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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

25 things I’ve learned in 25 years

It’s here. I’m 25 years old. This number has always been good to me, and I’m not sure why. The day my now-husband and I started dating was Jan. 25. We got engaged on Christmas, which is Dec. 25. I bought my first car on Nov. 25. My license plate has 25 in it, randomly. I got my first manuscript request on July 25, which is also my cat’s birthday.

So for those reasons, I’m excited for my 25th year. Keeping up with a tradition I started last year, I’m writing today 25 things I’ve learned in 25 years (Most having happened in the past year. Gotta keep it fresh).

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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, Orlando

Being authentic and true

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Whether I’m stressed, or excited, or upset, I do a pretty bad job of hiding it. If I’m feeling a negative emotion, I get anxious, I stop talking and I can’t make good eye contact. You can read my poker face, because I don’t have one. It’s just not in me.

I’ve often been hard on myself for this, and it’s also caused me guilt. I’m hypersensitive, so if I even detect a slight shift in mood in somebody else, I immediately think it’s my fault or they’re upset with me. Nine times out of ten, they’re probably just having a bad day. So, that’s where the guilt comes in for me, because I know I’m sure I’ve done that to other people with my inability to mask my feelings. Continue reading “Being authentic and true”

Dreams, Inspiration, Lifestyle

My debt to pay: A lesson in accountability

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Anyone who mildly knows me probably knows that I love Taylor Swift with all my heart, mind and soul. So naturally, when she released her latest promo single, “The Archer,” I immediately went to my room, put in my headphones and took a deep breath.

In the song, she sings “And I cut off my nose just to spite my face/Then hate my reflection for years and years.”

Admittedly, I had never heard that expression before, so I Googled. Basically, Google/Wikipedia says it’s “an expression to describe a needlessly self-destructive over-reaction to a problem.”

Wow. That’s me.

Now, this post isn’t really meant to talk about overreacting to stuff. Have I done that? Yeah, I think everyone has. But, in one instance, it snowballed into a situation I feel bad about years later.

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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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