Seeing Roadblocks? Here’s Motivation to Keep Moving…

I’ve been a self-employed creative for 12 years and I cannot COUNT the number of times I’ve been told “No.” in my career. Back when I got my start as a copywriter (the first step in my Creative Director/coach path) in 2011, I didn’t know a single successful freelancer, let alone someone who’d built a […]

Whiskey Slaps and the Devil — How a Story Catches Fire

“Have we told y’all the story about The Devil?” It was late night around a bonfire somewhere in the mountains of Colorado. The stars were bright and beautiful overhead in the clear spring chill. We were sharing beers and barbecue with a U-shaped knot of burly men in flannels, stained hoodies, big boots, and well-loved […]

Go Be Happy: You Don’t Owe Anyone a Vulnerability Tax!

I’ve been struggling to articulate this for a while now, so here goes: I left a lot of things behind last year, as I think most of us did. Some less-than-fab relationships. About 20 pounds of (donated) shoes and clothes. A bunch of business books I never wound up reading, and always felt twistingly guilty […]

Jealous Much? What Envy Can Teach You

We were about a month into quarantine when the trouble started. Almost overnight, our beloved tuxedo cat Ham (normally such a good-natured floof that he’s earned himself the nickname “The Big Sweet Boi”) started doing his business… outside of the litter box. More specifically: he started peeing all over my stuff. My backpack. My chair. […]