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5 lessons I’ve learned living an off-the-path life

When I’m home in Idaho, or anywhere in the U.S., most new people I meet see the same thing: typical American woman, business person, and mom. They imagine my golden retriever running around my suburban backyard, and picture me bingeing The Bachelor on the weekends. Like you, like all of us, others try to define […]

How to accomplish your next Big Thing in 2019

For the past two years, I’ve met a friend of mine for a business strategy retreat. We’ve done three retreats now—two in California, one in Idaho—and most recently met last November in Santa Cruz, California. We spent a few days disconnected from client work, immersed in nature, and engaged in strategizing for the year(s) to […]

A bullet-train week: mastermind, QuickBooks Connect, and the Great Wall (and how I stayed present)

This past week, I felt like I was on a mental and physical bullet train. It started with a mastermind with a dear friend and colleague; followed with an incredible three days speaking at the QuickBooks Connect conference; and concluded with a long layover in China, where I toured the Great Wall. The bullet train […]

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 […]

What it’s like to give a TEDx talk—part one: preparation

I’ve been watching TED talks for years. During the early months of my company, I started every morning by watching a TED talk as I ate breakfast. It’s possible that I see TED a little differently than some, that I’ve developed a reverence not shared by the general population. I know from more than a […]

What to Expect When Hiring a Ghostwriter

When I see a new book by a celebrity or politician, my first thought is always the same: I wonder what professional writer behind the scenes helped make it happen. That’s because I am one of those writers. I’ve written hundreds of articles and several books—almost all for other people. Sometimes I’m credited on a […]

Getting personal: defining your core values

To preface: I can’t believe I’m sharing this. This is personal to me. But here goes. A few years back, I was on the cusp of huge success on a project I was working on. I knew I would soon come up against ethical decisions beyond anything I’d ever faced before, and I wanted to […]

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 […]