INSPIRATION

Holiday Kindness: Music for the Soul

As I turn my calendar to the final month of the year, I’m considering the impact of unscheduled acts of kindness, every day. In a box of my great-great-grandparents’ letters, postcards and pamphlets, I spotted one tattered scrap of paper floating loose, scrawled with words that read like a poem or a song. According to…

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Be Your Guest

A special guest will arrive at my home soon: ME. Since novelty feeds creativity, by helping us shift our attention, every guest can be a gift (even if, as a friend once experienced with her own houseguests, your teenage visitors dyed their hair black and cleaned up with your good white towels). Self-care is an…

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Client: McBryar Advisory Services

Our wealth and our health have something in common: These are deeply personal topics. We’ll discuss them, but some questions are “off-limits,” even with our friends. Concerns about money or health can affect the quality of our sleep and even the quality of our lives. As a professional communicator, I’ve been writing about complex, highly-regulated…

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The Nature of Transformation

I’m afraid to ask my neighbors if they think I’m a bit odd, given that such a question would probably ignite an invisible battle between their politeness and their honesty. They might tell you my outdoor furniture is more decorative than functional. Instead of sitting, I stroll and pause, placing my hands on trees or…

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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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