Fighting Your Worst Enemy

We all have that person in our lives.

Before you’ve truly begun to formulate an idea for a novel, a business plan, a personal goal, or a new blog, that person’s voice is already listing all the ways that it could go wrong. The seemingly infinite number of ways that you could fail. The insurmountable competition from numerous companies, people, blogs and books that have executed this idea better than you in the past. The reasons you are unqualified. All the times you have failed


and over

and over again. Continue reading “Fighting Your Worst Enemy”

Rediscovering Reading

As you may know if you read my 2017 resolutions post, there was one particular resolution that was pretty aggressive: I want to read 50 books this year. In practice, that means I need to finish one book a week Every. Single. Week. Of. 2017. (and then I can have two weeks off!) While I was scared of this goal at first, I have to say that two months in I’m having a blast rediscovering reading.

And I’m already learning some important lessons. Continue reading “Rediscovering Reading”

How I Tricked Myself Into Creating a Good Habit

For the first 45 days of 2017, I participated in a 45 Day Challenge. What in the world is a 45 Day Challenge, you ask? My personal challenge was pretty straightforward: go to the gym at least 3 times a week and don’t drink alcohol. I’m happy to report that I successfully completed the challenge with no cheating, but I’m even happier to report that since the official challenge ended I’ve still been kickboxing at least times a week.

Ladies and gentlemen, I successfully tricked myself into creating a good habit. Continue reading “How I Tricked Myself Into Creating a Good Habit”

The March Blogging Challenge

March started with a bang here in Nashville: rain, heavy winds, hail and tornado warnings. Maybe March is as shocked to be here as I am that it is already here. Seriously, where did February go?

Despite feeling like the beginning of this year has flown, I have been making progress on most of my goals in the first two months of 2017. However, there is one particular resolution on the 2017 list that hasn’t been getting the attention it deserves: my resolution to build a web presence that makes me proud. While this goal encompasses some smaller social media-related tasks that I do want to accomplish this year, the largest component of this goal is to make sure I’m consistently creating and sharing content here on the blog.

Since my most recent post was written on the first of February (aka A MONTH AGO), you can see how well this is going so far… Continue reading “The March Blogging Challenge”

Climbing Your Own Ladder: Thoughts on Fulfillment

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a lot of great conversations with good friends about big dreams. These are the kind of conversations I live for: I love hearing other people explain what they are pursuing, and why they are passionate about it, and how they are planning on getting there.

Talking to people who are smart and inspired to effect big change has always inspired me. However, these conversations tend to have an underlying anxiety. While some of that anxiety certainly stems from worrying about whether or not we’ll be successful at accomplishing the things we want to accomplish, the question that seems to be haunting everyone is more immediate.

What in the world we are supposed to do in the meantime? Continue reading “Climbing Your Own Ladder: Thoughts on Fulfillment”

An Introduction to My 2017 Bullet Journal

What in the world is a bullet journal anyway? If you are asking yourself this question, please know that a month ago I was asking myself the same question (which should imply that these journals aren’t nearly as hard to understand as they look). Check out this intro to the Bullet Journal by creator Ryder Carrol to get you started… then, read on for some ideas from a newbie Bullet Journaler. Continue reading “An Introduction to My 2017 Bullet Journal”

Happy 2017: A year in review and new resolutions

Three years ago now, my two best friends and I decided to have New Year’s Eve dinner at Desano in Nashville, TN. After too many carbs and plenty of champagne, we jotted down our 2015 resolutions on our phones and on napkins. From that first champagne and pizza dinner, a Nashville NYE tradition was born.

This year, I’m happy to say that we were a bit more prepared… aside from bringing our champagne, we had a camera on hand to take pictures of the festivities and New Year’s Eve cards from Rifle Paper to officially record our resolutions. What can I say? We are moving on up (but we still never turn down pizza.) Continue reading “Happy 2017: A year in review and new resolutions”

This Nashville Life

This past May, I ended up accidentally finding a job in Nashville, TN (despite repeated attempts to escape). Unfortunately, I found that job more than a month after I’d already given notice that I’d be moving out of my Nashville apartment (but hey, such is life). Now, I’ve been working at the new job just over 3 months, and I finally moved back into a brand new Nashville apartment last weekend.

Needless to say, it is time for some life updates. Continue reading “This Nashville Life”