Time to Get Off the Pot

I hate it when people say, “Oh, the stars must have been aligned for greatness.” To me, that takes away all the effort that person may have put into making something great happen. You do have control over your stars. Sometimes you have to ask for a star and sometimes a star is thrown your…

4 Ways Brands Can Use Instagram’s New Slideshow Feature

Instagram launched a new feature this week that allows you to upload up to 10 photos in one post. It is a swipe-to-view slideshow. Personal translation: I can now show close-up shots of my beagle’s precious ears, eyes, whiskers, and tail in one post – oh boy! Hopefully brands will utilize this new update in a…

How Volunteering at an Animal Shelter Changes Your View on Life

Depressing. Scary. Dirty. Hopeless. These were all the reasons why I resisted volunteering at an animal shelter. I’m irrationally emphatic when it comes to furry creatures, but that was the very thing holding me back from donating my time at a shelter. I had fostered dogs through rescue groups in the past, but with two…

Does Marching Make You More of a Woman?

I did not march on Saturday in D.C. or elsewhere. After seeing all the images from women’s marches around the country, I had to ask myself, “Does not marching make me less of a woman?” I didn’t like the way that question tasted as it rolled over my tongue. After some thought, I realized there…

Serial Kitchen Offenses

The kitchen should be a place of joy. However, felony kitchen offenses take place every day. At home or at work, no one is safe. Below are real life accounts of crimes. Names were left out to protect the accountable. 1. Chip Bags What’s the point of rolling up a chip bag to only preserve…

Life Rant: My Hatred for Workouts

I ate nonstop over Thanksgiving. Non. Stop. I even went to bed with a bowl of leftover stuffing. Ok, I didn’t, but I thought about it. So, when Black Friday rolled around and I saw a discount for a new boxing gym in my town, I decided to go for it. I scheduled my first…

Give Me Gluten: A Vegan Dilemma

For all you people out there that are vegan and gluten-free AND don’t have celiac disease, screw you. You’ve single handily took a label that is already frustrating to wear and made it downright torturous. How did something made from the earth get lumped into something plant eaters can’t consume? This boggles my mind. Thanks…

NaNoWriMo Week 1: Hilarious Tweets

Listen, I’m not finding NaNoWriMo so amusing right now. I’ve written a whopping 2,400 words and feeling quite defeated. So, what did I do? (Hint: I didn’t write.) I search Twitter for hilarious tweets that would make me laugh and lift my spirits. Writers, you didn’t let me down. Here were my favorite hilarious #NaNoWriMo…

Motivating Quotes for Every NaNoWriMo Crisis Moment

It’s time for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! If you’re like me, you’ve been living in denial—convinced that November is still weeks away, then you saw the date this morning and immediately added vodka to your coffee. From not having the time to lacking the creativity, there are lots of hurdles to jump with NaNo….

October Social Media Content Ideas for Writers

With #NaNoWriMo around the corner, it’s a good idea to get in a writing groove. Why not start out easy with some short, but impactful, copy to build your writing community and support system on social media? Here are a few topics that you should add to your content calendar for October. October 5th –…

Best Follows for NaNoWriMo Support

On January 1, 2016 (and a little buzzed and wildly hopeful), I declared that I would finish a novel this year. Similar to my previous attempts, I lasted about four months before the dust started to collect on my notebooks and cobwebs formed on the creative side of my brain. Alas, the year isn’t over!…

#NationalBurgerDay: Best Damn Vegan Burger Recipes

Leave the cows alone this #NationalBurgerDay and pick on someone your own size…or much smaller in the case of these burgers. I’ve been a vegan for over ten years and a big, savory burger was damn near impossible to find or know how to make a decade ago. But hold your buns, because the vegan burger has…