Writing

Being Brave

Are you scared? This question is one that frequently visits me. From my own thoughts to people asking me about trying to publish a novel, “Are you scared?” tends to follow me around. Like a mean girl, I just can’t get rid of. And the answer is yes. Of course I’m scared. I’m not a …

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Exploring USA

50 Before 50

 Recently over cocktails with a friend, we had a great idea. This friend of mine mentioned that she had a goal of visiting all 50 states by the time she was 50. We began talking about the logistics of such a goal. Does stepping in the state count? What about being in the airport? What …

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Book Reviews Gold Stars

The Lucky Generation

I would be incredibly untruthful (and I value honesty), if I didn’t mention my small obsession with Harry Potter and the woman behind the books, J.K. Rowling. Those of you who know me well are probably surprised to see that this is the second post in my gold stars section, not the first. But it …

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Writing

Finding Time vs. Making Time

When I tell people I am writing a novel, I receive a lot of follow up questions. Where’d you get the idea? What’s your process like? When do you find the time? The time question, to me, is the most interesting. A lot of people want to pursue a curiosity but have trouble finding time …

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Gold Stars

Just like in Kindergarten, Gold Stars = Awesomeness

Sometimes people deserve gold stars. Like in Kindergarten, for example. Or when a perfectly legitimate almost 30-year-old gives them away on her blog. For that reason, I’ve decided to make the world a little happier and award gold stars of my own to creatives I admire. From books I have read to podcasts I follow, …

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Writing

Settling for More

I’m not quitting my job to write! Yes, you read that correctly. Though I must admit, there is something about people who do quit their day jobs to pursue a curiosity that I admire. Perhaps it’s the freedom or the risk or maybe just the fact that they look a bit shinier and more smiley …

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Exploring

Never Stop Exploring

In the spirit of being honest, I have something I must tell you. It has to do with how I learned that I was an explorer. In college, I studied abroad in Spain. I also was in a sorority. I am a walking stereotype. Feels good to get it out there. But in truth, studying …

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