Staying Inspired.



Ruts are normal. Whether it’s simply falling off of the wagon for your diet or good habits, or completely hit pause on your life- it happens.

I’ve been finding myself in a complete creative rut for the past couple years. I used to write poetry and short stories, paint, and play guitar consistently.

About two and a half years ago, I started working in an office that took up all of my emotional energy. The job was repetitive, boring but stressful, and left me with no motivation for anything else after I got off. Most of the people I know have or are experiencing this.

If you’re not doing something you love or at least respect, it can take away all desire and motivation for anything else. 

So, since we can’t all just up and leave everything that drags us down, what do you do? Any progress, no matter how small, is progress. You can’t just quit your job, but if it makes you that miserable, you can start taking steps to find something better. If I can do it anyone can. Hate where you live/who you live with/how you spend your time? Take steps, no matter how small, to change those things.

What inspires you? Do more of that. Nothing gives me more motivation to write and leave my comfort zone than reading does, so I read as much as my schedule allows me to. Take as much time as you can to do those things that make life worth living.

Take care of yourself, and you will blossom.

What inspires you? What do you do to rekindle inspiration? 

Let the Sunshine In


Earlier this week I found myself burrowed under several dog hair-coated blankets, surrounded by the flickering of a few bakery-scented candles, typing furiously at my laptop with anger bubbling at the edge of my mind like a wave about to crash. My twelve hour work day had just begun a few hours prior, and I couldn’t focus or conjure up a single positive thought.

The managers of my rental house had been neglecting to fix our heat or our water, which were broken for over a week. Bronchitis had taken hold of my body for about three weeks, refusing to allow me any rest. I’d been working 60 hour weeks even through all the holidays, and I couldn’t catch a single break.

An hour later I forced myself out of my cramped, cozy workplace in order to take my dogs outside for a walk. My body physically recoiled from the 10-degree weather as we bustled out the door and onto the icy sidewalk but the sun hit my face and my anger melted away.

I often underestimate the wonders of Vitamin C. SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a real thing, and often makes my regular mental health issues so much worse. As much as I dislike bright light, and would prefer an overcast, rainy afternoon any day, the sun truly does a lot of good for me.

Even if you don’t have time for a long walk or an extended period of time outside, going out for just a few minutes, or opening your curtains and blinds to let the light in can help. It’s really easy to get swallowed into the darkness that winter brings- make sure that you’re doing all you can to fight it.

For those of you really, really struggling, here are some easy things you can do in under five minutes to help.

-Open a window in the room you’re currently occupying. If it’s too cold for that, just open the curtains or blinds and let the sun in. 

-Sit on your porch for a few minutes. 

-If you have a mailbox that isn’t attached to your house, walk to and from it. 

-There’s a beautiful invention called a therapy light box that you can purchase. If you sit in front of it, you are provided with the same effect as sunshine. 

-Eat food with a high amount of Vitamin D or take Vitamin D supplements.

Stay safe and happy this winter season my friends.


How do you deal with S.A.D? 


Best Reads of 2017


On this lovely, freezing first day of 2018 I wanted to share my favorite books I read over the last year that were published in 2017.


Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk – Kathleen Rooney

Lillian Boxfish is such a wonderful, vivid, quaint character.  She’s hilarious, heartfelt, and undeniably charming. This story follows her on the last day of 1984 as she decides to take a long walk around Manhattan. While she walks through the city at night and encounters thieves, security guards, children, bartenders, etc. she’s also reliving the events of the past 85 years of her life. This was a light-hearted novel, but also very thought-provoking- hearing about a woman’s life who has lived through all of the 20th century.


Behind Her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough 

I have talked about this book in a blog post before, and months later it’s still one of my favorites of 2017. This thriller is about a couple that has an extremely strange, creepy secret. If you’re into supernatural elements- the twist at the end of this book will be extremely exciting for you as it was for me. However if you don’t like that sort of thing, this book probably won’t seem that great. The writing and story are exciting, suspenseful, and very easy to read.


Fate of the Tearling – Erika Johanson 

This is the final installation in the fantasy trilogy about a queen in a futuristic world that is currently crumbling. I would highly recommend this entire series to any fantasy fans. The ending was definitely a twist, and not necessarily one that every reader will enjoy, but it did make sense for the story and took me by surprise.


Talking as Fast as I Can – Lauren Graham

This collection of essays from Lauren Graham, who we all know best as Lorelei Gilmore from Gilmore Girls, is a great look into the show and the actresses’ life. Lorelei’s clever and witty sense of humor is clearly purely Lauren’s.  Memoirs from celebrities are hit or miss with me, but this fun, witty, eye-opening, adorable collection of stories from Lauren definitely earned it’s place as one of my 2017 favorites (this one was actually published at the very end of 2016).


Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This short book comes in the form of a beautiful letter written from Chimamanda to her childhood friend who wants to make sure she raises her baby girl as a feminist. The letter offers fifteen wonderful, insightful suggestions for empowering a daughter to become an independent woman. If I were ever to have a daughter this is what I would live by to raise her.


The Stranger in the Woods – Michael Finkel

This is actually a true story of a man who ventured out on his own to the woods, and ended up living there completely alone for 27 years. At 20 years old, Christopher Knight dissapeared and was only discovered after almost three decades because he was caught stealing food from someone’s houses. As someone who loves stories of survival and living as a ‘hermit’, I thought this book was amazing and wonderfully entertaining.


Hunger – Roxane Gay

This is a lovely, heartbreaking insight into Roxanne Gay’s childhood trauma and her views and stories of her body. She’s an amazing writer and woman- every book I’ve read of hers, fiction or nonfiction, is fantastic.


Turtles All the Way Down – John Greene

John Greene’s new YA book tackles a mental illness in a really interesting story that involves love, crime, disaster, and teenagers. This was a great look into the world of crippling anxiety. The story was interesting, funny, and a little heartbreaking at times- pretty normal for a John Green book. I really appreciated his honesty and the rawness that he uses to write about mental health issues.


Difficult Women – Roxane Gay

Another beautiful, beautiful book by Roxane Gay written last year. This collection of short stories explores the diverse lives of many different women and the troubles and joys they face in their everyday lives. Another wonderful book from one of my favorite authors.

What was your favorite book published last year?