Thailand so far

  On July 12, we set out for our first international move as a family. Along with our tribe, we checked nine bags and carried on two, plus the running stroller and two cats. Not only was this our first time moving overseas, it was our first time traveling overseas as a family of six (the […]

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 […]

5 mistakes writers make in National Novel / Nonfiction Writing Month

Ah, October. The month when writers all around the country ready their pens and keyboards to write a first draft of their books during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and National Nonfiction Writing Month (NaNonFiWriMo), which takes place from November 1–30 each year. The goal? Write a 50,000-word book in 30 days. Don’t break stride […]

Is adventure calling?

It was 2007. I was a 21-year-old who had done lots of exotic travel—you know, California, Oregon, Mexico, Canada. Far-off, distant lands, right? To be fair, I wanted to travel. I wanted to get out and experience the world . . . or at least take two-week guided tours through parts unknown. My version of […]

An inside look at my new course for aspiring authors

It’s been a few weeks since I launched my new course, Finish that book!, a book-writing planning and productivity course for aspiring authors. This week, I take you on a short video tour of what the course includes and why it’s so powerful for aspiring authors. This course was created in response to a need. […]

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 […]

Writing your entrepreneurial story

  In a previous post about retrofitting creativity, I discussed the difficulty entrepreneurs—especially creative entrepreneurs—often have in helping other people understand how all their career pieces fit together. I wrote: What looks like a gap is actually growth. What seems like a failure is really a necessary foundational piece by which you build your entire […]

4 simple steps to publishing your first book

When Reedsy founder and CEO Emmanuel Nataf reached out to me recently on LinkedIn, I was intrigued. A platform that integrates editing, design, and publication? No more worry about version control? Easily find creatives to help make your book happen?  No way, I thought. But it’s true: it exists.  While I’m new to the site, […]

Retrofitting Creativity

  Nothing gives me more anxiety than filling out a form detailing my career past. Role? Length at position? Responsibilities? None of these fit for me. Worse yet, when I’ve tried to retrofit my creative life to a standard trajectory, I end up sounding, well . . . scattered. Explaining how every piece of my […]

Why You Must Craft Your Own Reality

I almost titled this, “The post in which I get real.” Because here’s the thing: It’s easy to write a post targeting X reader about Y project.  It’s simple to write a cookie-cutter article sharing five steps toward accomplishing Z. Seriously, after 800+ articles and dozens of books, I can do that in my sleep. […]