How I De-stress


Writing a book is stressful.

It’s like writing a never-ending term paper…but the results…well, it’s yet to be determined.

So as you may have figured out…I am stressed and what am I going to do about it. If you’re stressed too, maybe we have something in common and we can share ideas on how to de-stress.

When I read this article from Harvard Health, it inspired me to make  a few changes, as well as this great article from Helen Sanders here. Daily stress isn’t good for you and as mentioned in the article, it can have damaging physical effects on your body such as mood changes, sleep deprivation, appetite, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Since I’m already working on my stress level, one of the biggest things I’ve increased is my hobbies. One of my favorite is  Papercrafting (see above photo).

Papercrafting or scrapbooking is relaxing to me. It is a legit hobby. I love buying all that pretty paper, glue, buttons, stickers, and you name it. You can find me inside a scrapbook store when I travel. I can spend several hours inside…just staring at paper.

Some of my favorite writers have interesting de-stressing hobbies.  Paulette Jiles enjoys riding horses when she’s not writing, author Jenny Han likes to bake, and Ernest Hemingway enjoyed hunting, fishing, and sailing. I don’t know of any other writers who like to scrapbook. If you find out, please let me know. And if you’re a fellow writer and like to scrapbook, I’m so happy!

So how do you de-stress? What are your hobbies? I’d love to hear!

Have a great weekend!




May 11:2017

It’s been a rough few weeks. My eye is healing but I have to wear glasses for a few more days. I normally wear contact lens, which is how I scratched my cornea in the first place.  This hasn’t  stopped me completely from editing my manuscript though. It’s given me a sense of gratitude. How grateful I am for having eyes that can see. What a blessing it is to have sight!

As for editing…clarifying scenes so that they move the story forward.  I’m  removing parts that slow the story down. It’s just there…for some reason…a bloated piece of writing I did. So, I’ve deleted them out.

Once I’m finished with these revisions, I’m sending my work off to an editor… one that a writer friend recommended.

The more I edit this draft version, the more I feel confident in my writing…again. See…that’s the biggest hurdle for me…having confidence in something like this. Writing is an expression, and to be honest, I’m often afraid of what other people will think. Will they hate it? Like it? It’s that awful rejection part…but that’s where I need to develop a thick skin for this business.

Until next time, here’s a beautiful cover of The Psychedelic Furs “Ghost In You” song. It’s a bit more of a somber version than the Psychedelic’s. I shared the original version from the band awhile ago in a post, which was a tribute to one of my favorite writer…John Hughes.

P.S. Look at her…Hayley has a thousand times more confidence than me. She’s inspiring!






Friday Favorites

It was a productive work week.

  • I did a ton of research for writing material (second manuscript).
  • I left my office for a brief moment and went to the harbor for a walk.
  • I’m reading a business book… hoping to improve my writing career.
  • I worked out at the gym 3x this week.
  • I did some spring cleaning…organized all of my make up.
  • I started a small garden. Planting Thai chili peppers, lemon grass, habanero peppers, and basil. (There’s a theme here…somewhere. )
  • And now I’ve cleared off my writing desk. I’m so happy for the weekend…ready to relax my brain. In the meantime, here are a few cool links I discovered.

Have a great weekend!




Aging No Matter What

I’m a huge fan of Vogue, and when I came across their latest beauty video, I became an even bigger fan.

This article features former 1980’s Supermodel Joan Severance. To be honest, after I end up watching these Vogue beauty videos, I feel a little depressed…because I don’t look like these models. But after watching Joan Severance’s beauty clip, I am inspired.

I’m inspired by her aging. Her carefree attitude about aging and her flaws. It’s honestly and finally REFRESHING. I wish the beauty industry would embrace this more…the honest aging process and beauty that comes along with it…instead of the constant quest to remain forever 18.

I don’t know if you have friends that range in a variety of ages, but I actually do. I have friends in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and even 80’s. One of my close friend is 82 years old and used to be in my local book club that I ran. She does not look her age! We would exchange book discussion topics and ideas about plot. I love her wisdom. Her husband is a former Ironman too, and her love of healthy eating and exercise has definitely paid off. Even way before it was a fad…she was already living the healthy lifestyle.  Woman like her inspire me.

