It’s strange how the tiniest moments of life get stuck in your head and play on loop. Recently, my memory earworm is about a beverage.
My boyfriend and I had been together for well over a year when it happened, and we went to my parents’ house to hang out with my family. We sat down on the couch like we always did, and a few minutes later, my sister asked, “Aren’t you going to offer him a drink?”
I was flabbergasted. Was I supposed to get him a beverage? Why did I have to get him a drink, but…
I’m a huge fan of rescue dogs. I think they’re the sweetest creatures in the world. So, naturally, when “Hank the Hellion Dog” showed up in my Google Newsfeed, I had to click.
What followed was a hilarious ride, filled with f-bombs and a desperate foster mom begging for the reader to adopt Hank.
This intro should give you a good idea of what you’re about to experience:
“While we were parked outside the Red Bull factory, Hank flew into our passenger side and immediately helped himself to our stash of road trip snacks like a teenager raiding the fridge…
“How are you doing?”
It’s so casual. Something easy to ask when you’re not involved in the answer. The bits of bread you throw at ducks to pass the time. The popcorn you eat during a movie so your mouth doesn’t get bored, even if your mind does.
Maybe you’re not ready for the answer.
I’m tired of lying. Exhausted. My fingers grovel at the feet of my keyboard; my lips feel too heavy to part.
“How are you?”
“How are you doing?”
You don’t really want an answer. You want the badge that you give yourself when…
For much of my childhood, dogs scared the living heck out of me.
My sister’s dog, a terrier mix weighing no more than 15 pounds? Terrifying.
My grandparents’ dog, a chubby Boston Terrier? A vicious killer.
My neighbor’s four fluffy, beautiful Golden Retrievers? Diabolical fiends.
When I asked my parents if I could get a dog when I was 13, I’m pretty sure the first thought that went through their head was, “Oh shit, here we go again.”
I had… Okay, fine, I still have a habit of getting really excited about something, obsessing over getting it, and once I…
I wrote 3 novel manuscripts by the time I was 21. This isn’t to brag because trust me, none of those assaults on the English language were brag-worthy — it’s to show you how burnout begins.
After my third manuscript, I hated writing. I was convinced I would never write again — at the very least, not for the joy of it. By monetizing my passion and “hustling” to be a prolific indie novelist, I no longer did my work with love. On the contrary, I began to resent my work and saw all of my pieces as a failure.
Sometimes, your lack of creativity feels overwhelming, like a heavy blanket of snow on the human spirit. And because you don’t feel creative… you don’t act. You feel unworthy of creation.
So you become hesitant.
I’ve been where you are, and I’m here to tell you there’s hope.
It’s easy to miss the insanely creative child you once were. That kid had so many ideas — so many dreams. …
“Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.”
— Seth Godin
If you’re reading this, you know what it feels like to have your finger hovering over every “button” in your life, unsure whether or not to take the leap:
These words become a signal of fear, of uncertainty, and of consequences you aren’t ready to face.
So… you scroll back. Select all; delete.
You’re not ready — you don’t have the confidence.
What will people say? What will they think? What if I bare my heart and soul…
On February 1, 2021, Nike introduced their new Flyease Go sneakers. Nike’s new shoes are brilliant — not because of the design, though that’s pretty incredible, too.
Disclaimer: This isn’t an ad or a sponsored post from Poshmark, and I don’t promote my own closet in the article. I am sharing my genuine thoughts and tips for beginners on the platform.
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Selling clothing online is a fun and rewarding side hustle that just about anyone can do, and do well. While I’ve used Mercari and eBay as well, I’ve found the most success (and had the most fun!) on Poshmark.
I’m a top seller who has made thousands of dollars on the platform, I…
Parts of this piece were inspired by Itxy Lopez’s great piece, “One Writer’s Win Is Not Your Loss.” If you enjoy this article, give hers a read as well!
“So, how is your writing going?” she asked.
I grinned, mentally rubbing my hands together in glee. Finally, I get to ramble about writing!
“Well, I haven’t made much money yet, but I’m really excited about — ”
Her words bit through my own. “Well you’re not really supposed to write for money anyway, right? …