Mini Habits – Breaking it Down

Stephen Guise is the founder of Deep Existence, a blog about self-development, and the writer of Mini Habits, a book about his personal philosophy on how to get things done (with research that backs up some of his arguments). I found the book to be a pretty good starting point for personal development and so without…

How and Why You Should Face Your Fears

Perfectionism, insecurities, failures and success. It’s at the core of everything. It’s something that you can’t ever look fully in the face because that’s when it knows you’ll win and it won’t let that happen. So fear will do everything in its power to keep you down on the ground or facing away from it. Sometimes this…

Writing Method: Snowflake by Randy Ingermanson (Printable Summaries)

Randy Ingermanson is a theoretical-physicist-turned-author who uses the same left-brain logic from his first career to organize his right-brain’s creativity when writing a novel.  He is famously known for his novel structuring process called the Snowflake Method. I find the method to be interesting and helpful, but the actual article expounding it a bit long-winded (approx. 3,500 words in…

An Argument for Focused Work

Cal Newport recently released his new book, “Deep Work”, which posits that our ability to engage in concentrated efforts on meaningful work will set us apart in today’s marketplace. I decided to read it based on all the glowing reviews on Amazon at the time of its release. Unfortunately, I was more than a little disappointed. I felt…

A Schedule that Doesn’t Stifle

I know how you feel. Scheduling sucks. Planning your day, month, year is a form of torture, more painful than having someone slowly peel your nails off. Alright, maybe not that painful, but it’s still high up there.  It’s too restrictive and takes too much time to sit and decide when you could just be out…

Brain on Anxiety Time Travels

Have you ever felt like you lose track of time? Let me tell you a story… About a week ago, I discovered that I did something strange whenever I felt anxious or overwhelmed. I skipped time. Whenever I was worried, I felt like the event I dreaded in the future was going to happen THIS…

The Importance of Preparing for Setbacks

Just rewatched the following video from Marie Forleo: Originally, I thought this video was just a rehash of the same old advice. On my second time watching it again after months, I’ve realized that’s not the case. Something stood out for me this time that I thought might valueable enough to share. Don’t Become an Ostrich Preparing for setbacks is something…

A More Relaxed Way of Increasing Skills for the Anxiety-Prone

If you’re like me, you’ve had issues that range from fear of failure to fixed mindedness (yep, those are things that I will probably repeat on numerous occasions until the end of time…or at least until I rid myself of them; apologies in advance). I find that those issues fall under the broad banner of “being an anxiety-ridden…

All You Ever Really Need to Know to Study Efficiently

Lately, I’ve become obsessed with learning about learning. I realize this should be an intuitive process by now, but apparently not to me. I hit a snag while working on my designation, consisting of an overload of information and the sheer inability to keep up. Yet others seem to be faring well and with more on their plate….

Re: Do Your Characters Make Enough Mistakes?

In response to Ava Jae’s blog post: But character errors are more than just a chance to make our readers want to slam their heads into walls: they provide opportunity for character growth, great tension-filled plot points and a chance for our readers to relate to them. We all make mistakes, and reading about a…

When you feel out of control…

My life seems to have deteriorated and it mainly stems from the fact that my perspective on things have changed greatly. I feel like I have a more jaded view of the world since I’ve come into contact with not-so-honorable people. I also think it’s because of my tendency to be so judgemental. It was…