• Health,  Positivity,  Writing

    Resolutions and Goals for 2019

    In a manic pursuit of self-improvement, I created an extensive list in Todoist of my goals in 2019.

    goals, resolutions, 2019

    Really, I’m setting myself up for failure, because there are so many damned goals:

    Meditate twice daily! Exercise! Stop smoking! Meet with Gelo! Read more books! Write more often! Eat at new restaurants! Go to the theater! Meet with YC! Visit a museum! Arrange an out of town trip with Boopy! Meet with the squad! Donate to my preferred animal shelter! Meet with Kath!

    Just a few of my goals for 2019.

    It’s ironic that one of my goals is “make time for yourself”. Seriously, after doing all this, how am I supposed to even keep my eyes open?

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  • Family,  Mental health,  Positivity,  Relationships,  Ruminations,  Writing

    Reflections on 2018

    Every end of the year, I reflect on what transpired over the course of the past 365 days. I am a naturally introspective person, so I enjoy examining these events and the effects they’ve had on me.

    Living with depression, it’s always the default to see things in extremes, i.e. this year has been terrible. My perspective is skewed to look at the shitty parts of life, so in this post, I’ll do my best to be as rational as possible.

    2018, kylie jenner, quote
    Kylie was really onto something there.
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  • Writing

    On blog stats

    Recently, I watched Stephanie Nicole’s video where she says she feels discouraged if her viewer engagements go down. I totally get it because I myself am a content creator, and when I don’t see responses to my posts, I stress out, too.

    blogging

    I love blogging, don’t get me wrong. I’m not purely in this for fame or money. Still, engagement is something that’s meaningful to me because it makes me feel like I’m not just shouting into the void.

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  • Writing

    On writing: My history with words

    Hi, my name is Ela, and I’m addicted to words.
    Hi, Ela!

    writing, words

    Ever since I was a kid, all I ever wanted to do was read and write. I’d read gigantic books at the dinner table and get scolded for it. It didn’t matter what topic: medicine, cooking, homemaking, interior design, conspiracy theories… I devoured them all. I was writing short stories as soon as I could use a word processor.

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  • Writing

    How I overcome writer’s block

    Like any normal person, I suffer from writer’s block frequently. There are rare times when I can churn out content faster than Stephen King; most of the time, though, the blank screen of iA Writer seems to mock me. So I thought I’d share my tips with you on how I overcome writer’s block.

    writer's block, writing, blogging

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  • Writing

    My Blogging Playbook

    I asked WordPress to delete all the content on Stealing Your Sunbeams, my blog of 10 years. It had some interesting posts in it, but I’m not overly sentimental about it.

    Truth be told, I’m surprised that blog hung around for that long. I frequently get sick of the same old thing when blogging, especially as the posts pile up – I prefer the honeymoon stage of blogging, when you’re all fired up about your blog name and design and cooking up new posts.

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  • Depression and anxiety,  Mental health,  Writing

    When does writing about depression make it worse?

    I write a lot about my depression. Whether it’s in my iOS journal app Day One, or here in my blog, I often write when I’m feeling down. My psychologist suggested it to me in our early sessions, and I’ve been doing it fairly consistently for a couple of years now. I’m happy to report that for the most part, it’s been a great tool to divert myself when I’m having a bad episode.

    writing, journal
    Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com

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  • Writing

    Honesty in writing

    Wandering ’round the blogosphere, I read an entry from one of my favorite bloggers, Fickle Cattle. Fickle Cattle anonymously blogs about life, love, being gay, and being a writer, among other things.
    He had recently written something that struck me: he said that honesty is one of the things that makes for good writing. Now, let me be honest. I don’t say things straight to the point. I hedge, beat around the bush, mince my words. See, I’m doing it right now. God, what’s wrong with me.
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  • Writing

    Who says I’m getting tired of writing?

    If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.

    -Lord Byron

    My ex-boyfriend once said, “Nagba-blog ka nanaman? Di ka ba nagsasawa?
    How about no?
    Looky here: I cannot draw, paint, sculpt, dance, make music. Writing is the only creative outlet available to me. Writing is my emotional release, my brief reprieve from the insanity of this world.
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