Grounding: Coping with Anxiety

In my upcoming novel, FLUX, you get to meet my newest protagonist, Liv. Olivia Riley is awkward, artistic, and witty. While she has many traits that set her apart, she also has one that unites her with approximately 40 million Americans: Liv battles anxiety. Everyone has experienced anxiety at some point or another, but for a large portion of the … Read More

My Thrive Experience: 2 Week Update

  Where to begin? I’m not a highly emotional person. I’m rational, skeptical, and even a bit cynical at times. But not with Thrive. It’s no small thing when I say: Thrive has completely changed my life. Starting my second week, I’m beginning to rest better. Sleep and gut issues have always been my biggest struggles. When one is off, … Read More

My Thrive Experience: Week 1

I’ve been on Thrive for a full week now, and I will confidently say that I’ve never felt so great in my adult life. My sleep is better than it has ever been, and that’s always been my largest struggle. I’m able to concentrate on what I need to during the entire day, run errands, enjoy time with my kids, … Read More

My Thrive Experience: Day 3

I want to give the Thrive 8 Week Experience the full 8 weeks before I weigh in fully, but I’m also going to be honest throughout the process. This blog is as much for me as it is anyone else who might be interested in trying Thrive. I want to document my experiences, good, bad, and everything in between. As … Read More

My Thrive Experience: Day 2

Welcome back to My Thrive Experience. If you missed Day 1, you can find it here. I’ve always been a skeptic. It isn’t because I don’t believe in things, but rather because I’m familiar human nature. If something seems too good to be true, it usually is, and all things should require a time of proving before you trust it. … Read More

My Thrive Experience: Day I

If you want to know a little bit about my journey, you can begin at My Backstory. If you only want to see my results and experience, feel free to skip down to Day 1 of this post. My Backstory: In the winter of 2014, I began taking my health more seriously. I was battling a lot of personal issues, my … Read More

Personality and Parenting: How Meyers-Briggs Can Help

If you live in Western society, you’re probably familiar with the terms introvert and extrovert. Most people have some version of an individual based these terms. Introverts are often seen as the shy little wallflowers, while extroverts are the center of attention on their megaphones, blasting their thoughts and feelings to the world. But if you delve a little deeper, you’ll discover the … Read More

Where’s God When I Need Him?

I’ve felt kind of “stuck” in my circumstances lately, like I don’t have much of a say in my own life. The “stuckness” isn’t a result of anything except people and situations I have no control over. I’m a firm believer in growth and changing what’s in your power to do so. So naturally, stuckness isn’t a theme I’m fond … Read More

1920’s Lingo Part I: Are You Hip to the Jive?

The roaring 20’s. A time of flappers, gangsters, and speakeasies. Words were much more evocative then, weren’t they? They sparked just the right image and emotion. They captured just the right meaning. Why else would we still be stuck on them today? My current work in progress, FLUX, has an on the level character who lived through prohibition and loves to … Read More

Be the Change

Most of the developed world is aware of the Notre Dame tragedy. That terrifying blaze swept through the landmark and nearly destroyed 850 years of history. The religious and secular communities alike were shaken as the flames devoured everything they could consume before finally being quenched. My social media feeds have overflowed with tears and sentiments from friends and acquaintances … Read More