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Commonly, creativity is thought of as the artists, the painters, the writers, the musicians.

But what if I told you there is so much more to it? Creativity affects every aspect of our lives. And since it is everywhere, it is also readily available.

As a child, I loved books and reading and dreamed of being an author. However, I was also a student that was good at math, so I considered myself too logical to be considered creative. Life came full circle for me when I wrote a paper in college on how Tourette syndrome affects communication. My professors…


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I had a discussion with a friend recently. He told me, “In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they’re not.” (Attributed to Yogi Berra)

Don’t worry, it took me a few times for it to really sink in, too.

Ideas and theories and insights fascinate me. Reading has always been one of my favorite pastimes and I have learned from almost every book I have ever read.

In fact, I read so much during my middle school years that my parents got concerned and grounded me from books for an entire summer. …


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“To be a successful… writer you have to write well, write a lot … and let ’em know you’ve written it! Then rinse and repeat.” — Gerard de Marigny, The Watchman of Ephraim

There is a shift happening in the world of books. Specifically, in the world of publishing. More and more authors are choosing to self-publish their books, and what was once seen as taboo and lower quality is becoming more accepted.

I’ll tell you a secret — as a reader, I generally don’t know which is traditionally published vs self-published. …


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This morning during my study time, I found myself reading a story centered around war. Normally these aren’t my favorite, but I did find something particularly interesting that stuck out.

All of these warriors were not just physically strong but trained for all aspects of battle. As in they were trained mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Which is an interesting thought, and seems counterintuitive. If you are going to be doing the things required for war, wouldn’t it be easier to simply be numb to any kind of spiritual… anything?

It was the strength of their conviction that really spoke to…


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“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”
Anne Frank

Innocence vs. Naive

I have often been called naive for my optimistic attitude and joyful nature. I live fairly carefree and my life (especially on social media) is full of good and exciting things.

While I am very well aware of the struggles of life and have lived through things that not many know about, that doesn’t mean that I will give up my joyful and optimistic nature. I know there are terrible things…


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I’m not unaware of the terrible things that happen in the world. I always write about the good things and try to focus on bringing joy and empowering others. My personal social media feed doesn’t have any mention of current news stories unless they affect me personally.

This doesn’t mean I’m turning a blind eye or utilizing some kind of privilege. Though I know I have it. Every time I see these stories, my heart bleeds. I cry. I just also hate crying.

However, I don’t hate it as much as seeing friends have high anxiety taking their children grocery…


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There is so much on my mind today. With so many conflicting ideas and circumstances, it is interesting to me that the only consistent in all of the mess we live in is fear.

Fear of disease from the rapid spread of COVID-19. Fear of police brutality. Fear of riots and for the safety of ourselves and our cities. Fear for our jobs and financial security. Fear for ourselves and our loved ones.

The really ironic part to me is how I spent the entire weekend with my cup feeling so full of wonderful people, blessings, opportunities, and most importantly…


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I have always considered myself to be an oddball and don’t see things the way others see them. I’ve never felt like I fit in with groups well and have always been highly independent.

This works for me. I really enjoy my alone time, getting things done and not depending on other people.

Turns out, I was missing out on more than I was gaining.

I recently joined a women’s empowerment organization that has absolutely changed my life and in so many good ways. …


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“We mark some days as fair, some as foul, because we do not see that the character of every day as identical”
Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain

There have been a lot of changes in the world as of late. This change has affected a lot of day to day activities. How we go to school, how many go to work, how we meet people and engage in social activity. The world seems to have been completely turned upside down.

For the time being, I am staying with my family in the town that I grew up in. I am…


The difference between meeting your hero vs becoming a hero

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“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The more I pursue writing, the more I get involved in this world that fueled me as a child. As someone obsessed with stories, I have admired many great writers as I devoured their words.

Just over 2 years ago, I was able to meet a writer that I had admired for many years and in many ways, had become a hero to…

Paula Jean Ferri

My Tourette Syndrome keeps me on my toes while I write about the things I learn along the way. paulajeanferri.com

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