Birthed from the clouds of dust, cats, Pokémon, and Survivor, this poetry collection tells stories of life, love, and loss. This book also contains elements from my other works and my upcoming second novel, the title of which is revealed in the book. You can get your copy on AmazonRead More
Launching a successful business as a stay-at-home mom isn't all “hugs and kisses,” but it can be done if you do what you love, are super-organized, and are mindful of the importance of a healthy work/life balance. If you want to learn more about how to become a successful “mompreneur” from your own home, keep reading.Read More
People to admire ain't staring you in the face,
live a lowkey life, ain't stealing another's grace,
face a world challenged in ways you know not before,
and keep it away from the fickle public's roar.
It is funny because both life and death fill our minds even if we claim otherwise. Life does, of course, in our day to day living. From the moment we wake up, it begins. What do I eat for breakfast? Should I shampoo my hair or condition it? Do I wear this red polo shirt or go for the body-hugging tokusatsu shirt to work instead? Should I answer emails right away when I arrive at the office or save them for the afternoon? Do I watch a movie after work or go to the gym to make up for the sedentary hours I spent earlier? Do I write a draft or read a book before sleeping? These questions may seem silly to you but they shape how our daily lives go about.Read More
Do not envy the spectacle
of a life made of all colors
for when you mix them in a bowl
the result's a hideous puddle
I admit, being an independent author is not for the faint of heart. Things aren't always easy. You can put a lot of work but the amount of return isn't guaranteed. Certainty is a fleeting cloud easily blown by a breeze. When things get tough, I tell myself these following nine reminders to keep going. Because I sometimes design images, I decided to make this journal post colorful.Read More
My name is Just Around The Riverbend and I have a confession to make: I strongly (gasp! an adverb) believe our lives should be in a flux. Like a river that never stops flowing, our lives should be in constant motion. Stagnation is one of the worst crimes that can be committed against human existence. If we're not moving, then we've become stagnant.
In the previous three years of my writing career (equivalent to the timeline ofwriting my novel I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me), I've learned a few life lessons that impacted not only my writing but also how I look at life. These lessons reshaped my mindset and philosophy. I'd grow a nose longer than Pinnochio's if I claimed I haven't changed a damn thing since the beginning of my writing journey. There are five things we need to let go and five things we need to embrace in order for our lives to be in a flux of growth.Read More
Have you found your purpose in life? Are you sure you did? Here's a 10-question test to confirm if you really are living with purpose.
- Do you prefer staying in bed every morning?
- Do you fear failure?
- Do you compare your life to those of others?
- Do you allow what other people say to influence what you do?
- Do you find the weekdays a drag?
We could pretend to live an authentic life but if we are not comfortable in our own skin, if we dislike parts of ourselves, and if we have no understanding of who we really are, then it’s a lie. As Mike said, an authentic life is one that doesn’t wear a mask and make up stories. It’s one who shows its true self to the world with pride and courage.
We can’t live an authentic life if we don’t make peace with who we are. We cannot be the soldier who goes to battle when he hasn’t even resolved the war he has with himself.Read More