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Self-Care for Survival.

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In modern times, the term self-care has become ubiquitous with treating oneself. And while we can all agree that the occasional pampering is healthy and beneficial, for some it’s not merely an indulgence, but a daily struggle. For those with a chronic illness or disability, self-care can be the difference between life and death.

For someone who can barely get out of bed, the idea of doing a face-mask or taking a bubble bath seems inconceivable, exhausting and frankly, absurd. How can you run a marathon when you can’t walk a mile? When you’re in survival mode, self-care needs to be about taking tiny steps, not giant bounds.

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Setting Intentions for an Abundant New Year.

Setting Intentions for an Abundant New YearLast year, I waxed poetic about whether New Year’s resolutions were doomed to fail.

This year, I want to suggest we throw out resolutions entirely.  Resolutions are so 2019; 2020 is all about Setting Your Intentions.

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What To Do When You Get Stuck

What To Do When You Get Stuck.

It’s almost a cliche at this point.  The writer staring a blinking cursor in a blank Word document or at an untouched sheet of paper, unable to go on.  And while many claim to have writer’s block, it’s sort of like claiming you’re haunted by the ghost of an 18th-century apple scrumper.  There’s nothing to prove you aren’t possessed by a barefoot French urchin boy in a neighboring fruit orchard, but nothing to prove you are either.  In other words – it’s all in your head.

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Comics for People Who Don’t Like Comics

comics for people who don't love comics

It’s almost impossible to walk into a movie theatre nowadays and not see a Super Hero movie emblazoned on the marquee.  The market is completely oversaturated with the latest Marvel and DC movies and doesn’t show any sign of stopping.  There were a select few that appealed to me – Wonderwoman and Black Panther, for instance.  But for the most part, it was hard to see myself reflected in the superhero universe.

The Superhero formula seems to be teams of 4 to 5 cis, white men and a single female (who invariably has a sexy, impractical costume unlike her male counterparts).  But there’s still hope for you if these comics (and their movie counterparts) don’t appeal.

Here are some of my favorite – female-led, diverse, LGBTQIA, and body-positive – comics and graphic novels.

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Rainbow Reads: Pride Month Picks!

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June is nearly over, but that doesn’t mean your LGBTQIA reading list has to end.  Here are some of my favorite LGBTQIA books to keep your pride going all year long.

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Life is Too Short: Learning to D.N.F.

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I’ll probably die with a giant list of T.B.R. (To Be Read) books.  I’ve mostly come to terms with this.  One lifetime is simply not enough to devour all of life’s stories.  In some ways, there’s even something comforting about having a Scherazade’s stockpile of tales.  If you’re a reader, you’ll always have a friend.  You’ll have always have new stories to look forward to.  And you’ll never, ever run out of words.

The problem is…knowing when to give up.

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Full Moon Rituals to Set Your 2019 Intentions.

Tonight, if you live in North or South America, you might be lucky enough to witness the Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse.  It’s the only visible lunar eclipse of 2019 and a great way to set your intentions for the year.
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Favorite Reads of 2018

2018 favorite reads

If you’re stuck in a dreaded reading slump or haven’t picked up a book since Catcher in the Rye in High School English but don’t know where to start, here’s a list that might help.  I read a lot of books in 2018 – some great, some not so great.  But the following books were standouts to me.  I mostly read Young Adult and Fantasy Fiction, but there are some variations, such as Historical Fiction and Mystery.  If you’re interested in seeing all the books I’ve read in 2018, check out my Goodreads.

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New Years Resolutions: Are We Doomed To Fail?

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Ahhh, the new year.  A time, when we all collectively rush out to buy gym memberships we will use for a month and pay for for the next eleven.  I’m completely guilty of rushing headlong into resolutions – like a bull charging a red cape.  And surprise! – that cape continually gets yanked out of reach – until even looking at the color red makes me feel guilty and annoyed.  Studies show that only 8% percent of people keep their resolutions, which begs the question: Are we doomed to fail?

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