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 - what to say (reprise)

what to say (reprise)

Back in the spring, I introduced you to my writer-friend Diana by way of a unique book review with a personal twist. (By the way, this four-book series, The Rose Shield, would make a perfect, no-fail gift for any choosy Fantasy readers you may know; and Diana's also just released a beautifully…


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…


puzzles

Many of you know that I just returned from the longest vacation of my life — a full five weeks on Florida’s West Coast. Prior to the trip, I began concocting plans for all I wanted to do, see and accomplish while away: Get the audiobook up and available online. Visit Captiva and Sanibel Islands.…


The Best Advice So Far - happy sad

happy sad

I’m writing mid-flight, on my way back from the longest vacation of my life — five weeks in Southwest Florida. After so long away, it feels more like a move than merely returning from someplace I’d been visiting. Late last night, I drove to the beach for one last walk. The main street downtown was…


The Best Advice So Far - lemonade for the ears

lemonade: for the ears

At the end of February, I finished recording the tracks for The Best Advice So Far. And at that time, I posted one of the audio recordings here on the blog —"Chapter 2: Negativity." Well, I had set a goal for myself to have everything mixed and mastered by June 1. It turned out to be far more than…


The Best Advice So Far - 100% approval rating

100% approval rating

I’ve been around the world. From Beijing to Bohol to my own backyard, I’ve had personal dealings with thousands upon thousands of people from all walks of life. What’s more, I don’t just write about the power of choice. I practice it. I put it to the test with people. I’ve experimented with what…


The Best Advice So Far: Sea Glass - light blue sea glass on sand against sunset

sea glass

Winter is not quite over. But after a couple spectacular blizzards in mid January and February, New England has been enjoying some record-breaking warmth. Last Friday, the temperature reached 75° — beating the historical average for that day by a whopping 35°. I donned shorts and a tank top,…


director's chair in spotlight

behind the scenes

I did something Thursday that I’d never done before (a practice of which I’m a huge advocate and practitioner). I was a guest on a live YouTube interview. I’ve spoken live a thousand times, and I’ve been interviewed by phone and on the radio.  I’ve also been the interviewer in live settings. But…


The Best Advice So Far: tradition - ornaments on Christmas tree

tradition

My friend Jed, whom I met this past year online, asked me if I'd be willing to write a short blog entry to be included on his site, wherein I would talk about one of my favorite holiday traditions. For anyone who knows me at all well, you'll understand what a challenge it presented, since he asked…