10 top business tools that will transform your small business

I started my business back in 2009 alongside a full-time teaching job at an international school in the Dominican Republic. And I’m the first to admit I had no idea what I was doing. I based early decisions off The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman, a book that inspired me with the idea that I could make a […]

I really needed a vacation—and you do too

I started my business in 2011 while living in the Dominican Republic. At the time, I was teaching high school English language arts at an international school in the capital city, Santo Domingo. English teachers, as you probably know, work a lot. And given it was my first year, I had zero teaching experience and only […]

Self-leadership through lifestyle design: 6 ways to increase productivity, creativity, and success

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I’m naturally disorganized. While I love order and tidiness, my natural state is chaos and mess. As a kid, this resulted in failed classes, academic probation for sports (I nearly missed playing in a volleyball game because of my grades), and entering college conditionally: my […]

5 mistakes while building a location independent business

On a weekly, and sometimes daily, basis, I meet a new individual looking to build a location independent (LI) business. If you’re new to this term, running an LI business means you can run the business from anywhere in the world. It doesn’t mean that you’re generating the fabled “passive income” while sipping piña coladas […]

Redefining success: 4 resources to support you

“Success” is such a loaded word, isn’t it? So many of us are raised to believe that we don’t get to define this word for ourselves. We’re given a set path—go to college! get a good job! buy a house! raise a family! retire at 65.5 with a solid nest egg!—with little room for error. […]

Want to live a location independent life? 5 resources to get you started

I get a lot of questions about living abroad. How do you run your business from Portugal? What’s it like to navigate schools and health care? How do you balance business, family, and adventure? Is it something I could do too? Portugal is the fourth country I’ve lived in outside the United States: Dominican Republic and […]

How writing my first book led me to live in Portugal

In 2012, I was a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati, attending with a full tuition assistantship working part-time at a scientific journal on campus. I was also running my business, which I had started three years earlier while living in the Dominican Republic, and had been working since the age of 14. While […]

How to turn your expertise, idea, or story into a successful book

It wasn’t that long ago that I was dreaming of writing a book. In fact, it had been a lifelong dream, born in second grade in the pages of The Chronicles of Narnia and my first medaled poem. Since elementary school, I have been obsessed with words. In junior high and high school, I took […]

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 […]

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 […]