• Busy vs. Productive

    **Disclaimer** The woman pictured above is not me, but some amazing human who was biking her tiny, pampered dog around in a basket. This post is brought to you by severe plaque psoriasis. Seriously. If I hadn’t thought about how clear my psoriasis has gotten in the last few weeks, Stephen would’ve never said something that sparked this post. So thank my skin condition and husband for this one. In the last few weeks, it’s cleared up considerably. I’m at the peak of my medication, but even that shouldn’t make it as clear as it is now. When I said as much to Stephen, he replied, “You’re in a better…

  • One Lovely Blog Award

    I was nominated for the “One Lovely Blog Award” by my friend and future chapter swapping partner Jade Hemming. I met her during the 2016 Pitch Wars session, and she is proof of how valuable those writing contests are. I encourage you all to check out her awesome blog. She has book reviews, cake, and out of this world gifs. What are you waiting for? Head on over. I’ll wait. … … Welcome back! The contest states that I must tell you 7 things about myself that you can’t find in my bio. So, let’s get to it. 7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know Hiking– My husband and started hiking…

  • The Demon of Comparison

    Today I want to talk about a particular demon of mine: comparison. It hitcehs a ride at the most random moments. It showed up in middle school a few times during the budding years of popularity contests and the need to impress boys. It went mute during most of high school because I was too busy with marching band, photography, theatre, and friends. Comparison was still with me. He was just taking a backseat nap. He reared his ugly, pimple-coated head about… four weeks ago. Diving back into writing, exercising, theatre, and a million other activities has been healthy for me, but it’s encouraged my negative demon to vault over…

  • Writing, Goals, and Mortality

    Like most people, I had a brief stint where I was terrified of death and what was beyond the final breath. I think I had just discovered the theory of relativity because I realized that my life, compared to the history of the world, would be over in a flash. People a hundred years ago didn’t know about television, trips to space, or cellphones. What would I be missing when I died? What would I accomplish? And like most kids, I got over that and went on watching Power Rangers and munching Cheetos. Life resumed a peaceful balance for about 18 years which brings us to about three weeks ago…

  • Considering Moderation

    Moderation is a word I’m desperately trying to learn this year. I didn’t grow up in a home that favored moderation. Sodas were readily available, Little Debbie snacks were always in a bowl, and Nana always had a cup filled with gummy fruit slices. Good Lord, what I wouldn’t kill for some of those right now. This year I will moderate food, drink, and my time spent on certain activities. I’ve already jumped back on the horse to try and be healthy and figure out what intake of food is best for me and my body. I’ve also successfully consumed 64+oz of water EVERY DAY. I haven’t had a soda…

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