I'll start this honestly. For way too many years I trashed NaNoWriMo because I was an arrogant kid. Simple as that. I made my own rules on how you should write and churning out a book in a month went against all those rules. You can't put out quality work so fast. Does a book end at… Continue reading NaNoWriMo: What I Learned
Even the best decisions can end up not quite how you want or thought. You can come into something whole-heartedly, weigh the pros and the cons, and walk away relieved. There's a problem though: If you haven't addressed the issue, that solution won't work. You can cut all your arms and legs off, lock yourself… Continue reading Making A Mistake
Unfortunately, to a lot of people a 24-year-old recent college grad with no specific 9-5 office job doesn't need a break from anything. No break from working out, I'm young. No break from writing because it isn't "a real job". No break from anything because let's face it, I just sit around and do nothing… Continue reading “I Need A Break”
Yoga isn't dangerous. It can't hurt you. Oh, and it isn't bad on your knees like that running. And it's certainly safer than martial arts. And you can't get hurt like you can falling off a bike or horse. Yoga is safe! It's the safest workout ever. Right? Wrong. Please approach this with an open… Continue reading Dangers of Yoga
Let me tell you a little personal story. I've always known that a good, solid running shoe is really important. I know that the right kind for you foot is important. Right size, same deal. I also know that skimping on money isn't really what you should be doing with a running shoe. When I… Continue reading Get Fit (Into Good Running Shoes)
This isn't going to add an hour or two to your day. You aren't going to magically have more time to do something you thought you wouldn't get to. And you won't be more productive. What this is going to be is 10 things you need to do if you are panicking about time. Photo… Continue reading Panicking About Time? Read This.
Hey! On Monday we just talked about de-cluttering and getting rid of stuff that you really don't actually need. And guess what? That applies double to you writers out there. This may be a little different for those of you who write your stories and ideas on computers first. I write all of my work… Continue reading Hoarding Work As A Writer
So we just had celebrated a wonderful holiday, the Fourth of July. As I've mentioned before, I write these in advance and originally I was going to write an article about how it's important to eat and identify signs of eating disorders or disordered eating. But I chose something else. I chose to say this:… Continue reading “I Love America”
I'm a little late on the bandwagon. You know, the whole Marie Kondo method thing? Well, I'm kinda talking about that today. We're talking about de-cluttering your space, your life, and what you can do if you're the type of person to develop emotional attachments to objects and things. But I'm late for a good… Continue reading De-clutter and Give Away
I won't lie, this is probably the lamest thing I say when people ask to hang out past, I don't know, seven p.m? Or before 10 a.m. No, I don't wake up that late. I'm just making sure I get my early workout in. Today's little post is going to be about sleep and working… Continue reading “I Can’t, I Have To Sleep”
Exercise can be grueling enough. You're working hard to maintain your electrolyte balance, nutrition, hydration, blah, blah, blah. You're working out like crazy and your body is letting you know. Big time. What do you do? Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com First of all, this shouldn't have happened. Get your ducks in a row and… Continue reading Recovery Options
We live in a diet culture. Keto, Paleo, blah, blah, blah there are a million and two diets out there. Maybe we've given into the idea that a diet something like this. What we eat day to day isn't the diet but the things we do to lose weight are. Right? Wrong. A diet is… Continue reading Eat
All right! So far, today sucks. It's been a stressful few months or so. And of course, like anyone else, sometimes I just wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Sometimes you just wake up agitated, especially if you didn't sleep well. Which is kind of my case. To phrase it simply, I'm… Continue reading Get Uncomfortable
Hello, hello! Last week was a post about running and today’s post is going to be a quick one but a blast. Sometimes our writing gets stale. Maybe we’re a horror writer, a fantasy writer, a romance writer, or any other kind of writer and we just need something to mix stuff up. Try something… Continue reading 10 Fun Writing Prompts
"I'm not materialistic" I say, as I grab a little knick-knack off the shelf at Goodwill. I'm not materialistic I think as I buy more and more things over time, participate in capitalism, and eagerly await the arrival of new things whether it's clothes, car parts, or exercise equipment. But I can still say I'm… Continue reading I’m Not Materialistic (Am I?)
Blog post one Easy yoga modifications All right. So yoga is for everyone. Anyone can do it! Especially that super bendy ninety year old. And that crazy in shape lady who has had six kids and still looks younger than you. And that vegan who seems to float. But yoga is for everyone. Right? Yeah… Continue reading Easy Yoga Routine Modifications
A lot. There's a lot in there. But that aside, nothing in this article is sponsored or anything fancy like that (I wish). Just some stuff I've found works for me! It's a hodgepodge collection of stuff but everything I use on a nearly daily basis. Everything is linked. To start off with, what do… Continue reading What’s In My Gym Bag?
