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The World Looks Different

The world looks different when you’re pushing yourself every second you’ve got. This is a quote that won’t get out of my head for about two weeks now. I heard it from Monty Oum. Don’t know him? I’m not surprised. Monty is one of the lead animators for Rooster Teeth productions. Rooster Teeth is well-known […]

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The Rise and Lifting of Writing

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted some of the reasons I fell in love with writing. The author teaches nonfiction writing to graduates and undergraduates at several prestigious universities. Each year she fears she’ll be out of a job because the incoming crop of students will already know how to write. Each […]

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Learning to Trust Yourself

For the first time in a long while I’m beginning to trust myself. It’s been about six months that I’ve struggled with trusting myself in thoughts and actions. But now the evidence is accumulating and I’m making progress. When I say trust myself, I mean actually believing that I’m going to do the things I […]

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Neurosis, Books, and What If?

I’m was looking at my catalog of posts on this blog: since January 2012 I’ve posted 59 times (60 if you count this one). In 2013, however, I’ve only posted 5 times (now 6). Why is that? What about this year has made me less public with my writing? In trying to dissect this behavior […]

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Little Wins

One of the many things I’ve learned over the years about happiness is that summarily acknowledging at the end of the day what you’re grateful for can have a net positive effect on your happiness. A simple gratitude journal can do wonders to help put a seemingly negative day in it’s true light. I’ve enjoyed […]

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You Have Permission to Fail

You have permission to fail. You have permission to not be good. You have permission to try. For anyone starting a new venture this should be a mantra. It’s okay to suck. If you’re sucking at something that means you’re doing it. And sucking at something is better than not doing it at all. As […]

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Forward. Not Sideways.

Sometimes we do things because it makes us feel like we’re being productive. Perhaps you do something on a regular basis that is related to what you want to do but, if you’re being completely honest with yourself, isn’t getting you to where you want to be. Imagine a woman who wanted to be a […]

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Books I Read in 2012

2012 contained many words for me. Words I read and words I wrote. Many of my words were shared on this blog and on my 642 Things blog (as well as several guest posts here, here, and here). I wanted to take the time to share with my readers the books I read in 2012. […]

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Put Your Fucking Pants On

The title sentence has become my new morning mantra. Wake up. Stand up. Put on pants. Lately, my mornings have been fraught with laziness and distraction. I’ll wake up and immediately check email, Twitter, Words with Friends, and anything else I can think of to avoid getting out of bed. This starts a cascade where […]

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Grit and Commitment

This past week has been a change of pace for me. It’s been a good change and one that’s helped me to realize a few things. For the whole month of December I haven’t written my daily stories. (For those of you who have no clue what I’m talking about I’ve been following a book […]

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