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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Clarisse Writes | I have a podcast now!

It's truth time.

I've been in a rut for the past four months or so. By rut, I mean I haven't been able to write or to even enjoy all the things I used to be beyond passionate about (including reading and K-pop and just everything fun and good in the world).

In her newsletter, total girlboss Arianne Serafico talked about doing something creative for the sake of being creative. She talked about starting something without considering the ROI or numbers or sales or all that other stuff that's usually important but distracts you from the actual process. It occurred to me that maybe her idea could help me, too.

Initially, I wanted to start vlogging, but once I took into account all the preparation and resources involved, I realized it wasn't for me. Starting a podcast turned out to be the perfect option. I know it's still difficult, but I found this app called Anchor through Gary Vaynerchuck, and it makes the whole process a thousand times simpler.

My podcast is called Clarisse Writes. In it, I hope to talk about books and movies and other pop culture stuff in a snarky and hopefully entertaining manner. Not the best branding statement. I'm aware it should be more specific, but if I thought more and more about it, I might get bogged down in the little details and end up not getting started at all.

In Episode 1: Intro and March 2018 TBR (Living a Good Life and Secret Princes), I talk about all the things I intend to read this March. I hope you can give it a listen. Feedback will definitely be appreciated.

So, without further ado, here's the first episode of my podcast in all its imperfect glory:


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Five Goals for 2018

2017 was a mixed bag of this-is-so-amazing and when-will-this-end experiences. I achieved several milestones during the year, but at the same time, I couldn't wait for it to end, you know?

This might sound naive, but I honestly have a good feeling about 2018. Maybe it's because I'm closer to thirty than twenty now. I feel more comfortable in my own skin, and I'm learning to stop caring so much about things that don't really matter.

But no matter how old I get, there are certain things I'll always care about. This 2018, I intend to focus more on the things that make me feel alive. Here are some of my goals:

1. Read 50 books.

Last year, I told myself that I would read 100 books. It seemed like such an easy task—one I'd accomplished several times before—but I'd forgotten to take things like being an indie author, my day job, my mental health, and other adult responsibilities into account. By the time October rolled around, it was obvious I wasn't going to meet my target, and I became so frustrated with myself.

I don't want to make the same mistake, so I readjusted my target for 2018. 50 seems like a challenging number, but it's still doable.

2. Finish writing two books.

Truth time.

In 2017, I released two books, namely Keeping the Distance and Making It Complicated. While I consider that a great accomplishment, I got so caught up in the business and marketing end of self-publishing that I barely had time and energy to, well, write. Yes, that’s right. I didn’t finish writing a single book last year.

That shouldn’t be the case. At all. I love learning about branding and social media marketing, but at the end of the day, I’m doing this whole indie author thing, because I LOVE writing. So, writing is definitely moving to the top of the priority list.

3. Explore more.

People often associate the word “explore” with travel. While I’d love to do more of that this year, that’s not all I mean when I use the word. I want to step out of my comfort zone and discover new things. Places, people, movies and books that I normally wouldn’t consider “my thing.”

4. Save more money.

I’ve developed a bit of an addiction to the Shopee app recently. It’s so easy to scroll through it and click Buy Now whenever I see a perfect oversized denim jacket, especially when the prices are so low.

However, when the end of the month arrives, I’m always surprised by the total amount I’ve spent on the site and on other things I didn’t really need. This won’t surprise anyone, but all those so-called cheap purchases do add up.

Moving forward, I’d like to be more mindful of my money and how I spend it.

5. Do something that scares me.

Hi. I’m Clarisse—one of the most risk-averse overthinkers you’ll ever meet. If there’s a chance that something will scare/hurt me, I’ll try to avoid it as much as possible, even if it’ll reap long-term benefits. I used to consider it self-preservation, but I’ve slowly learned that my behavior isn’t exactly the healthiest. Ahem.

What about you? What are your goals for 2018? I’d love to hear about them. You can leave a comment here, or you can tell me on Twitter or on Instagram.
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