15 Things I Learned in 2018

I can be happy when I buy (and own) fewer clothes! This is my lowest clothing haul year ever! I can produce consistent, interesting content, but I still have a lot of growing to do and that’s OK. I can be ME and the right people will come my way and love me for it….

Who Are You?

I was thinking the other day about who I am. Yes, philosophical, I know. But this is an important question. Who am I? Who are you? I was thinking this because I’d been in a sad mood. I’d seen people on the tv and my social media who just seemed so…themselves, you know? They were…

What Do Children Want and Need from a Book?

By children, I mean middle grade (8-14) really. I’ve been thinking about this a lot, as someone who plans to be a middle grade author in the not too distant future. What do children want and need from a book in this day and age? Because, I bet it’s not the same as 5 years…

Know Who Inspires You and Why

There is gold in the knowledge of who you are inspired by, and most importantly – WHY. It’s not enough to say you like this person or that person, or simply picking someone who you feel you should be inspired by. It’s easy to say “I’m inspired by Oprah Winfrey” but if you can’t actually…

The Universe is Working its Magic

Things are coming together in my life. It’s not like I’m in an AMAZING place, but I’m in a good place and I feel like the universe is putting things into place, in this wonderful order that will bring the necessary change I’ve been seeking… I am a new self-employed worker so my financial situation isn’t…

Remind Yourself That You’re Enough

I know that my mental health weakens when I compare myself to others, get jealous of others, fail or fall short, or don’t do “enough”. Well, the best way to combat this is to remind yourself that you’re enough. Remind yourself of the awesomeness that you’ve already achieved or seen or experienced. We can feel…

Perspective

I find that perspective is the most important tool to checking yourself (or rather, getting yourself in check). As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found my ability to check-myself and put things into perspective has increased tenfold, and I’m writing this IEG article today about perspective because this morning I finished reading “The Fault in Our…