INSPIRATION

Networking Tips for Introverts (and Everyone Else)

Three years ago, I walked into a large, Atlanta-area networking event, turned and walked right back out again. Friends said I was brave, moving across the country a few months earlier to a city where I knew no one. (I do not recommend this.) I’d weathered too many winters in a cold Illinois town, and…

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Here Comes Grace

I love watching people, especially kids who punctuate their unedited happiness with uncontainable energy. “Ohhh,” I heard a man say, as he reached out to a little girl running full-force in his direction. “Here comes Grace!” A different type of kid I spotted a goat standing in a small field next to a rural highway…

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Slow Love

Note: It must be summer in Georgia. I performed my first turtle rescue of the season last week, lifting a large specimen off the road after two vehicles dodged him. In honor of adventurous turtles and acts of kindness, let’s revisit this post from July of 2017. The first Georgia turtle I rescued was downright…

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I’m on The Freelancer Head Start podcast this week.

If you missed my Atlanta-area presentation, Minding Your Own Business, you can catch some highlights in this interview by Marion Owen of The Freelancer Head Start podcast. We talked about some of my favorite topics, including “joy points” and how treating yourself like a client can improve your business and your content. (Thanks, Marion, for…

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The Beauty in Discarded Drafts

The files stacked in the photo have a story to tell you. This paper testament shows how I’ve spent a significant number of evening and weekend hours for more than two years. They’re not going into the next draft of my novel, but these discards also don’t belong in the recycling bin. Learning to write…

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Healing, Love and Peace

The rosebush featured in this post, originally published in May of 2017, has struggled through the extremes of heat and sudden chills this month. But I have faith she will make a strong comeback. You can also find this essay on Positively Positive as “Healing Is a Journey, Not an Event.” This rose, a hybrid…

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Fake Quotes Revealed

I was searching for a quote to add to the back of my business cards; I found a mistake. A journalism professor would have called my almost-selected quotation, incorrectly attributed to Mother Teresa, a “fact error.” “Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” It’s a beautiful sentiment, but…

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It’s not about you.

If you like comedy, go to the movie theater. If you prefer drama, visit your local DMV office. They were both beautiful people, strangers to each other. One had long, dark wavy hair and olive skin, with her body in constant motion as if she couldn’t wait to be out of the long line and…

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Dream big. Start small.

I had a message for Atlanta-area entrepreneurs this month. “Life will not give you a dream, a desire… (Not, ‘I want this car or that house,’ but a deep desire)… Life will not give you a dream, without the opportunity to FULFILL it. Life will not install in you a talent, without offering you the…

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Treasures Worth Using

I’ve been enchanted by seeing my name “in the paper” since I was 13 years old. (That’s when my first letter to the editor was published in the Birmingham News.) I never dreamed I’d spend more than a decade living in the Midwest, or that I could become a freelance restaurant columnist for a Central…

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