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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 went to bed. A few hours later, I woke up to find that my water had broken. Since I didn’t really know what that meant, I had to Google to see if … [Continue Reading...]

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Be More Productive By Hitting the Mark

My pal Erik Fisher of the Beyond the To-do List podcast (see my recent interview with him here), has a great new book out called Hit the Mark that's all about one of my most favorite topics: Productivity. {Yes, I'm the biggest productivity hack you'll ever meet. And no, that doesn't mean I'm that amazing at it. But it does mean I read endlessly about the topic;) Erik's new book has an interesting take on theme, and definitely worth a good … [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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How to Make Life Better Right Where You Are

Every time I listen to music I like while I work, I think of my old work colleague and friend, @mutgoff. Maggie was already at Twitter when I started in 2009, moving and shaking and doing cool stuff. One day, at some point during the years we worked together, she sent an email to employees … [Continue...]

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Do You Know What You’re Doing?

A few days ago, I launched a 7-day sale for a bunch of my ebooks. (It's still going on. For three more days, I'm offering ten of my ebooks for just $11 total.) I got a lot of responses. Most of them were sales. And then a few questions. My BFF asked, "How did you choose $11? Explain." A … [Continue...]

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Blow-Out Ebook Sale: 10 Ebooks for $11!

I'm on sale. Or, at least, my ebooks are. For the next 7 days, I'm offering 10 of my ebooks on sale for just $11 total. You do the math. That's cheap. Click "Add to Cart" -- and get them in your hands;) Included in the bundle are the following ebooks: The Present Principle: Seven … [Continue...]

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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 … [Continue...]

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Five Ways to Learn from Others

Learning is growing, and not just because Sesame Street told us so. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that to be successful human beings on this here planet we need to be constantly looking for ways that we can expand our mind and learn new things. Sometimes, though, folks claim they would love … [Continue...]

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Want to Join the Hope Runs Launch Team?

My new book, Hope Runs, is coming out next month, and I'm so excited. We've set up a whole micro website of information and resources about the book that you can check out here. The book, as I've said, is not the book many folks expected me to write. It's not a business, productivity, or technology … [Continue...]

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When It’s Time to Cut Back on a Goal

Interested in setting annual goals? Every December, Michael Hyatt opens up his popular course, Best Year Ever. I highly recommend it. Watch three FREE videos from him about goal-setting here. Goal-setting is a tricky business, and one I love discussing the ins and outs of setting smart goals and … [Continue...]

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Four Ways to Get the Most Out of Attending a Conference

We're entering conference season again, and although I won't be participating much this year as I'm nearing the no-fly zone in my pregnancy, I've been thinking a lot about all the droves of folks who will be attending conferences in the next few months. Whether you're a newbie looking to maximize … [Continue...]

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How to Self-Publish a Book in 12 Steps

This is the second part of a two-part guest post series by Mary DeMuth (also see part 1, "How to Turn a Blog Post Into a Book"). Mary has a new book out called Not Marked, which was written thanks to two blog posts she wrote that went viral. I love learning about successful self-publishing, and … [Continue...]