Is it March 2020 all over again in Portugal?

Portugal doesn’t often hit the top of the news cycle. Our part of Europe is not often talked about—countries like Italy, France, and Spain tend to capture the world’s attention instead. So it’s no surprise to me that few of my family, friends, and online community know what’s happening here. Portugal did OK with COVID […]

Why I’m quitting social media forever

First of all, apologies for the click bait-y title. I know, I know. It would annoy me too. But I got your attention, didn’t I? When I went off social media on October 2—the day after turning thirty-five—I told myself I’d be back on in thirty days. I just needed a reset. A break. Some […]

7 last-minute holidays gifts for writers

I just love the holidays, don’t you? Family time, delicious food, time away from school and work . . . it’s the happiest time of the year! But as the weather turns a crisp 60 degrees Fahrenheit here in Portugal, and I gear up for some time off with my family, there’s one thing I’m […]

How discretionary time can transform your life and work

In college, I didn’t have the luxury of time. While many of my peers would languish over their papers for weeks and study half-heartedly for exams over hours, I had small pockets of time to get my work done. Since I worked full time, and sometimes also part time, to support myself during school—and took […]

Portugal update: Exploring the Algarve (we are in love!)

Pro tip: if you have to endure a global pandemic, move somewhere cool a few months beforehand. Because I’ll be real with you: I can’t imagine being anywhere but Portugal right now. We moved to Portugal in August of 2019 and spent the first three weeks exploring the country. Armed with a spreadsheet detailing potential […]

I’m going off the grid (again)—join me?

TL/DR: I’m participating in Off the Grid October (#OTGO2020) and going off social media for 30 days. If you want to join in, be sure to join my list and let me know. To get the free social icons, hit reply to your welcome email and tell me “I want the OTGO icons!” — Every […]

My breaking point—and thinking beyond better

In 2007, I was broken. I had finally left a long, horrible relationship. At just 22, I was starting my life over. I spent several months in a deep depression. Broken, physically and emotionally. Every night after work or school, I would come home to my empty, three-bedroom new build in the suburbs and lay […]

Is your book idea any good? 6 questions to help you decide

Statistically, about 80 percent of people want to write a book. They dream of becoming authors—what it would feel like to hold a book in their hands, to have other people read it. Yet many aspiring authors hit a major roadblock before they ever start. One of the main reasons? Uncertainty around the book idea. […]

Let me tell you a story about sticking with your dreams . . .

(A quick note before we dive in: registration for Nonfiction Book School closes August 5! Let’s write your book together: https://nonfictionbookschool.com/. OK, with that note, let’s get to the story!)  Back in February of 2017, I sent my friend and colleague, Kelly, a 64-page document with the content plan and curriculum for what I called […]