It’s my birthday, so you’re all formally invited to an imaginary party here. Because who needs Mondays?! . . (📷 via @weheartit)
I’ve been struggling with feeling like a failure lately. We’re constantly bombarded with messaging that makes it seem like success should happen overnight, so when it doesn’t we get discouraged. . . I have to keep reminding myself that failure is not only normal, it’s actually good. Failure teaches us, failure motivates us, and failure is a sign that we need to KEEP GOING (not give up). . . Don’t let failure (or fear of failure) keep you from pursuing your dreams. It won’t be easy, but it’ll definitely be worth it. ✨ . . (📷 via @weheartit)
Yesterday my book, FRAGILE, turned one year old. Today, my little brother (who inspired the book) just won a gold medal in basketball at the 2018 USA Games. Obviously, he attack-hugged my mom immediately after the win. ✨
Anyone want to go on an adventure? ✨
Do you ever have “off” mornings? My morning was a mess. I slept through my alarm, took too long of a shower (oops), couldn’t be bothered with makeup, and — oh yeah — we ran out of coffee. . . I told myself that I’d run to Starbucks for something sweet + caffeinated once I got a few tasks done, and — in all honesty — I ended up getting a lot more done than I thought I could. My to do list is much shorter than I expected, and I’m actually having a really wonderful day. . . The moral of the story is that bad days happen. (Sometimes even bad weeks or bad months.) Don’t stress over them! You can’t control everything, but you *can* control how you react to it. Take a breath, knock out a few tasks, buy yourself a coffee on a sunny day, and remember that you can do this. ✨
What do you struggle with? What do you like to learn about? How could someone best help you plan + achieve your dreams and be happy? I’m not just looking for ways to help writers specifically, but every creative individual (okay, so just every human being) who struggles with things like finding purpose, productivity, balancing life + work, and more. Where do you wish you could “level up” as a human? . . It’s no secret that I’m revamping my website (and creating a blog!), but I need your help answering these questions. I spend a lot of time giving advice and helping my fellow creatives, but I wanted to find a way to incorporate that into my personal identity (or brand, if we’re talking marketing). . . The purpose of my (new) website, blog, YouTube, and other social media platforms all comes down to this one thing — helping people live full, happy, and creative lives. If that’s something you want — whether you’re an artist, writer, musician, dreamer, or you simply want to be more creative, productive, and/or happy — please take a few minutes to think about what kind of content would help you most and share it in a comment below. ✨💕👇 . . (📷 via @weheartit)
Current status = hiding from Monday. 😂 What are your goals for this week?
Dying my hair purple was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done — even scarier than moving to England alone. (So was chopping it off! ✂️) However, I realized that the ability to overcome fear is like a muscle — you need to practice to make it stronger! I’ve spent so much of my ice afraid — of small things, of big things, of completely and totally irrational things — and I was tired of letting that fear control me. . . Because let’s face it. Fear can be healthy. It can keep you alive (hello, fear of snakes). But fear can also hold you back. It can keep you from living a happy, bold, creative, and wonderful life. . . Take small steps to practice overcoming your fears. Try a new food. Talk to a stranger. Get an edgy haircut. Climb a tree. Those small decisions make it easier for us to take action when fear wants to stop us from doing the best things in life — finishing a book, confessing your feelings for your crush, moving across the country. . . You don’t have to live a life without fear. You just have to learn how to live life with it. ✨