Open notebook a desk with fountain pen

Why I stopped logging my daily writing totals

For years I kept a precise track of my daily writing total. I’m from a science family and thrive under routine, so iteration feels natural. I was also part of a writing accountability group. At the start of each month, we pledged a daily goal. Every day, we would report…

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Writing day with tea and avocado toast

Little ways to be kinder to yourself every day

It took me years to learn this: It’s not selfish to take care of yourself. It’s not selfish to take care of yourself! Part of taking care of yourself is treating yourself like you matter. Here are small ways to be kind to yourself throughout the day. Eat off of…

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What about Haida?

Yesterday afternoon, I checked out the book Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami. The lingering question in my mind, as I sat tear-streaked at the kitchen table, listening to the last notes of a classical piece that followed the recording, was, “What happened to Haida?”

Updated photo of turmeric tea and my Untamed writing journal

How turmeric accidentally treated my depression

It started with a box of tea. Ginger, my evening go-to, was out of stock on Walmart’s website and rather than make a store run (an introvert’s nightmare) or go without (and suffer the inevitable dizziness that would follow–no thanks), I opted for a box of ginger and turmeric tea,…

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Washing the last pan

My sister and I like to joke about the “last pan.” Both of us have a habit of leaving one dish in the sink–usually a frying pan, or the 6-quart saucepot. A big one that doesn’t fit in the drying rack. It takes ten seconds to spread a dish towel on the counter so it can dry alongside everything else, yet we both fight the impulse to leave that one last pan in the sink.

Self portrait in iPad screen with apple

Finding time to do the things you really want

The most common excuse I hear from friends and family members when it comes to things like working out, learning another language, getting organized, or even reading a book is, “If only I had time.” I used to say it too. I used to say it a lot.