TRANSFORM An Old Manuscript Into A BEAUTIFUL BOOK! (How I Rewrite Novels That Are Complete And Utter Trash)

A few months ago, I did a post called 5 Horrendous Books I Wrote As A Child – which consisted of me laughing at my early writings and also thanking them for giving me much-needed experience.* It's fun to look back at the stories you've written in past and cringe at how bad they are...but sometimes there's gold hidden in those old stories, too. All you have to do is mine it out. 

I like to think of it like the bookish version of Fixer Upper (otherwise known as the only tv show I EVER WATCH HAHA.) What Joanna Gaines does to an ugly house, I do to a messy manuscript. No matter how rotten, condemned, and falling-apart any house/book is, it CAN be restored to glory! It just requires time, effort, and lots of imagination – but US WRITERS HAVE PLENTY OF THAT, RIGHT?  

Today I'm going to spill all my secrets about my Novel Rewriting Process™. We'll go through it start to finish – from the first and most scary encounter with your worst writing ever to putting the final touches on your novel so that others can enjoy it, too. (Yikes!) I've tried many different methods of rewriting and this method works like none other. SO GRAB YOUR SHIPLAP AND LET'S GO.** 

*btw that post was a tag!! So if you didn't participate already, please do!! It's super fun!!  
**there are going to be SO MANY FIXER UPPER REFERENCES in this post. You've been warned. 

still! can't! get! over! how! pretty! my! macbook! is!


I always hate it when people tell me that I can't do everything. My default answer is: "WHY NOT?" Yes, I'm a bit of an over-committer and an over-achiever. Anybody who knows me also knows this. But that's not my problem, here. My REAL problem is: I have too many interests.  

And I don't just mean hobbies or things I do for fun. I mean I COULD LITERALLY PICK LIKE A DOZEN DIFFERENT THINGS AND MAKE A CAREER OUT OF THEM AND NOT GET SICK OF DOING THEM. I like to call it being "multitalented." If you've been here for any amount of time you've probably heard me talk about this "multitalented" thing before – in fact, my entire mission statement page is devoted to this very topic. Why? BECAUSE IT IS CLOSE TO MY SMALL COLD HEART.  

Here's the thing: I'm a multitalented person. I do lots of different things and a lot of those things I like EQUALLY. In fact, I like them so much, I could explore them forever and not get bored. For some, this might sound like a blessing. But it can also be a curse. Because us multitalented creatives have SO MANY THINGS on our plate, we often find it difficult (or even impossible) to find time to do EVERYTHING. It's like ordering a dozen appetizers instead of a main dish – YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO EAT FIRST AND SO YOU END UP EATING ALMOST NOTHING AT ALL.* You might get frustrated at your lack of direction. You might even get envious of the person next to you who is fully focused on That One Thing™ they want to do with their life. Why are they so sure of their desires and you're not sure of yours? Are you indecisive? Do you lack drive? Or purpose? Or simple regard for tRUTH AND CONSEQUENCE???? Let's find out. 

*yes yes I realize that was a bad analogy but I HAD TO TALK ABOUT FOOD OK??? 

5 Healthy Habits That Will Make Your School Year OR Work Life Better, Happier, and More Productive

The end of the summer means something different for everyone. For me, it means WINTER IS COMING and I should probably start crying. But it also means that the carefree bliss of vacation time is over and it's bACK TO THE GRIND. I'm graduated, but for a lot of y'all in school, this feeling of vague dread is familiar.  

It's easy to fall into bad habits – we all know that, right? Procrastination, neglecting our physical and mental health, or binging Netflix because WE'VE WORKED HARD FOR TEN MINUTES and we deserve a break. I'm all for chilling out* – but resting isn't very rewarding when there are things you need to take care of. YES, I'M TALKING ABOUT HEALTHY HABITS. They're easy to start and hard to maintain but SO WORTH IT. I'm not going to copy and paste someone else's ideas, here. I'm going to talk about five things that I've implemented into my daily life that HELP ME SO MUCH. And I hope these habits will help you, too. LET'S GO. 

*don't look at me like that I'M ALL FOR CHILLING OUT. Even though I only Chill Out™ every other total solar eclipse on the fifth day of the seventh month in the year of the dog. I'M AN EXPERT.

VLOG: What's Up, September? (I Got A MacBook Pro + I'm Still Rewriting That Novel + I'm In Serious Debt! Send Help!!)

Yo, friend! You know what I really hate? The fact that IT FEELS LIKE FREAKING OCTOBER OUTSIDE RIGHT NOW. It's absolutely insane. But whatever!! I have exciting news to flail about this month!! Well, some of it is exciting. Some of it is disheartening. But we'll cross that bridge when we burn it, as I like to say. 

I got a MacBook Pro! WHAT THE HECK. HOW DID THAT EVEN HAPPEN. DO I HAVE MONEY TO BURN??? The answer is no -- I'm just super SUPER in debt now!! Haha! Yay! But guys, I NEEDED this laptop and I don't hesitate to say it. My other one was driving me up a wall and just not performing the way I needed it to (ex: shutting off randomly without warning and losing everything um HOW ABOUT NO.) Watch the vlog below if you want to see the new shiny one and hear me rap MacDaddy (no kidding I do.) 

I finished my recording studio and I made a video about itGo check it out!! I'm super pumped to start making some new music for y'all. I just took a bunch of ukulele cover requests on Instagram (FEEL FREE TO REQUEST SOMETHING IN THE COMMENTS OF THIS POST, TOO!) and I've been thinking a lot about epic trailer music lately... mUAHAHA. That's all I'm going to say for now. ;) COOL STUFF COMING SOON.  

The Best Way To Make A To-Do List And Stick To It (Without Going Crazy)

I’ve made a lot of to-do lists in my life. Probably I’m the kind of person who likes to plan everything.* When asked during the MBTI personality test “keeping your options open is more important than having a to-do list” I STRONGLY DISAGREE. Lists make me feel at peace. When I don’t make a list, I am and uneasy limpet of anxiety and stress and listlessness. (HAHA. SEE WHAT I DID THERE.)

That being said, I’ve had a lot of trial and error with making to-do lists and at last I asked myself the big question: “What is the BEST WAY to make a to-do list???” Because we all get overwhelmed, don’t we? We are all busy people and sometimes our workload is just TOO MUCH and we feel suffocated by our to-do lists. THERE’S GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY. My friend, I think I have the answer to that cosmic plea for sanity. So today I’m going to show you how I make all my to-do lists and some rules that you should follow if you value your soundness of mind.**

*LIKE LITERALLY EVERYTHING. What time I will wake up, how long my morning routine will last, how much time I will spend on every last thing I need to accomplish that day, how many times I will inhale and exhale, etc.

**I don’t mean that in a threatening way at all but if you take it that way *shrugs* THAT’S OKAY TOO. IT’S A THREAT. READ ON…OR ELSE.