The positive psychology movement of the 90’s opened the door to the power of beginning a daily gratitude practice, and ever since coaches and happiness experts have recommended a quotidian exercise in acknowledging your blessings.
Gratitude is touted as the surest way to find meaning and deep satisfaction in your life.
Oprah Winfrey sealed the deal and made gratitude practices go mainstream when she lauded the power creating a daily gratitude journal.
Not much has changed in the gratitude movement in the past 30 years. Gratitude journals are still the №1 tool of life coaches and positive psychology experts. …
7 tips to clean up your dirty first draft before you publish
There’s a coffee mug I bought last year inscribed with the words, “Write drunk; Edit sober.”
And that pretty much sums up the best advice out there when it comes to getting your pieces ready for publication. The quote “Write dunk; Edit sober,” is often attributed to Hemingway, but regardless of who actually said it first, the point is valid.
When you write a post for publication, your job is to forget every piece of advice you’ve ever learned about writing. That includes the grammar rules you memorized in middle school; the myriad posts you’ve read on how to blog; and every piece of unsolicited writing feedback you’ve endured. …
We canceled Thanksgiving with my family this week. Mild cases of Covid kept my husband and me on the couch for two hard weeks. We decided to be overly cautious and sit this one out.
He went back to work yesterday. Now I’m alone most of the time again. And after 8 months of mostly solitude inside my house, I think I’m finally losing it.
I’m trapped in a rut with no ladder to climb my way out.
Today I sat and stared at my computer screen for hours, mindlessly scrolling waiting for something, anything, to bring me back. I’m a writer who never leaves the house. …
We’ve somehow have made it through most of 2020 and are in the home stretch toward a new year. Fall is clearly in full swing: shorter days and cooler nights, trees glowing with burnt orange and gold leaves, pumpkin-spice everything on the menu, and I finally get to pull my wooliest sweaters and winter boots out of storage.
Warm days and cool nights make me feel as if I’m living in the in-between, the liminal space of waiting before the flurry of activity starts in the final months of the year.
Autumn is when I stand with one foot at the end and the other at the beginning. …
Two birds live in an arid desert.
One bird is a vulture. He spends his days looking for dry, dead carcasses lying about the ground. All day long he searches for rotten, decaying flesh to consume. He is certain the world is a graveyard of lifeless, decaying place with dead creatures for him to feast on. Everywhere he looks, there are rotting corpses to sustain him.
He never notices the colorful desert flowers budding and blossoming, the wild lizards squirming on the ground, the small mice, tortoises, and snakes darting, slinking and plodding in the sands, living their lives.
The other bird is a hummingbird. All day long, she flits joyously from flower to flower seeking out sweet nectar to drink. She is convinced the world is an eden of vibrancy, color and life. Everywhere she looks there is evidence that she shares a lush paradise with other desert creatures. …
If you’re a new writer honing your writing style and finding your unique voice, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the writing advice out there.
Countless writing books, blogs, podcasts, videos, and online writing courses offer endless advice that’s supposed to make your writing tighter, clearer, more concise and engaging.
The problem is, keep up with all the should do’s and must-do’s can feel like you’re drinking from a firehose. No wonder so many new writers feels like they’re drowning from all the well intentioned writing advice.
But, the pressure to write a hit article that readers love is always there, even for seasoned writers who aren’t new to the game. …
My negative self-talk started after I experienced a bad break up that left me feeling worthless and unlovable.
No matter what I was doing, toxic thoughts would break through, reminding me of my flaws and all the things I should have said and should have done. The weight of that experience alone would have been enough to cloud my thinking and ambush my self-confidence.
But then, over the next few months a storm cloud of bad luck hovered over me: I was let go from a soul-sucking job; I was betrayed by a friend; and I totaled my car.
It felt like the universe had punched me in the mouth. …
I have a confession: Every time I unexpectedly bump into someone I know at the grocery store, the gas station, or the park — anywhere— I feel a flash of awkward anxiety.
The weird thing is, even when I bump into a friend or an acquaintance I like, I genuinely feel put off from the unanticipated encounter.
No, I’m not overly shy, hostile, or unfriendly. What I am is a highly sensitive person, HSP for short.
As an HSP, my MO before they see me is to turn my face away in a split second and quickly walk in the opposite direction. …
After you invest time and effort into creating a blog post, the last thing you want to do is to publish and forget it.
Nothing calls in self-doubt like a plummeting number of reads on a post you confident about.
Failing to share your work results in it quickly losing traction on the internet. You have to do your part to promote it to make sure it gets the attention it deserves.
Think of it this way: Your blog posts are supposed to be the workhorses of your content marketing strategy. …
Finding typos and grammar errors in your articles after they are published is maddening.
Let’s be honest: No writer sets out to write a piece with glaring mistakes.
Every writer wants to inform, educate, or enlighten hordes of readers with their words. The last thing a writer wants is to overlook a typo or a misspelled word. Nothing says “novice” like a published piece with a conspicuous error that makes readers stop and scratch their heads.
Lack of proper proofreading in published pieces is a problem on Medium. There, I said it.
Typos and grammar missteps in published articles are distracting. They stand out like a chunk of spinach that taints a supermodel’s dazzling smile. …