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May 25, 2017

One of my best friends is a phenomenal graphic designer. Recently, she created an entire custom suite of invitation materials for her own wedding: save the date cards, maps, inserts, you name it – and we’re not talking pick a photo and order from Vistaprint here; I mea...

March 21, 2017

Often times, when we lose someone special to us, we feel despondent or distressed.

Sometimes the only way to describe this feeling is like there’s a hole left in the universe: you know for certain that this person’s qualities can never be replaced by all the rest of hum...

February 22, 2017

You can still make beautiful things in imperfect places.

I come from a family of green thumbs. My parents keep a greenhouse, two porches, and a room full of indoor/outdoor plants; my Nana’s greenhouse, gardens, and orchards were constantly producing something edible and...

February 1, 2017

Feeling overwhelmed? Reflect on your work's focus and who you aim to serve.

Over the past week or so, I’ve heard several variations of the following statements, both in person and online:

  • “Things are so confusing right now, I just don’t know what to do.”

  • “Everyt...

January 19, 2017

If the going gets tough, up your resilience by maintaining a strong connection to your foundation.

Last night as rain began rolling through Houston, I was reminded why I love thunderstorms.

Growing up in a farming family, we were hyper-aware of weather patterns, and I al...

January 5, 2017

Learn to silence any voices that say you can't, shouldn't, or never will.

I saw an acquaintance at the gym yesterday who asked me how business was going.

“I’m swamped!” I vented immediately. “A ton of projects came in right at the new year.”

“Wow,” she said flatly, turnin...

December 7, 2016

Get ready for the New Year by practicing these writing disciplines now

If you’ve set any sort of writing goal for yourself, odds are it has been sitting on the back burner for a while as you’ve been trying to find the time, energy, or commitment to get it done…or even j...

November 17, 2016

It’s time to quit selling yourself (and your words) short.

Recently, I’ve been dealing with a strange compulsion to run long distances even though I'm not an athletic person.

I'm almost positive I'm physically “running:” my legs are propelling me forward; my arms are swi...

October 18, 2016

I hear from writers all the time who say that they’re just waiting for their next big piece of inspiration to come along before they start putting words on paper again.

My question back to them is: What is this inspiration going to look like? Do you even know what you’r...

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