A bullet-train week: mastermind, QuickBooks Connect, and the Great Wall (and how I stayed present)

This past week, I felt like I was on a mental and physical bullet train. It started with a mastermind with a dear friend and colleague; followed with an incredible three days speaking at the QuickBooks Connect conference; and concluded with a long layover in China, where I toured the Great Wall. The bullet train […]

Saying goodbye

We had a going away party last night. Friends from all areas of our lives came to wish us well on this next adventure as a family. This morning, one of my dearest friends stopped by, and I gave her a hug goodbye—the last for several months. About a month ago, I said goodbye to […]

How to create the life you want—in 5 brave steps

It was 2005, and life was bleak. I was 20 (I’m 32 now) and working in a bank as a teller, going to school in the early mornings, at night, and online. My employer was fine, and the job was OK. I justified my dissatisfaction with my work because my employer reimbursed my tuition. On […]

The 12 best podcasts of the moment

Anyone who knows me even slightly well knows I’m a podcast fanatic. I listen to one or two episodes every day, and my subscriptions span business development to crime dramas. Why do I love podcasts so much? Efficiency, for one. I can listen while I’m running, getting ready for the day, or driving to point […]

“How to raise brave kids” — watch my TEDx talk

It’s here! My TEDx talk has been published. I’m thrilled to share it with you. If you’ve been following my journey, you know this talk has been a long time in the making. I’ve written about how to get selected for a TEDx talk and what it’s like to prepare for and give a TEDx […]

Your mountain is waiting

A few nights back, before my husband and I began the nightly ritual of coaxing our children to finally shut their eyes and go to sleep, our family of four snuggled into “mommy’s and daddy’s” big bed to read a book. It was my daughter’s turn to pick, and she disappeared into her room, returning […]

When home isn’t as sparkly as work

My life is mostly like I envisioned it. I’m a world traveler, one-time marathoner (ha!), and entrepreneur. I have a great husband, two adorable kids, and a nice place to rest my head at night. As a family, we’re planning exciting adventures (a year in Thailand), going for our big dreams, and loving the people […]

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 […]

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 […]