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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Three reasons I’m loving collaboration

  I’ve been at this self-employment thing for seven years now, and four of those years have been full-time (three were alongside teaching and graduate school). And it works for me: the solitude, freedom, and focus align perfectly with my personality. In fact, when I was teaching high school, I was known for locking my […]

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. […]

My beautiful life-work

I’m writing this as I nurse my baby. He is sleepy, and I’m the only one who can get him to bed when he’s overly tired like this. Downstairs, Lily is playing with a new babysitter (who I already love!), riding circles around the back patio on her tricycle. After I’m done putting Max to […]

10 of the Most Influential Books Ever (at Least to Me)

As sometimes happens on social media, I was called out by a couple of friends to complete a list of the 10 most influential books of all time. Now, I’m not always big on social media challenges, but when someone says “books,” I say, “right on!” It’s taken me about a week to piece together […]