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When I was a little girl, I learned to read pretty early on. Because I have a late September birthday, I was technically almost six when I went into kindergarten. Having a little ‘age edge’ probably helped, but I definitely had a deep desire to learn, too, especially when it came to reading. So the minute I was able to decipher letters on a page, I hit the ground running.

You’d rarely find me without a book, magazine, or even a newspaper in my grubby little hands all throughout elementary school. …

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the last few months have been pretty ugly for a lot of people. A global pandemic, massive unemployment levels, and upheaval due to the righteous unrest in our communities due to police brutality don’t exactly make for the most calming of environments. But lately I’ve been battling something that I’ve struggled to put a name to.

I’m familiar with the term ‘burnout’. As a writer, I’ve even battled creative burnout, especially in the last few months. I’ve also battled depression and anxiety, which can lead to similar feelings of…

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Hey, you! I see you over there. You’re comparing yourself to your friends, family members, co-workers, and every ‘celebrity’ under the sun. And you seem to think that you come up lacking somehow, don’t you?

Or, you’re constantly feeling the pressure to be just a little bit prettier-skinnier-smarter-better-more perfect… God, I hate that word. Perfect. It shouldn’t exist, really. Who gets to say what perfect is, anyway? Who gets to say what’s really ‘best’ when the goalposts just keep moving every single day?

I just want to tell you that, first of all, you are killing it at this life…

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I’m a fan of lazy days. Just ask my husband and kids — we usually have one or more days every week where we do absolutely nothing. Now, I’m not going to talk about those days, because those days are good for you. It’s good to unwind, unplug, and get a little break from all the going and doing that we all seem compelled to engage in these days.

I’m going to talk about the darker side of lazy days, the lazy days that start as a single escapist day and wind up spiraling into an abyss of nothingness that…

I’ve always been a worrier, someone who lets the little things really get to her. Sometimes, you could call it being a perfectionist. Other times, you could just say I need to chill out.

Unfortunately, I seem to have passed this trait to at least one of my children. My oldest daughter suffers from low self-esteem (like many other teen girls her age) and can be extra hard on herself, which can lead to meltdowns and even, on a really bad day, attempts to self-harm.

I remember being a teenager with ‘perfectionist’ desires and an inability to meet the demands…

Ideas are funny little things. Like slippery silverfish, they dart into our minds and swim around for a while. Often, they’re too quick and too fleeting for us to catch. Occasionally, they hang out for a bit, giving us a chance to cast our lines and maybe reel one in.

As a writer, I deal with ideas. I have an entire hatchery in my head, churning and slithering with the bodies of these ideas. Not all of them want to be caught. Some do, but they can just as easily slip through my net moments or hours after I’ve caught…

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April is Autism Awareness month. You’ve probably seen lots of social media posts with colorful puzzle pieces and blue filters — those are great for getting people’s attention and reminding them that there are people out there who are a little bit different than you. I wonder sometimes what people who aren’t close to autism think about all this fuss. I mean, if you don’t know someone who is on the spectrum, does it really matter if you ‘support the cause?’

I think it does. I think that most people don’t realize that life is truly lived on a spectrum…

Lately, it seems everybody’s got plenty of reasons to be angry. We’re all in a hurry, in debt, stressed out, burned out, maxed out — you name the extreme negative emotion, and someone around you is probably experiencing it right now. People are crazy, the world’s on fire, kids aren’t like we were when we were little, and it seems there’s just so many reasons to lash out, get defensive, or complain about the world around us.

We see the stories on the evening news and we nod our heads, justifying our anger. Look! Our politicians are doing something stupid/hurtful/immoral-according-to-my-beliefs…

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When I was younger, I used to think that creativity was this magical, endless thing that switched on inside your brain every time you wanted to have an idea. I never had a problem coming up with ideas and solutions to problems. I blatantly ‘borrowed’ from everything that inspired me, like little kids are wont to do. My imagination was better than any toy I had, better than even my favorite TV programs.

As I got older, I was still creative, but I looked for ways to stand out with my ideas. I think that’s the natural growth path of…

Let me preface this story by saying that I am a writer, not a medical professional, and you should definitely seek medical advice if any of this resonates with you.

Sleep is more important to me than many things in this world. In fact, after the well-being of my family and making sure I have enough money to cover my bills, I prioritize sleep over almost anything else. If this sounds drastic or way too dramatic, consider this. I didn’t sleep for the better part of ten years.

Sounds like an exaggeration, I know. Before you assume I’m lying or…

JB Woods

JB Woods is still trying to figure out who she is, but when she does, she’ll definitely let you know. She’s a writer, a mother, and a friend to humans.

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