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About Lisa Montanaro

I am a lawyer turned entrepreneur who now helps others live successful and passionate lives and enjoy profitable and productive careers and businesses. I have a life long love affair and proficiency with story telling and the written word. I am the author of the book The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life, published by Peter Pauper Press (but unfortunately, out of print). When I'm not writing, I'm reading books... it's my favorite hobby!!
15 11, 2017

Fan Girl Moment: Honored to Be Included in the Acknowledgments of a Writer Friend’s Upcoming Book!

By | 2017-11-05T22:50:18+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Reading, Writing Community|0 Comments

Happiness is finding out that you have been given a shout out by one of your favorite authors who has become a writer friend that you had the pleasure of spending time with in person a few months ago. I am incredibly honored to be mentioned in the acknowledgments of Camille Di Maio's newest book to be released. I absolutely loved her first book, The Memory of Us, and am getting ready to read her [...]

8 11, 2017

Seeking Craft at the Women’s Fiction Writers Association Retreat & Finding My Writing Tribe

By | 2017-11-08T17:38:23+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Writer Conferences, Writer Retreats, Writing, Writing Community, Writing Craft|4 Comments

Finding my Tribe On September 20th, I made my way from Northern California to Albuquerque, New Mexico to attend my first Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) Retreat. I was eager to learn more craft and apply it to my writing. I was so looking forward to the Story Genius master class with Lisa Cron, as well as the breakout discussions led by members. And those did not disappoint (more on those below)! But while I [...]

5 11, 2017

The Contagious Nature of Gratitude: Changing My (and Others’) Mindset About Something I Dislike

By | 2017-11-18T22:11:32+00:00 November 5th, 2017|Gratitude|6 Comments

Many of us have heard that when you express gratitude, it helps you overcome negativity, fear, and puts you in a positive mindset. Indeed, there are many studies that prove that if you keep a gratitude journal and list the things that you're grateful for on a daily basis, that it will improve your life overall. I'm all for this! I have been keeping a journal since I'm eight years old. And while sometimes I [...]

19 09, 2017

The Diary of Anne Frank: The Book That Influenced My Reading, Writing, and Life as a Young Girl

By | 2017-09-14T01:27:08+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|4 Comments

The books we first pick up and read can have a profound effect on us -- as readers, writers, and people. For me that book is The Diary of Anne Frank. I always loved to read. Years before I picked up this particular book, I was a voracious reader with an appetite that was hearty. I loved books. The feel of them, their smell, and their promise to introduce you to new people and places. [...]

14 09, 2017

A Look Back: My Favorite Books of 2016

By | 2017-09-14T01:25:50+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Book Reviews, Reading, Uncategorized|0 Comments

2016 was a banner year of reading in my world! I read many debut novels, discovered writers that were new to me, and revisited writers from my past that I knew I loved. I wound up reading and reviewing 84 books total!  People started asking me for my favorites of the year or which ones stood out. And there were so many good ones last year that it's hard to choose! But alas, I went [...]

27 06, 2017

My Experience with Journal Writing

By | 2017-06-29T00:17:54+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Journal, Writing|4 Comments

Years ago, I was giving a presentation to a group of professional women on organizing and time management for the busy entrepreneur. In passing, I mentioned that I am an avid journal writer, and that my book, The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life, has pages for readers to journal at the end of each chapter. What followed amazed me. The participants asked tons of questions [...]

20 06, 2017

Pedaling Love: Life Viewed from the Vantage Point of 2 Wheels

By | 2017-06-29T00:17:45+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Adventures|0 Comments

In the summer of 2012, I relocated from New York to Northern California, specifically, to the college town of Davis. There are many things that make Davis a fabulous place to live: fantastic weather, an abundant farmers market, a University smack in the middle of town, a plethora of outdoor activities, proximity to the mountains and ocean (not to mention California wine country), and the amazing city of San Francisco about 60 miles away. But [...]

13 06, 2017

Book Worm Alert: Reading for Pleasure Has Been the Best New Year’s Resolution Ever!

By | 2017-06-29T00:17:31+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Reading|8 Comments

I know it is June, so it may seem strange to bring up New Year’s resolutions. But in some ways, it is perfect. What’s the point of setting a New Year’s Resolution if you don’t commit to it? So I thought I’d share mine with you in case you want to try it yourself at any point in the year, or perhaps as inspiration to get back to your own New Year’s Resolution. And the [...]