Mindfulness and meditation are everywhere today, and for good reason. Detaching from your inner voice and learning to live in the present can improve your mood and how you react to life’s challenges.
Happy 2017! Last spring, I decided to get up early every weekday morning and write before going to work. After reading nonfiction for years, the time seemed right to tell my own story. My initial plan was to write a series of personal essays and reflections that I might eventually compile into a memoir. The process was revealing, therapeutic, and cathartic. In no time, I was hooked on writing. I started writing poems – something I’d loved to do as a child – and enrolled in a poetry workshop class through Coursera. I found a couple of local poetry groups and attended a few of their readings and workshops. Then I decided to try my hand at fiction and began working on a novel. At the end of 2016, I had lots of ideas, a big stack of unfinished pieces, and no clear plan of what to do with them. Read more