The Great Things About Turning Forty

Forty is awesome. I know you hear a lot of talk about it as a big scary number and I admit I’ve thought so too. Which is why I’ve been working hard for a couple of years to get my life to an exciting place for the big 4-0, just so I wouldn’t feel disappointed.Continue reading “The Great Things About Turning Forty”

Harder: The Thing That Stands Between You and Your Dreams

Coworker: I just graduated. Me: Congratulations! That was a lot of hard work. Coworker: Not really. But thanks. Later my friend also reiterated that, while it was nice of me to encourage him, graduating wasn’t really that hard of work. WHAT? I felt like he would have had lots of times, lots of choices, whereContinue reading “Harder: The Thing That Stands Between You and Your Dreams”

To Honor the Failing Darkness

Trying new things is hard. Returning to old things is hard. Doing anything worth doing is probably hard. ūüėČ But as the darkness of ignorance falls away we become more comfortable, less afraid, less annoyed.¬† The new is always challenging, which is why we rush past it — getting to know that new boyfriend, wantingContinue reading “To Honor the Failing Darkness”

To the Young, Broke, Lost, and Extraordinary: Part One

Hi readers! I got an email a few weeks ago from a young man in Asia who had questions about his life and hoped I could help. I answered him as best I could but his questions were really interesting and made me ponder what I would tell myself if I could talk to aContinue reading “To the Young, Broke, Lost, and Extraordinary: Part One”

What’s Your ’10’ Career?

Just a couple of days ago I sat down to make a business plan while waiting¬†in a Chinese restaurant for my takeout order to cook (tip: if you can’t figure out a surefire plan for your business in ten minutes, then why bother? ūüėČ ¬†The only thing I had time to do was make aContinue reading “What’s Your ’10’ Career?”

Struggle As Adventure

Strug¬∑gle verb make forceful or violent efforts to get free of restraint or constriction. strive to achieve or attain something in the face of difficulty or resistance. have difficulty handling or coping with. engage in conflict. make one’s way with difficulty. Struggle doesn’t sound like fun. ¬†Maybe, it doesn’t even sound right — if you’reContinue reading “Struggle As Adventure”

The Inelegant Balance Between Being Right and Becoming Better

Now, we all want to be right — to be smart, admired, to think for ourselves and not let anything sway our convictions. ¬†But at a certain point does certainty inhibit progress? I’ve been asking myself this question a lot this year. ¬†Firstly, as I move forward toward becoming a professional writer, I have startedContinue reading “The Inelegant Balance Between Being Right and Becoming Better”

2015: 10 Things That Are Inspiring My Writing

Even though the year isn’t over yet, I’m so excited about the things that are exhilarating me and moving my writing forward that I just had to share them (note: no real spoilers here, just a few lines of non-revealing dialogue) — #1 — Hannibal Hopefully season three isn’t the end, but if it wasContinue reading “2015: 10 Things That Are Inspiring My Writing”

Follow Your Excitement

When you decide to change your life, improve your world, or reclaim your dreams you will come to a time when you get really excited about something you consider ‘silly’ or ‘trivial’ — and in that moment, you have discovered magic. Think about it — how often do you get excited in the day-to-day? ¬†NotContinue reading “Follow Your Excitement”

5 Ways to Love Yourself and Reveal Your Awesome

WARNING: A little extra language in the pictures of this post — because I was feeling passionate! In life there are two pulls — the urge to become more and the necessity of loving yourself as is. ¬†I don’t believe these forces are incompatible but we too often tell our story as ‘I’m broken andContinue reading “5 Ways to Love Yourself and Reveal Your Awesome”