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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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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Books, Writing

What happens after you’ve written a book

C0DAB403-AF1F-4A58-B55E-8E3D1A490012It’s both a satisfying and sad feeling. You’ve been at it for months, spending nights and weekends in front of tiny laptop screen passionately punching out the words to your story.

After weeks and weeks of outlining, drafting, revisions, character development, bouts of writer’s block, doubt, chocolate splurges and excitement beyond anything you’ve ever felt, you’ve reached those two words.

The End.

When I finished writing my first book, THE PANACEA, I cried. The ending was emotional in and of itself, but I couldn’t grasp that this project I’d spent a year of my life on was over. At least for now. The story was complete at 50,000 words, and I was proud of it.

I finished my book in July of this year, for real. I say that because I’d thought I’d finished it in December 2017. I’d reached the ending I’d always envisioned for this story, but it still felt lacking. It was only until a literary agent suggested I make it a little longer that I realized I had more work to do.

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