I’m Hayley, a writer of books and stories who wants everyone to reach their full creative potential. I just finished writing my first book, a young adult fantasy adventure novel, that I am seeking publication for. This blog is a journal of my writing, eco beauty, DIY, low waste, book reviews, and travel adventures.

Hayley Elizabeth in Winter

How It All Started

This blog was born the summer after I graduated from university. While I sat in my apartment waiting for my year abroad to begin, I experimented with eco beauty recipes and explored zero waste living. In my efforts to reduce my waste, I sewed, crocheted, and generally crafted my own unique products to fit my sustainable lifestyle.

Then I packed my bags and moved to southern Spain to teach English in a bilingual elementary school. For a year, I lived in Córdoba as an auxiliar de conversación. On the weekends, I explored Spain, photographing my way around the country. I also traveled to Portugal, France, Morocco, and England. I ended my year by hiking 460 kilometers of El Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage across northern Spain.

All this time, I worked on my passion project: my first YA epic fantasy novel Lady of Despair and Destiny. When I wasn’t teaching, traveling, blogging, or rewatching Downton Abbey, I was writing. I am a writer first and foremost. That’s when the scope of this blog changed to encompass my dream of becoming a published author. You can now find book reviews and writing advice. Plus updates on my book!

Purpose of this Blog

I want to encourage everyone to live a creative life. Creating and connecting with others makes life fulfilling. I think everyone has the drive to live creatively. And let me tell you, you have the ability to create and change the world on your own. 

I believe in leading by example. As an introvert, activism and telling others what to do is not my thing. I’d rather inspire others by sharing my personal experience. I hope I can give people confidence with my ideas.  I just want everyone to reach their full potential for self-expression.

Thanks for reading!

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