Author Archives: Alana Joy

About Alana Joy

"Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism." - Chuck Palahniuk

A Mother’s Day Missive: The Balancing Act

Being a mother is one of the most challenging things a woman will ever take on. No matter how prepared you think you are, no matter how much you think you know what it’s going to be like, you can never be fully aware of just how much everything (yes: everything) in your life is going to change. Your body, your social life, your career, your perspective… none of it will ever be quite the same.

How To Be A Goal Digger

A goal digger is one who approaches all areas of their life (personally and professionally) with an outlook that prioritizes self-examination, internal growth and evolution, determination, and bottomless motivation. Goal diggers go after what they want with a vengeance and don’t lose sight of their deepest wants and ambitions just because the going gets tough. It’s getting through the tough moments that earns you the beautiful things that await on the other side. They are part of a tribe that inches and sometimes leaps forward in life… towards their dreams: which become goals, which become plans, which become real. They’re committed to charging through any obstacles, challenges, or self-imposed walls that could be keeping them from the things they want most.

That’s My Story And I’m Sticking To It

In my return to personal blogging, starting with this post, I have been contemplating just how much I am going to share of myself here. It’s a double-edged sword, public sharing of personal topics. The act of speaking alone invites judgement, and not everyone will agree with what I present here. That can be challenging to deal with and it may make you question whether or not it is worth it to bother at all.

Writing and sharing your personal story is a healthy and profoundly productive thing to do. This article in the New York Times spotlights numerous studies wherein those who wrote or made videos about their “stuff” (in this case, academic struggle) for both themselves and to be shared with others, became more positive, productive, and emotionally healthy. The results of these studies made a profound difference to the control groups in both short term and long term ways.