It's getting pretty stinkin' close to summer, but there's still time to spring clean our brains. At least here, in Chicago, it's finally starting to warm up, brighten up, and feel like spring/summer. It's been way too cold, cloudy, and rainy to feel like a real spring. We may have even skipped it altogether however… Continue reading Spring Clean Your Brain
It's pretty rainy and cloudy here today which means my brain has been floating around to all the fun places that are sunny, dry, and warm. It is almost summer and there are more warm days than cool days. So, on those warm days, sunny days, breezy, cloudy days do I stay inside and practice… Continue reading 5 Non-studio Places to Practice Yoga
That's a big question. I'm a writer, if it hasn't yet been made clear. I spend most of my days doing just that...writing. For those of you that are beginning your writing journey or don't even write but are curious as to what I actually do for that long, let me tell you. Photo by… Continue reading What Projects Am I Working On?
We just had Mother's Day and Father's Day is fast approaching. A lot of don't pay much attention to these holidays. Most of us might just panic about a gift, settle on flowers or a little something nice. But not all of us have two parents. Whether they left or died, some of us see… Continue reading Parent Holidays For the Parentless
Wait, wait. Didn't I make a post about how I love winter? How can I love winter and also love summer? It's not that big of a surprise, but I don't really have a favorite season as I mentioned in the other article. But my love of summer is a little different than my love… Continue reading “I Love Summer”
It isn't always easy. Well, I guess that implies that it is most of the time easy...which it isn't. Showing up to any workout or meal (that isn't trash) is hard. It takes willpower, dedication, and all that jazz. And none of that screams "easy". Carving out time to do yoga isn't the hardest part.… Continue reading Maintaining A Yoga Schedule
I'm not a doctor. I'm not a doctor. But I do have asthma. And I did think I had asthma for quite awhile before I went to a doctor. And I did struggle from it. And I knew there could be something more serious. But...I did nothing? Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com All right, let's… Continue reading Do You Have Asthma?
Well here I am to talk about grief, memories, and the fear of losing everything. This is going to be split up a little differently than normal. The first chunk here is going to be discussing grief and the second part will just be some kind words. Let's get started. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com… Continue reading Letting Go
But I am not a hoarder. If you walked into my house, sat in my car, or worked at my desk, you would not think that I am a little bit of a pack rat and that I always have been. I keep things clean and tidy. And I don't pile up trash. Here's the… Continue reading “I’m A Pack Rat”
In the past, we may have spoken about weakness and faults with ourselves. We have yet to discuss knowing our weak spot or spots. And what is a weak spot exactly, as defined for this article? A weak spot is: a place in your life that "goes" first when stress happens. So let's say you… Continue reading Know Your Weak Spot
Wait, how to overwhelm yourself? Don't I mean how not to overwhelm yourself? Mm, no. I definitely mean "How to overwhelm yourself". Why? Sometimes, we just read about how to avoid overwhelming ourselves and we think, "Well I'm good" because we don't do those things. Sometimes we might even know that we do something but… Continue reading How To Overwhelm Yourself
Starts off with one understanding: if you don't switch into a different mentality, it will suck. Before we get to that though, let's break the ice. No one and I mean no one can get through life without being corrected on something. I'm pretty sure that we can't even get to our first birthday without… Continue reading Taking Correction
And why. All right, so today you guys get to see how old-timey I actually am. I'm a very old-fashioned writer but not because it's cool or hipster. In fact, if you spent any amount of time writing things the way I do you would think I'm crazy. You won't write on anything other than… Continue reading What Do I use To Write?
Monday's on this blog are starting to become "What rabbit hole did I fall down on YouTube Last Week" articles. On that note, I recently discovered a YouTuber who happens to be a mortician. And talk about death. And what happens afterwards. Boy, did it hook me. First of all, the channel is called Ask… Continue reading Talk About Death
Or maybe it isn't. But I'm saying it is. I'm waking up today and the first thought in my mind that I'm deliberately thinking is, "Today is a good day". How can I say that when I haven't even gone through the day? What do I mean when I say that? First, before we get… Continue reading “Today Is A Good Day”
You're in downward facing dog, sweating. Your grip isn't great. You can't focus on your breath. Everything is hurting and shaking. And you know that your form is terrible. Then comes this little thought, "Am I progressing?" This is Buzz. A bug in your ear. (Shout out to those of you who've been here from… Continue reading Am I Progressing?
