Benefits of meditation and how to start

Why you should meditate

Have you ever wondered how to meditate and why you should? What are the benefits of meditation? I have heard people say, “it’s just stress” countless times. In fact, I used to be one of those people. I would take physical ailments seriously, but stress? What was the big deal?  Advertisements


Benefits of waking up early

Why should I wake up at 5 am

You often hear about the benefits of waking up early, but I’ll be the first to tell you that early mornings wake-up calls are the worst. I’m in a comfortable bed cuddling with my boys, so why on earth would I want to leave before I absolutely have to? Well, lots of reasons, actually. There… Continue reading →

How to balance writing and editing

Can you edit while writing

Conventional wisdom says that you shouldn’t edit while you write. Many writers have a hard time finishing their novels, so this advice is given to prevent distractions and procrastination. So, how do you balance writing and editing?

How to get inspired

How writers' find inspiration

Many aspiring authors ask how to get inspired and my answer is simple: if you want to be successful, sit down and write whether you want to or not. However, I’ve always had strong self-discipline and I know some folks struggle with finding motivation.

The benefits of yoga

Benefits of yoga

I don’t like stretching and, in particular, I really don’t like yoga. If you read my review of T25 Focus, you’ll recall that it didn’t include my thoughts on the stretching video because I never completed it. However, the benefits of yoga outweigh my aversion, so I’ve forced myself to start actively and regularly participating… Continue reading →

Creativity exercises

Writing exercises

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… Continue reading →

Lessons from Mark Manson

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck Quotes

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… Continue reading →

Weight loss tips

Weight Loss Tips for Women

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,… Continue reading →

Finding our strange jewels

Finding strange jewels

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… Continue reading →

The importance of word counts

How to finish a novel in three months

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… Continue reading →