What Meeting My Favourite Author Taught Me About Comparison.

I got caught in the trap that writers who rely on their work for a living fall into. I focused less on the joy of writing, and more on how I could make it work for me. I wanted to grow and earn a substantial living. I was hungry for more validation, money, and readers. I wanted to be known for my beautiful prose and stories, just like the author whose words I’d stumbled on.

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The Best Things Are Ahead

All that to say, your best is not behind you; they’re ahead. Every opportunity and ‘win’ you’ve had so far is a jumping off platform for your next big win. You’ll continue to land promotions that match your expertise. You’ll get better at perfecting your craft and your work will land in front of the right audience. The more you keep daring to roll the dice, the further ahead you’ll progress along the board. There will be some dips and lows along the way (success isn’t linear, after all) but it’ll make the destination worth it.

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On Overcoming Resistance & Doing Hard Things

I’m currently reading a book called The War of Art. It explores this idea of ‘Resistance’ and how a negative energy exists to push us back whenever we try to improve ourselves. For some, ‘improving ourselves’ means achieving a long-held fitness goal. For others, it could be learning to be better with money, or putting…

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A Letter On Creativity & Comparison

The following email was reposted with permission. Dear Ash, A large part of why I create is because I don’t know who I am without it. I especially love that through creating I’m able to make people feel like themselves. Because for so long, that’s what creating has meant for me. It’s been both a…

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How to Write About Pain

Sometimes life can slam into you and catch you off guard. I tried surfing for the first time this week so I was literally slammed into by waves. I’m sure my surfing experience will become the basis for a whole other blog post, but for now I’ve learnt that although the waves will keep coming,…

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What People Don’t Want To Know About Self-Belief

But anything that makes you into a better person will require a constant re-shifting of the things you repeat to yourself, and above all – a fight.

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