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Cover Reveal Day for My Debut Novel!

Special delivery today! The cover for my debut novel, The Secrets We Kept, has finally come into the world for all to see! I’m so excited to share it with you, so without further ado, allow me to present it: Isn’t it beautiful? I’ve even made it my cellphone’s wallpaper so that…

Why you need to establish a morning routine

I’ll be honest with you, once upon a time, mornings were NOT my favorite thing in the world. I think it’s safe to say the majority of people are not morning people, and I definitely counted myself in that demographic once. When I started committing myself to a daily writing…

My thoughts on Caitlyn Jenner and Courage

Today, I wanted to share some thoughts on courage. You may have heard that recently, Olympic legend Bruce Jenner came out as a transgender woman. Her name is now Caitlyn Jenner. Caitlyn Jenner was recently honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPY’s. It’s not limited to…

How understanding my personality helped me be happier

Today, I want to talk about personality, particularly about the whole introvert/extrovert dichotomy. While I generally don’t like to pigeon-hole myself because I feel we are so much more complex than labels allow for, I do believe that when it comes to understanding the way we operate on a personality…

3 ways to build emotional support

My last blog post (check it out here) was all about what to do when you feel unneeded. One of my recommendations toward combating the sadness that comes with feeling unneeded was to create moments of happiness in your life. In yesterday’s email, I provided you with a website to…

How to start being happy

Wow! The response to my last blog (“when you feel unneeded”) had the biggest response of any blog I’ve ever written! (If you missed it, check it out here). So many of you emailed me to let me know my words had resonated with you – in fact, dozens of you…

When you feel unneeded

I’ve just finished watching the movie Paddington. Yes, the children’s movie. (Sometimes I think children’s movies tell better stories than ‘adult’ movies to be honest!) In the movie, Paddington (voiced by the wonderfully talented Ben Whishaw), arrives in London per his aunt’s encouragement, where she’s sure he’ll find a loving home…

What to do when you feel discouraged and want to give up

According to a plethora of research (with which I won’t bore you), by this point in the year, the majority of people have slacked off on their resolutions and have altogether given up on them. Now as you may remember from my previous post on alternatives to making resolutions (read…

What to do when you’re having a bad day

Yesterday, I was in a total funk. If I recall correctly, my first thoughts upon opening my eyes were: Ugh. Another day? Seriously? I’m so over life.  What? Did you think I wake up like a Disney Princess, singing beautiful arias while bluebirds chirrup and fly into my bedroom, helping me…

How to stay happy

In a previous post, I talked about how there’s no such thing as a happy life, only the ability to create moments that bring us happiness. The more such moments we create in our lives, the greater the fulfillment and joy that we’ll feel. But it’s not as if a ‘happy…