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Got a fear that’s nagging you? Try this.

Wow, what a past few months it’s been! I want to thank you for bearing with me. I haven’t been able to blog as regularly as I would’ve liked this summer. I’ve devoted the majority of my time and energy to writing (and publishing!) my second novel, Lavender in Bloom….

In the wake of Orlando’s tragedy

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As many of you may have already heard by now, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred in Orlando this past weekend. Some of you may know that Orlando is where I make my home. Indeed, the shooting took place at a venue located just 20 minutes from where…

How to surround yourself with more positive people

Today I want to talk about how to surround yourself with positivity – even when there aren’t enough positive people in your life. First: why surround yourself with positivity? You may have heard this expression before: you are the sum total of the five people you spend the most time…

This book has changed my life

How’s your January going? Can you believe the month’s almost over? I certainly can’t. Where did the time go?! It’s been a pretty productive month for me, though. For one, I’ve been doing a lot of reading. I’ve always been a bookworm, but in recent years, I tended to put…

How do you plan on spending your heartbeats in 2016?

Happy New Year! There’s something invigorating about the start of a New Year, wouldn’t you agree? It’s brimming with possibility. Anything seems attainable. If you’re like most people, perhaps you’ve spent some time yesterday or today thinking about resolutions or goals or experiences you want to have or ways you…

How to bring love into the world

I have no doubt you’ve heard of the influx of violence in our world as of late. Mass shootings, terrorist attacks, police brutality, fatal domestic disputes… It’s all incredibly heartbreaking, and it begs the question: why is there so much pain, hate, and anger in the world? I’ve heard everyone…

How to wake up excited every morning

It was just a few years ago that I was working in a job that I severely hated. Every day, it was the same seven hours of mind-numbing tasks. I didn’t feel challenged. I didn’t feel stimulated. If anything, I felt empty on the inside. Was this all there was…

Keep your peace or prove you’re right?

Today, I want to talk about wanting to keep your peace vs. the urge to get your point across to win an argument. I had a pretty funky weekend. I went to an art festival with someone, and parking was a nightmare. We finally found a well-hidden parking garage open…

7 easy ways to eliminate stress

People often make the mistake of believing that stress is something we have to settle for and learn to live with, but that’s not true at all. Stress doesn’t have to rule over you. No matter how stressed you get at times, you always have the power to take back…

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…