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When all this pandemic/lockdown stuff started, reliable work became a little bit harder to come by for a lot of people. Many of us turned to…creative forms of money-making. Side hustles (or main hustles as the case may be) became the norm and I’m not exempt from that.

I started selling pictures of my feet.

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Being pregnant — finally! — after a long stretch of infertility is a roller coaster of emotions. You’d think it would be nothing but happiness, but there’s a healthy dose of other feelings, many unexpected. Surprise, shock, joy, relief, worry, fear. Confusion.

Don’t get me wrong, the happiness is a big part of it, a huge part. But that doesn’t mean the other feelings just cease to exist.

Some of these confusing questions I know I’ve struggled with include: Where do I fit into the topic of infertility now? Am I an inspiring success story? A harsh reminder of the…

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Sometimes one of the most elusive things to chase down as a writer, is inspiration. Whether it’s coming up with a great idea for a new story, or working your way around being stuck on one you’re halfway finished, how do you get inspired?

I’ve been writing in some form or another for basically my whole life, there’s almost always some type of story in my head that I need to get out and on paper but I still very often fall victim to the dreaded lack of inspiration. …

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I did some writing yesterday and it’s genuinely some of the worst writing I’ve ever done in my life.

Let me back up a bit. I spent part of the day working on a story I’ve been writing for awhile. I ended up adding about 10,000 words, not a lot but enough to fill in some essential scenes and details that had been missing previously. But when I went back and read it all again I was pretty disappointed by how terrible it was. I mean, really bad. …

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I Hate Yoga

Recently I started a new workout plan, and part of it includes yoga and let me tell you, I hate it so much.

Very unpopular opinion here: but yoga sucks. It’s terrible and I hate it. So much.

Now, I’m probably being a little unfair here, because yoga can obviously be really awesome. It has a ton of benefits, and there’s a reason it’s so popular. But I’m really bad at it, and it makes me feel pretty crappy about myself when I huff and puff and struggle to do the things that the perky brunette with amazing abs on…

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A lot of the time, the hardest part about working out is just getting the motivation to do it in the first place. As someone who is fairly new to their own fitness journey, I often have a hard time getting myself psyched up to do it. These are some of the most effective strategies I use to push myself to Just Get It Done.

It is worth noting that I am in no way a fitness or health professional (if that whole “new to their fitness journey” part didn’t already tip you off) and am not qualified to give…

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I have one amazing daughter who I would not trade for anything in the world. She is absolutely my favorite person on the entire planet and my life is so much better in every way because she’s in it. But I would be lying if I didn’t admit that the fact that I was never able to give her a sibling breaks my heart. …

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I have always had pretty bad anxiety, and it has often caused me numerous problems throughout my life. But since becoming a mother my anxiety has gone through the roof.

This is not uncommon of course, and I am not unique or special in this. I know plenty of moms who experience the same thing. Even women who didn’t suffer from anxiety before having children sometimes become mothers and then suddenly the existence of this other person (or multiple other persons!) makes us aware of just How. Many. Scary. Things. are out there.

Many of us find ways to manage…

Angela Cartier

When I was a kid I wanted to be a writer when I grew up, so I spent all my time crafting stories. This is my latest story.

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