Living in the Deep: What it means to live a slow, passionate, creative life

In the past few years, I have been trying to strike a careful balance between opening myself up to the world, fully living in it, and living slowly. There have been missteps along the way. Taking a part-time job quickly turned into an energy suck. But letting go of it made space for the opportunity […]

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Robins, Daffodils, and ROW80 Round 2 Goals

Isn’t spring the very essence of simplicity? The daffodils speak of simple happiness, and the breeze carries the merry tunes of birds. We’re called outdoors once more. One of my favorite aspects of living in a rather outdoorsy college town is how the entire town comes out of hibernation, as though winter were a spell […]

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#IWSG Post: How I’ve Learned to Deal with Self-Doubt in my Writing Career

Self-doubt is a part of most people’s lives, but those of us walking a creative path are particularly susceptible. Self-doubt has the potential to stop us in our tracks, to paralyze us. It is, without a doubt, the number one cause of writer’s block. So, is there anything we can do? I am no stranger […]

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A Creative Life is a Magical One.

  A clear February night. I gaze up at the stars. I don’t know many constellations, but I can pick out Orion and his belt, bright pinpricks of light staring down at me. A summer afternoon. I sit out on my patio, curled up in a chair, a notebook in my lap. The dog sits […]

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Embracing Our Inner Hobbit: Life lessons from Tolkien

I love hobbits, and I love the Shire. There’s something very hobbit-like about my version of the writer’s life. I curl up with a cup of tea, maybe something yummy to eat (croissants from the bakery down the street are a favorite), and I set to writing. I sip Earl Grey while I get lost […]

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Authenticity: The Right Blend of Imagination and Action

Thoreau goes on to say, “As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” I’ve talked a lot about simple living on this blog. I’ve talked about my decluttering efforts, my desire to live with less, and also the practices of slowness and stillness and being present. But I still don’t […]

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#IWSG: Magic Most Wild…

Funny thing. I never stopped believing in magic. That desire to taste mystery never left me. It lived inside me when, as a young child, I reenacted Little Red Riding Hood over and over in front of the fireplace in our living room, before a captive audience of parents who must’ve been very tired of […]

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The Practice of Stillness

“The Page of Cups is sentimental. She is a true romantic at heart, and in a world that is filled with so much noise and bustle, she longs for the time and space to simply breathe and to truly take in the pleasures that abound. She listens to the still voice from deep inside that […]

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Digging Deeper, in Life and Art

One of the most magical years of my life was spent living on a farm in rural Southwest Virginia. I’d rise in the morning and, before it was too hot, work in the large garden I tended. Afterward I’d sit on the porch, read poetry, work on my master’s thesis, write poetry—I even tried my […]

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Celebrating “Slow”

  2018 is off to a bumpy start, with various ailments keeping me under the weather off and on for the past few weeks. But what I’m learning is not just that slow is okay. Okay implies mediocre, acceptable, just getting by. I’m learning that, perhaps, instead of just accepting slow, we should celebrate it. […]

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