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Do You Need to Rest?

We’ve all felt it. The overburdened overwork of a life gone mad. The week where everything and the cat got away from you, and all the kids and all the work and all the papers went out the window screaming and crying and huffing and puffing and making you blue in the face with the force of it all. We’ve all been there. When you think you’re the only one in the world with a burden so heavy, with a mind so full, with a binder of to-do … [Continue Reading...]

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Do You Need to Rest?

We’ve all felt it. The overburdened overwork of a life gone mad. The week where everything and the cat got away from you, and all the kids and all the work and all the papers went out the window screaming and crying and huffing and puffing and making you blue in the face with the force of it all. We’ve all been there. When you think you’re the only one in the world with a burden so heavy, with a mind so full, with a binder of to-do … [Continue Reading...]

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Do You Have a Confident Heart?

I'm a huge fan of devotionals, and throughout the course of each year I work through a few different ones during my morning routine -- which I call my PRESENT time. (See here for a full outline of what I do each morning.) So when I heard that bestselling author Renee Swope had released a new devotional to accompany her book, A Confident Heart, I was thrilled. After connecting with Renee through a friend last year and first hearing her story, I … [Continue Reading...]

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5 Secrets to Becoming a Success

Until tomorrow, get all 10 of my ebooks for just $13. Woot! This is a guest post by Emily Wierenga. Emily gave me an early copy of her memoir, Atlas Girl, and I loved it! She's giving away 2 copies -- just leave a comment on this post to enter;)  I’ve always wanted to be famous. We were walking home from college one day, my boyfriend and I, the sun on our faces, the wind at our backs. Trent was asking me what I wanted to become … [Continue Reading...]

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Why Smart People Prefer Twitter

There's been a lot written about the use of Twitter for writers, and for folks who think in words. As others have said before me, Twitter helps you distill your ideas, refine your thinking, and polish what you want to say into less. If you used to think in words, now you may think in … [Continue...]

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Social Media Pet Peeve #2: Over-Sharing

Ah, the case of over-sharing. On social media, it (sometimes) appears that over-sharing seems to be certain people's #1 favorite idiotic thing to do. In this social media pet peeve video #2, I share about why over-sharing is so: unnecessary, annoying, and not smart.   Want more … [Continue...]

My endorsement of Michael Hyatt's latest bestseller, Platform. Happy to see other authors I love endorsing it, including Donald Miller and Chris Brogan.

How to Get Book Endorsements and Reviews: Part 2

Earlier this week I gave you the top five of my ten tips for getting and managing book endorsements on your next book. (Want the audio version? Check out my podcast on the same topic.) Here are the remaining five tips from the list. 6. If It's a Glowing Review You're After, Provide Some … [Continue...]

Me reading the manuscript for Jeff Goins' new book, Wrecked. I loved it, and endorsed it.

How to Get Book Endorsements and Reviews: Part 1

I read a lot of books every year (the goal this year is 150 books, and I'm on track so far), and many of these books are not actually purchased by yours truly (or Mr. Yours Truly, when he can't think of another birthday or Christmas gift I'll otherwise gush about). In fact, many of the books I … [Continue...]

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The ONE Documentary on Honduras is Here

Some of you know that last month I had the pleasure to serve as a delegate on a trip to Honduras with ONE, the grassroots advocacy campaign co-founded by Bono some years back. The trip was a chance to see the work of ONE's partner organizations especially as it relates to women and girls in the … [Continue...]

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The Women Who Change Honduras: My Trip with ONE

Last month I had the pleasure to serve as one of three delegates on a trip to Honduras hosted by ONE -- the grassroots advocacy campaign cofounded by Bono. It was ONE's first trip to Latin America (and first outside Africa). Alongside the other delegates, actresses America Ferrera and Alexis … [Continue...]

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Social Media Pet Peeve: People Who Constantly Ask for Retweets {Video}

I've got pet peeves, and I'm going to start telling you about them. In this first video of an upcoming video series on - what else - social media pet peeves, I'm sharing about one of my hands-down, feet-up least favorite of all social media pet peeves: people who constantly ask you to retweet their … [Continue...]

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Podcast #9: How to Get Great Book Endorsements

If you're writing a book, this may be the podcast for you. In it, I'll talk about the importance of finding good endorsers for your next book, and how you can maximize their support for marketing gold. I share ten key tips on how to best approach endorsers, how to guide them to a good … [Continue...]

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How to Create Your New Twitter Profile in Three Easy Steps

This week brought a bunch of changes on Twitter, and the most commented on change of all is the new functionality to create a more awesome Twitter profile page. Specifically, you can now upload a header image alongside your handy avatar. The way your bio is displayed is also cooler, too. After … [Continue...]