Before an author publishes a book, it goes through a rigorous editing & revision process that includes a team of beta readers. What is a beta reader? To first answer that, let me try to explain a touch about the writing process. Development When done writing their book and an author has revised and polished it to the best of their abilities on their own, they get outside eyes to make sure the story makes… Read More »What is a beta reader?
I am a firm believer that if we do not aim for something, we will wind up hitting nothing at all. I don’t want to wander aimlessly through life. But I also don’t want to fall into the hustle culture we seem to all be prone to. That’s why I decided to write my goals for this year again. I hope to make it an annual habit. Life is such a rat race, isn’t it?… Read More »13 Peaceful & Productive Goals for This Year
This post is part of the Mental Health Monday series & is written by a guest blogger. Read all about this author at the end of this article (which originally appeared with modifications here). Low self-esteem can impact various aspects of your life, whether it is with your personal or professional relationships. Many people find that having low self-esteem is connected to feeling shame, guilt, self-doubt, or inadequate. The best way to overcome these feelings… Read More »7 Effective Ways to Work through Low Self-Esteem with Talk Therapy
This post is part of the Mental Health Monday series & is written by a guest blogger. Read all about this author at the end of this article. Community is valuable for self-care in early motherhood. When I became a mother nearly a decade ago, I had no idea how valuable community would be in caring for myself. Self-care was beginning its rise as a pop culture buzzword. The transition from working full-time to being… Read More »Your Self-Care Repertoire: Community Is Valuable
Starting Monday, September 13, 2021, a new mental health & self-care series will begin to post as a new weekly feature right here on RetaJayne.com. I am currently seeking GUEST BLOGGERS for this new series. The topics need to be centered around SELF-CARE &/or MENTAL HEALTH. I am seeking guest bloggers to write about self-care &/or mental health topics. If you are interested, here’s all that is needed for this opportunity: A 600-word (approximate minimum)… Read More »Seeking Guest Bloggers for New Mental Health & Self-Care Series
How about a bit of storytime? I present to you a brief walk down memory lane. It’s amazing what can happen when you look at how far you have come versus how far you have yet to go! A couple of evenings ago, I got the email that one of my domains expired. Normally, I leave my domains on auto-renew — & I have had a TON of them the last three to five years… Read More »Look at How Far You Have Come Versus How Far You Have Yet to Go
The world doesn’t revolve around you. And, chance are, if you treat it as if it does, you will wind up alienating more people than you think. No one wants to be casted off as second-rate or left in the dust as soon as things get too tough for you. Yet, what if you chose to view your life as a story destined for a novel or a movie script? What if you found your… Read More »What if you view your life as a story?
I am glad January is finally over. Aren’t you? Frankly, it was kind of depressing — & I didn’t even fully realize it until now that it is over. That said, today marks a NEW month. A NEW opportunity to mold life into the experience we want it to be. AND, a NEW opportunity to shift our mindset & habits. I have seen it joked that February 1 is the NEW beginning to 2021. Maybe… Read More »4 Things to Do Today to Start Your Year Over in February
I recently had a WHOLE can of worms opened up that isn’t able to be shut again. It got me thinking — okay, probably overthinking — about my life & my online presence & the mark I am leaving on the world. I have been asking myself over & over again, How do you want to be known? I am pretty solid on how I want to be known. I want to be known as… Read More »How Do You Want to Be Known?
Hitting a milestone birthday is a weird mix between exciting & exhilarating. To determine which one the scale tips a bit more toward, I think it might depend on WHICH birthday we’re talking about… BUT, for me, there’s a lot of emotional baggage attached to my next couple of birthdays. So, my ultimate 40 before 40 list of things to accomplish before the age of 40 holds some extra personal meaning! There’s less than a… Read More »40 Before 40 (in a Pandemic)