The Word of 2018: Light

As the years have gone by, I’ve gone through a few cycles of New Year’s rituals. As a child, I used to spread out things on my bed that reflected what I wanted in the new year. Unsurprisingly, this hodgepodge always included a stack of books, my journal, and my flute. In my early twenties, I started writing New Year’s letters to myself, condensing all the events of the past year. But... read more

100 Books In 2017: Top 10 Lists

In last Friday’s post, I described how I was able to read 100 books in a year despite a busy schedule. Today I’m going to share the top 10 books I read in each category, plus a few I do not recommend! For the full list of what I read this year, here’s a link to my Goodreads page, where all of my books are shelved when I’ve finished reading them. Please follow me on Goodreads for... read more

100 Books In 2017: How I Did It

When Goodreads asked me about my 2017 reading challenge goal last December, I rashly threw down what is, for me, a very big number. 100 books in 2017. I’d never read that many as an adult, at least not since I’ve started tracking. But I thought it was possible to reach a bit higher than usual since I’d be on maternity leave for most of the year. (I can do a lot of reading on my Kindle... read more

NaNoWriMo 2017: I Did It My Way

Uhh, Leanne, it’s mid-November. NaNoWriMo started three weeks ago. Why are you posting this now? Well, mostly because I’ve been so wrapped up in actually doing NaNoWriMo that I haven’t had time to blog about it. But the lateness of this post also makes a point: you can tap into the NaNoWriMo spirit anytime you want! It doesn’t have to be November 1. It doesn’t even have to be... read more

The Surprising Link Between Discontent and Growth

My daughter turned one year old recently. She’s an amazing baby, the light of all our lives. She’s sunny and smiling and cooing and happy, nearly all the time. She loves people and is entranced by music. She’s an observer who engages with all of her senses. But one thing she hasn’t done yet is walk, or even crawl. Back at her 9-month doctor’s appointment, we expressed this... read more

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