Start Somewhere

Today I ran a mile and ate less of a cupcake than I usually would. But I’m starting somewhere. I think people put off major life projects because they don’t let themselves start small. Sure, some people change their lives at the drop of a dime and don’t look back. If you can do that, kudos to you, but I can’t and I don’t think most people can either. Let yourself start small. I didn’t start writing by putting in two hours a day at 4AM. I started with a paragraph in class. Then another paragraph at work the month …

Write Down What You’re Going Through

I woke up in a bad mood this morning. Something was gnawing at me. So I sat down to write, as I do most mornings, and just put it all down. I’m not joking when I say I felt better in ten minutes. It doesn’t always happen so fast, but I can tell you that writing it down makes me feel better nine times out of ten. This is an outlet more people need to explore. Don’t worry about writing well. Just set aside ten or twenty minutes and don’t stop writing. You’ll get to the bottom of what’s bothering you real quick. …

Today Was a Good Writing Day: Here’s Why

Today was a good writing day. I put my trust in the process. Yesterday was a bad writing day. I procrastinated and resisted it the whole way through. Like checking the time on the stairmaster every 30 seconds. Torture. But today, I took the pressure off it. As I got up, I didn’t tire myself with thought, worrying about xyz. I didn’t ponder what I was gonna write or if I felt like writing. I just sat down and focused on being grateful that I have the opportunity to get up and do what I enjoy.  I have some practical …

Getting Back to Healthy Habits

For the last month, I didn’t prioritize my health. I just kinda kicked the can down the road, going out to eat, skipping workouts. This weekend, Fernanda and I found ourselves just feeling bad, and we knew it was because we’d ignored our fitness for too long. It really comes down to making the next decision a good one. Doesn’t matter if you’ve been off for a while. Just stop putting off what you know you need to do. Your body will thank you when you eat right and exercise. My mind—and I think everyone experiences this—will try to convince …

Sharing is Healing

Sharing your story can help you grow past what’s happened. I’ve felt compelled to write the story between my Dad and I. When I get lost in the writing I feel this warm, buzzing feeling in my body. I tap my foot and bob my head and blast out how I feel. Getting up to write feels like spending time with him, inhabiting a time when he was alive and cracking jokes or musing philosophically. I craved my Dad for most of my life, and when the opportunity finally came to get to know him, it came with a deadline. …