Love is…New Years and New Purpose (a Reflection)

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“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one” -Brad Paisley 2012 was a year full of contradictions and extremes. It was a year full of struggle, loss, and change. It was a year … Continue reading

Here’s to all the book lovers

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Although I didn’t write this myself, I found myself in almost every line of it. Filipina writer Rosemarie Urquico wrote this essay in response to Charles Warnke’s essay, You Should Date an Illiterate Girl. The girl who reads has spun … Continue reading

Spark your Creativity: 10 (+1) Ideas on How to Find Inspiration Everywhere (including your piece of toast)

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“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed” -Ernest Hemingway Do you ever find yourself in a place where you are completely blocked? Maybe you’ve done the same things again and again … Continue reading

“If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash”

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“Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before. ” Audre Lorde “Poetry is just … Continue reading

An Open (Love) Letter to Those Who Are Struggling

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This is a love letter of sorts. For those who are struggling, stuck, confused, scared shitless. For those who are lost, who are unsure of what to do with their lives, or where to go from here. For those who … Continue reading

Adventures at Small Pond: A Writing Retreat for the Soul

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Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of doing a short writing residency at this amazing 87 acre farm just outside Picton, Ontario. Small Pond Arts is a wild, sprawling space that includes an arts retreat centre, an art studio, … Continue reading

Love Letters to the World: How to Cultivate Connection With the Stranger on the Park Bench

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“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” ― Kurt Vonnegut I’ve been hiding little love notes … Continue reading

How To Ease Yourself Through Creative Blocks

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I’m hit some creative blocks these past few days. I’ve been walking around on automatic mode – hurrying, rushing, looking-through rather than looking-at. I began began pushing myself, I began panicking, I began thinking in absolutes – “I’ve lost my vision!”, … Continue reading

Cultivate Your Joy!

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Pretty exciting news, friends! I’ve officially had a couple of pieces published in Sprout Magazine’s latest issue about Joy! Here’s my interview about the ways that I cultivate joy in my life (even within the heavy, dark, messy, lonely places) … Continue reading