Just because something is difficult doesn’t mean the right answer is to give up on it. I often have to remind myself of this. It’s sound advice, but it’s easier said than done. What are some ways to surpass these obstacles? Things I’ve tried include:

Giving yourself strict boundaries can…

A wooden bench covered in autumn leaves with leaves blurred in the background. On the bench is text greeting the autumn season.

Sweater weather days are starting to trickle in, and pumpkin spice lattes are available at your favorite cafes. You know what that means: NaNoWriMo is just around the corner. And, much like PSLs, thoughts of NaNoWriMo are sneaking in earlier and earlier in the season.

What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel…

The margins of a well-loved book tell a story of their own. My first copy of 1984 has notes scrawled, getting messier year by year, in different colors from different readings. Each notation is a message from the past. What was I thinking when I was reading? Why? My thoughts…

We constantly experience little daily deaths that allow us to transform our worldview. With every moment, perspectives change to adapt to a new reality. On the surface, some life-altering events can seem insignificant. Imagine sitting at your desk, journal open in front of you. A Bic pen is in your…

The orange of a sunset is visible in the background, behind a sea of clouds. The wing of the airplane is visible in the bottom left.
First time traveling since the start of the pandemic.

One-and-a-half years. Longer, even. The anticipation to see what may have changed was palpable. My heart thumped against my ribcage as we stepped off the train and onto the platform at Queensboro Station. …

A pile of books sitting on a red couch, waiting to be read.
I love the feel of a real book. Unfortunately, my current reading (or listening) happens on my phone.

Reading has always been one of my most valued ways to spend time. As life in the pandemic continues, escapism through stories continues to increase in value. Below are some of the books that I’ve made it through since March.

Books that provided a boost

Christopher Moore has the skill to address all sorts of…

It’s that time of year again. Crisp leaves crunching beneath our feet, a chill in the air, pumpkins everywhere. Autumn is a beautiful thing and I have many reasons to love the season. One of which is the NaNoWriMo challenge and the accompanying creative inspiration. …

Lara Reden

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