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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

8 Strategies for Freelance Success

Freelancing. It can be a wonderful, enriching, financially rewarding career—or it can become an “oops” in a long list of work failures. I’ve learned several strategies that lead to success as a freelancer. Here are eight of them. 1. Set goals. Whether you’re starting a new business or reinvigorating an existing one, it’s crucial to […]

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8 of the Best Writing Quotes of All Time

I love quotes. I’m the person who writes quotes down on little scraps of paper and tapes them to the wall. And while I hate going through and sorting the endless paper stacks in my office, I love finding quotes tucked between bills and book outlines, meeting notes and client contracts. Quotes are just…magical, somehow. […]