Defeat Impostor Syndrome with These 9 Reframing Techniques

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"Who am I to share my writing with the world?" you may ask. "I'm not Stephen King or any of these other famous writers. What do I have to offer the world?" If this sounds like you, you're probably suffering from impostor syndrome. Don't worry. I have too. Impostor syndrome affects people in various professions, from athletics to music, and more. The syndrome doesn't only happen to creative people, but they do all seem to be in the process of striving toward something new and better. It's Continue Reading

35 Best Author Quotes of All Time

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As a writer, you have a love for the English language and the way other writers play with words, molding them into beautiful and inspirational phrases or descriptions that you can't get out of your head.

Some words stick with you, even for years.

I know I enjoy a good quote, and meaningful author quotes have a way of giving me a boost. Whether writer's block has kicked in or I'm feeling a bit of imposter syndrome (which is real for all writers and most creative types in general), the best quotes stand out and work their way into my life.

If you've ever kept a commonplace book, you know all about how you can copy down your favorite quotes from famous authors to use as inspiration later. They carry many other benefits as well, as I've learned first hand. Continue Reading

My Favorite Things: 9 Things I’m Grateful for Each Day

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"When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad... I simply remember my favorite things and then I don't feel so bad!"
I've heard this song so many times during my childhood and always enjoyed it without really thinking about its meaning, the truth at its core.
This song is a reminder of a simple truth that I often catch myself on: Gratitude boosts your happiness when you need it most. Even the simple things in our lives deserve a thank you now and then. 
 
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17 Things I’m Thankful for This Year

What are you thankful for this year?

A time for gratitude, Thanksgiving is a holiday characterized (for most) by family and food. Pilgrims and Indians aside, it’s also a reminder to give thanks and show our gratitude each and every day through the year because you never know which day is your last.
 
I practice gratitude daily, keeping a list of things I’m grateful for, and I wholeheartedly believe that showing thanks can benefit our lives in some pretty amazing ways. 
 
Some are silly, some seriously life-changing, Continue Reading

You First: The Surprisingly Easy Plunge To Lifetime Success

If you want to achieve lifetime success, you must begin by putting yourself first. Only you can create the life you desire, and it's surprisingly not as difficult as it seems. 
But how do you put yourself first? You may be thinking, "what about my husband/wife or children?" If you have people dependent on you, how do you put yourself first without becoming selfish? 
Yet, putting yourself first isn't selfish at all.
In fact, it's the complete opposite. Because when you take care of your own needs Continue Reading