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A space to talk about growing our businesses, families, and dreams. Pull up a seat, grab a glass of something you love (it's a dry rosé for me!), and hang around for a bit.

It’s Not Your Job to Make Everyone Else Comfortable

I’ve been toying with writing about this for a while because I struggle with it all the time, but I still don’t have all the answers. “People pleaser” is a term that’s thrown around a lot. It can be a natural posture or learned. For me, I think it was learned. But I have been […]

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Career and Freelancing, Family, Personal

November 15, 2018

Dealing With Critical Feedback Gracefully

As a writer, it’s taken me a long time to not be offended if something I work on isn’t what a client envisioned. I pour my energy and heart into everything I write because this is my absolute dream job, getting to put together interesting content for all kinds of businesses. But just because something […]

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Career and Freelancing

November 8, 2018

How to Become a Freelancer

I’ve got to be honest. I haven’t known what to write about lately. In my Google Drive, I have a long list of blog post ideas and topics. But I’m getting married in 10 days, and it felt weird to write about sleep habits or career development or relationship challenges when I’m living in a […]

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Career and Freelancing, Self Employed

October 11, 2018

Easy Time Management Hacks Anyone Can Do

I went to Sprouts the other day for groceries, and after paying, I started pushing the plastic-bag handles onto my wrists, stacked like several very heavy bracelets on each arm. I’d already gotten my car keys out of my purse and was at the ready to put the shopping cart in its inside lineup before […]

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Career and Freelancing, Creativity, Self Employed

September 21, 2018

Self-Care is NOT Selfish

The other week, I drove to this field of wild sunflowers outside of my neighborhood with a pair of scissors and snipped about a dozen of those golden beauties to take home with me. I had just bought a new vase and couldn’t wait to set up these freshly picked flowers on a bookshelf to […]

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Career and Freelancing, Creativity, Personal

September 13, 2018

Everyone Has to “Settle” to Some Extent

I remember in high school, my friends and I made these long, detailed lists of all the things we wanted in our future boyfriends. (Were we losers? Probably.) Some of the more low-key adjectives included honest, athletic, tall, funny, smart, blue eyes, musical, educated, talkative, supportive, well-read, interested in the same hobbies as me, loves […]

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Career and Freelancing, Family, Personal

September 6, 2018

How to Set Small Goals to Change Your Life

Is it just me, or can setting ambitious goals feel unattainable or unrealistic at times? Especially those big-picture, long-term goals. Sure, yeah, in 10 years I’d love to own a house in the country and have a couple books published and have a few more figures in the bank and maybe have a mountain home […]

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Career and Freelancing, Fashion, Self Employed

August 23, 2018