5 writing truths from working with 100+ books

I delivered a book draft to a client this week. No matter how many books I’ve written, coached, or otherwise impacted over the years, the first draft is always an incredible milestone. And no matter how well I plan the process—how dedicated, focused, and organized I am—the last few weeks before a book deadline are […]

Living through a pandemic in Portugal—and did I have the coronavirus?

When we moved to Portugal back in August of 2019, we had big dreams. We’d immerse ourselves in Portuguese culture. We’d eat bread and cheese and olive oil and fresh produce. We’d drink good wine. We’d travel Europe, maybe even rent a camper van and do a big summer tour like all the Europeans. We’d […]

Why I choose location independence

Last Sunday, my husband, kids, and I met friends at a local resort. We had a laid-back afternoon: swimming in the resort pool, walking on the sand, eating vegetarian food from their extensive menu. As the evening came upon us, the winds picked up—warm with a kiss of coolness—the palms waved above us, and I […]

Win a free pass to the Nonfiction Writers Conference ($225 value) or membership in the Nonfiction Authors Association ($190 value)!

Enter to win a pass to the Nonfiction Writers Contest or membership in the Nonfiction Authors Association! I’ve teamed up with the Nonfiction Writers Conference and Nonfiction Authors Association to host a simple contest. Two winners will be selected at random to receive one of two great prizes: A Gold access pass to the Nonfiction […]

How to create the life you want—in 5 brave steps

It was 2005, and life was bleak. I was 20 (I’m 32 now) and working in a bank as a teller, going to school in the early mornings, at night, and online. My employer was fine, and the job was OK. I justified my dissatisfaction with my work because my employer reimbursed my tuition. On […]

Why I’m moving to Thailand

When I was pregnant with my oldest child, my husband and I took nightly walks. One evening, when I was about six months pregnant, we did a big loop around our north end Boise neighborhood. The streets in that part of town are lined with big trees; the neighborhoods are a mix of diverse structures—new […]

Why companies need to invest in women leaders—and women need to invest in themselves

Imagine standing in a room of 100 people. You look around, taking in the sights: people mill about, dressed in their business best. You see two individuals in an in-depth conversation about talent management; a group of three is talking about a recent company merger. You look toward the back of the room, where several […]

What running teaches me about success and life

Sunday late morning, I went for a run in the Boise foothills. The path is familiar: an 8-mile loop with a short, steep climb. I felt awful on Sunday—headache, tired, the works. I had planned to do at least 11 miles that morning but decided to cut it short with less elevation. Still, in spite […]

5 ways a book can mess up your brand (guest post)

This week, I’m pleased to welcome brand expert Justin Foster, co-founder of Root + River. Over the past six plus years, Justin has become a friend and trusted brand advisor as I’ve grown and shifted my business. (Fun fact: an early discussion we had spawned ideation for what would later become my TEDx talk on […]

Is adventure calling?

It was 2007. I was a 21-year-old who had done lots of exotic travel—you know, California, Oregon, Mexico, Canada. Far-off, distant lands, right? To be fair, I wanted to travel. I wanted to get out and experience the world . . . or at least take two-week guided tours through parts unknown. My version of […]