Why I’m doing a productivity detox

A few weeks ago, I blinked, and the fog lifted from in front of my eyes. What was the fog, you ask? Well, it was the fog of new parenthood—more specifically, new parenthood of two. The last four years have been, in many ways, a blissful—and yet extremely challenging—blur. At home, I’ve been learning to […]

How to get selected for a TEDx talk

“It’s always been a dream of mine to have done a TED Talk in the past.” – Tim Urban, from his TED talk, “Inside the mind of a master procrastinator“ Oh, you came to this post looking for step-by-step instructions on how to get selected for a TEDx talk? Sorry about that. Instead, I hope […]

What to Expect When Hiring a Ghostwriter

When I see a new book by a celebrity or politician, my first thought is always the same: I wonder what professional writer behind the scenes helped make it happen. That’s because I am one of those writers. I’ve written hundreds of articles and several books—almost all for other people. Sometimes I’m credited on a […]

Getting comfortable with being joyfully awkward

Last week, I tried to record my first podcast. I say “tried” because it was a failed attempt (ahem, note to self: be sure to silence cell phone before recording). That’s not the point, though. I hadn’t planned to publish the episode—rather, I was starting to get used to something that’s unfamiliar. I was attempting […]

Getting personal: defining your core values

To preface: I can’t believe I’m sharing this. This is personal to me. But here goes. A few years back, I was on the cusp of huge success on a project I was working on. I knew I would soon come up against ethical decisions beyond anything I’d ever faced before, and I wanted to […]

My new relationship with social media

It’s been nearly a month since I went off the grid. On November 1, Off the Grid October (OTGO) ends, and New Relationship with Social Media November begins. Actually, that’s not just a November thing. I plan to make redefining my relationship with social a forever thing. When I originally went off social media, I […]

Stop glorifying the hustle

The hustle. It’s part of every entrepreneurial story, mine included. Long hours, little sleep, no social life—yeah, I’ve been there. I can recount 80-hour workweeks and working through vacations. I could tell of the months working all day as a teacher, then coming home to build my business for a couple of hours every night. […]

I’m going off the grid. Join me?

There are few things in my work life that I’d consider inefficiencies. I’ve streamlined my morning routine: three-quarters of a cup of coffee with almond milk, peanut butter toast, read a magazine. I’ve organized my workflow: calendared items in Asana, weekly/daily schedules on paper. Workout in the afternoon. E-mails and task-based items (like accounting) at […]

Patience, grasshopper

Recently, a long-time friend and colleague wrote me an e-mail. “Patience, grasshopper!” she said, referring to a project we were working on together. I had to laugh because I was in full-blown get-it-done mode. She knows me too well. Waiting settles in my chest like the start of a bad cold threatening to turn into […]