Keep Showing Up, the Results Will Come with Time

Keep Showing Up, the Results Will Come with Time

I ran into a friend from my hometown who has recently moved near to where I live. We hadn’t talked very many times, but the times we had were always memorable, sometimes powerful. Even without having stayed well in touch in over a year, we still seemed to know the other was going through her share of struggle.

With the help of social media, I’d learned early this year that this friend was diagnosed with difficult medical conditions and was undergoing treatment. She seemed to know that my lifestyle was taking a toll on me as well. We got to talking about life and our experiences only to realize how similar they are.

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Accepting Mistakes with Grace

Accepting Mistakes with Grace

Words don't always come out the way I intend and this has consequences. In this post, I share my experience of dealing with these consequences in a situation I never expected to encounter. Sometimes, we make mistakes. We make messes we can't clean up. And, we have to move on with grace. 

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A Year in Review: 2017

A Year in Review: 2017

Life tends to pass by in a blur, dotted with formative moments, the occasional surprise that moves you, and can only be remembered with the fleeting space we have in our minds. This year I made a point to document as much as I could - to take photos, write in journals, create plans and lists and save them for later. Packing everything I owned into a bus mid-year had me regretting my memory hoarding, but looking back this week, it was entirely worth it. 

Read on for the whole year in review! 

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Coming Into My Own as a Writer

Coming Into My Own as a Writer

If you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up at six years old, I would have told you straight: a writer. I'd already written plenty of short stories, including an illustrated children's book about my cat that was published in spiralbound and distributed to local children's libraries. At twelve, I established my pen-name: A. G. Stephens, who would someday author a slew of Young Adult fantasy and dystopian novels akin to Harry Potter and Scott Westerfield's Uglies series. 

Read on to learn about my journey to becoming a writer and what's up next. 

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What the Woods Have Given Me

What the Woods Have Given Me
"Doing nothing out here is better than doing anything in the city."

I can't believe I was the person to say that. While the city has always pulled me, with its seemingly endless opportunities, a constant exposure to newness, and the buzz of fellow humans living their lives, the quietness of the woods has stolen my heart. Even up to the day we left for a weekend in the Obed with friends visiting from St Pete, I was reluctant to enjoy myself out in nature, climbing and hiking. Danger, uncertainty, weather, gear, accessibility, so many thoughts were trying to keep me from enjoying the pure beauty of this planet. I am not nearly as strong as nature; she knocked me down and set me straight. 

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Acknowledging (and Henceforth Knowing) My Worth

Acknowledging (and Henceforth Knowing) My Worth

Yesterday, I caught up with Meg of Root for Food, an Insta-famous food blogger I had no idea lived right down the street from me until we got connected. We met at Love Food Central with her pup Iroh and though we hadn’t hung out but once in a group before, we clicked immediately like old friends.

We touched on a lot of topics - some health and nutrition, the book Better Than Before which we’re both reading, and largely: running online businesses. 

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