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Springtime | A time for embracing change

There’s something I love about all seasons. Summer for all the fond memories and sense of nostalgia it holds. Autumn for the drastic change from lush greenery to oranges, browns and reds. The way it brings together warmth and coldness. Winter for the way it exposes the earth, strips the trees of its leaves and the world of its color – yet at the same time, brings so much cheer and coziness and familiarity. And Spring, the time of year when things come back to life, flowers bloom, creatures (and people) emerge from their winter hibernations, and change is embraced with open hearts. The first phase of Spring is a time when plants begin to defrost, shed themselves of the winter cold and emerge from their dreariness. In the second phase, they begin to grow, their roots take hold and they grow, grow, grow. In the third phase, their leaves reach up toward the sun and embrace warmth, embrace change. And then one morning, seemingly out of nowhere, a flower appears. Beautiful, vibrant and full …

5 Steps to Help You Finally Get Started On Your Book!

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been wanting to write a book for a long time. In fact, I actually found my 6th grade yearbook, and I wrote that I wanted to be an author as my “dream job”! However, it’s been 14 years since then, and I still haven’t written anything. Why? It’s simple. It’s hard to get started. And if you’ve ever thought you wanted to write a book, you know first-hand how hard it is. But I have awesome news: I finally started! And here are 5 things that have helped get my butt in gear. ⚡️ 1. Dig deep into your passion Ask yourself why you want to write a book. What’s weighing on your heart? What story do you want to tell? Don’t write a book to sell. Write a book to write. Once you figure out exactly what you want to write, everything else will almost fall into place. 2. Nail down your genre, topic and style This one is a bit trickier, and I’m still working on this myself. But before you …

An Ode to a Home

When we were house hunting, we didn’t know what we wanted – we were just excited to finally be together. I remember when we went to view this house. The lawn was unkempt, the whole house wreaked, there were marker drawings all over the walls and carpets, and it was over budget. But for some reason, we were drawn to it. The house was close to my work, not too big and not too small, it overlooked a lake, and the owners loved us. It was meant to be. This house held so many memories – good and bad – and when I closed the door, handed over the keys, and left it for the last time, it was overwhelming. This is where we would begin our life together – but it’s also where our love ended. This is where we set up our first Christmas tree, wrapped garland around the banisters, cooked countless chicken dinners (because that’s all I can seem to cook), watched our favorite TV shows. This house is where we brought …

Don’t Forget

The other day I was eavesdropping on a couple next to me (don’t act like you don’t do it). The lady sat down next to her husband and was reminding him to take his medication, asking him if he remembered to pack Kleenex, and telling him about the long list of to-do’s she has waiting for him back at home. He kept saying, “I won’t forget, I won’t forget, I won’t forget.” And that got me thinking about all the little things I don’t want to forget, the things that are so small, yet so important to me that I couldn’t stand not remembering. Not menial things, but things that from day-to-day, we all tend to forget about because they’re overshadowed by paying the bills, memorizing work presentations, and buying Christmas gifts (still have to do that…) I want to remember all the little things in my every day. To listen. Be curious. Remember birthdays (without an app). Remember things I’ve read, or movies I’ve seen again and again. To memorize the pattern of freckles on …