Over the course of her career, Toni Morrison has written novels, essays, plays, children’s books, and has been awarded some of literature’s most prestigious honors like the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award. It might be difficult to imagine relating to a writer of such prestige, but as it turns out, she’s just like us.
Over Easter weekend my parents were visiting, so we packed up the car (dog included) for a family trip to Asheville. This mountain town has been on my list to visit ever since we decided to make the move to North Carolina, and I’m already scheming up ways to get ourselves back there soon. Read on for more of the books I’ve recently finished reading.
Doing less of anything is not a philosophy I championed until becoming a mother. I certainly didn’t work myself to the bone, but I also didn’t see how pruning projects could help me make even more progress on the ones that mattered.
From bubble baths to flipping through magazines, pedicures or lunch with girlfriends, there are myriad ways for us to slow down. And if you’re the kind of person who prioritizes self-care, what I’m about to say might come as a surprise. These activities—while relaxing—aren’t actually restful, and it’s limiting your creative potential.
I have a whole theory about writing that involves doing it in margins—short windows of time that add up to a whole lot and over the past few months, I’ve tweaked some things in my schedule and discovered ways to carve out time for reading in the margins, too. Here’s what I’ve learned so far.