Surround Yourself with Believing Eyes on Your Creative Journey

The life coach, writer, and Harvard negotiator Martha Beck talks about the concept of believing eyes in her book Finding Your Northstar — a book that I devoured when I was making a major career transition from being a lawyer to launching my own business in 2002 on the heels of the 9/11 tragedy. This concept of believing eyes is that you should surround yourself with people that believe in your vision for the future. It’s not only something I try [...]

By |2021-08-11T13:46:18-07:00July 18th, 2021|Creativity, Gratitude, Writer Coaching|0 Comments

Writing a Book is Like Getting a Tattoo on Your Face

I was doing a coaching session with one of my writer coaching clients recently, and she shared how although she decided to coach with me to work on her branding and productivity, it was actually the mindset shifts that helped her the most. Yes, we worked on her social media profiles, created content for her website, drafted her bios, and worked on her writing schedule. But the deep work we did on shifting her mindset as a writer is what freed [...]

By |2021-08-11T23:01:15-07:00June 11th, 2021|Writer Coaching, Writing|0 Comments

Express Gratitude… and When That Doesn’t Cut it, Try a Five Minute Pity Party!

It’s no secret that expressing gratitude is good for us. According to Harvard Health, gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. The way we verbally frame our experiences strongly shapes our mindset. Navy Seal, Jocko Willink, author of Extreme Ownership, suggests using this strategy to combat unfavorable news: when something less than ideal happens, practice saying “good” and looking for the silver [...]

By |2021-08-10T09:57:22-07:00May 10th, 2021|Gratitude|0 Comments

The New Clubhouse Social Media App: Podcasting with Participation

I had the pleasure recently of co-presenting on the topic of "Productivity for Writers During the Pandemic" on Clubhouse, hosted by the literary agent Carly Watters. If you missed that talk, no worries. I plan to highlight some productivity tips for writers and other creatives in future blog posts issues, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, if you're thinking, “I don’t need another social media app,” that’s exactly what I thought about Clubhouse. But after several clients encouraged me [...]

By |2021-08-11T22:53:14-07:00April 14th, 2021|Writer Marketing & Social Media|0 Comments

Now Is the Perfect Time to Foster a Growth Mindset as a Writer — Check Out my UC Davis Course (that you can access for free!)

It takes a lot of positive thinking and proactive productivity these days to stay on top of all of your responsibilities for your family, work, life, and your writing, in addition to navigating this strange situation we all find ourselves in. One thing that can absolutely help you navigate all of this better is a Growth Mindset! We are all a combination of the Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset in action. Of course, the one [...]

By |2021-08-10T09:47:29-07:00March 9th, 2021|Writer Training|0 Comments

I Miss Thee, My Mother

“I miss thee, my Mother! Thy image is still the deepest impressed on my heart.” ~ Eliza Cook Eleven years ago today, I lost my mother. It still hurts like hell, but it’s no longer the sharp pain of a fresh knife wound. Over the years, the pain has turned into more of a dull ache. I’ve come to live with the strange feeling of being motherless. It’s a feeling of being unmoored at sea, [...]

By |2021-02-25T21:38:00-08:00February 25th, 2021|Grief|0 Comments

Best Books of 2020

I'm excited to share my annual “best book of the year” list! 2020 was a strange year for all of us with the pandemic causing us to shelter in place. When not working virtually, I filled my time with gardening, cycling, hiking, baking, writing, and reading. I read 53 books in 2020—so it wasn't easy selecting the top ones. Here are some standouts, in no particular order. Hope you enjoyed some of these books too. If [...]

By |2021-01-28T05:16:54-08:00January 28th, 2021|Book Reviews, Reading|0 Comments

Upcoming Webinar, January 14th: The Brand Called You: Personal & Professional Branding for Authors

So excited to kick off the new year with a branding webinar for the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA). I have the pleasure of serving as the webinar host and this month I’ll be switching roles and presenting! Come join me for The Brand Called You: Personal & Professional Branding for Authors on Thursday, January 14 at 7 PM Eastern. We will do a deep dive into your author brand story. Not yet a WFWA [...]

By |2021-01-12T10:02:03-08:00January 12th, 2021|Writer Coaching, Writer Event|0 Comments

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