How to Change a Bad Day

Do you ever have those days that feel as though you are showing up to the best of your ability but life just kicks you in the face? I felt that way a couple of weeks ago. I was working hard and showing up but it felt like everything I touched went sideways. My Monday…

How to Overcome Your Fear of Change

Just before I graduated with my journalism diploma, I got an amazing internship. This was, on paper, a dream job for someone like me. I emailed publishers and got books sent to me for free. I interviewed authors. My job was to read and talk and think about stories. In my world, this is perfection….

A New Way to Think About Your Resolutions

January is a weird month. It starts off as a blank canvas full ideas and new goals. It is a time of hope, of thinking ahead, of starting fresh. All of these things are good. It is important to have days to ground yourself and dream a little. However, if you are like me, you…

What to do When You Feel Burned Out.

Last May, a photocopier and the smell of popcorn prompted a conversation that changed the rest of my year. I was planning camp for 2018 at the Mission. This is the hidden side of summer camp. It involves emails and PowerPoint and thinking up new strategies based on what didn’t work last year. One day,…

When inspiration doesn’t help

Have you ever been over-inspired? I’ve been thinking about this concept for a while. It started after I noticed myself falling into a really terrible habit. Whenever I’d sit down to write something, I’d immediately open Pinterest or start reading a thousand random articles instead. It was like a magnet pulling me over there. I…

Why you should interview yourself

How often do you interview yourself? I have that written as a margin thought in my notebook. It is scrawled off to the side, clearly an attempt to stamp down a concept for later exploration. I have been on vacation this week. I took a solo road trip, read some great books, did some writing,…

How to Procrastinate Efficiently

I’m writing this essay for school on Beauty and the Beast and how it relates to our humanity or something English Criticism-y like that. I’m kind of frustrated with myself right now because it’s due on Friday and I have very little essay to show for it. I realize that Friday is days away but I…

Let Me Be Real

I’m going to be honest, here. This blog has always been a way for me to play around with the ideas that run around my head. It is also a place where I practice writing and use all the random pictures that I take on my phone. But, often, I avoid this place. I’ll have…

Making Excellent Work

I live by little mantras or mottos that evolve out of the pattern of what I’m learning in life during a particular season. I always try to nail down how these mantras evolve, but the truth is that they just pop up without me actively seeking them out. I notice certain themes in my life…

Books vs. Social Media

I deleted Facebook from my phone last weekend. It took me a long time to get Facebook on my phone in the first place. I didn’t really want it there. I was totally fine with going through the “work” of opening my laptop and pulling it up on the Internet. But then I got it…