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The Emotional Cost Of Shelving Your Dreams

I am sometimes painfully envious of other (usually childless) writers who are doing the very thing I swore I would have done by now — publishing a novel.

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How Being A Working Mom Has Changed My Marriage

The money is great, but it is not the best part of becoming a working mom by far.

The money is great, but it is not the best part of becoming a working mom. Having my own career has shifted the power balance of my relationship.

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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Maya Angelou's life and writings are a national treasure. (Photo: November 3, 1971 Credit: © WF/AP/Corbis)

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated,” Angelou pronounced.

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#RavsWriters: Virgie Tovar — Our Favorite Babe Writer Takes The Cake 

Virgie Tovar = Babe

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#RavsWriters: Kristi Pahr — Mother, Writer, Goat Herder

Kristi Pahr and her family

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If At First You Don't Succeed, That's OK. That's Life.

Life is not a perfect linear story plot. (Image Credit: Think Stock)

Success is an uphill climb, but it’s rarely a directly uphill climb. There are cliffsides and plateaus, there are points where you have to adapt and change in order to make things work. These are not steps backwards, nor are they indicative of your failure—they’re simply a byproduct of life. More often than not, this ability to work with the circumstances in order to get by will take you farther than certain “skills” ever could.

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Why I'm Not That Worried About Screen Time

I am surprisingly unstressed about the amount of screen time our 1 year old is getting. Image: Thinkstock.

Once upon a time, the only thing to consider was “Does your kid watch too much TV?” But now it seems like nearly everyone can agree that kids these days spend far too much time looking at screens of all sorts.

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What I Want My Son To Know About Being His Own Person

I don't think I had ever realized how important it is to me that my son be able to think for himself and be his own person. Image: Thinkstock.

We live in a world where people are easily influenced. Heck, I'm a writer and influencer for a living, so I get this in its most extreme state. But when it comes to the nitty-gritty — the big life decisions — I want my son to have a strong head on his shoulders and do what he instinctively knows is right for him.

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Having A Baby Forced Me To Become A Writer

Having my son pushed me entirely off my course, and then bumped me onto a different one. Image: Thinkstock.

I am at the bar, working on a piece about kids’ books, while my wife stays home to mind the baby. The lady next to me strikes up a conversation about this and that. Then she notices that I’m still casually clutching a copy of Guess How Much I Love You?

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Selling Yourself For Scraps: Why I Love Personal Essays

What I love, what I’m most interested in (at least in terms of written and spoken word), is the telling of stories.

But what I did write, and write constantly, were diaries and journals. I kept notebooks and three-ring binders filled with observations about my life that I thought were interesting. Sometimes I worried that these personal stories were too naval-gazing, but I still held on to them, hoping that someday someone would want them.

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