Beyond Black and White

I am a published author!

Since I first put pen to paper, I have dreamt about publishing my writing in a work that readers could pick up, read, reflect on, and add to their bookshelves.

Flash forward to three decades later, and my first book is finally out in the world!

Beyond Black And White: A Lady Writes The Hues Collection is a short anthology of poetry and essays about seeing all of the colours on the spectrum of life’s experiences.

It’s dedicated to those who want to make the world a more compassionate world to live in.

Thank you to Book Leaf Publishing for bringing this project to life and to my true blue Sonia for the constant inspiration and support.

You can order Beyond Black and White on Amazon in paperback and ebook format.

I hope this book brings you clarity, comfort, and a sense of community in these times when we need it the most.

The Beauty of Failure

Failure sucks. When you are informed that you have fallen short of reaching your goals, you cannot help but feel the tremendous blow to your confidence and self-worth. As the antithesis of success, failure is a condition that we strive to avoid in all of our efforts. But by doing this, we may miss the beauty of failure.

Failure is beautiful? Say what?

It’s inevitable that in everything we pursue in life, we are bound to meet a bunch of trials along the way. That is just something that cannot be prevented. As desirable as smooth sailing may be, without the ups and downs of life, how would we encounter great adventure? We wouldn’t! Because of those bumps on the road, you will eventually uncover treasure in the forms of knowledge and opportunity. How else would we improve our skills, grow as individuals, expand our mindsets, AND be introduced to incredible experiences if it wasn’t for the challenges brought by failure?

Failure is the ultimate test of your inner strength, patience, and faith.

I failed my road test not once, but twice. I have spent a considerable amount of time sulking over the past month, but I realized that it’s not an effective use of my time to continue burying myself in shame and self-pity. Instead, I have chosen to remind myself of what I’m talented at (writing, music) and challenge myself to keep working hard to eventually add driving to my skill set. I will take the constructive criticism I received to build upon what I’m good at and become even greater. The day that I am able to prove myself as a licensed driver will be a beautiful day indeed, because it will be a product of my unyielding perseverance!

Next time, when you come face to face with failure, don’t fear it…embrace it.

Find the beauty in failure.

What is the Cure for Writer’s Block?

What’s the secret? How are some bloggers able to update all of their blogs (public, personal, and professional) and social media networks on a daily basis? How do they gather meaningful, interesting, and relevant topics; engage with their readers, AND still have time to go out, explore, and live life?

Though we’re only ten days into this new year, and I am already struggling with my goal of writing daily updates on all of my networks. Twitter is probably the easiest for me to catch up with (it’s times like these when I’m thankful for that 140 character limit). On the other hand, my Facebook profile is a ghost town with very minimal activity from me; I only go on Facebook to see what my friends are up to. While I want to write more substantial posts on Blogger, I just don’t have the time to sit down and brainstorm great ideas for enlightening and/or entertaining entries. When it comes to my paper journal and LiveJournal updates on what I did that day/week, I keep on postponing that task until the items are no longer fresh in my memory. I think I’m really going to implement that ‘write down every interesting thought and/or occurrence that you encounter down on a pad of paper before you forget it later on’ strategy ASAP. I’m constantly behind on my Tumblr dashboard (and by the time I get all caught up, my body and mind are telling me that it’s time for bed, leaving no more time for leisure until the next evening, when that cycle starts all over again…). When I’m lucky enough to have a few free minutes to just write it all out, I find that lack the inspiration and/or energy to produce anything longer than a paragraph in length.

I’m not even sure what the purpose of this entry is. A rant? A call-out for advice? A plead to the writing gods to kindly bless me with the gift of brilliant ideas and beautiful words?

Asking for the cure for writer’s block is just like asking what the meaning of life is.

I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.” — Anne Rice