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Why You Should Travel to Red States

TweetI’ve had this post formulated in my head for some time, especially since November, but a necessary prologue has been added. One question I field as a Southerner and expert on the region to people traveling here is about racism. I’d usually answer that there are some “bad apples,” like anywhere, but for the most […]

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On Living an Alternative Life

Tweet So I said, “I don’t wanna be alone forever But I can be tonight I don’t wanna be alone forever But I love gypsy life I don’t wanna be alone forever Maybe we can see the world together I don’t wanna be alone forever But I can be tonight, tonight” One of the things […]

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Lessons From My First Triathlon

Tweet Optional activity: Brett Robinson Coastal Triathlon When the email came across my inbox, I considered it only briefly before saying yes. It was an add-on to a press trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama, a place I hadn’t been in well over a decade. I considered myself to be a moderately fit person, if not a bit […]

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On the Importance of Self Care

Tweet I’m not really a self-help follower. Despite the fact that some of my favorite reads from this year fall into that category (Rising Strong!), buzzwords like self-care tend to turn me off. It’s all a little hippy-dippy for me and seems straightforward. Of course, I take care of myself! But it goes further than […]

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On Knowing Your Creative Worth

Tweet The question I get asked more and more from aspiring or new writers is how much to charge for certain projects. It’s something I still struggle with, especially as some are best for a set fee while others are better on an hourly basis. For years, I happily accepted the rates of publishers, not […]

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The Year of Discomfort

Tweet New Years resolutions don’t really mean much to me. Everyone seems to make these grand, sweeping declarations like “I’m going to get into shape!” or “I’m going to live in the moment!” without any practical ways to do it. I am just as guilty, of course. Past resolutions have been items like “visit 10 […]

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On Falling Without a Net

Tweet For a few years now, people have asked me what I do for a living. I mumble about blogging and writing and they follow up with, “So you do that full time?” The answer was always no, as I had a few side jobs to make ends meet. This included a job for a […]

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On Guilt and Apologies

Tweet I’ve always been called a worrywart. Anxious. Guilty. I’m full of emotion at any given time. There’s always a voice in the back of my head thinking, “Did I say something stupid? Does everyone hate me?” People make jokes about Catholic guilt, but I have non-denominational guilt. Sociopaths are people who feel no sort […]

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