My Latest Piece for Thought Catalog!

Ever since I can remember the phrase, “I don’t want ____” has filled my head.

When I was a kid I didn’t want to be a nerd.

When I was a teenager I didn’t want to be an outcast.

When I went away to college I didn’t want to fail.

As a married adult trying to figure out her career and overall life, now more than ever, I am filled with “I don’t want to ______.”

I never thought this way of thinking was bad. Instead, I thought it was great!

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29 Ways I’m Adulting So Hard Right Now

Adult. Adulting. Adulthood. No matter how it was phrased, no matter how cute people tried to make it sound, I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around the concept.

When I was a kid, being an adult meant sitting in the front seat and writing papers.

When I sat in the front seat and wrote papers (sometimes at the same time), being an adult meant having a job and paying bills.

When I got my first job and started handing my money over, being adult meant getting married.

When I got married, being an adult meant having a kid.

I still don’t have a kid but I’ve been married for nearly 7 years, legally an adult for 11 years and I’m barely starting to feel like an adult. Continue reading →

Want to Challenge Your Fear of Rejection? Write a Book!

I’m not delusional, I know that nobody likes to be rejected. I can’t imagine there’s someone walking this planet who thinks: I’d really love to be rejected right about now.

I do think that some of us are better at handling rejection than others. P.S. I’m part of the “others.”

The fear has been around as long as I can remember. I played along in bad friendships in order to avoid the icky feeling. I didn’t rock the boat at work in order to not experience that pit in my stomach. I held off on submitting my book to agents because it was just an open invitation for the anxiety inducing probability of NO.

I know why I have the fear but just because I can identify the cause, it doesn’t make it automatically go away. I have to consciously work through it.

What does this look like? Finally getting my book out there. Continue reading →