The Best Advice So Far: The 20-Minute Vacation - sunglasses reflecting palm trees over tropical waters

twenty-minute vacation

I'm trying something new today: a video post. All I'll add is that, after watching, if you are still having trouble figuring out how this could work for you and your life, get in touch via the comments and we'll brainstorm together. It can be done! And now, the video. Enjoy "The 20-Minute…


The Best Advice So Far - huzzah

huzzah

I use the interjection “Yay!” a fair amount, though mostly in text messages. Then there’s “Hooray!” which I say as well as write. But far and away, my favorite exclamation is this one: HUZZAH! It just … sounds right (pronounced huh-ZAH, with the accent on the second syllable). It looks right.…


The Best Advice So Far - candy canes

candy canes

I finally got my tree this week. The front lot at Hanson’s Farm up the road glistened with new-fallen snow. They had fewer than a dozen trees left, having started with nearly two hundred just three weeks ago. This actually worked in my favor, given my longstanding tradition of choosing the…


The Best Advice So Far - fake: part one

fake: part one

Due to a lack of sound sleep over the past couple of days, my brain is in a strange, swishy sort of place. Rather than fight it, I figure I’ll just ride the wave of weirdness and see where we land. By and large, the word “fake” has a negative connotation: Lucio’s new girlfriend is so fake. The…


The Best Advice So Far- hear hear

hear! hear! (the story behind the audiobook)

I still remember the first time as a mentor that I had to turn someone away. Until then, no matter how many others I was committed to at the time — no matter how strongly I debated with myself that I couldn’t stretch any further — I found a way for “just one more.” But then there it was: the first…


The Best Advice So Far: Making the Cut (Negativity) - picture of studio microphone with audiobook cover

making the cut (negativity)

I finished recording the tracks for The Best Advice So Far this week, and I've begun the editing process. There's a ton I want to share with you about the process itself — and about the number of times I'd have quit already, if it weren't for advice from my own book and blog kicking my butt.…


little big things - scallop shell in sand on a sunny beach - The Best Advice So Far

little big things

My last blog entry was posted over a month ago. It’s not for lack of trying, I just haven’t been able to write. I don’t mean to say that I’ve been too busy to write; I mean that I haven’t been able to write. Shortly after I wrote that last post, I was in a car accident. The short version is that I…


Live Interview Event on YouTube

This was originally an alert page for the live interview. I'll leave the original copy, and then follow with a link to the full interview on YouTube. If you're free this afternoon and want to break out of your usual routine, I'd love to have you join in on this live interview event.  I've done…


Close-up of camera lens in photographer's hands

how to get a shot

Today, I want to tell you how a seemingly simple thing – a photo – came into being. But zooming out (see what I did there?), it's really about how opportunity happens. I’m the kind of person who never had trouble with those old creative writing exercises where you were supposed to find comparisons…


in between

So, Thanksgiving was last week. Using my superpower-status deductive reasoning skills, I’ve concluded with reasonable certainty that Thanksgiving, then, is not also this week. And what a relief that revelation is! Sure, sure, I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with the best of people. But all that ……