When the honeymoon phase ends: On keeping your marriage strong

Several of my friends have recently gotten engaged, and it's reminded me of the year when Blake and I were engaged. People loved us. They loved hearing how we met, what we had planned for the honeymoon, where we planned to live after we were married, etc. That glow lasted all the way through our … Continue reading When the honeymoon phase ends: On keeping your marriage strong

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Will I ever tire of Colorado?

It's been just over a year since I moved into my home in Louisville, Colorado, a small town that sits just east of the famed Boulder, Colorado. I moved here after graduating college because I'd longed to live in Colorado for years. As someone who loves the outdoors, and loves to hike in particular, I … Continue reading Will I ever tire of Colorado?

Time management tips for maximum productivity AND fun

I honestly can't remember the last time I felt bored. Perhaps it was in my early years of high school, but I couldn't tell you for sure. All I know is that once I started taking AP classes and working part time, life got busy -- fast. It only got busier in college and beyond. … Continue reading Time management tips for maximum productivity AND fun

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

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.