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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]