9 Tips for Writing, Even when You Don’t Feel Like it

9 tips for writing with no inspirationThis year I am struggling. Struggling with my thoughts, regulating my emotions, and finding contentment. I wish I could tell you why (I wish I could tell myself why,) but I’m feeling a bit foggy and I can’t seem to shake it.

Each year I look forward to September, the beginning of Autumn, because it is the time of the year I re-discover myself. Autumn is my new year. This year we had maybe a week of Autumn before, here in my little corner of Washington, it began snowing. That is not cool. I need a full Autumn season to be my best self for the rest of the year! 🍂 > ❄️

In spite of the universe up and skipping my favourite season I am still pushing forward into November and trying to pull these poems out of myself, even when I feel a little less than inspired. In case inspiration has left you also, here are nine tips for writing, even when you don’t feel like it. [Read more…]

NaNoWriMo 2017

national novel writing month 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017 is two days away. That is bananas. 🍌

Over the past nine years I have participated in NaNoWriMo seven times. Some of these years have been years of huge success (mostly the early days when my sister and I participated together) and there have been years of near failure (like last year when I wrote my final 24,000 words in the last day and a half.)

I have loved everything about NaNoWriMo for so long. The cozy, crazy feeling of it, the people, the community, and the act of writing something I wouldn’t otherwise make time to write. In the past two years however; I have come to realize that I am not a novelist. [Read more…]

Top 5 Podcasts for 2017

As many of you know, I have a pretty long commute these days. On any given day I spend an average of two hours in my car (on a good day) driving to and from work. When I think about how much time that all adds up to; an average of 2-5 hours a day spent driving it sometimes makes my eyes bug out of my head. That’s a lot of hours!

Top 5 Podcasts for 2017 | malarayofsunshine.comAs someone who is between creative endeavors constantly, making time for relaxing hobbies and “me” time can be difficult enough as it is, there is always something else I “should” be doing!

Baking, cooking, scrap-booking, sewing, working out, and reading are all things I find a lot of joy doing. They’re all pretty time-intensive hobbies, though, so in order to make time for them I have to get creative.

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Wow, it has been an exceptionally long time since I’ve written a blog post. I’m sort of nervous, as crazy as that sounds!

More than the nerves I have writing this blog post I am nervous about this site being live and out in the public. It is far from perfect and it is certainly not the way I’d ultimately like it to look, but I made a commitment to myself that I would launch it on/by the first of September and today is the first so, ready or not here it comes!

I’m working from home today and feeling exceptionally blessed that I can take a few minutes here and there when my brain gets overwhelmed to do little productive “me” things as I work. Also that I can work from home – that’s a huge perk. I’m currently sitting in a coffee shop as I write this. [Read more…]