Life Design

Life Design, Mindset Shifts, & Ways to Keep Going

what it takes to change things
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How do you save the world while still keeping your own family safe, fed, and cared for?

This week we watched the long-awaited Incredibles 2 and it got me thinking about what will it take to change things in our world, and our own lives.  Fourteen years after the original film, I wondered how this new addition would be different.…
mental health

First Hand Perspectives: Mental Health Awareness for the Other 11 Months of the Year

Yesterday marked the last day of May and with it the final day of Mental Health Awareness month. And while I'm glad there's a month for it, the reality is that folks struggling with, or affected by mental health issues, or mental illness, or…
create every day. teach everything you know.

Stop Worrying Whether You’re Enough.
Try These Two Things.

​There are two stickers in my office that I received at last year's Craft + Commerce conference which say, "Create Every Day" and "Teach Everything You Know." I find these two mottos so important to how we writers and creatives establish…

What to Do When You Have to Wait for Success

In Seth Godin’s latest book What to Do When It’s Your Turn (and it’s always your turn) he talks about how the radical cultural and economic changes of the past 10-20 years have created room for a very different type of work to emerge.…
Andrea Guevara 5 tips to better year for people going through it

5 Tips to a Better Year

I love a ton of @lewishowes stuff! But this recent “5 Tips to an Amazing Year” Instagram post felt, well, like something geared toward someone who is already well on the path (or has their shit together) and not someone who maybe is struggling…
Step out of line, what it takes

When it’s Time to Step Out of Line

The other day I walked into a Starbucks to grab a drink. The line wasn't bad, but the four people in it made an awkward formation parallel, rather than perpendicular to the front door. I thought it was odd that they weren’t queued up toward…
thoughts on being thankful for those who are going through hell

Thoughts on Gratitude for Those Who’ve Been (or are going) Through Hell

A few years back I stood up in front of my aunts, uncles, cousins, children, parent, grandparent, and extended family at the Thanksgiving table and volunteered to say the dinner prayer. I didn't usually volunteer for something like that.…
What to Do When You Feel Like Giving Up

What to Do When You Feel Like Nothing is Working

Does this happen to you? You’re doing something new, pursuing a new goal or change and it feels like NOTHING is working. Here are some ways this has shown up for me: I’m pitching or submitting writing all over, but all I hear are crickets…
untouched soul

What if There’s a Refuge Built Right Inside Every Human Being?

This week I listened to an episode of the On Being podcast that made me reconsider how we humans survive trauma or hardship. Krista Tippett's interview with poet John O'Donohue was profound. I found myself rewinding and replaying segments that…
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What to Do When Trolls Attack

We live in a new era, one in which anyone can say anything online with often without consequences. Heck, even our “Commander in Chief” knows that. But what do you do if YOU are the subject of an online attack? I’ve managed social media…