I’ve never been one for writing prompts or formal creativity exercises. My cure for so-called writers’ block is simply to sit down and write. Like Elizabeth Gilbert says in Big Magic, creativity is a gift not a given. However, everyone’s process is different and many authors swear by them. For the benefit of my followers, I decided to compile a list of creativity exercises to help people get the writing juices flowing. Continue reading “Creativity exercises”
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic is my writing bible and I re-read it regularly. In it, she references one of my favourite mindfulness books, Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (you can check out some of the others in this post and see a picture of Buster the boxer with the book here). I shared the best lessons from his book below! Continue reading “Lessons from Mark Manson”
Health and fitness are important parts of my life and I’m often asked for my best weight loss tips. When my dad got sick, I spent a lot of late nights at the hospital, which meant skipping the gym and eating food that was convenient (read: processed and unhealthy).
After losing him and reprioritizing my life, I’m back on track and have a lifestyle that is active, healthy, and (according to my friends) inspiring. My goals are no longer superficial and good health is my focus.
Instead of reading “10 tips for a summer body” in Cosmo, I read books like Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, Big Magic, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, How Not to Die and The China Study to continue learning and stay motivated.
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Social media algorithms are challenging and great content can get buried if you aren’t strategic. I’m not an Instagram influencer (I consider the threshold to be 10,000 for that coveted status), but I did increase my reach from 0 to over 3,000 in less than a year.
I didn’t do it through follow for follow, which is not an effective way to find fans. So how did I manage it? Today I’m sharing my best tips to increase your Instagram following so you can start finding success today. Continue reading “Tips to increase your Instagram following”
In Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert explains how inspiration and creativity are divine interventions. She argues that we all have ideas buried inside of us and that it’s simply a matter of finding our strange jewels so we can write the novel, choreograph the dance, or take the amazing picture. Stick with me even if what I’m saying sounds hokey. Continue reading “Finding our strange jewels”
All my friends in real life know that banana bread has always been my nemesis. Every time I make it regardless of the recipe I follow, it’s a total disaster. I finally decided to create my own healthy banana bread recipe that is simple and completely foolproof. It doesn’t call for oil, sugar or butter and still tastes amazing. Continue reading “Healthy banana bread”
If you’ve ever participated in NaNoWriMo, then you know the importance of word counts. If you’re part of any social media network, you’ll see constant updates about other people’s word counts and this number will be tied to your success for the day.
Before reading Stephen King’s book, On Writing, I never put much stock into the importance of word counts. I preferred to work organically, but I usually hit 1,000 to 5,000 words per day anyway (without what I previously saw as the added, unnecessary stress). Continue reading “The importance of word counts”
When I write stories, they are always about the people. Sure, things happen, but those situations don’t drive the story – the character arcs do. How do you decide whether you should write character versus plot driven books? Well, in On Writing, Stephen King tells us that he believes the best books are character-driven and I agree.
However, everyone has a different writing style and just because you write plot-driven books doesn’t mean you should be creating flat, one-dimensional characters. Twist of Fate has an exciting, page-turning plot, but my focus was on Trevor and Brooklyn‘s psyches, growth and development rather than external events. Continue reading “Character versus plot driven”
Many of us overindulged over the holiday season and perhaps skipped some of our workouts. Three months after Christmas and perhaps you’re still trying to implement healthy habits to shed the weight you gained. I’ve been drinking this green detox smoothie on repeat since January. It tastes like a pina colada and I hope you love it as much as I do! Continue reading “Green detox smoothie”
I saw the hashtag #beatwritersbutt on Instagram and I couldn’t resist participating. Writers spend a lot of time sitting on their butts, so how do we combat the dreaded writers’ butt? Well, with the best booty workout of course! I previously shared my favourite YouTube channels for free workouts and the best Jillian Michaels DVDs (many are lower body focused), but today we’ll dive a bit deeper. Continue reading “Best booty workout”