The Writing Life — Take the Pressure Off and Just Create

I’ve been feeling the call to start another novel.PenInk_150

This is on top of working on my next nonfiction book, blogging several times a week, and let’s not forget copywriting for clients and my own biz.

Needless to say, starting a novel feels like a lot of writing on my plate. It also doesn’t feel like the best use of my time.

So, I’ve been resisting the call.

And all I’ve managed to do is make the call stronger.

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Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — Hello Resistance

In the past couple of weeks I’ve gotten much more clear about the direction of my business and what I need to do to take that leap and move to the next level.PersonalJourney_02

At the same time, even though most of me loves that direction, I’ve found myself oddly distracted.

My focus isn’t there. I’m more distracted than normal. I’ve had some health challenges.

In other words, Resistance appears to be rearing its ugly head.

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Friday Creativity Jolt — Fail

In Eric Maisel’s The Creativity Book, he has an exercise where he wants you to make an omelet with broken shells.Creativity_02

Basically make an omelet by cracking both eggs and shells into a bowl, mix it up, cook it up and eat it.

So, I will admit I didn’t actually do that because it sounds really disgusting to eat cooked egg shells, but his point is don’t be afraid of failure. So what if your eggs have shells in them? Sometimes that happens. And if we’re so afraid of the shells we never crack the eggs then where would we be? Continue reading

Monday Morning Musings — Are You Building a List or a Community?

If you’ve been knocking around this crazy Internet world for any length of time, you’ve probably run into this whole notion of “list building.”Musings_02

The money is in your list. Your biz success is in your list. How big is your list? What are you doing to build your list? And so on.

Now there’s no question there’s some truth in that. Having a list of people who have provided you with their contact info (typically an email address) and have give you permission to reach out to them on a regular basis, is not only very powerful but also essential to having a profitable, sustainable business.

The problem I have is not with the idea of list building (because I think the idea is a crucial part of having a successful business) but what we call it. A list. Continue reading

Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — The Horror of Food Allergies

If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you may have noticed me talking about my new-found food allergies.PersonalJourney_02

While depressing on a number of levels (not the least of which is me having something of a identity crisis — I was always the healthy one who could eat everything and now, well, not so much) I’ve now also made up my mind to start a cleanse (at least one if not multiple ones) in order to heal (which I’ve also made up my mind I’m going to do — I’m not living with these food allergies for very long).

The first one will start in a couple of weeks, but what’s coming up for me now is wondering what’s going to happen while I go through this. I’ve specifically chosen a cleanse and a mentor who doesn’t subscribe to the “get sick while you cleanse” way of thinking, but I fully expect to still have a few challenges in how I feel and/or how frustrated I get by my lack of food choices.

Which, of course, will ultimately affect my business.

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Friday Creativity Jolt — Event Time

I’m writing this at (wait for it) another event.Creativity_01

For those of you who follow me, you already have an inkling as to how many events I go to each year. (In fact, there’s an excellent chance I may have met YOU at an event.)

I’m a big believer in attending events. Before I discovered all the entrepreneurial ones, I attended writer events. To me, nothing beats getting out of your own space and talking to your fellow tribe members (not to mention being exposed to fresh information and content). Continue reading

Monday Morning Musings — What Do You Do When You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling For Your Business?

Welcome back from Valentine’s Day weekend! And, now, as you sit here at your computer, presumably back in the saddle — how are you feeling?Musings_06

Are you excited to be there — working your biz, living your passion?

Or are you feeling something else? Overwhelmed. Burned out. Tired. Frustrated. Wishing it was still the weekend.

Even worse, you may remember a time where you were absolutely, completely, head-over-heals in love with your business and couldn’t wait to get started each day (not to mention sneaking away to check emails and get “just a few more things done” nights and weekends).  And when you remember that, it just makes what you’re feeling now that much worse.

What on earth happened? Continue reading

The Writing Life — What Writer’s Block May Be Telling You

All last week I had great intentions to dig into my next book, and, well — you know what they say about great intentions.PenInk_150

You see, since the beginning of 2015, I haven’t had a decent block of time to get a lot of book writing done. Between some traveling and  getting that nasty head cold going around that seems to take forever to go away, book writing was delayed. This past week was the first time this year I was healthy and not going anywhere so I thought it would be the perfect time to make some major inroads.

