What it’s like to give a TEDx talk—part two: the talk

The morning of TEDx started better than I could have hoped. For the first time in weeks, both of my kids slept through the night (win!). I had a healthy breakfast and then met a dear friend at the trails at 8:30 for a 5-mile hilly run. I’d been sick the week before and hadn’t […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

4 Ways You’ll Change Traveling Abroad (Guest Post)

This guest post comes from Saige Connelly, a high school student wise beyond her years. I was fortunate enough to have Saige apprentice with me last year as part of her high school’s curriculum requirements. Below, Saige flexes her writing muscles and shares some things she learned traveling abroad. — “Only so much do I […]

Learning Your Value: Why It’s Critical to Charge What You’re Worth

I started my business from a one-bedroom apartment in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Our only air conditioning unit was in the bedroom, and with the Caribbean heat, that often meant I camped out on my bed to get work done. I didn’t have a desk or any real space to store my files and office […]

What’s It Like to Be a Freelancer? Here’s a Look

Fifty-three million. That’s the number of freelancers in the U.S.—more than one in three workers—according to a study by Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk. Of that number, over 21 million are considered independent contractors, working on a project-to-project basis with no employer. Professional writers—often called content marketers—fit into all categories of freelancing, from full time freelance […]