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”

A History of a Writer

I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember and, as I’m turning 35 in a few months, it looks like the odds are good I’ll be telling them for the rest of my life (not just gonna yell ‘That’s it!  I’m done!’ as I blow out my birthday candles).  But howContinue reading “A History of a Writer”

How to Start Living the Life of Your Dreams Today

This is about to be a huge cop out because the answer to the question above is to remove the first two words from the title of this piece — there’s your answer.  But hopefully my explanation will be more satisfying. There’s a lot of dithering, planning, dreaming, whiteboard and index card use, and fantasizingContinue reading “How to Start Living the Life of Your Dreams Today”

10 Tips for Building Believable Love Stories

Love stories are popular, eternal, and some of readers’ favorite plots. So why are they so rarely good (or as good as they could be)? I think because we often don’t believe in the romance, in the characters, in the story. But the good news is that it’s easy to send your love story from lukewarmContinue reading “10 Tips for Building Believable Love Stories”

Who’s Inspiring You Right Now?

As I get excited about the year ahead and living the life of my dreams I was thinking about the quote — And that got me thinking, which five people in my life are doing what I want to do more of?  i.e. who’s inspiring you right now? So, without further ado, here are theContinue reading “Who’s Inspiring You Right Now?”

Can enrolling in an imaginary academy change your life?

Ah Sumar Academy.  I’ve just arrived here two days ago and I’m already learning so much.  I’m a little home-sick and a little intimidated but mostly I’m excited.  People graduate from here to do GREAT things. Oh, BTW, did I mention this place is totally only in my own mind? From classic English stories toContinue reading “Can enrolling in an imaginary academy change your life?”

What I’ve Learn After 50 Blog Posts (Tips & Tricks)

TA DA!  (TWEET, TWEET!)  WE MADE IT! Happy 50th post on this website.  I was kind of surprised that it sneaked up on me.  But I’ve learned a lot since March 2nd, 2013 and I want to share what I have learned with any would-be writers or bloggers — 10 Things I’ve Learned About BloggingContinue reading “What I’ve Learn After 50 Blog Posts (Tips & Tricks)”

49 Days (and ways) To Be Amazing By New Year’s

Spend half as much on Christmas this year Give twice as much to Charity Start that blog Get a ‘walking buddy’ and walk three times a week Make a party plan, and only go (and eat and drink) when you really want to Start your novel Write a love letter to yourself Go to aContinue reading “49 Days (and ways) To Be Amazing By New Year’s”

Paleo Diet — I feel like I’ve fallen face-first into the Fountain of Youth

Now, I had never really heard of the Paleo Diet (and I don’t ever do ‘diets’ in the way most Americans think of them, BTW) until about a week ago. My sister Sarah said she’d been reading great things about it online and we should try it.  And it’s changed my life in ONE WEEK.Continue reading “Paleo Diet — I feel like I’ve fallen face-first into the Fountain of Youth”

What’s Holding You Back?

The following is a guest post from a good friend and fellow Athens Writers Association member, Jennifer Innes.  Jen has shown an incredible amount of courage and persistence in going after her dream and I think we can all learn a lot from her.  Enjoy!    I started my first novel at some point in middle school. ThisContinue reading “What’s Holding You Back?”