Episode 47 | How to position yourself as an industry expert with PR pro Kristen Elworthy

  Anyone building a personal brand knows that the more attention, the better. But how do you gain the right kind of attention—media features and audience growth—that positions you as an expert in your industry? This discussion with public relations pro Kristen Elworthy details the intersection between a personal brand and PR, and offers practical […]

Episode 46 | How to become your own boss in 12 months with Melinda Emerson

  When I started my business as a side hustle in 2009, I dreamed of becoming my own boss someday. I know what it’s like to look to people who are doing the thing and wonder, how the heck did they get there? In this episode, Melinda Emerson, known as America’s #1 small business expert, […]

Episode 45 | From 9-to-5 to full-time creative with Kate Peterson

  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to break the 9-to-5 and run a business completely of your design? Kate Peterson, author-illustrator of the newly released travel journal, Around the World and Back Again, did just that. In this episode, she shares how she journeyed from unhappy, full-time employee to landing 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 […]

Writing a book? Resources to guide you—no matter where you are in your journey

TLDR: I’ve broken the resources below down by your current writing situation, so feel free to scan for the headline that grabs you—and dig into a resource to support your journey. I clearly remember the day I sat down to write my book. Well, to be honest, not the exact day—more like an amalgamation of days […]

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 […]

An Ode to the Beaches of Portugal

I’m drafting this post at 5:47 a.m. the same day I’m sharing it with you. I don’t normally wake up this early, but my son woke me, so here I am: reflective, quiet, . . . tired. As I lay in bed this morning unable to go back to sleep, my thoughts ran through the […]