Self-Care for the Holiday Season

Self-Care for the Holiday Season

The holidays can be a stressful time. We’re traveling, hosting events, managing family members, and shopping for everyone on our list. In business, we’re scrambling to make year-end goals, trying to get a jump on the bookkeeping, and constantly trying to rise above the seasonal din. There can sometimes be so much pressure and stress, […]

Vlog: Reading Books with Covers

Vlog: Reading Books with Covers

Since I work in publishing, you’d think I read piles of books and always be up on the new releases. But unfortunately, when you work in publishing, the majority of what you read is related to work. There’s very little time left over to read for pleasure. That’s why I’m dedicating the end of the […]

More Time: A Mindset Shift

More Time: A Mindset Shift

In a recent newsletter, I polled many of you asking what stopped you from signing up for the latest course offering. About 65 percent of you responded in the same way… I don’t have time right now. Time is one of the biggest challenges facing those of us who are trying to advance our careers. […]

An Argument for Being Selfish

An Argument for Being Selfish

In most cases, our desire to advance our career and/or launch our business is not entirely selfish. We have families to support, parents to make proud, and people we want to help. We also want to earn enough to create the life we want, but that’s usually not the sole motivator. But during growth phases, […]

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Work Smarter, Not Harder

As a small business owner, I understand the struggle of work-life balance and the constant feeling that there are not enough hours in the day. Balancing the needs of your employer or clients with your actual job requirements, not to mention your friends, family, and personal well-being, can be overwhelming. Sometimes it seems impossible. I’m […]

Personal Development Is Not Personal Indulgence

Personal Development Is Not Personal Indulgence

In most of our careers, especially if you’re working in a traditional 9-5, an emphasis is put on deliverables and billables. We’re evaluated on how many hours we dedicated to client work, how many units we sold, and if we delivered on the promises we made. Since we’re judged by these standards, it’s no wonder […]

Creativity Unplugged

Creativity Unplugged

Last week, I spent the weekend at a retreat, completely unplugged. Phone was turned off and left in the car, I didn’t bring a computer or tablet, even swapped out the e-reader in favor of a book. For nearly 72 hours, I didn’t see a screen. And it was amazing. Alcoholics can’t drink in moderation; […]

Productivity Series: Managing Expectations

Productivity Series: Managing Expectations

When I sent off the April newsletter announcing the productivity series, I also turned to you to ask for your biggest productivity challenges. Many of you wrote back and I wasn’t surprised when the majority of responses were about external distractions: How can I avoid getting derailed by unexpected calls, fire drills, or family emergencies? […]