writing

Writing With Motivation

Nope. This is not a post about how to find motivation to write. I know I've said it at least once, but I'll say it again: You don't need motivation. It's just a little nicer when you have it. But you don't need it. Not to workout. Not to write. Not to reach your deadline.… Continue reading Writing With Motivation

Mental Health Monday

Non-Religious Words Of Comfort

There are a lot of different people out there, religious and not. There are those who believe in prayer but many who don't. Sometimes, the "I'm praying for you" is meant as a kind gesture but I've found that it's a religious write-off. It's the "I'm helping you without helping you" approach. But it's not… Continue reading Non-Religious Words Of Comfort

Running

Running In Spring

Oh boy! Spring is right around the corner. According to my phone, 40 degree weather is creeping in tomorrow and it looks like it's going to stick around for more than a day. Pretty exciting right? What's more exciting is that it'll be easier to run outdoors again! I'm an outdoor runner through and through… Continue reading Running In Spring

Mental Health Monday, Motivation

Add Self-Care To Your Routine

Hello! I've returned from my break. Yes, I know I harp on self-care. But what advice blog doesn't? Today though, we're going to look at why you should add self-care practices into your routine and how you can go about it in a healthy, sustainable way. And we're going to start with this: junk food and sitting on the couch isn't self-care. It's… Continue reading Add Self-Care To Your Routine

Yoga

Stretching Is Hard

When we think of stretching, we think of flexibility and flexible people. We think about an easy workout. We might not even think of a workout at all. We might even think about old people or dancers. We do know one thing: we should be doing it. That doesn't mean that we actually stretch consistently… Continue reading Stretching Is Hard

writing

When To Stop Writing

Or maybe I should say, "When to take a break from writing". Or maybe, "When to put the pen down". Or maybe, "Do you need to stop writing?". Or maybe, "Just stop writing...for now". There's reason number one: you can't stop rephrasing things. Let's assume we're all writers here. Doesn't matter what kind, but you write. When you take… Continue reading When To Stop Writing

Mental Health Monday

Respecting Boundaries

I might not want a hug today. But I might want one tomorrow. I might not want to talk about one thing, but am eager to talk about something else. I might not want to visit every week, or call every day, or even hear about certain things. And that's okay, those are my boundaries… Continue reading Respecting Boundaries

What I Mean When I Say

“I’ve Changed”

I don't say this often only because the moment doesn't often arise where I get to say it. If I could, I think I would tell everyone willing to listen that I've changed. Partially because I am absolutely obsessed with the concept of change. It's such a nifty idea isn't it? We can start off… Continue reading “I’ve Changed”

Motivation, Yoga

Do Yoga With A Loved One

It's February and Valentine's Day is today so in light of this, let's talk about how much fun doing yoga with a loved one is. First of all, I'm talking about an at home practice. Not that a yoga studio is boring, less fun, or less special but you can't really be as open or… Continue reading Do Yoga With A Loved One

Running

Running Is Boring

Last week I wrote about how yoga is boring but this week, we're going to look at how running is boring. Or, at least how people tend to think running is boring. News flash, I refuse to think it is. To be fair, I am not saying treadmill running is exciting. Or interesting. It feels like nothing other… Continue reading Running Is Boring

Mental Health Monday

Be Gentle

With your significant other, with others, with yourself. Be gentle. With Valentine's Day approaching, it's a perfect time to talk abut love. Last Friday I talked about the word "love". Today I'm talking about what it means to love someone and how we can cultivate more love in our lives. First things first, be gentle.… Continue reading Be Gentle

What I Mean When I Say

I love “love”

I got told a lot in my youth that there were two words I had to be very careful about using. The first one was "hate". You can dislike something, I was told, but to hate it you have to be really sure because that's a big word. And that formed a pretty positive habit. I… Continue reading I love “love”

Mental Health Monday, Motivation

Wake Up

To your life, to your decisions, to your attitudes. Wake up. Do you think that you have endless time to be miserable? To putz around doing nothing at all? Do you think that you have time let goal after goal slip away? Do you think you can get away with putting no effort into your… Continue reading Wake Up

