3 Reasons Why I Write

For as long as I can remember, reading and writing have been huge parts of my identity.  I can remember the first poem I wrote - a rhyming couplet-esque piece about loving summer - but I can't remember a time before that.  A time when writing was not a part of who I am.   Even though I can't remember a time when I didn't write though, I can remember all the reasons why I still do....more

A(nother) Trip to the Farmers' Market

This past weekend, I ventured down to the Farmers' Market for what's only the third time since I realized it even existed.  I love going, but I'm always too lazy to get up early enough to make it before everything's gone.  I'm so glad I did go this week though, because I came home with delicious pumpkin bread and raspberries, and a gorgeous bouquet of flowers with my favorite - sunflowers!...more

I Want to Always Remember

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5 Ways to Use Comments to Build Blog Traffic

I talk a lot about how important community is on my blog.  When I come there to write each day, it's with something that I hope is going to make you think because I want to start a conversation.  I don't know what this whole blogging thing would even be like without your commentary. There are plenty of ways to help build your blogging community, but one of the most important options is by commenting on posts you enjoy and responding to comments on your own posts.  As important as this is though, there are some misconceptions out there about how you should go about commenting. ...more

Finding Inspiration : What Inspires Me

A couple of weeks ago, I introduced a new series called Finding Inspiration.  I wanted to explore and hopefully find an answer to the question of "what is inspiration," and today, I'm finally able to get started with just that.  Inspiration is a word we all hear regularly, especially in a field as creativity-driven as blogging.  But when asked to define it, we often struggle to pinpoint exactly what inspiration is.  ...more

My Writing Process

Catcalling : Why it's Not a Compliment

So I'm super excited to be writing to you today from the second ever F-Word Link-up with Marielle and I!  Last month went really well, and we LOVED reading through all of your amazing posts, so we're hoping that this month will be even better!...more

Reflecting on August and Looking Towards September

 For the first time I can remember, September doesn't mean blank notebooks, sharp pencils, and new classrooms.  While I'm still technically a student in the online sense while I finish up classes for my paralegal license, this is the first year I won't be walking into five new classrooms with five new professors.  ...more

Why We Blog

I've mentioned before that blogging is a habit I can't seem to kick.  I started my first blog with my best friend five years ago, as a way of documenting our senior year of high-school.  Since then, I've written on a few different blogs that eventually got left behind in the daily chaos of my life....more

Words Can Hurt Me

I can remember being eight-years-old, having my grandmother tell me "sticks and stones may break your bones but words can never hurt you."  It's a mantra that I've heard hundreds ...more