Friday the 13th, gratitude list, pandemic, thankful

13 Thanks on Friday the 13th

  I won't lie. Life during the pandemic has been a bit stressful, to say the least. So I thought, why not share some things I'm thankful for these days. Thirteen seems a good number. So, here they are, in no particular order: My son noticing and comforting me when I've been sad. My third… Continue reading 13 Thanks on Friday the 13th

excellence, perfection, perfectionism, singing, think of me

Tell the Perfectionist Self to SHUT UP

Last night, I participated in a Zoom voice recital hosted by my voice teacher. Maybe that's no big deal under normal circumstances. But the situation was anything but ordinary. I've only had one voice lesson since March, due to the whole pandemic thing. Even after things started opening up again, I didn't resume taking voice… Continue reading Tell the Perfectionist Self to SHUT UP

encouragement, inspiration, writer, writing

Just As You Are

A dear friend and mentor, Nancy, had encouraged us aspiring writers to list expectations and hopes for a writing career and eliminate some that are potential hindrances to writing. For me, a keeper was and is: changing lives for the better. She followed that up by challenging me to ask friends how they want their… Continue reading Just As You Are

life, Monday, pandemic, Uncategorized

Mad Monday

Mondays seemed crazy before the pandemic. Now they feel even madder. The weekend brimmed with activities: celebrating birthdays - eating special meals, making a cookie cake, picking up boba tea drinks, opening presents - in addition to the usual doing chores and cooking. My tension headaches decreased in intensity for awhile. Spending time with people… Continue reading Mad Monday

inspiration, writer, writing, writing process

Writing Bare

  Vivid and bold. But I am not cold. Sadness and pain color what I see. Love and laughter set me free. Predictable and unpredictable, craziness and order to the full. Nothing left out. Truth laid bare. That's the way I write, vivid and bold, I dare.   Lily Chang © 2020