Writing

The Universe Loves a Believer

My class, Finding Markets, ended yesterday and it was seriously one of my favorite classes I’ve ever taken. It was a five-week class dedicated to ways of getting your work published and finding venues where to submit your work. I just learned so much that I’m not sure I would’ve picked up if it weren’t for this course. One of the texts we read in class was The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, and let me tell ya, it’s great! It has so much information on how to get your writing out there to the book publishing journey to finding an agent. I highly recommend it!

Throughout these five weeks, we were given certain assignments that were so interesting and beneficial. There’s two that I absolutely have to mention — writer’s referrals and engaging with an author. For the writer’s referral, we had to find venues to submit our writing for our classmates, and two really great venues that were recommended to me by Karli and Rachel were River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative and bioStories. Since my genre is nonfiction, these venues are wonderful.

If you’re interested, check them out:

River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative

bioStories

Also, while you’re there, read some of the published work because it’s extraordinary!

For the author engagement, we had to either interview and author or attend an author presentation at a bookstore. I attended Lisa Scottoline’s presentation. Scottoline writes legal thrillers. It was just great because I got to learn what the publishing journey is like and specific details when it comes to her books. I’d also highly recommend to engage with author because you find out so much that is beneficial and can help you in the future. Anderson’s Bookshop is great for author presentations if you’re looking for somewhere to attend.

Now on to the last five weeks of this grad school journey. Always believe & never give up!

Fitness · Writing

On Wednesdays We Run

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved running. I try to run outside a few times a week, but with how busy we are, sometimes that just isn’t possible, so now that it’s finally really nice out constantly, I’ve decided to make Wednesday my day I run outside. I’ve already committed to this (in my head) and I refuse to give up. This also guarantees me a run day every single week. I haven’t decided yet whether I’ll be running in the morning, middle of the day, or in the late afternoon. I think I’ll switch it up and see which time I like best. As far as how long or how far I’ll be running – haven’t really decided that either. I’m just letting the journey take me where it takes me. I do, however, know where I’ll be running. I run in two different locations because I like the different feel of them – one is sand and one is concrete. I think that alternating between locations is beneficial because it limits your body to getting used to one thing and then it’s hard to adjust when you want to change it up. We’ll see how the journey goes!

 

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life because you get out of it what you put into it.” – Oprah Winfrey

Fitness

#FierceFriday

O N   T H I S   F I E R C E   F R I D A Y . . .

I decided to do some HIIT cardio on my treadmill today. It’s been a little while since I’ve done HIIT cardio and I thought today was a great day to switch up my workout. What I really enjoy is running for a minute and then walking for a minute, but you definitely don’t have to stick to that! It’s just a great way to get the most out of your exercise and to really get your heart pumping. And the best thing is, you only have to do it for 15-20 minutes because it’s intense! Also, you’re definitely not limited to just HIIT cardio on the treadmill. Check out some of these exercises to get your heart racing and blood going:

30 Days of HIIT

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15 Minute HIIT Workout

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Writing

Keep Calm and Sparkle On

TEA

Anyone else a tea fanatic?! I mean don’t get me wrong, coffee is out of this world, but tea is pretty delicious! Along with this, I think my cup collection is coming along pretty nicely. I bought the one pictured above at francesca’s because, I mean look at it, I couldn’t resit. Such pretty words!

After working on my thesis today, I decided to do some retail therapy. Sometimes you just have to take time for yourself, relax, and do what you love. However, I must say, my little memoir is slowly coming along. I’m really liking the direction it’s going in and I’m always working towards perfecting it. I’ve finished drafts of the first two chapters, and honestly, sometimes you surprise yourself with how much you remember and how you can craft it into words. Or maybe that’s just me who feels that way!

Last night in class as we were discussing, Karli (HEY KARLI!) introduced us to The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr, and I cannot wait to read it! We all know nonfiction is my favorite genre (it’s the ultimate!) and I love reading memoirs because I love seeing people’s stories  and seeing how I can  better my own writing. Send me your manuscripts because I’d love to read them!

On another note, it’s cliche, but life gets stressful. Take time to yourself. No matter what it is that releases some of that stress — do it! For me, some things include writing, running, shopping, getting my nails done, putting away my phone, [contemplating] taking a social media break, and spending time in nature [if that makes sense!] Cleanse. the. soul.

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Writing

Jacksonville

Jacksonville

As I look around, I instantly notice the palm trees

These tremendous towering objects give this city such a beautiful view

I can taste the salt from the beach as I take a deep breath in

The scorching sun suddenly hits me

The crystal clear skies take my breath away

The day is longer like the beats of my heart

I catch a view of the little girl near me, who’s twirling without a care

Is it possible to be in a place that makes you forget your worries?

Apparently the Gods have created a city to let go of your problems

To let go of your troubles, to let go of your sorrows

The waves come crashing into me as I step in with my feet

I breathe in, exhale, and walk to the beat

Jacksonville, you make the phrase ‘heaven is a place on earth’ come true

I never want to leave, I want to stay here till it no longer feels safe

Life isn’t all beaches, problems, no worries or sorrows

But rather temporary escape from reality

The water gets deeper

The cold washes over me

I suddenly remember life back home, but rapidly dismiss the thoughts

I glance over at the girl, still twirling, smiling widely

Her parents watching her, smiles just as wide, as if they’d just won the lottery

Jacksonville, you do something to people, change their state of mind

Life back home and life here they’re almost polar opposites

Jacksonville, you might or might not be the city for me, but for now I’ll just let it be

Writing

When in Doubt, Run it Out

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I guess you can call today #CardioMonday. Since the weather is so gorgeous today, I decided to go for a run. I ran by the lake I usually run and took in all of its glory. Something about nature just makes me extremely happy. Maybe it’s the glistening of the water, maybe it’s the breeze on my face. Either way, running is so therapeutic! And it’s good for you!!! If you’re looking for any sort of motivation, I’d suggest start at least one of your days of the week with a run. I can guarantee you’ll feel great after! Just put your headphones on and shut out the world.

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“Push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow.”