Category Archives: Inspiration

What It Means to Overcome Fear

Today I’m thinking about fear, and all the wondrous things it holds us back from. Since I’m kicking my own booty over the fear factor, I’ll be inclusive and kick yours too. I’m a giver like that. 🙂 Awhile back, … Continue reading

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10 Life (and Writing) Lessons I Learned From My Dog

In honor of National Puppy Day, I’m sharing my favorite post about Hoshi with y’all. There’s just nothing like an awesome pet and my first baby girl was the best. Hoshi was everything a dog should be: loyal, loving, sweet-tempered, funny. … Continue reading

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Inspiration and Cuteness from Giant Pandas

Today is International Panda Day, which celebrates the Giant Panda. I just smiled through ten minutes of Panda Cam (so I had to share!). Did you know there are less than 2,000 of these cuties left in the wild? Here’s a … Continue reading

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20 Qualities That Are More Imporant Than “Pretty” – #BOAW17

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes…the place where love resides.” … Continue reading

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Sometimes You Just Need a Hug

These days, most of my pals need extra hugs. The world is kinda splody right now, and lots of people are living at the corner of Freaked Out and Pissed Off. And right now they need lots of hugs. I’m not … Continue reading

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The Maya Angelou Guide to a Great Life

We’ve been inspiring the heck out of ourselves over at Writers In The Storm today with some great quotes from the incomparable Maya Angelou. Who doesn’t want some inspiration on this wintry Wednesday? My favorite video is her reading her … Continue reading

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5 Lessons I Learned From Winning NaNoWriMo

After eight years of trying, I finally won NaNoWriMo this year. It was glorious, affirming, life-changing. Here are five reasons why THIS time was a success. Continue reading

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30 Things I’d Rather Be Called than Pretty

We all have that one word that sets us off, for reasons that elude others. For some it’s “nice,” for others it might be “tall.” None of those words are bad, but have you considered what you’d rather be called than that … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Success Tip # 3: Some Days You Need a Pep Talk

In the boggy barren tundra of NaNo’s Week 2, you will need a pep talk. You will need encouragement. You will need people to help lift you out of the despair of your giant plot holes. Trust me on this one. Here are three ways to get your NaNo mojo back. Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Success Tip # 2: Focus On Your One-Inch Picture Frame

One of the most stellar bits of writing advice I’ve ever read was dispensed by Anne Lamott, the author of writing classic, Bird by Bird. Not only does Lamott give you “permission to write crap,” she also gives great brainstorming advice … Continue reading

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