The Great Retainer Debate

Essential Self-Care for Creatives

Time For Myself

There are times when the stringing together of words into soulful sentences feels so instinctual, your head reaffirms what your heart already knows: you were born to create.

But then there are other times. Uncertain times. Times when the creative flame begins to flicker. When words retreat, ideas fail, and false starts lead to dead ends, you may find yourself wondering: Where did my magic go? How could this happen? WHY IS THIS BLINKING CURSOR MOCKING ME?

In my own recent experience with a creative mind turned to mush, I did what I do best. I panicked. Had my passion packed up? Had my talent caught the last train? Frustrated and freaked out, I considered chucking my laptop. Then I consumed a pint of Talenti, but not before Googling “too tired to write too tired to care”. [read more…]

15 Must Have Mantras for Writers


Pen to paper, fingers to keys, writers weave ideas into words that spark wildfire. You, my friend, are a firestarter. Your words ignite emotion, illuminate truth, and fan the flames of incredible change. It’s a big job. An important job. And an a creative soul like yours requires kindling to keep burning. While it’s true […]

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I Didn’t Need You to Take Care of Me After My Miscarriage, I Needed to Take Care of Myself


A friend of mine just suffered a miscarriage. I stopped by with milk and cookies for the sole purpose of holding her hand. I told her I was sorry. I cried alongside her. And then I sat there, clenching her hand in silence for nearly an hour. Deep in the quiet, my heart wanted to […]

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On Quitting Your Day Job to Pursue Your Daydream


Choosing a job you love may mean you’ll never work a day in your life, but there’s no underestimating the courage it takes to get there, especially if it means quitting your day job. For 14 years the courage escaped me. Working a corporate job in a male-dominated industry, I spent my days (and nights […]

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We Know How She Does It: Real Moms Offer Real Advice On Working From Home


Ahh, working from home. It sounds like a dream, right? No soul-crushing commute, no meetings to discuss meetings, no ridiculous office politics. Just you, in your space, on your schedule, crushing that voodoo that you do. Imagine the flexibility! The possibility! The productivity! THE PAJAMAS. But when work at home aspirations become residential reality, we […]

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58 Thoughts Every Parent Has at Parent-Teacher Conferences


I knew it would be coming home any day on pastel green paper in all its wrinkled glory — the annual parent-teacher conference notice. I didn’t have specific reason to be nervous. My son seems to be managing academically and he even has the same teacher as last year. But the mandatory meeting to discuss my […]

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Dear Son: These Are the 5 Best Decisions You’ll Ever Make


My Dear Son, Lately you’ve been hearing a lot about how the decisions you make today affect all your tomorrows. I see you taking it all in. Worrying. Wondering. You mentioned there didn’t seem to be room for mistakes anymore. I tried to assure you mistakes were yours for the making — a rite of […]

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13 Things I Learned from My First Week of High School


Hi everyone, it’s Ryan*. This week I started high school as a freshman. The bad news is that the week was terribly long. The good news is that I learned some things that might come in handy for kids starting high school soon. Take a look:

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16 Times the First Day of School Went Terribly, Horribly Wrong


My first day of 7th grade was the stuff of graphic novel nightmares. New to middle school and the public school system as a whole, I strutted down the locker-lined hallways decked out in the stuff of neon tweenage dreams. Determined to make everyone notice, I took it slow and smiled. People stopped and whispered. […]

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