• General,  Novel Writing

    My Journals Told Me I Hadn’t Changed in Over Fifteen Years

    And then I quit my job. Does Journaling Mean You’re Crazy? I was surprised when I read an essay by writer Peter Schjeldahl of the New Yorker where he said he didn’t journal because it creeped him out to write to nobody. As a journalist, he had always written to an audience. It never occurred to me that journaling could be comparable to talking to yourself (also known as “crazy”). Like many people, I view journaling as a way to think through difficult situations or put down my emotions on paper without being judged or provided unsolicited advice. As a middle schooler and then teenager my journal entries were often…

  • General,  Novel Writing

    How is 2020 Going So Far?

    What Are Those Goals Anyway? At the end of most years, I get excited about goal setting. Sure, it’s an arbitrary time to set goals, when I could set annual goals on March 19 if I wanted to. But there’s something about the new year that is symbolically helpful in getting me motivated. At the end of 2019, I didn’t have that excitement for goal setting. One would think that after the end of a decade or two, I’d be ready with a whole box load of goals. Instead, I’m keeping to the two I had last year, which is to reduce my weight by eight-10 pounds, a goal I’ve…

  • General

    The Cusp

    What I’ve Done Two more weeks until the end of the year. What have I accomplished and learned? Well, I quit my job in January, I’ve traveled around the world, visited a friend in need of support, said hello to my grandmother -who doesn’t know her son has passed away, spent more time with my kids than I thought I would be able to enjoy (but I’ve enjoyed much and most of it), volunteered in my kid’s classroom and got to observe and appreciate what teachers really do for our children, volunteered in support of asylum seekers, spent more time with my mother. This is What I’ve Learned I learned…

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    Let’s Go!

        In the beginning of every year, social media is flooded with blogs, vlogs, tweets about change and conquering bucket lists and goals. The risk one takes in making these goals is failure, even if the goals aren’t made public. But most humans recognize their personal deficiencies and have a desire to improve themselves. It’s heartening to know that most of us are inherently ambitious and though that may seem like a negative if played out that way, it also means we are naturally goal oriented, seeking improvement of ourselves and the world around us.  I’m starting this blog to keep me accountable in ensuring I continue to pursue…