2018: New Year, Same Me

2018: New Year, Same Me

Happy New Year! It’s been approximately forever since I published a blog post (although I have a few half-finished draft posts written up…) and I figure the New Year is as good a time as any to buckle down and focus on writing more regularly. As you may have guessed from my last post, things haven’t been 100% great over the last few months, and while I was trying to figure out what to do with myself I kind of got overwhelmed.

A recent example of how much I let my life and goals slip away in the second half of last year is the fact that I spent the last 5 days of 2017 reading 7 books. Why? Because at the beginning of 2017 I set a goal (publicly, on Goodreads) to read 30 books in 2017. I was reading around 1 book a week at the time, and 30 seemed like a safe goal to set. Then “life happened” and I spent too much time doing nothing, and not enough time reading (or doing anything else.) I had a bit of a reading upswing in October/November, and was almost back on track with my goal when life happened (again.) Then the last week of 2017 rolled around, and I realized I was still 7 books away from reading 30 books in the year. Read More

Life Advice For Myself: Because I’m Always Learning

Life Advice For Myself: Because I’m Always Learning

I’ve had kind of a rough week. Every week has its ups and downs (every day does, really), but this one felt especially hard. I survived it, though, and along the way I’ve learned a few things. These are things that I knew before, but didn’t really know before, ya know? They seem to make sense now. They seem to be more than just words.


You don’t have to feel bad about crying because someone is “not worth your tears.”

To start with, you’re worth your tears. These are your feelings, you’re the one who’s hurt, and you’re allowed to cry because you’re sad. I know it’s supposed to make people feel better, but labeling people or things as “not worth your tears” isn’t always that helpful. If you’re sad, you don’t need to be told that what’s making you sad isn’t worth being sad about. You are allowed to be sad and then cry because you’re sad.

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