Is there anything more heartbreaking than an unlived life?
The reality is we frequently put our ambitions on hold. Whether it’s pursuing fulfilling work, healthier lifestyles, or better relationships.
We postpone pursuing our true desires until some vague day in the future.
We treat time as if it’s in infinite supply and always under our control.
All the while, the sun moves around the earth unceasingly, and we have less time that we did the day before.
This is the dangerous and deceptive nature of procrastination. It steals from us.
I still struggle to accept my brief time here, but…
Finding an online writing job that pays the bills isn’t always straightforward. I battled to land the kind of writing gigs I yearned for when I started. All I wanted I wanted to do was earn a living doing something I loved: writing. But, for a while, that seemed impossible. No one responded to my pitches. Except for that one client on Freelancer.com. (I knew I was in trouble when he said my bid of less than $0.10 per word was ridiculously overpriced.) Then things started to happen in a rush.
It’s now been three years since I started writing…
Becoming a better writer is a tough business, isn’t it? We can falter and feel desperately inadequate on the most hopeless days. Writing demands so much of us, and we’re confronted with our own limitations every time we sit down to do the work.
But, don’t despair because there is hope for things to get better. After writing professionally for 15 years, I’ve found truths about writing that moved me forward when I felt totally stuck.
These lessons are based on my experience and the strategies I learned from famous writers. Hopefully, they can help you too.
My start on…
Ever sat in front of your computer staring at a blank screen?
You’re there to write, but you can’t find the words to say what you mean.
Even if you finally manage to produce something, the text looking back at you just doesn’t click.
There’s a gap between what you wrote and what you want to say; a divide you can’t bridge.
And then you start lying to yourself:
You have neither the skill nor the commitment.
You’re not built for this.
We’ve all been there before.
And that’s why I’m deeply interested in how we break out of these…
It feels like we’re always busy.
Some days are a blur: before our feet hit the ground, our minds are racing. From there on in, every moment is filled with heavy traffic, goals set the day before are hijacked by some or other urgent priority.
But at the end of the day, what do we have to show for the busyness?
Many times, this is the nature of modern professional life. It’s as if the yearning we have to do something meaningful is at odds with the experience of work in the 21st century.
We want to spend our days…
Why is it so hard to stick to new habits?
It’s a predictable cycle.
You start strong. You’re fully committed to changing your life. You’re going to eat better, exercise daily, or write more.
Then life gets in the way, and your motivation starts to wane.
Before long, you end up right back where you were before: frustrated, defeated, and embarrassed.
You’re filled with a sense of failure and a desperate yearning for more.
You’re deeply worried you’ll never achieve anything meaningful at all.
It’s like building better habits — building a better life — is a never-ending battle.
It’s the same old story.
You’ve finally managed to carve out some time for a project you really care about. You sit down and stare at the screen.
And then it begins.
Your mind wanders. As hard as you try, you can’t focus deeply enough to do any meaningful work.
You bring your attention back to the present, but it’s not long before the cycle begins all over again.
In the end, all you can do is abandon your efforts.
By that time, it’s become a pointless exercise. You’re frustrated and your performance is declining along with your concentration.
It’s depressing, isn’t it?
You had the best intentions, brave goals, and bold ambitions, but life got in the way. Now, you’re getting ready to give up…again.
We’ve all been there.
When coping with the demands of busy modern life, personal development goals are usually the first to falter.
Perhaps you want to cultivate the skills you need to build a career you love?
You found an online course that fit the bill. The first week was great. But then you started slipping. After a long day at the office, you’d much rather spend a few hours binging on Netflix…
Once upon a time, the internet was hailed as the platform to protect democracy and promote debate.
Fast forward a few decades and our social media feeds are more divisive than ever.
We’re shielded from dissenting opinions, living in highly curated and fractured digital worlds.
Mark Zuckerberg is alleged to have told colleagues, “A squirrel dying in your front yard may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.”
It’s easy to balk at the statement; however, our news feeds are ultra-personalized.
And the filtering is constant — without our knowledge and consent: algorithms are…
Journalist turned PR. Parent-in-training.