This video sums it up for me:

Embrace your own imperfections. Most importantly, embrace aging.




A Day in the Life : Juilliard Music Division

The main character in my current manuscript is gifted with musical talents. She plays both the violin and piano. Her dream is to attend Juilliard. In my research I discovered that the school  runs their very own Youtube channel.

I love watching The Juilliard School’s Youtube channel. It’s my go-to for inspiration, not just for music (which I love), but to receive some insight into the lives of these gifted professionals. It’s amazing to watch the sacrifice these students make for their passion.

This video highlights one of their viola students and you can follow his Youtube channel here and his audition story here. He’s full of positive energy, which I LOVE!

If you’re  ever in doubt about fulfilling your dreams, passion or maybe you’re  just feeling stuck… watching positive and uplifting Youtube channels such as this one is an excellent starting point.




Updating My Writing Playlist


I just updated a few new songs to my writing playlist here.

To be honest, I’m not satisfied with the format I’m using (linking to Youtube). I’d rather listen to all the songs on one page but this will have to do for now.

For me, one of the best ways to get out of a writing slump is to listen to music. A lot of music! I’ve been doing this for the last few days, along with curating a collection of images that I like.  That’s just the way I work.

I added 4 new songs to this list- now up to a total of 19 songs. They inspire a few scenes in my work, and mostly in regards to Miranda, the protagonist.

I love classical music, but there are just way too many for me to link up.

Violinists Charly and Margaux (CHARGAUX) are my favorite instrumental musicians. I’m currently favoring this performance they did at the NYC subway station.

“Love” by Lana Del Rey was added because it fits perfectly with my manuscript’s complete synopsis.

Finally, I had to include Harry Styles. He has a beautiful and amazing voice.

Be sure to visit my full playlist on this site. Let me know what you think of these songs too!

Have a great day!



Disconnecting to Connect.

I’m planning to take the next few days off to recalibrate myself. For me that just means time to disconnect to connect. I need to rethink a few things that have been bugging me.

A lot has been on my mind.

My life has been on my mind.

Lately I feel so disorganized.  Most of it has to do with all the things I’m juggling. My writing business is the biggest on my mind right now and the decisions I make will change my life.

I want to change my life.

I’m not satisfied and my desire… almost hunger for change, has me pondering about what I need to do.

See that photo above? It’s My Bucket List. It’s empty right now…and I’m at a lost on what to fill it up with. It’s almost like if I fill my list up, I’m going to go back and read it…and then ridicule myself for even thinking that I can ever do it.

Like what were you thinking Katie?? Seriously.

Well, I’ve thought about moving…to another state.

I’ve thought about self-publishing again.

I’ve thought about making some financial sacrifices.

So many ideas. So many questions.

What do you do when you want to make a big change in your life?? Do you just jump and do it? I’m curious what other people think because I’m kind of stuck. Most of it has to do with that dreaded word…FEAR. I’m so afraid of failing.

I’ll still be here and there to say Hello, but not quite as frequent. I need to sort things out and just wanted you to know.

In the meantime, here’s to a great weekend!







I created this page over the weekend to remind myself of all the things that I’m grateful for.  I’m grateful to be alive and have a chance to live a life.

It’s always on my mind….which is why I’m  constantly striving to live a healthier and happier life. I’m a true believer that the best way to reap the benefits of gratitude is to notice things I’m grateful for daily.

As a writer in the publishing industry, I especially need to surround myself with positive people and positive beliefs. Sometimes I get entangled in negative thoughts because of all the pressure I sometimes put on myself.

I truly believe practicing gratitude makes you happier and healthier. It’s an important habit to live. Gratitude is all about feeling appreciation for what we have in our life.

So this artwork I made will act as a simple positive affirmation in my journal.

A gentle “self-talk” reminder for me filled with positive words.

Be grateful.

Be mindful.

Be positive.

Ending this off with one of my favorite quotes:

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
― Epicurus