How to Work From Home for the First Time

I’m used to working from home a couple days a week, but this feels different for me too. Because it's not really "working from home." It's being at home while big global events are happening and it's not safe to do things you normally do...and trying to do your normal work.

Social Isolation Doesn’t Have to Be Monotonous

It’s a scary time in the world right now. The experts advise us to stay inside, self-isolate, in order to protect others from the spread of COVID-19. But we are social creatures, and even as someone who loves to stay home, I am feeling like I’m in the early scenes of a movie where shit … Continue reading Social Isolation Doesn’t Have to Be Monotonous

Look for the Proof of Your Progress

I was thrilled in November to see that my dormant orchid was growing a new stem. I hadn’t really expected it to rebloom, since I hadn’t taken any special care of it. I watered it when I thought about it and kept it in a sunny spot.  The temperature outside dropped and boom - new … Continue reading Look for the Proof of Your Progress

Fear of Criticism Was Keeping Me from Working on My Goals

The phrase, “What people think of you is none of your business” was confusing when I first heard it as a kid. But I’ve since realized it means that people are going to have whatever opinions of you that they have, and you can’t stop them. No matter what I do, I cannot control how … Continue reading Fear of Criticism Was Keeping Me from Working on My Goals

How I Check My Email to Be a Better Writer

I aspire to be a person who goes to sleep with zero unread emails every day. It doesn’t always happen that way, because I’ll end up saving something as a to-do and then before you know it, that little red bubble on my phone says I’m slowly piling up emails again. But I need these. … Continue reading How I Check My Email to Be a Better Writer

The 9 Books That Defined My 2019

Part of being a good writer is being a good reader After what can only be described as voracious reading of fiction and fantasy as a child, I lost reading for pleasure as an adult and switched only to “productive” reading. Self help. Motivation. Business building. Personal development. After several years, I let myself read … Continue reading The 9 Books That Defined My 2019

Get out of your own way and do something

I've had a lot going on lately. You know. I left an abusive marriage, wrote a book, fell in love, moved in with him, broke up, settled back in Cleveland. The usual. My office is still packed up in boxes, waiting for a wellspring of motivation to encourage me to put things on shelves and … Continue reading Get out of your own way and do something

How to Simplify Your Life Right Now (And Make Room For What Matters Most)

Life can get overwhelming at times. We all have our own struggles that we deal with on a daily basis. We tend to waste a lot of stress and energy on things that don’t really matter.  When you lose sight of what’s truly important, life can feel more hectic than it needs to be. Once … Continue reading How to Simplify Your Life Right Now (And Make Room For What Matters Most)