Beyond The Book

Do the Hustle

Whether we realize it or not, we tend to equate our personal value with our productivity. How much are we doing? When people ask us how we are, instead of good or bad, we default to "busy" as if we have so much going on we [...]

2018-11-21T16:24:47-05:00November 21st, 2018|Beyond The Book|

Carving Out Time

I have been a people pleaser for a long time. It is a label I am trying to shed, but it is also a piece of who I am. I feel things deeply, over analyze constantly, worry about how everyone else is feeling and what they're [...]

2018-11-05T07:19:41-05:00November 4th, 2018|Beyond The Book|

Library Book Hunting

I adore libraries. I remember getting my very first paper library card--I must have been only 5 or 6. I felt so grown up as I signed the bottom of the little piece of paper with my autograph. The responsibility of not only choosing a book [...]

2018-10-25T09:17:23-05:00October 24th, 2018|Beyond The Book|

Celebrating The Seasons

Fall is upon us, and while the temperatures here in Nashville are still clinging onto the heat of summer, I catch glimpses of leaves curling and browning, a tell-tale sign it is indeed October! This is a season that seems to fly by for me each [...]

2018-10-10T19:22:29-05:00October 10th, 2018|Beyond The Book|

Unnecessary Necessities

If something is  unnecessary, why do it? Which actions do we do in our lives simply because we value them? What grace and beauty can the unnecessary reveal in our lives? Furthermore, if there are easier ways to do things, how can we make the practices [...]

2018-09-27T22:46:58-05:00September 27th, 2018|Beyond The Book|

Time Travel

This past summer I took a class through The Porch, a local non-profit here in Nashville that hosts all kinds of creative writing classes. I've taken workshops through this organization including classes titled, "World Building" and "Mixed-level Non-Fiction"-- all were fantastic, enriching experiences. This workshop, however [...]

2018-09-19T13:42:48-05:00September 16th, 2018|Beyond The Book|

Why YOU need to Write More Letters

Cards. A big hoax by the card industry to sucker us all into spending $5-8 on a piece of paper with a corny message inside. Somewhat true. Cards, in their most familiar form, are super convenient. Forgot your sister’s birthday? Stop by the local grocery store, [...]

2018-09-19T13:44:44-05:00September 14th, 2018|Beyond The Book|

Excavating the Extraordinary

July 9, 2018- I have identified as a writer for a long time, but always felt like an imposter. I have a degree in English Writing but if someone were to ask me, what do you write about they would hear crickets...My writing is typically scattered. [...]

2018-09-19T13:45:11-05:00September 14th, 2018|Beyond The Book|