Need help finding high-quality handmade goods for your holiday shopping list? Here's our curated guide to home goods, personal accessories, jewelry, art & stationery, treats for kiddos, and more! Read More
A love of reading is often discovered at a young age and is a tremendous asset for anyone; readers have an entire world available to them that non-readers don’t benefit from. They can learn skills, entertain themselves, glean wisdom from history, and find inspiration for self-improvement using nothing but a (free!) public library. Yet sometimes, though children can read, they see it more as required work than a privilege and miss out on the joy that the habit can bring.
Motivation, it seems to me, is a slippery creature, sliding away just when you think you’ve pinned the rascal down. Taking the time to wrestle with it and understand it better can be the difference between chaotic output and a productive creative practice. Read More
Reflection is worth the investment of time required: looking into the past can help us live a calmer, better-informed present, and plan more strategically for the future. You just might discover that after deep reflection, you're now a more balanced, knowledgeable, and grateful person, better able to contribute your unique gifts more powerfully to the world around you.
It's tempting to charge ahead into tomorrow with only the occasional glance over our shoulders, yet there are real benefits to be found in pausing to take a thoughtful look back. Looking into the past can help us live a calmer, better-informed present, and plan more strategically for the future. Read More
Sooner or later, life has a way of allowing all of us to experience loss. Whether it’s witnessing the demise of a relationship, mourning an ideal or belief once held dear, or facing physical death, grief is a journey everyone must take at some point. Journaling offers the opportunity to set down thoughts we are still processing and preserve them as we continue to work through the loss.
In an age that values instant gratification, looking ahead, and so much independence, we have to be intentional with our children to teach them the importance of slowing down, looking back, and learning about where they came from. Read More
Essays are a singular beast and a specialized type of writing, AND they include all the same rhetorical elements that other stories include. We need a plot. We need characters. We (sometimes) need dialogue. We need symbolism, and metaphor, and rhythm. We need to progress and be slowed down. We need to know who the narrator is and why we should care about their story. Read More
Writing for publication is both exciting and completely nerve-wracking for most writers. Whether you want your audience simply to keep reading all the way to the end or to walk away with a monumental mindset shift, you'll need to address conflict, incorporate emotion, and provide meaning before you hit SUBMIT. Read More