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 with storytelling and the written word. I'm 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. When I'm not writing, I'm reading books... it's my favorite hobby!!

3 Goals Every Writer Should Make in the New Year!

Happy new year! I enjoyed a restorative, relaxing, and reflective holiday season. I hope you all did also. To my writer pals and community, check out this article. Loved being asked to contribute 3 goals every writer should make in the new year. Sweta Vikram is always so collaborative, and I was delighted to be interviewed by her. To give you a sneak peek, see the three tips that I contributed below. To read the [...]

By |2021-01-04T10:13:20-08:00January 4th, 2021|Productivity, Writing Community|0 Comments

Video: We Are All a Work In Progress: The Wisdom & Freedom of Creating a Not-To-Do List!

I had the pleasure of joining my writer pal Jennifer Klepper a few weeks ago for her WIPMondays video series on Instagram, which stands for Work in Progress (because we are all a work in progress!). We chatted about productivity, and specifically creating a Not-To-Do List. Our To-Do Lists always focus on what we have, should, or need to do. Flip it! There's wisdom, not to mention freedom, in creating a Not-To-Do List, which can [...]

By |2020-12-09T13:42:01-08:00December 8th, 2020|Productivity, Writing, Writing Community|0 Comments

Webinar – “Understanding Diversity: Avoiding Harmful Depictions in Your Writing”

I’ve had the pleasure of serving as the Webinar Program Leader and Host for the Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association since spring 2019, and it's a role I relish. It provides me with a front-row seat to fabulous presenters and professional development, and helps me keep my finger on the pulse of the writing community and publishing industry. One particular area of that community and industry that I'm passionate about is diversity and inclusion. So it [...]

By |2020-12-17T10:20:30-08:00October 14th, 2020|Writing Craft|0 Comments

My 15 Favorite Reads of 2019

So many good books in 2019! I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal to 52 books -- one per week -- and managed to read 61. That was through a combination of traditional hard cover/paperback books, ebooks on my Kindle, and audiobooks that I listened to (while driving, walking my dogs and doing housework... sure makes the activities more pleasurable!). It's always difficult to choose favorites, but there were some definite stand outs. If you [...]

By |2020-12-15T13:18:08-08:00February 2nd, 2020|Book Reviews, Reading|2 Comments

Where is This Supposed “Midlife Crisis?” Aging Into Confidence on the Back-Nine

So I'm now at the age that most people would call Midlife. My husband jokingly calls it “the Back Nine,” referring to the last nine holes of an eighteen-hole golf course. I don’t play golf, but I certainly get the gist! When I was a kid, I remember hearing about how people would often have a "Midlife Crisis." They would do wacky, out-of-the-ordinary things. They would not act like their former selves. They would often [...]

By |2020-12-15T13:18:25-08:00January 30th, 2020|Adventures, Gratitude|0 Comments

A Visit to the New American Writers Museum: An Inspiring Afternoon with the Written Word

Last fall, I had the absolute pleasure of visiting the new American Writers Museum in Chicago. The museum opened to the public in May 2017, and I visited in October 2017, only five months later. What a treat! I was accompanied by my writer friend and co-member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Nancy Johnson, who lives in Chicago. It was wonderful to spend time with Nancy and in such an inspiring place for writers! [...]

By |2020-12-15T13:19:12-08:00December 23rd, 2018|Adventures, Reading, Writing, Writing Community|0 Comments

My Favorite Stand Out Reads of 2018

2018 was another great year for reading! I set my Goodreads Challenge goal to only 52 books to give myself more time to get my own writing done (I just finished the first draft of my novel, and am now entering the revising and editing stage — exciting, but overwhelming!), but wound up reading 65 books in total. It is always so hard to choose my favorites, but there were some definite stand outs. So [...]

By |2020-12-15T13:17:17-08:00December 13th, 2018|Book Reviews, Reading|0 Comments

Best Books of 2017: Recapping a Fantastic Year of Reading

2017 was a great year of reading! I set my Goodreads Challenge goal to 52 books, but managed to read 71 books in total. And I loved every minute of it! It is always so hard to choose my favorites because I almost always find something wonderful, or at least redeeming, in every book I finish. But there were some stand outs. So without further adieu, here are my Top 21 Books. Perhaps you loved [...]

By |2018-02-21T16:24:45-08:00January 10th, 2018|Book Reviews, Reading|0 Comments

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