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 love it so far. In brief, the goal is to choose a word that will direct how I think about my life and the decisions I make about how to spend my … [Continue Reading...]

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When Is the Right Time of Day to Work?

Last week I told you the story of my try-hard-do-little day at the coffee shop, attempting to churn out some of my monthly writing and failing miserably. Despite the fact that I am generally a fast writer, and someone who can put pen to paper with particular speed, that day I did nothing of the kind. Instead, despite the fact I had come to the cafe with the express purpose of getting some writing work done, I did more or less nothing. Aside … [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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Ten Things Not to Do On Twitter

My pal Jeff has just reopened his wildly popular online writing and platform building class for a few days. If you're interested in learning more about it, see the recording of our free online workshop. When you do, you'll also get a copy of Jeff's book;) My friends Tripp and Tyler are funny with … [Continue...]

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How to Find Your Voice: A Free Online Workshop, and a Free Book

On Friday I'm hosting a free online workshop with my pal, Jeff Goins. Jeff has one of the most popular writing blogs on the interwebs, and he's passionate about helping people develop their voice through his program, TribeWriters, which opens up a few times a year. The workshop on Friday will be … [Continue...]

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The Killer $5 Magazine Sale

It's Saturday, and I'm typing as a small baby sleeps.   Last week I confessed to be an even greater content consumer than I've already known myself to be when I told you that aside from reading 200 books a year I also subscribe to 13 magazines. Shortly after posting, my father reminded me … [Continue...]

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The 13 Magazines I Subscribe to (and, a $5 Magazine Sale)

I'm a huge content consumer. Not only do I read 200 books a year, but I also subscribe to a whole slew of magazines. No, I don't read all my magazines cover to cover, but yes, I do read most articles. In the same way that I find great value in reading blogs and online articles, I also find great … [Continue...]

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Win a Copy of My New Book!

As I shouted yesterday, Hope Runs: An American Tourist, A Kenyan Boy, A Story of Redemption, is here! If you order the book this week you'll get $150 in freebies and be entered to win $1,000 in prizes. Check out the details here. But if you want to win a copy (I'm giving away five), do one or more … [Continue...]

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My New Book is Here: Order Hope Runs this Week for $150 in Bonuses & $1,000 in Prizes!

My new book, Hope Runs: An American Tourist, A Kenyan Boy, A Story of Redemption, is here! And if you order this week you'll get not only $150 in freebies, but you'll also be entered to win over $1,000 in prizes. (Just keep reading...) The book, as I've said, is not the book many folks … [Continue...]

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Get Great Free Ebooks with BookBub

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I'm a book junkie. I read 200 books a year, and not because someone is holding a gun to my head;) As a result, I'm constantly on the lookout for ways to get free books. A few of my favorite stand-bys: Sign up for Kindle Daily Deals, an email … [Continue...]

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Why Science Says Humor is Important to Every Relationship

This is a guest post by Joel Warner, the co-author with Peter McGraw of the brand new book called The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. I had the great chance to review a copy of the book in the fall, and fell in love with it. A quick summary? Part road-trip comedy and … [Continue...]

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How to Write Your Way to the Top

My friend Jeff has opened his Tribe Writers class again until Monday, March 31 at midnight. This wildly popular class opens only a few times a year. And, because I'm nine months pregnant and confused about things like timelines, I didn't realize until last night that it had closed. This was … [Continue...]