I've participated in NaNoWriMo seven times. I reached the 50K goal every time, but it wasn't easy. Each time was stressful and hard. But I know who I am, and I know that as soon as I sign up for this personal competition, there's no other choice for me but to succeed. I'd tear myself … Continue reading My most memorable NaNoWriMo
I started writing this article months ago. But the only part I didn't delete was the short piece I wrote during NaNoWriMo last year. I wrote a series of non-fiction/memoir pieces covering a wide range of memories and events from my life. I always come back to the goodbye essays, the ones where I remember … Continue reading Remembering a beautiful soul
I just got off the phone with an old coworker. Maria was the housekeeper for the veterinary hospital I worked in during the 90's. She's 67 today and really hasn't changed that much over the years. She's a simple person, a woman with a strong work ethic, good intentions and a crazy personality. I've always … Continue reading Going through change as an INFJ
What's life without writing? Words create a mood, initiate feelings and sometimes lead to healing. I've been writing my entire life to feel something other than the turmoil, fear and pain that follows close to me nearly every day. Poetry, stories, novellas, articles and lately, memoir. I've always loved memoir and nonfiction, but over the … Continue reading Where is your soul sleeping?
The holidays are always filled with mixed emotions for me. I am always grateful to share Christmas and New Year's with my husband, my brother-in-law and my parents. But, while I realize my blessings, I also know that over those two weeks of stepping away from myself and becoming the social hostess and dealing with … Continue reading A new year, a strong future
I think we can all agree it's been a strange and difficult year. For a highly sensitive person and INFJ like me, there were times when I wondered if I'd get through it. And it's not over yet. But I think that what I once considered my flaws are now my strengths. It surprises me … Continue reading Old Journals, New Inspiration
I recently read somewhere that INFJs tend to chase people. At first, I didn't believe it. We are introverted, quiet people as a rule and don't like to push ourselves on others. We love when our people are just as crazy about us as we are with them. But we don't chase them. It sounded … Continue reading Do you chase people?
I think everyone can agree that this has been a strange, scary, turbulent year so far. My husband was hospitalized the first week of January for an unknown lung illness, which we discovered a couple of months later was Coronavirus. He had just gone back to work and was feeling more normal when Covid-19 … Continue reading Thank you for being you
Don't look at me. Don't notice me. I just want to listen and watch. It's too hard for me to join the discussion. I hate my voice and might say something wrong. People may laugh. I hate my picture taken. I'd rather be the photographer. Writing how I feel is easier than saying it. … Continue reading Drama, poetry and my INFJ issues
Have you ever been so overjoyed because you finally discovered who you are and why you do the things you do? Have you ever nearly cried with relief because you found other people who think like you and make decisions like you? Have you ever wanted to shout to the world that you aren't … Continue reading I’m worst at what I do best