new year

New Strength, New Thoughts

For the first time since I began this blog, I failed to make a monthly post. December was such a busy month for me — the holidays, preparing for a trip to Europe, wrapping things up at work — that my usual blog post fell close to the bottom of priorities. I actually stressed out about it. Writing is always on my mind, and the thought that I’d miss a monthly blog post gnawed at my conscience. But if 2018 taught me anything, it’s that self-care is important and that failures, both large and small, shouldn’t be a source of stress. Rather, they should be sources of determination, and I’m determined to make 2019 a more fruitful year than the last one. (more…)

We’ll Tak’ A Cup O’ Kindness Yet

2017 has come and gone, and for many people, it’s good riddance to a pretty rough year. While there were some wonderful and inspiring moments, 2017 felt mostly like a bad rash that just wouldn’t go away no matter how many oatmeal baths I decided to soak in. I won’t comment on the events that took place; I’ll leave that to the various news outlets that like to post “year in review” articles. Instead, I’m going to focus on my own personal writing goals from 2017 and what lies ahead for 2018. I refrained from making a blog post like this last year, but I think putting this out in the public sphere will help push me to make some major progress this year. (more…)