Unfortunately it turned out to be not-so-perfect. (Sigh.)

At first I thought it was because it always takes me a bit of time to get back into a book after leaving it for a few months.

When I was still stuck,  I then thought I was having a bout with Resistance or “The Upper Limit” problem (I had just finished reading The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks, and in it he describes the Upper Limit problem — which sounds an awful lot like Resistance. Basically any time you start to feeling a lot more love, creativity and abundance, you can trip your “Upper Limit” and bring yourself back down to not feeling so great. In other words, you self-sabotague.) Continue reading

Friday Creativity Jolt — Take Your Muse Out On Date

I have a friend who rescues dogs, and one time she rescued a very well trained bird-hunting dog.CheckIn_03

So her husband decided to take the dog out hunting. The first time her husband missed the bird, the dog turned around and gave him a dirty look. After a few more times of misses, the dog left and went to go help another hunter who actually was producing.

(She said it was pretty embarrassing to have to walk down there and ask this total stranger for their dog back.)

Anyway, the reason why I told you this story is your muse is a little like that hunting dog. If you’re ignoring her or otherwise not using what she’s giving you, she may very well go find someone else to inspire. Continue reading

Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — Are You Making Self-Care a Priority?

Love is in the air!PersonalJourney_02

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner (and my good friend Christine Arylo’s Self-Love Day tomorrow) it seemed like a perfect time to talk about self-love and self-care.

Self-love and self-care is important for everyone, but it’s even more important when  you’re doing intense personal or spiritual development work. I personally am doing a great deal of inner work right now so I can bust past my current glass ceiling. And when that’s going on, it’s important to make sure you give yourself some extra special love. Continue reading

Monday Morning Musings — One Powerful (And Overlooked) Way to Create Community

Last week, I started the conversation talking about what people are really buying from you and how you can package your offerings to make them even more enticing to your ideal clients.Musings_07

What I wanted to dig into today is the whole notion of creating community, in particular one super powerful way to help you get started. But before that, let’s begin with a few words about community and why it’s so valuable.

As humans, we crave community. When we were all running around as cavemen, we depended on having a community or a tribe for our very survival. Continue reading

The Writing Life — What Are Your Readers Really Buying?

There’s a saying in the fiction writing world, that goes something like this (and unfortunately I don’t know who first said it).PenInk_150

Your first paragraph is what gets people to buy that book. Your last paragraph is what gets people to buy your next book.

In other words, people are willing to give you one shot based on how you start your book — but they may not be willing to give you a second one if you didn’t satisfy them.

This week I’m starting to explore what else people are buying (starting with my Monday Morning Musings and Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness). And even if you don’t have a traditional business but you’re still interested in selling books, this definitely applies to you.

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Friday Creativity Jolt — Talk to Your “Board of Directors”

Everyone needs a board of directors — even if you aren’t in business for yourself.Creativity_01

But, I’m not talking about actual people.

I’m talking about having an “inner” board of directors. (No not imaginary — they’re real and you’re talking to them, just in your head or via journaling. And, no, this doesn’t make you the slightest bit crazy — honestly. Trust me :) ).

Intrigued by this? Let me tell you how it works:

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Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — Your Biggest Strengths Are Your Biggest Weaknesses

In some ways, I’ve had it easy as an entrepreneur.PersonalJourney_02

One of those ways is how my passion for writing has dominated both my life and work.

If you haven’t heard my story, I taught myself to read when I was 3 years old because I wanted to write stories so badly. I spent my early adult life looking for ways to make money with my writing, which is how I found copywriting (or writing promotional material for businesses).

So, this week on the blog, I wanted to start exploring in a deeper way what you’re selling in your business and how to make it more attractive, valuable and transformative to your ideal clients.  (I started with my Monday Morning Musings.)

The problem was I found myself struggling with the angle for this column. Continue reading