Hello! This article is a little fluffy but a lot of fun. I'll be doing these twice a year; once for the cooler/cold weather and once for the warmer/hot weather. And it's spring up here which means I'm running in less than I was a few weeks ago. The most, most important thing I run… Continue reading What Am I Running In?
Am I done talking about feet? No. Am I done talking about vacation? Yes. Kind of. Getting back from vacation and dealing with two very tired feet may have partially inspired this blog. So let's get into it. We use our feet a lot. We run around on them. We stand on them. We keep… Continue reading Give Your Feet A Break
What person in their right mind would think this? Who would even go so far as to say this out loud? Me. Well, at least the me from a few years ago would say this and stand by it quite strongly. Unfortunately, just because I myself have moved beyond a certain point in my life… Continue reading “I Don’t Like/Want To Be Happy”
Have you taken time off? Started up a new regime? Maybe you've just come back from an injury or (ready?) a vacation and need to start back up. But how? How do you find the motivation to get onto your yoga mat or the martial arts mat? You don't. I've said this about writing, running,… Continue reading Forcing Yourself Onto The Mat
Hello! This one is geared towards those of you who have taken a break from your writing routine (like if you went on vacation), those of you who want to start writing, or those of you who want to be a writer but can't consistently write. Let's talk. Right off the bat let's understand two… Continue reading Settling Into A Writing Routine
So you've just gotten back from vacation. Well, actually I have. But we've returned from our vacation back to normal life. What do you do? Panic? Stress? Moan and complain? Or is it possible to actually stay happy after you return from vacation? I think it is. Photo by Alex Powell on Pexels.com Let's not… Continue reading Readjusting After Vacation
Well most people do. I'm not so special. But I feel like there's a big misunderstanding when I say I like to travel. I really like being at home. And I'm not actually a big fan of huge outings, theme parks, fancy dinners, etc. So then, what do I mean when I say I like… Continue reading “I Love To Travel”
I know what you're thinking, vacations are for relaxing. Why would I need to calm down? Because vacations are actually incredibly stressful. For about ten thousand different reasons. They start off as a great idea and generally by the time we're halfway through, we just want to go home and relax. I'm sure you've felt… Continue reading Calming Down On Vacation
Onto another post about vacations! If you aren't interested in vacation material you might want to check back next week. Or you could just save this post for when you take a break this summer. Anyway, I'm a runner and I'm a writer which means I'm a little neurotic and a little obsessed. Not too… Continue reading Running and Writing on Vacation
Hello, hello! I'm already on my vacation, but you guys here won't notice a difference in my uploading since I managed to plan ahead! At least, that's what I'm hoping. But the idea of planning blogs and work ahead of time brings me to a very important point. We need to prepare for vacation, especially… Continue reading Mentally Preparing For Vacation
I don't say this one too often, but I do say it on the rare occasion. And if you were to hear me say this without any context or knowledge of my personality, my history, and my thought process then I could see how it could easily be misconstrued. It's not just me either, is… Continue reading “Life Sucks”
With spring now officially here, it's time we talk about our yoga practice and how to spice it up a little bit. No, I'm not saying yoga is boring but I am saying that like any workout it's easy to fall into the same routines, the same habits. Whether we practice at a studio or… Continue reading Practice In Different Conditions
Can anyone tell that I recently had a (running related) foot injury? What gave it away? Was it last week's post and this week's post? In all seriousness, we don't pay enough attention to our feet. I have always hated socks and shoes. I was also lucky enough to engage in sports like martial arts… Continue reading Running With A Foot Injury
Hello and happy Monday! The idea of "Monday" has brought about the idea of failure. Failing to wake up on time, failing to get to work on time, failing to finish something by a deadline, etc. All these failures come in with the work week. But we know about these. We're familiar with the small… Continue reading Navigating Failures
Recently, I was making a pros and cons list. On this list, the very first con of a long list of cons was "I don't want to". Now, this is a phrase I've heard myself say for years. This is a phrase other people have heard me say for years. And I did jot it down.… Continue reading “I Don’t Want To”
Don't do it. End of blog. I'm kidding, to a degree. Doing yoga with any sort of injury or pain is a gamble. Of course, I'm really not one to talk but I'm working on it. I've also learned the hard way that practicing yoga with a foot injury might not be the best idea.… Continue reading Yoga With A Foot Injury
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
Goodbye to Bug In Your Ear. Here's the deal...I love what this site has been for me. But it's time for me to move onto bigger and better things. You're all going to be on your own. While I have a fair following, none of you are family to me. There is no activity on… Continue reading It’s Time To Say…