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25 Goals: Third Quarter Update + “Rock Your 2017 Goals” Workbook

How are we midway through 2017? I swear there was snow on the ground just yesterday! But this is by far my favorite time of the year. I love the warm weather, afternoons spent our sides, Alan grilling (with the added bonus of me not having to cook!), and all the other wonderful things that go along with summer. I've actually made a lot of progress on my goals! There are only three that I haven't completed. That's a little early for this point in the year, so next year, I'll have to go harder on myself. It's such a hard task to find goals that are both accomplishable in one year, but also challenging enough. How about you? How [...]

25 Goals: Second Quarter Update + “Rock Your 2017 Goals” Workbook

I can't believe it's already time for my second quarter update! This year is flying by so fast! But when I went through all my goals this year, I've found I'm making pretty great progress! I think it helps to have the goals at the front of my bullet journal for easy reference. It's a fast reminder to keep pushing forward and make daily progress. How are your 2017 goals going? Ready for a revamp? I've created this awesome Rock Your 2017 Goals workbook to help you plan and accomplish your goals this coming year. Sign up below to get FREE access. [convertkit form=4950215] 1. Become a regular at a local cafe or lunch spot in Marburg, Germany. At Paprika, I [...]

By | 2017-04-21T00:49:50+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Books, Education, Goals, My Journey, Travel|12 Comments

The Importance of Dreaming Big

Originally published as a guest post on Talk Less, Say More. “I want to be a doctor, a ballerina, and a house-builder.” At my kindergarten graduation, this was my answer to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As kids, we know how to dream big, don’t we? But it seems like somewhere along the way between high school and college and needing a job that will pay the rent, we seem to forget those big dream. Instead of setting our eyes on the horizon, we set our eyes on the weekend to the time when we can binge-watch our current Netflix obsession. Don’t get me wrong, we need time to relax and unwind. But [...]

Three Games to Strengthen Your Skills as a Fiction Writer

As I was growing up, we had family game night at least twice a week. We played all sorts of card games and board games, like Stratego, Family Matters, and Cranium. Mom refused to play Monopoly and Risk with my dad and I because our haggling sounded too much like arguing. They're some of my favorite childhood memories. That love of games has transferred into my adult years, and luckily we've found friends with the same fascination. We'll lose hours to wonderful games that build worlds of their own. [convertkit form=4968971] In my gaming I've come across three games in particular, that I believe can strengthen a fiction writer's skills. The app game, tile game, and card game exercise different skills [...]

Adventures and Victories Week 5

Hello! And welcome back to Adventures and Victories Week 5! I can't believe we're already five weeks into this little experiment on the adventurous mindset. And guess what? It's working! Looking for the little things in my day and realizing that they're adventures and victories instead of just little checks off my list has made a huge difference in my attitude and my mood. Have you tried it out yet? Adventure: I'm taking a new course: List Surge by Melissa Griffin. Man, this course is kicking my butt! It's taking a lot of time to implement the suggestions she makes in this course, but I can already see a difference! Victory: This week's post 25 Goals First Quarter Update and [...]

By | 2016-12-15T11:21:21+00:00 December 16th, 2016|Books, Education, Everyday Adventures, Goals, My Journey|2 Comments

25 Goals: First Quarter Update + “Rock Your 2017 Goals” Workbook

Three months since I set my 25 goals. How crazy is that? I've managed to cross off 7 of the 25 goals, and I've made a sizable dent in a few of the others. I'm starting to feel like the ones I have left are pretty difficult. But then again, what kind of goal would it be if it didn't push me out of my comfort zone? Have you begun working on your goals for 2017 yet? I've created this awesome Rock Your 2017 Goals workbook to help you plan and accomplish your goals this coming year. Sign up below to get FREE access. [convertkit form=4950215] 1. Become a regular at a local cafe or lunch spot in Marburg, Germany. At Paprika, [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:59:13+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Books, Education, Goals, My Journey, Travel|14 Comments

How to Get the Most Out of an Online Course

I've opted for taking various online classes in lieu of pursuing a masters degree. To me, this is the equivalent of using a surgical knife instead of a sledge hammer. I'm getting exactly what I need, and not spending my time and money on classes like 1800's Literature (cue the snoring). What's more, I'm learning from people who are out in the world, succeeding at what teach. It's been pretty great so far. But that's not to say, I haven't had a couple duds. Before signing up for a class, read the fine print to ensure that they have a 100% money back guarantee for at least 30 days. And then make sure you thoroughly check out the material within [...]

By | 2016-12-06T14:31:49+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Education|4 Comments

The New Kid

That's me in the glasses, rocking the socks and sandals. In the middle of fifth grade, my parents moved me to a whole new state and a whole new set of social rules. Welcome new kid! ...or not. At the age of twelve, the friend groups had already been formed and were cemented by years of slumber parties and inside jokes I could never understand. I tried group after group of girls, trying to find one that I clicked with, but the clique kept winning out. Being the new kid is rough at any age, for any type of person. I am an introvert, so going out and making friends is a struggle in any circumstance. I'm only now [...]

By | 2015-09-08T09:46:14+00:00 August 5th, 2015|Education, Relationships|2 Comments

Begin as You Wish to Continue

Pencil by Vince S. A new school year is starting or is about to start. Pencils are sharp, highlighters are full, laptops are charged. Now what about you? Each year, you get to begin again. You determine what your grades, your involvement, and your attitude are going to be. My mom always tells me, "Begin as you wish to continue." And there's a lot of truth to that. The habits and attitudes that you form at the beginning of the school year (and of anything really) will heavily influence how you continue to do things as you go on throughout the year. So start with good study habits (if you need tips, let me know). Start with a [...]

By | 2015-08-07T00:10:59+00:00 August 3rd, 2015|Education|2 Comments

Rejection. It’s not the end.

Droplet by Marcin Jochimczyk Several months and many drafts ago I attended a writers conference where an agent said to me "It's good, but it's not good enough. Not interested." I managed to keep a smile on for the rest of the conversation. Then I hightailed it out of the reception and burst into tears. Rejection hurts. Really bad. This was not the first time I'd felt it. I'd been rejected by boys, my dream college, and kids at school. In high school, I didn't handle it well. To keep from getting rejected, I shut myself off. They couldn't reject me if I didn't give them anything to reject, right? It took me three years before I realized [...]

By | 2015-09-08T09:38:25+00:00 July 13th, 2015|Education, Encouragement, Relationships|9 Comments