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How to Plan Financially for an Extended Leave in Your Business

The first thing I did as soon as I found out I was pregnant was… create a savings plan. Like, before even telling my husband a little peanut was on the way. (But that’s mostly because I wanted to tell him in a special way and be realllllly sure I was actually pregnant since I […]

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Career and Freelancing, Self Employed

December 18, 2020

My Approach to Maternity Leave as a Freelance Writer (& My Interview on the Goal Digger Podcast!)

When I found out I was pregnant, one of the first things that crossed my mind was: How in the world am I going to figure out maternity leave as a freelance writer? I know, it should’ve been more baby blankets and bottles than worrying about work—or taking time off of work—but I love what […]

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Career and Freelancing, Personal, Self Employed

October 6, 2020

I Turned Down 3 Amazing Opportunities In 1 Day: Here’s Why

Last week I had a bit of a moment. I always send out my client invoices the first Monday of every month for the previous month’s work, and last week I sent all of them out in a bit of a rush because I had a lot on deck for work that I needed to […]

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Career and Freelancing, Self Employed

December 9, 2019

How I Stay Motivated Working from Home

I am probably the world’s most inconsistent person. Does it freak you out for me to admit that? It is a little strange… Some days I love having a morning routine, other days I ditch it to just make my coffee and sit down at my desk first thing (ahem, that was today). Sometimes I […]

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Career and Freelancing, Creativity, Self Employed

September 24, 2019

Attract Perfect Clients by Changing this 1 Thing

When I started freelance writing, I took whatever I could get. I began by freelancing part-time when we lived in Nashville, and most of my work came from friends who work in marketing with clients in every field imaginable. I was writing email content for healthcare, regulatory compliance, and event businesses and blog posts for […]

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Career and Freelancing, Creativity, Self Employed

May 20, 2019

The 1 Thing Missing from My Business

If you know me personally or follow me on social media, you know I jumped into freelancing full-time about a year ago almost to this week. Last May, my now-husband John graduated from grad school with his MBA, and we packed up our stuff into a POD before driving from Nashville down to Austin for […]

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Career and Freelancing, Creativity, Self Employed

May 13, 2019

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

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

Your Production Does Not Equal Your Worth

When I moved from my full-time job in Dallas to being a nanny and freelancer in Nashville, I went through a sort of identity crisis. Same thing happened when I went from those jobs in Nashville to just freelancing and working on my own (currently wages-less) writing projects in Austin. Stepping out of that societal […]

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Personal, Self Employed

July 12, 2018