Give Yourself Permission to Pause

I hit the pause button rather than pushing through. I want you to imagine what you would feel like if you hit the pause button more often (and not just when you are sick).

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“Can we fix it? Yes! We Can!” Building a Mental Health Toolbox for Anxiety

Building a mental health toolbox requires understanding how and why anxiety happens in the body. I recently learned about “leaning” into the pain and accepting that my body is sounding an alarm. It’s crying for attention. All the old habits and the physical pain stored deep in our cells comes to the surface in the form of anxiety and panic. My journey is not over; just my medical leave is over. And without ruminating about what “might be” or “could be” in the future, which is not real because it hasn’t happened yet, I am learning to be present, and I’m learning to be a defender of my mental and physical health first, even if that means redefining my life.

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This Might Hurt…

Breaking cycles is hard work. Anytime we decide to change, we must go through growing pains before the transformation can happen. This transformation process will leave you physically, emotionally, and spiritually spent. But, be confident and know that you are doing the work many refuse to do. Why? Because, peace begins with you.

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You Must Be This Tall to Ride…

Hell, most of the time I was never tall enough to ride the rollercoasters, but I did try a few and it was enough to know that it wasn’t for me. Right now in my life, this journey of battling anxiety with panic disorder is one big rollercoaster ride and I want off.

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Writing through anxiety

The healing process is a tug of war with my ego. My body and mind have been on a steady decline of brokenness and my ego kept me going for all the wrong reasons. So while the breakdown was slow, my ego expects a quick fix. Relearning how to be in rest is challenging but for a nervous system that is on hyperdrive, rest is necessary.

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Stuck in the middle

At some point in your writing journey, you may experience getting stuck in the middle of your story. It feels slow. It feels like you are walking through the heavy waters of the ocean. Remember it’s only temporary.

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National Day of Encouragement

National Day of Encouragement is a day to uplift, inspire, or give confidence to others. What will you do today to help someone else?

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Feeling like a static character?

The number one way readers judge characters is by how much they change. Do they change, or are they static? Most characters must change, especially the main character, but what about others characters in a story? Do they all change? No matter how slight of a shift, all characters should change. If they don’t, they risk not being in the story.

Static characters got me thinking about writing and writing habits. Has your writing changed over these last few years? Have your habits remained static? Is the thought of writing word after word too heavy? If so, how do we push or pull ourselves out of this rut? We must start by being honest.

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Feature Friday: Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody

Welcome to the second Feature Friday – the last Friday of the month, when I chat about books on the craft of writing. This month I am working through the chapters of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody. I have many other books on the craft that I’m excited to share with […]

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