Life & Stuff

10 Things to Do Before 2019

Here are 10 Things to Do Before 2019: Decluttering: Don't bring unwanted, unused, purposeless junk into 2019 (that includes things, thoughts, feelings, experiences, and people). Clear out your wardrobe, cupboards, inbox, downloads, books, notebooks, receipts - all of it! Think about what you really want for the coming year and write it down in CAPS!… Continue reading 10 Things to Do Before 2019

Life & Stuff, Writing Tips

Thank You, Writing Community

On this, the last day of NaNoWriMo, I want to say a huge thank you to my fellow writers. This year, I finally found people who are (and have been) going through the same journey as myself. Writing is a lonely profession. It's personal, it's hard, it's solitary. This means that writers can become very… Continue reading Thank You, Writing Community

Life & Stuff, Mental Health

Break It Down – Goal Setting for 2019

I've been super excited about setting my goals and intentions (and wishes) for 2019 already, but I know that for some, goal setting can be really difficult. It's normal to feel a little anxiety (or a lot, as I've experienced some years), or even depression at this time of year. It's daunting. It's overwhelming. Time… Continue reading Break It Down – Goal Setting for 2019

Author Stuff, Writing Tips

Why Newt Scamander is the Best (Popular) Hero Out Now

I hope anyone who reads my blog and is a fantasy writer has already watched Fantastic Beasts and has seen the new one this month! I had mixed feelings about the new film, but in general, Newt and the beasts were...fantastic! (See what I did there?)But why do I think that Newt Scamander is one… Continue reading Why Newt Scamander is the Best (Popular) Hero Out Now

Life & Stuff, Mental Health

Careful with the Grind

I'm sure that any ambitious person out there has heard these phrases: You've got to grind for success. You must hustle hard. Work, work, work! Hustle, hustle, hustle! But are these phrases really what we need to hear when pursuing our goals? Is "hustling" really the best way to achieve success?   I think not.… Continue reading Careful with the Grind

Life & Stuff, Mental Health

What My Panic Attack Taught Me

I had a (small) panic attack Sunday night. I was crying, sweating, thinking a million things at once, breathing rapidly, and shaking. My chest was tight. I felt out of control. And it wasn't nice. It wasn't fun. I hadn't had a panic in a while, so I did beat myself up for it having… Continue reading What My Panic Attack Taught Me

Life & Stuff, Mental Health, Thought Capture

Change the Narrative

I don't think I'm the only one who tells myself stories (and no, not because I'm an author). I mean the stories we tell ourselves about of lives and our Self. They can be labels, ideas, "evidence-based facts" or other, but there's a lot of things that we just accept and believe about our lives… Continue reading Change the Narrative