image source : girl / snow I love this time of year — the lights, the giving, the celebrations, the sparkles! — but for the first time in a long time, I'm single for the holidays. When you're coupled up, you hardly take notice of how many aspects of the holidays are tied to having someone to share them with romantically, but when you're single, it seems like the whole world is a big, neon, green-and-red sign blinking: YOU'RE ALONE. YOU'RE ALONE. I'm not technically alone for the holidays. I'll still spend Christmas with my family. I'll be with friends... Read more

Photo Source I have a confession to make: I love Taylor Swift. Yes, I realize it's a bit ridiculous to be in adoration of a popstar as a woman in my thirties. But, for me, Taylor is more than a popstar. She's a fellow writer. She's a fellow woman, all too familiar with heartbreak and haters and the endless pursuit of happiness. She's a fellow human being, just trying to do what she loves and share what she's passionate about with the world. Like hundreds of thousands of people around the world, I connect with her and the words she... Read more

Self love is an essential element for living a positively present life, and self respect is a vital aspect of self love. The more you respect yourself, the more you are able to love yourself. However, self respect isn't always as easy to come by as you might think. There are a lot of aspects of life that can lure you away from respect. As much as you might want to treat yourself with respect, there are often outside influences that can get in the way of treating yourself honorably. For example, here are a few situations that might tempt... Read more

Calligraphy Source When I received a copy of The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life by Chris Guillebeau, I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm not much of "questing" type. I'm more of a sit-on-the-couch-and-read kinda girl. But, having read Chris's site for years, I knew his latest book would contain insights and inspiration I couldn't miss out on. The book — filled with Chris's own inspiring story of traveling to 193 countries (!!!) as well as others' unique and motivating quests — did not disappoint. In fact, it empowered me to create... Read more

Lately I've been under way more stress than usual. I'm dealing with a break-up, I'm soon going to be moving to a new apartment, and I've recently gotten a lot more on my plate work-wise (a good thing, but definitely doesn't help the stress level!). Stress really gets in the way of living a positively present life so I've been doing the best I can to combat the stress I've been feeling with tactics I've tried in the past and new ones that I've recently read or heard about. Over the past couple of weeks, I've given all of these... Read more