How to Set and Keep Business Boundaries

Once when I was naught but a wee babe of a copywriter, a client was complaining to me about another writer she once worked with. “She was great,” she acknowledged, a sprinkle of salt seasoning her tone. “But she just wasn’t around when I needed her. She didn’t work certain days, I had to wait […]

How To Know When It’s Time To Shut It All Down

My friend (and #HAMYAW co-host) Margo once shared a brilliant article  all about why she shut down her much-loved virtual co-working space, The Arena. In creative work we call this “killing your darlings”, a phrase that originated (I believe?) from writers describing the excruciating experience of editing out even the most gorgeous paragraphs and sentences when […]

Hustle Culture and Toxic Productivity

Ugh. I’m embarrassed to admit this — but “outwit, outplay, outlast” used to be the battle cry of my business strategy, dear reader… Granted, I was a total nOOb back then, and in the early stages of my career without any real experience or hard-earned wisdom to go on. So it makes sense that I […]

How to Decide What You Really Want

If you’ve spent any time in personal development circles, you’ve heard about the dichotomy of “scarcity” vs. “abundance” thinking. For the uninitiated, the definition goes like this: In scarcity mentality, you believe is there only so much money/time/love/etc. on Earth. So, if something good happens to someone (like a cash windfall), then something is effectively […]

When Is the Right Time to Work Hard?

Once upon a time, in a castle far away, lived two people who couldn’t stand each other. They were known as The Princess and The Hustler. They lived in two separate rooms in a white stone tower, and every day they argued about how to pay the castle bills. The first was The Hustler. The […]