#NiaDiaries No. 9: Brainstorming Story Ideas

Honey, trying to decide an idea for NaNoWriMo is exhausting. After hours of brainstorming, I’ve finally found the idea I’m going to use for NaNoWriMo (hopefully!) Before we get into how that idea came to be, let’s dive into the many brainstorming methods I tried out. It’s time to tackle brainstorming story ideas! The Many Brainstorming Methods I Tried 1. Looking through old ideas I am...

How Meditation Helped Me Handle COVID-19 Stress

Many times throughout the COVID-19 pandemic I have turned into a tangled, matted ball of stress. Some of the many events that I’ve dealt with in the past month include a loss of income, sick family members/friends, social isolation, and acne breakouts that just won’t quit. To combat seemingly never-ending stress, I’ve been practicing meditation. How I Got Put On To Meditation From scrolling...

#NIADIARIES VOL 6. – “DO NOTHING WITHOUT INTENTION.”

Scrolling through the most popular images on any "self care" hashtag, I'm bombarded with the same eye-rollingly repetitive imagery including: -  Open-ended, fortune cookie-esque inspirational quotes like "You can't pour from an empty cup." or "My imperfections make me beautiful." - Super skinny white girls in front of tropical, beachy, etc. backgrounds looking like they've never felt any pain in...

#niadiaries vol. 3 – blackout day & self-acceptance

It's raining again. I always get into this melodramatic mood whenever I'm stuck in the house during a rainy day. It's like I'm in an Usher music video or something. But, I digress. Things didn't necessarily work out with the whole possible job thing. I was upset about it, but I'm going to keep finessing and do my best to keep my spirits up. Dad says that I should spend this time of unemployment...