Mental Health Monday, Motivation

Dealing With Winter

Mm, this comes at the perfect time, doesn't it? I plan out all my articles at the beginning of the month so I promise, I didn't know that it would snow another six inches. Or get down to a high of -17 in the next two days. I know, winter can be tough. And yes,… Continue reading Dealing With Winter

writing

Be Strong, Write Stronger

A few Tuesdays back, I wrote some tips for all you beginning authors. Maybe you've already given up on that book this year or maybe you're sticking to it...and struggling. Well don't worry! All authors struggle. I don't care who they are. If a writer says they have never struggled then they are lying. Simple… Continue reading Be Strong, Write Stronger

Mental Health Monday

Toxic Relationships

They exist. We know it. But we might not always realize we are in one. It could be our boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, or it could be our siblings, parents, friends. That's where we get into trouble. We very rarely consider toxic relationships between our friends or family because they're supposed to be our support network. Where we learn… Continue reading Toxic Relationships

Yoga

An Upside-Down Perspective

Nope! Not talking about headstands today. Though, what I'm saying will apply to that as well. We're talking about inversions today, more specifically beginner level inversions. What are beginner level inversions? Legs up the wall pose for one. And yes that is a real thing. Lay on your back, legs up the wall, and scootch… Continue reading An Upside-Down Perspective

Motivation, Running

Finding Silence

While running. I probably just lost half of you since you'll be guessing that I run without music. But before you knock me as crazy and leave this blog, hear me out at least a little. I often run without headphones so that I can find a sense of silence. I've found that without headphones,… Continue reading Finding Silence

Mental Health Monday, Motivation

Appreciating Life

...is something we don't do. Be honest. You don't appreciate the life in your veins the way you should. It's because you're probably healthy. Happy (ish). Able to do day to day activities. You can eat. Go to the bathroom. Sleep. Breathe. And it's because we are functional that we don't appreciate our life. We… Continue reading Appreciating Life

What I Mean When I Say, writing

It’s A Beautiful Day

And it just so happens that it's my birthday. Like most of these blogs, I'm writing this one in advance. I'm not rushing or waiting till an hour before I actually want to post to begin writing. Instead, I'm working on this earlier. So...today isn't actually my birthday. But the day I'm posting it is.… Continue reading It’s A Beautiful Day

Yoga

Power Yoga And Confidence

Confidence is hard to come by and if you have it, people try to take it away. Being confident is not the same as being arrogant no matter what someone else might try to tell you. It's okay to feel strong, powerful, and confident in yourself and your body's abilities. Dealing with negative comments though… Continue reading Power Yoga And Confidence

Motivation, writing

Writing Tips For Beginners

Hello, fellow writers! It's 2019 and I'm sure a few of you out there are thinking, "Aha! This is the year I'll finally write a book" or something like that. This time for sure, you'll become a bestselling author. Hold your horses. Seriously, calm down and let's take a minute to look at this. First… Continue reading Writing Tips For Beginners

Mental Health Monday

Working Out Sucks

And somehow I love it? I've been hinting at this blog post for the last week or so. I've been subtly talking about how, hey working out won't always feel great and that in fact, it'll be really hard to start. But now, I finally get to say it... Working out sucks! And it doesn't get… Continue reading Working Out Sucks

What I Mean When I Say

“Don’t Shoot For The Stars”

And you'll end up happier. Before you have a visceral reaction to the title of this let me clarify that I am not saying don't have big dreams or goals. I have a ton of extremely lofty life dreams in many different areas sine I have so many things I'm passionate about. This isn't about… Continue reading “Don’t Shoot For The Stars”

Motivation, Yoga

Yoga Tips For Beginners

It's the new year and similarly to running, a lot of people are going to try yoga again or try for the first time. Whether it's because you're interested in getting in shape or feel the need to do some soul searching, if you're coming back to or starting yoga for the first time, I've… Continue reading Yoga Tips For Beginners

