All posts tagged: Writing

Finding humor when the struggle is real

“We all live in the same place, the mind,” says Mel Robbins. This is the reason why I feel so at home when I read letters, diaries, and memoirs. Reading about other people’s struggles, their hopes, their fears, and their achievements gives me hope, inspiration, and motivation to overcome my problems. Their experiences empower me. I feel braver. I become more resolute than ever. When I’m lucky, I learn not only how people face their struggles, but how they face their struggles with a sense of humor. A few months ago, I read Flannery O’Connor’s letters, and I learned how she kept a sense of humor throughout her life. Flannery is a 20th-century American writer who wrote novels, essays, and short stories. During the time span of these letters, Flannery has health issues to deal with, she’s stressed because she’s waiting to find out which publisher will publish her book, she’s receiving positive and negative feedback on her manuscript, and she worries about being tight on money. Even though you get this sense that the …

Goodbye, November

Dear, November, you brought with you yellow-orange-brown-gold-red crisp leaves and cold weather. Time continues on without my permission. The trees that once bloomed with white flowers are bare now. With you, you also brought life lessons. Be more flexible!, everything seemed to shout at me. Shift your mindset so that you’re not repeating the same and same mistakes again. Even though I didn’t participate in NaNoWriMo, I kept showing up to blog writing ✍🏽 that is until the last week of November because I felt like I deserved a much, much needed break from EVERYTHING.  November, you brought with you some foggy days that reflected my state of mind and spirit. As much as I think I know what I’m doing, for the most part, I was left feeling like I don’t know what I’m doing with my life.  Some days I know with clarity what I want. Other days, I’m left wondering if the choices I’m making are the best for me. That’s when the fogginess settles in. November, you were a 5-month milestone …

Gratitude Practice 101

A gratitude practice starts with taking time out of your day to think, talk, or write about what you are grateful for. If writing is one of your favorite modes of expression, having a gratitude journal is a simple way to commit to a gratitude practice. When the act of feeling grateful turns into a habit, you experience life through the perspective of abundance, peace, joy, and love. If you’re looking into more information about the effects of gratitude, tips on how to feel grateful, and gratitude journaling sentence starters this post is for you. ever-present gratitude  You can feel gratitude amidst life’s ups and downs. On the most difficult days, there’s still so much to be grateful for. It’s usually on those difficult days when you can benefit from practicing gratitude the most. Gratitude reminds you that you are surrounded by abundance every moment and every single day. When you’re busy or exhausted or not feeling well, you can still find time while cooking or washing your car to mentally list the things that …