Outrunning Vegas

From 1,149 feet above, the city didn’t seem like such a wasteland. It was even a bit magical. The clusters of flashing lights and ever-changing billboard displays were no longer discordantly fighting for my attention. Instead, they all blended together, creating a peaceful, twinkling glow for me and the other viewers on top of the … Continue reading Outrunning Vegas

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Why we need to set long-term goals

At a cookout recently, I mentioned my long-term goals in a conversation: Pursue an MFA in creative non-fiction writing and work toward a career as a professor. The people I was talking to seemed to find it strange that I was thinking so far ahead, especially at age 22. "Wow, that's pretty far off," they … Continue reading Why we need to set long-term goals

My plan to read more often

As I discussed in my last blog post, "Step away from the screen to get your creative juices flowing," screens inhibit our creative brains. Luckily, we can combat our screen time by picking up a new read. Reading has been shown to enhance our creative thinking and spur our imaginations. With that in mind, I recently … Continue reading My plan to read more often

Step away from the screen to get your creative juices flowing!

Did you know, on average, Americans spend more than 10 hours a day in front of screens? While screen time is an inevitable aspect of our daily lives, too much of it can inhibit creativity. Too much screen time has been linked to problems concentrating and focusing, and it can also make it difficult to … Continue reading Step away from the screen to get your creative juices flowing!

Writers, you need a digital portfolio.

Unless you're an author whose book recently topped The New York Times Best Sellers list, or one whose novels were turned into a popular movie franchise, telling a potential employer or customer you're a writer isn't worth much in today's digital world. And let's face it -- most of us aren't best-selling authors. For us … Continue reading Writers, you need a digital portfolio.

No time to write? Think again.

Earlier this week, one of the many e-newsletters I subscribe to popped in my inbox. The article that immediately stood out to me: How to Stop Wishing You Had More Time to Write. As a full-time copywriter, finding the time and energy to write outside of work has been a constant battle. While I've recently set … Continue reading No time to write? Think again.

Hiking’s best lesson is delayed gratification

In today's fast-pasted, connected and digital world, we have everything we want or need with the click of a button. Hungry? You can order food and have it delivered to your door. Need an item? Within seconds, you can order it online and have it be on it's way. Want an answer to a question? … Continue reading Hiking’s best lesson is delayed gratification

My first full-time job: 5 lessons learned after one year

Throughout college, I worked part-time as a waitress, but I never had a full-time job. My first full-time job was the goal after college -- the shiny trophy that I worked toward for 3.5 years. Luckily, I graduated with a part-time copywriting job that transitioned to a full-time copywriting job just a month later. As … Continue reading My first full-time job: 5 lessons learned after one year

4 reasons we hate Valentine’s Day

Do you remember celebrating Valentine's Day in elementary school? If you're like me, your classroom celebrations included valentine mailboxes, cards and/or treats for all your classmates, a festive craft of some kind, a fun lunch or dessert hour, a classroom full of students dressed in pink, red, purple and white, and maybe even a special … Continue reading 4 reasons we hate Valentine’s Day