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.
Today I share my personal story of becoming a full-time author. I talk about how to break your big scary goal down into smaller goals and what it takes to leave the 9-to-5 grind to run your creative business.
This is it — that time of year when 2018 fades into 2019 and many of us start making New Year’s resolutions. I’m a fan of resolutions — they helped me write my first novel — but not all people are. Often we start the new year with the best of intentions, but life gets … Continue reading How to Do a Life Audit (and Why You Should)