• My secret dream for years: To write a book

    I’ve always enjoyed writing. Putting words on paper is my flavor of creativity. And I’ve wanted to write a book forever. It’s always been a dream of mine. To write a book, you obviously need to actually sit down and write. And I’ve done a lot of writing—with over 400 blog posts to date. But […]

  • Your strengths are where it’s easy. What are you waiting for?

    I’m not the quickest when it comes to math beyond calculating the tip on a restaurant bill. I have zero talent when it comes to DIY home improvement projects. I’m on the lazy side when it comes to physical labor of pretty much any kind. And I’m definitely not the one you want in charge […]

  • 5 questions to figure out what you crave

    Some people are lucky. They’ve always known what they crave. Others (like me) have done the heavy lifting of exploration to figure it out. And still others are waiting. Hoping it will become clear. Hoping for a flash of insight. Well, the flash may indeed come, but what if it doesn’t? And while you’re waiting, […]

  • The myth of perfect conditions

    The myth of perfect conditions

    I was talking with an attendee at one of my writing workshops. She was there to write the novel she’d been thinking about for years. But when it came to actually writing—not just talking about writing—she wanted to wait until she could afford to purchase a laptop to start her novel. This purchase was months […]

  • What were you doing that was working that you're no longer doing?

    It was working…and then you stopped

    You’ve experienced this, right? You were doing something that was working, getting the results you wanted, and so you stopped. What?! Maybe you were… Following a budget Keeping a food journal Turning devices off an hour before bed Meeting your quota of cold calls Writing for 30 minutes a day Laying out your workout clothes the […]

  • Where are you settling—and why?

    Are you settling? I know, I know. It’s such a loaded question. Because if the answer is “yes”, what do you do with that? What do you do with the knowledge you’re accepting or agreeing to something you consider less than satisfactory? Because THAT is the definition of settling. Accepting something that’s less than satisfactory. […]

  • Enough with the self-imposed obstacles

    I was working with a client who has wanted to write a novel for the past decade. She’s had numerous starts and stops along the way—many times when she managed to sit down and produce a page or two, but then lost steam. The novel had resurfaced again in our coaching, and we explored whether […]

  • I won't wait for inspiration

    I won’t wait for inspiration

    I won’t wait for inspiration to strike. I will go out and get inspired. I won’t wait for inspiration to come to me. I will put myself on the path. I won’t wait for inspiration to take hold. I will reach out my hands. I won’t wait for inspiration. Instead, I will simply show up. […]

  • Mini Mission—Journaling for clarity

    Are you unclear about what you really—really—want for the next chapter of your life? Is it difficult to quiet all the voices and outside sources telling you what you should do and should want? Here’s your mini mission Commit to journaling for a few minutes a day for one week. There are no rigid rules […]

  • 80% of people think they have a book in them

    A study by a publishing services firm found 80% of Americans think they have a book in them. Of course, far fewer than 80% actually write a book. Many, many think about writing a book, talk about writing a book…but don’t actually do much—if any—writing. So there’s a disconnect between the Big Goal of writing […]