Dreams, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Writing

Why I’m quitting Instagram – for now

Recently, I’ve become a huge fan of Kacey Musgraves. And as I’ve rapidly consumed her past three albums, I was struck by a true gem of a lyric:

Mind your own biscuits, and life will be gravy.

I love this for so many reasons, and I promise I’m not being passive-aggressive. Even though I consider myself a private person and do get irritated at prying, this lyric resonated with me for another big reason. I was comparing myself to people way too much, and as a result, not feeling great about myself.

Soon, it had me thinking: I’m done with Instagram.

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Dreams, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Orlando, Writing

Clear vision for 2020: My New Year’s resolutions & goals

2020 is almost upon us, and this time we’re not only entering a new year, but a new decade. A new era. A new age. And so, I’m going big and honest with my resolutions. There’s no time or life to waste, so I’ve taken a good look at various aspects of myself – work, life, habits, etc., and have categorized resolutions for all of them. Some are pretty straightforward, and some merit a bit more explanation. I have these detailed a lot more for my own personal reasons, but here I’ll try to keep it concise. 😉

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Dreams, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Orlando, Writing

Thankful for it: When getting a “no” is the best thing you could ever hear

It’s almost Thanksgiving! I really love this holiday. And yes, while it’s definitely about gathering with loved ones and eating amazing food (I love Stove Top stuffing, sorry not sorry), it’s truly about gratitude and reflecting on what we’re thankful for.

Gratitude is something I’ve been working on this year. Whenever I’ve felt negative, discouraged, or even jealous, I’ve tried to make a list (mental or tangible) of the things I’m grateful for. And it really works.

So, as I got to thinking about what I’m most thankful for this year, I recalled one instant back in March that really stood out to me.

Somebody told me “no.”

Wait, what? “No” is typically a bad thing, right? That’s what I’ve always thought. I mean, think about it: we’ve hated hearing the word “no” since childhood. Nobody wants to ask for something, or work for something, just to have somebody turn around and deny us. We want to get what we want, and when someone denies us that, it can feel like the end of the world.

Or it can be the beginning of something great.

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Inspiration, Lifestyle, Writing

These things (and people) will change

People don’t change.

That’s what I used to think and believe. But as you can probably surmise from the headline of this blog post, I clearly don’t believe that anymore.

I’ll back up a bit. I think when I’d say “people don’t change,” I was being too absolute. When I said “people don’t change,” I think I meant that their actions don’t change. Their vices don’t change. I thought if you had a friend who’s a constant gossip, they’ll probably always be that way and continue to talk about other people negatively (and likely, you, too) and try to get into your business. I thought if you had a boyfriend cheat, they’d probably do it again and it’s best to hit the road so you can avoid another massive unpleasantry. I thought if you knew someone who would always criticize you, well, they’d probably keep at it.

While some of those examples I still kind of believe are true, I realized something in the past few weeks. Certain aspects of people, like their personality, likely won’t change (in my opinion). But, the way people react to, view and approach situations in their lives will, because of the inevitability of life experience.

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Dreams, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Writing

My journey into freelance writing & making dreams come true

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Hi there! It has been a really, really, really long time since I’ve blogged. That’s because life has been absolutely hectic and chaotic and a lovely mess of dreams coming true. And the reason for that is some hard work happening behind the scenes.

Back in March, I experienced a setback that crushed me. It was something I’d built up in my mind, something I was sure I would get. It was huge. And when I received news that it had just slipped from my grasp, I was crushed. I even left work early because mentally I felt so defeated. I cried the entire thirty minutes home, repeating over and over again: “I thought I had it.”

My gut said yes. My gut said big things were happening, and this was it. So when reality hit that wasn’t the case, I felt so incredibly low. I felt like I couldn’t trust even my own intuition anymore, because I always found my gut to be right – about people, about choices I had to make, and even about what song would come next on shuffle. Well, that last one wasn’t always 100% accurate.

I allowed myself to feel defeat and sadness and discouragement. I wasn’t going to suppress those emotions, because what had happened was truly disappointing and I had to deal with how I was feeling. But once I woke up the next morning, I had a thought.

“I’m going to be a freelance writer.”

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Books, Writing

Staying motivated in writing – when it seems impossible

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I have a confession to make: I don’t want to work on my book. It’s not that I don’t want to write – I love writing. It’s my absolute passion and calling. And it’s not that I don’t like my book idea and my current work in progress. But, I’m in the dreaded I-could-write-and-it’s-not-writer’s-block-but-I-can’t-bring-myself-to-do-anything.

So what do you do when you hit this wall? I’m still trying to work it out. But, hopefully, the first step to moving past it is recognizing it!

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Books, Disney, Lifestyle, Orlando, Writing

Looking back & ahead: New Year’s resolutions

I love the idea of a fresh start. The notion of reinvention and rebirth is fascinating and inspiring, and it’s something I think about often. That’s one of the reasons I love this time of year. Like most people, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting as the year draws to a close. Things I accomplished, things I learned, things I’m proud of, and things I could do better in the new year.

Here, I want to explore some of those and share what I’m aspiring to do in 2019.

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