happiness

Is “Love Conquers All” Realistic?

February 12, 2015 Random Musings
Thumbnail image for Is “Love Conquers All” Realistic?

Every month or so, there’s an author or blogger or journalist making news by putting romance stories down. “They give women unrealistic expectations!” they say. Right. Are they unrealistic because romances end with love and a Happily Ever After? Or do the naysayers think true love isn’t possible or that it isn’t powerful enough to conquer and overcome obstacles? That’s just sad.

Pin It
Click here to read more

What’s Influenced Your Writing?

February 10, 2015 Writing Stuff
Thumbnail image for What’s Influenced Your Writing?

We often talk about how reading is subjective. But we don’t usually talk about how writing is subjective as well. The genres I enjoy writing and the stories I like to tell aren’t the same that others enjoy or like to write. That’s a good thing. If everyone wrote the same genre, readers looking for something new and different would be left out.

Pin It
Click here to read more

What’s the Biggest Lie You Tell Yourself?

February 3, 2015 Over-Achieving Perfectionist
Thumbnail image for What’s the Biggest Lie You Tell Yourself?

One way we develop our characters is by figuring out their false belief: What lie do they tell themselves? Now the fun thing is to think about how that idea applies in the real world. Just like our characters, we tend to hold false beliefs and lie to ourselves as well.

Pin It
Click here to read more

What Milestones Do You Watch for?

January 20, 2015 News
Thumbnail image for What Milestones Do You Watch for?

As we go through life, we often struggle to recognize our progress. That’s especially the case when life feels like a giant treadmill that goes nowhere and accomplishes nothing. Milestones are one way for us to mark our progress, and they’re also great for reminding us to stop and celebrate the little (or sometimes, not so little) things.

Pin It
Click here to read more

How Do You Handle Negativity from Others?

January 13, 2015 Writing Stuff
Thumbnail image for How Do You Handle Negativity from Others?

At some point, we’re likely to run into negativity in our writing-lives. Feedback might be filled with cruel “give up” put-downs. We might be attacked by internet trolls. Reviews might rip apart us, personally, instead of focusing on our book. So the question then becomes, what are we willing to do to avoid it?

Pin It
Click here to read more

Branding 101: What’s Your Story?

January 8, 2015 Writing Stuff
Thumbnail image for Branding 101: What’s Your Story?

We often see inspirational quotes about how we’re the only one who can write our story. But sometimes we might look at that quote and think we’re not anyone special, so our story wouldn’t be anything special either. Let’s talk about how to get over the doubt and discover why might someone care about our stories.

Pin It
Click here to read more

Happy New Year! How Can We Create More Success?

January 1, 2015 Random Musings
Thumbnail image for Happy New Year! How Can We Create More Success?

Happy New Year! To concentrate on good things for the new year, let’s talk about what things worked for us and what we want to continue in the new year. We need to recognize those successes to give ourselves credit, to ensure we don’t let our good habits fade by the wayside, and so we know how to push our successes through into the new year.

Pin It
Click here to read more

Wrapping Up the Year: What Didn’t Work?

December 30, 2014 Over-Achieving Perfectionist
Thumbnail image for Wrapping Up the Year: What Didn’t Work?

I want us all to have an even better year in 2015, so we might need to work on our weaknesses or identify what didn’t work for us this past year. What decisions, processes, or priorities held us back? The better we understand ourselves, the more likely we are to know how to succeed in the future.

Pin It
Click here to read more

You Have a Superpower—Use It!

December 23, 2014 Random Musings
Thumbnail image for You Have a Superpower—Use It!

This is a crazy and chaotic time of year for many of us, and this stressful time of year can also bring out the worst in people. Luckily, we all have a superpower. We have the power to make someone else’s day better. Or at the very least, we have the power to provide a bright spot in their otherwise crappy day.

Pin It
Click here to read more

The Best Reason to Blog — 2014 Edition

November 27, 2014 Random Musings
Thumbnail image for The Best Reason to Blog — 2014 Edition

Every Thanksgiving, I write a “the best reason to blog” post because gratitude is such a powerful tool. Thinking about what we’re thankful for forces us to pay attention to our priorities. The daily grind can make us forget why we do what we do, but being grateful for the good things reminds us of what matters most.

Pin It
Click here to read more