Running

Running Tips For Beginners

Happy New Year! Though I'm not a huge fan of resolutions (I blabbed all about here), lots of us are going to be flocking to the gym today with both goals and resolutions. And a fair chunk of us will be hopping on the treadmill to run. But we don't know how. Running or any other physical activity means… Continue reading Running Tips For Beginners

Mental Health Monday

Out With The Old

And in with the new. The new year is right around the corner...just a few hours away from when this is posted! So what does that mean for us? Out with the old and in with the new. Out with the old. Now, do we need to run around our house and toss out old things? Do we… Continue reading Out With The Old

Motivation, What I Mean When I Say

“I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions”

You read that right folks; I do not. I do not make New Year's resolutions. While that may seem crazy, there's a very good reason for it. Let's get into it. Photo by Michaela on Pexels.com I don't make New Year's resolutions. Nope, nope, nope. I also don't run headfirst into a year without any… Continue reading “I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions”

Mental Health Monday

Post-Holiday Blues

The holidays are over...ish. Or six days from now they will be finished in full. Unless you have a January birthday like me...but that doesn't count. It's not a holiday. Holidays are stressful. We all know that holidays cause stress. It's not even all negative stress. There's a lot of activity, socialization, laughter, etc. But we all… Continue reading Post-Holiday Blues

What I Mean When I Say

“Staying Home Tonight”

I can't go out tonight. Why? Because I'm staying home. This sounds like a simple enough phrase but surprisingly, there's some explanation needed. I'm starting with this: it's okay to stay inside. It's okay to prefer staying in. It's okay to enjoy your life outside of a restaurant, a bar, or a club. It's okay… Continue reading “Staying Home Tonight”

Yoga

Use Yoga To De-stress

As we approach Christmas and the new year, our stress levels start to creep up. Our shoulders inch their way to our ears. Our eyes bug out of our head. We start snipping and getting mean. And instead of taking time to de-stress and relax, we push harder. Don't worry, it's not just you. I'm… Continue reading Use Yoga To De-stress

Mental Health Monday, Yoga

Learn To Journal

All right, I'll admit it. I'm not the best journaler. In fact,  I don't use quite as often as I probably should but I use it when I need it and when I feel comfortable using it. I think most of us could find some form of relaxation, stress relief, and/or help processing emotions because of journals.… Continue reading Learn To Journal

Mental Health Monday

Communicate With Family

No, this isn't about how you should call your mother, or grandparents, or aunts and uncles. I mean, you should do that. But that's not what this is about. It isn't even about putting your phone down and talking at a family gathering. Which, you also should. Check out that article if you haven't. This is a… Continue reading Communicate With Family

What I Mean When I Say

“Joy Is A Choice”

This isn't the least controversial thing I've ever said. In fact, it might be one of the most controversial things I could say in the current culture of mental health and the culture of medication. But I'm saying it anyway. Joy is a choice. At least hear me out. If you're reading this article, like any of… Continue reading “Joy Is A Choice”

Motivation, Yoga

Where Does The Time Go?

Into rewriting a deleted post.  Jokes aside, we do ask ourselves this question a lot. At some point or another in our lives, we are bound to stumble across this question. Errands, work/school, responsibilities snag our time and what they leave laziness and procrastination eat up. What's left? A sad image of us scratching our… Continue reading Where Does The Time Go?

Motivation, Running

Snowy Weather Running Tips

I am excited about writing this one! I love running in the snow. It's one of my most favorite things in the world. It's beautiful. It's cold. It's challenging. And it's riveting. Last week, I wrote about running in the cold. And that certainly is challenging, but it's a different beast from running in the snow and… Continue reading Snowy Weather Running Tips

Mental Health Monday

People Don’t Care That Much

Let's be honest, we care what people think. I know, we try not to. But we really, really care what people think. That's fine, well it's not really. But it's fine in that we are social creatures and we have relied on and do rely on the acceptance of society for survival and for mating purposes. That's… Continue reading People Don’t Care That Much