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When to Stop Working When It’s Not Working

Recently I've written about the wrong time of day for me to do my writing, and more generally about the importance of knowing when the best time of day is for you to do specific work. Today I want to expand on this idea to talk about how you know when it's time to stop trying. Or, rather, how you know when it's time to stop forcing yourself to do work you're not doing so great at. Here's the thing: In the story I told you, about me at the … [Continue Reading...]

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How to Find Work Life Balance As an Accomplished Depressive {Guest Post}

This guest post comes in via Molly Dunn, a pal from business school who is rocking the world. Importantly, Molly is rocking the world despite a diagnosis of clinical depression, and shares about the journey at her blog DepressionWhoNeedsIt. Although depression isn't something I have suffered with, I am a huge believe in mental health being a key priority in order to lead healthy and happy work and personal lives. I'll let Molly take it from … [Continue Reading...]

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Elite Blog Academy: An In-Depth Review of A New Blogging Course

I get tons of questions about blogging, so I'm always happy when I can check out blogging courses to see what I think of them and if I think readers would like and learn from them. Recently I told you about Ruth Soukup and her new course, Elite Blogging Academy. In this review, I'll lay out what I think more in-depth about the course. Who it's for, who it's maybe not for, and why I care. Hopefully, this will help some of you think about if … [Continue Reading...]

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How to Make 2015 Not Suck #goals

As part of my morning quiet time, I've been reading a book on goal-setting from Danielle Laporte. So far, I'm loving it. This morning, in the book, Danielle suggested that the entire month of December should be wiped off the map in terms of work. In other words, no one should work in December. I laughed. And then I agreed. There's a lot to do in December. The holidays. The family stuff. The shopping. All that food. And then there's the … [Continue Reading...]

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My Word of the Year is #BanBusy

  Every year, I do a few things. First, I review the year behind me (that would be 2014). Then I set annual goals for the year ahead (2015 is what we're calling it, apparently). In that process, I choose a word of the year.  This is my third year on the word-of-the-year bandwagon, and I … [Continue...]

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Why You Need a Word for Your Year

  For the last two years, I've done a thing that I highly recommend: I've chosen a word of the year. I got the idea from a book, and I've had great success working hard to make sure my word directs and defines me in my year in question. I'm now such a fan that I'll shout it on … [Continue...]

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#thisweek

Happy Saturday! I couldn't think of what to call this post, so I called it #thisweek. Feedback is welcome on creating a non-sucky title. Here's what I have to say: This week, I won the world by traveling for 24 hours internationally by myself with a 23-pound 8-month-old (97% percentile, … [Continue...]

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The Free Video Bonanza (This Time, for Writers)

I love presents. I do. And so, I was both not surprised and slightly embarrassed when I read The Five Languages of Love and found that "Gifts" were my love language. If you give me gifts, I will think you love me.  Because of my passion for gifts (they don't have to be wrapped well, FYI), I love … [Continue...]

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Elite Blog Academy: An In-Depth Review of A New Blogging Course

I get tons of questions about blogging, so I'm always happy when I can check out blogging courses to see what I think of them and if I think readers would like and learn from them. Recently I told you about Ruth Soukup and her new course, Elite Blogging Academy. In this review, I'll lay out what … [Continue...]

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How to Make 2015 Not Suck #goals

As part of my morning quiet time, I've been reading a book on goal-setting from Danielle Laporte. So far, I'm loving it. This morning, in the book, Danielle suggested that the entire month of December should be wiped off the map in terms of work. In other words, no one should work in December. I … [Continue...]

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How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

As I write this, I’m in the first hour of a 17-hour plane ride. (Yes). In reality, this is just the first of a number of long-haul flights I have this week. (9 days; 4 continents). It’s a doozy, and it hasn’t been a trip I’ve been particularly looking forward to. That said, I’ve done a … [Continue...]

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Black Friday Sales: Get ‘em While They’re Hot

It's Black Friday! Which means that, if you didn't get up at 2 am to wait in line at Macy's, you're likely going to spend 12 hours a day clicking to buy things online! No, seriously, though. Here are some sales.   Sale 1   For those of you who are not only passionate … [Continue...]

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Why I Live-Tweeted My Daughter’s Birth

A funny thing happened on the fourth of April. I woke up, pregnant, and had a good day. Some work, some play, some rest. In close to a month I’d be having a baby, and I was settling into that stretch of pregnancy where you are uncomfortably large and eager for it all to be behind you. At night, I … [Continue...]