3 reasons & ways to embrace mental health as a creative

The older I get, the more I understand how mental health affects physical health, relationships, careers, and life in general. I used to think I could get by on junk food, caffeine, minimal sleep, and negative self-talk compounded by toxic relationships. Well, at the confusing age of 27, I now know that’s not enough. It’s…

Self-care for busy people – part 2

In this blog post, we discussed small spa-like actions you can add to your day that don’t take extra time but still offer you ways to care for yourself, body and mind. Today we’ll discuss my time-saving self-care tips. Time-saving self-care Unplug We receive hundreds of notifications every day, but how many of them are…

Self-care for busy people – part 1

Self-care is so important, but when life gets busy, it’s easy to stop making time for ourselves. I get it. A lot of self-care articles say to journal for 15 minutes every day, read for at least an hour, exercise for 30 minutes, and start meditating. While these are all good things, turning self-care into…

3 ways to decorate Easter eggs with nail polish

I love decorating Easter eggs. I know it’s not a highly spiritual event, but I try to make time to do so, either alone, with my husband, or with my friends’ kids every year. It’s an annual art outlet for my creative side – one I don’t let out often because I don’t have the…

3 must-haves for personalizing your home office

Warning: This is not a Pinterest-worthy post. But it is real. When I set out to personalize my home office, I wanted it to be beautiful, functional, and inspiring. What mighty desires for a room! I spent months not doing anything to my office because I had such high hopes for it and was intimidated…

3 books every writer needs

There are many reading lists out there for writers of all genres, shapes, and sizes. But I’m not here to reinvent the wheel. I’m here to simplify. Instead of giving you a long list of must-reads that will be overwhelmingly long on top of your already long to-read pile, let’s focus on just three books….

How to start defeating chronic lateness and procrastination

I am chronically late. It’s an illness, really. Heck, I’m publishing this blog post late. Growing up, my Dad would threaten to go places without me. Now, my husband threatens the same thing. Are they mean? Absolutely not! It’s my boundary issue. My husband and I have been reading Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say…

Where is home for your characters?

Do you ever just want to go home? Maybe you’ve had a long day at work or are stuck in traffic. Whatever happened or is bustling around you, you’re just ready to be home. You’re ready to be in your comfort zone with the people and pets you love the most. Do your characters want…

How quotation marks and other punctuation marks meet

Do you consider yourself American or British? This isn’t a trick question. I’m not trying to dig into your lineage. American English differs quite differently from British English in many ways. What’s the craic? AKA What’s up? Waffle AKA ramble Pissed AKA drunk It’s pissing down AKA It’s raining In addition to many fun words…

How to direct your workweek with emotions and 4 questions

Emotions get a bad rap. Emotional women are hysterical. Emotional men are weak. Characters that withhold emotion are seen and written as strong. Did anyone else cringe while reading that? But it’s true. That’s how our society writes and often thinks about emotions. The funny thing is, we talk about the positive side of emotions…

Digital marketing 101: Tips for a modern age

I hate sales. I always have. I don’t like when people try to sell me things I don’t want or need. I find it absolutely infuriating. And I always thought marketing was about sales, so I thought I hated marketing. Then I started to do marketing. I wasn’t selling. I was writing copy, telling stories,…

Simplifying new year’s resolutions

New year’s resolutions have a bad reputation. Most people fall off their chosen bandwagon in less than a month, but that doesn’t have to be the case. The problem is we see resolutions as complicated, large, life-changing things. Instead, we need to see resolutions as smaller, positive shifts in our lifestyles. If we believe in…

Go nuts: Make nut flour and butter for healthier holidays

Making peanut butter is boring. It takes way too long in my blender and it’s a mess to clean up. But it’s absolutely delicious! It’s hard not to enjoy a spoonful once your blender is done hating you. Baking, on the other hand, is way more fun. I usually get flour and some syrupy mixture…

Using the bullet journal system for work

As a kid, I loved my diaries. I wrote in them often, writing my childlike secrets across the lined pages. I preferred the small, chunky diaries with the shiny locks and covers with pictures of puppies. These were my prized possessions when I was young. Locking away my hopes and dreams felt important. As an…

Affordable gift ideas for the writer in your life

‘Tis the season for celebrations, gift giving, and hot cocoa. Do you have a special writer in your life still on your list? Or maybe you are a writer and your loved ones keep asking you what you want for Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa) this year, but you don’t know what to ask for….