasion. But what […]

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How I Try to Tame the Shrieking Eel Otherwise Known as My Inner Critic

If you’ve seen or read The Princess Bride, you might be familiar with the shrieking eels. They shriek loudest just when they are about to do the most harm.  The same is true for our inner critic. It also yells the loudest when it is going to do the most harm. It tells us we are

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New Year

New Year 2020: Setting Intentions

On the last day of 2019, I wrote on my Instagram page that it was a great time to set intentions for the year. If you subscribe to my email community, you received a similar message. My wish for you is that you live each day with purpose. Purpose does not always need to mean

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Why I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo

I Decided to Participate in NaNoWriMo

The year was 2015. I just quit my full-time job in June and was well on my way of creating a life of writing. Except, I wasn’t writing all that much. Then, I stumbled upon NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. Every November, writers from all over decide they are going to

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Paper with pen writing "I am a writer," with the graphic text: I am not an imposter and neither are you.

I am not an imposter, and neither are you.

I am a writer. I know this because it is written in green dry erase marker on my mirror in two languages. It is a constant reminder of who I am and who I want to be. I need the reminder because no matter how many poems, short stories, blog posts, web sites, letters, social

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