Creating a 5-Year Plan and Future-Proofing My Author Business

This post airs today on The Fearless Creative podcast. If you’d rather read instead of listen, I’ve included the abridged transcript below. (Please note that I had to re-record this episode, so the transcript here is not an exact match to the final published episode.) If you do listen, please take a moment to subscribe and leave a … Continue reading Creating a 5-Year Plan and Future-Proofing My Author Business

Success Is Not in the Struggle: The Real Story of Wildly Successful People

In our culture, we’ve been taught that life is supposed to be hard. The narrative of the American dream always includes a long period of hard work and struggle and heartbreak before success. We are taught that the struggle is the path to success. If you consider the rags-to-riches stories we are so familiar with in our culture, it sounds as though people just kept pushing and struggling until they finally got their big break. We tend to latch on to the parts about homelessness, rejection, abuse, and bankruptcy because it seems unbelievable that the wildly successful stars and businesspeople we know today could have ever experienced that level of adversity.

‘The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success’ for Fearless, Purpose-Led Writing

This past week, I had the immense privilege to read “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra. On Sunday night I finished reading and bought the audiobook. I went to sleep listening to Chopra read, and on Monday I gave my hardback copy away to a friend. I will buy another copy for … Continue reading ‘The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success’ for Fearless, Purpose-Led Writing

Desk Rx: How to Hack the Desk Life to Become a More Healthy Writer

Let’s face it: Writing isn’t the best job for optimizing health. (I drink way too much coffee and indulge in way too much cheesecake from my favorite writing café.) Any job that keeps us confined to a desk glaring at a computer screen isn’t all that great, but for many of us, the desk life … Continue reading Desk Rx: How to Hack the Desk Life to Become a More Healthy Writer

The Trade-Offs of the Writing Life — What Would You Sacrifice for Your Dream?

For the last 10 years or so, I have been plugged in to the world of sustainability. I’ve flirted with vegetarianism. I’ve tried my hand at vermicompost. I avoid single-use plastic whenever I can, and I try to be mindful of my consumption. I’ve backslid on my own sustainability journey in the last three or … Continue reading The Trade-Offs of the Writing Life — What Would You Sacrifice for Your Dream?