A Blog to Love: Writing and Wellness

By Angela Noel

December 8, 2016

I’m writing this blog post from my new writing nook thanks (in part) to Colleen M. Story. She didn’t build it, my boyfriend Paul did, but she inspired it. That’s Colleen’s gift: Inspiring creative people to prioritize wellness as the single greatest asset towards fulfilling our artistic purpose.

If you’re reading this and thinking, “I’m not a creative type.” I have a message for you: Oh, yes you are. Anytime you solve a problem at work, you’re being creative. Anytime you figure out how to keep your kid from lighting his hair on fire by accident while still encouraging his interest in chemical combustion, you’re being creative. Colleen’s blog focuses on writers, but the wellness lessons apply to  all of us. We face a world where we sometimes (a lot of the time) don’t prioritize our health and pay the price in dull thinking, aching backs, and a few too many cups of coffee or glasses of wine. Colleen can help change that.

Colleen M. Story
Colleen M. Story

Here are a few of my favorite posts from the Writing and Wellness blog:

  • Practical tips for improving any workspace, lighting, furniture, color. It’s all here. 7 Ways You Need to Change Your Work Area to Improve Your Writing
  • I like a glass of wine, sometimes I like more than one. But as Mel Hermes pointed out when I interviewed her for the post How the Threat of Losing Her Job Set One Woman Free, too much of a good thing clouds the mind and bites creativity in the butt. Colleen offers several healthier alternatives to a good buzz (including chocolate!) to help keep us all in tip-top shape. Get that Creative Euphoria Without Alcohol or Drugs
Everyone needs a hero, red cape or otherwise.
  • Everyone needs a hero. Not necessarily a Superman or Wonder Woman type in tights or capes, but a person we look up to for one reason or another. Someone who has gone before us and done something we aspire to do. Knowing who our heroes are, finding them, and returning again and again to why we admire them can help us remember what’s possible on darker days. 7 Reasons Why a Writer Needs Heroes
  • Ever have a hard time turning off the computer at work, or worse–at home? Are you always checking your phone? I am definitely guilty of both of these. But very few jobs require anyone to be “on” 100% of the time. Prioritizing time away is critical for health and happiness. Colleen focuses on creative entrepreneurs here, but most of the ideas apply to many of us putting work ahead of life. How Creative Entrepreneurs Can Get Critical Time Off
Writing and Wellness

Colleen’s Writing and Wellness blog has something for everyone. Please check out a post or two, subscribe, and share the good ideas. And, if you haven’t already, commit to the idea that you are a creative type. Your contribution matters, so treat yourself right.

*Photos used with permission.

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Author: Angela Noel

On a quest to become a better human, I write about parenting, leadership, and personal development. I tell my stories so you can find your own.

6 thoughts on “A Blog to Love: Writing and Wellness”

  1. Thanks so much for the shout-out, Angela! I’m so thrilled about your writing nook! Hope it’s inspiring lots of ideas. And you described so perfectly in that bolded sentence what I hope to do. I think I want to steal that sentence! (ha) Here’s wishing you and your readers a healthier, more creative and productive 2017. :O)

    1. Thank you! I’d love for you to “steal” the sentence. Consider it an endorsement from an avid reader and fan. Also, I put LOREENA’S GIFT on my “want to read” list. A literary fantasy novel sounds like a perfect winter read!

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