To Read: Olivia Laing's The Lonely City

To Read: Olivia Laing's The Lonely City

To read: Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City. An intense and in-depth read about the human condition of loneliness via New York City, artists’ personal lives and creative processes, and living in the digital age. Add this book to your reading list. It will get you thinking about how we experience loneliness in life, and the power it can have, as well as the detriment.

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Don't Let These Excuses Keep You From Writing

Don't Let These Excuses Keep You From Writing

So many of us are called to write, and that calling can show up in a variety of forms. It can be a soft calling to journal once in a while to collect our thoughts or document the day, it can be a stronger calling to share a blog with our audience and to write about topics for our work and expertise, it can be a gut-wrenching calling that writing is our one true vehicle for expression in this life and that being a writer is our heart’s purpose on this earth. Wherever you are on the writing calling spectrum, my wish for you is that you answer that call. Don’t let these excuses get in the way.

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5 Self-Care Holiday Gifts

5 Self-Care Holiday Gifts

The holidays can be wonderful and connected, but also busy and stressful. It’s important to pause and take time to care for ourselves during the intensity of this time. A great way to encourage others to slow down , maintain their sanity, and pamper themselves is through thoughtful gifts that promote reflection and healthful living. I’ve put together a list of 5, simple self-care gifts for anyone on your list. Happy holidays!

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Christmas Clean-Out Challenge

Christmas Clean-Out Challenge

The holidays are a time that can get overshadowed by too many obligations, unnecessary gifts, excessive food, wasteful decorations, and overall consumerism. There can also be wonderful energy around the holidays about spending time with people you love, slowing down and being grateful, connecting to your spiritual beliefs, letting someone know how much you care about them with a beautiful card or a thoughtful gift, and finally, giving back.

So join me in the Christmas Clean-Out Challenge to get back to what’s important about the holidays.

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20 Things to Leave Behind in Your 20’s

20 Things to Leave Behind in Your 20’s

My twenties have come to an end, and I am at the start of a new decade. I’ve put together this list of twenty things to leave behind in your twenties, to encourage us all to embrace the transition out of our twenties and into an exciting new time. If you are turning thirty as well, or perhaps you are well before it or beyond it, see what resonates with you about what no longer serves you in your life as you move forward and consider letting it go.

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To Read: Colum McCann’s Letters to a Young Writer

To Read: Colum McCann’s Letters to a Young Writer

One autumn when my sister was visiting me from Colorado, a writer and avid reader herself, we went to McNally Jackson to see our favorite shared writer, Colum McCann. Bedecked in his signature loosely-wound scarf, McCann began to speak as a few dozen people gathered in the basement amongst wooden bookshelves and the sweet smell of paper and espresso. It was a special and memorable evening to me, simply because I was in the presence of a person who had touched my life without even knowing it, as many authors do.

Trust me, friends, read this book if you want to write.

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The Joy of Creating

The Joy of Creating

Creating something is such an incredibly joyful human experience. There is something that kicks on in me when I am creating something, anything. An aliveness is present that has been resting dormant within my being, waiting for a chance to extend to its full form. Creating can take many forms in our lives. It’s empowering to see something take shape out of nothing.

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