reflections and rejections | Q1 wrap-up

Ever since I started healing my relationship with rejection, I’ve been keeping track of how many times I get rejected.  Whether it’s an ARC on NetGalley, an internship, or a freelance project, it’s important to me that I keep stats on what opportunities didn’t come my way. I think of this practice as data collection. …

Black history month reading list

It’s Black History Month and I’m excited to share a list of content and creators that I’ve found inspirational, educational, and celebratory. I’ll continue to update this page throughout Black History Month, so comment your favorite resources and I’m happy to add them to the list! Articles Incredible Black Canadian women you need to know…

7 blogs and websites to read in the morning

I’ve recently found a love for long-form social media like blogging and content websites.  I love sitting down and doing a little bit of catching up and centering on what’s happening in the world before I start my work for the day. But here’s the thing: I rarely read the news. Whenever I watch or…

How I healed my relationship with rejection

Rejection is easily the hardest part of being a writer and content creator.  Writing and creating are such personal acts and hearing “no” can be soul-crushing. But here’s the thing about rejection: it can also be your best friend. Once I got serious about wanting to turn writing into a career, I realized that I…

2021 goals (reading, writing, blogging, lifestyle)

Happy 2021!  Here are some goals I’m going to work toward this year. reading goals Read 52 books.  I’m keeping my reading goal consistent with 2020 and aiming to read one book a week.  I typically lowball my reading goal because I like to make sure it’s achievable and doesn’t pressure me to read when…

2020 holiday gift guide for booklovers | small business edition

I’m so excited to share my small business holiday gift guide today!  This list includes tons of companies that are perfect for the booklovers in your life (or to just treat yourself). Shopping small is very close to my heart because I’m the daughter of a small business owner, and want to help small businesses…

travel book recommendations based on your ideal destination

Today, I'm combining my two greatest loves to bring you travel book recommendations based on your ideal destination. Since travel is restricted right now, I'm totally in the mood for an international adventure to sweep me away. Add in delicious food, a swoony romance, and an unlikely adventure, and I'm IN. Here are the best…

5 effective graphic design tools for bloggers

This spring and summer, I've found a real passion for graphic design. I love putting together an aesthetic and creating something beautiful, whether it's for me, for my blog, or for a client. Today, I'm sharing my favorite graphic design tools that all bloggers should have. These will make creating beautiful, custom artwork for your…

life after study abroad | 7-month reflection and more photos!!

Alternative title: what to do after you've already done the coolest thing you'll ever do. Seven months ago on Christmas Eve, I returned home after sailing the ocean blue with Semester at Sea for four months. As I discussed in my original post about my abroad experience, I had a distinct feeling then that I…

if we were having coffee… | july updates and favorites

if we were having coffee, here's what I'd tell you. I'm doing really well, actually. I've found a good rhythm for my day: get up, eat breakfast, create content for a couple of hours, work in the afternoon, and settle in to write or watch a movie before bed. I've been getting up earlier, which…