Productivity is overrated: wasting time is perfectly OK.

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Productivity. It’s the buzzword on every entrepreneur’s lips nowadays, and has been for a number of years now. I’m guilty of using it too. I even have a category on this blog dedicated to productivity and a Pinterest board where I collect information about it. And I try to be as prolific as possible on … Read more Productivity is overrated: wasting time is perfectly OK.

Why Reading Makes You a Better Writer

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I often see questions in Facebook writing groups about whether reading makes you a better writer. My answer would usually be a resounding yes, but when you think about it, the real answer is “it depends.” For example, if you’re an avid reader of nonficiton (read: me), you’re not going to necessarily be a better … Read more Why Reading Makes You a Better Writer

Self-Care for Writers

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Self-care is on a lot of lips (and a lot of memes) these days. Open up any social media or Pinterest “inspirational” account, and you’re bound to see “self-care is not selfish” and “take care of yourself” messages. But self-care means different things to different people, and it can look different depending on your lifestyle or line of work. Here’s a list of ideas for self-care for writers.

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January is long gone. How are those resolutions coming?

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January is a busy month for commitment-makers. Every year, people ponder what they’ll accomplish in the year to come, and many make new year’s resolutions, hoping this will be the year they finally accomplish some long-held dream. But as January fizzles out, so do most resolutions. By the time Valentine’s Day comes around, most people … Read more January is long gone. How are those resolutions coming?

Put Your Family First

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Family Day is coming up February 18th. Put your family ahead of your work, even if it feels like you’re giving up your dreams. The reality is, you’re not giving them up—you’re just putting them on hold for a little while. And this little while is so incredibly important.

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How To Stay Creative as a Nonfiction Writer

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For years, I believed the lie that I wasn’t a creative person. Watching several people around me create handmade items, and sometimes being blatantly judged for not being handy, I felt that there wasn’t a creative bone in my body. But it turns out there’s more to art than working with your hands. Writing, whether … Read more How To Stay Creative as a Nonfiction Writer

You’re a writer: own it!

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When someone asks you that antiquated, useless question, “so, what do you do?” How do you respond? Sometimes the answer to that question isn’t as straight-forward as people think it should be. I personally do a lot of things. I take care of three children, I currently travel full-time, I make friends everywhere I go, … Read more You’re a writer: own it!

How to Set Writing Goals You’ll Actually Accomplish

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We all have dreams.

Some dreams are bigger than others. Sometimes my dream is to just have a few minutes to myself (I love my kids to bits, but right now, I’m quite enjoying my time alone to write this post). At other times, I have bigger dreams, like taking off with my family for a year to explore Canada and the U.S. (while funding it with my writing).

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How This Freelance Writing, Homeschooling Mom Stays Organized

How to Stay Organized When You Wear All the Hats: apps for freelance writers

I’m a freelance writing, homeschooling mom of 3 kids ages 8 and under (as of March 2018). A lot of people think I’m totally nuts trying to balance a near-full time job with homeschooling three kids. Yet others think I’m some kind of superwoman or supermom. But I’m not any of those things (OK, maybe I’m a little nuts).

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How to Stay Productive When Working from Home

Working from home is awesome. For one, I don’t have to leave the house on the coldest day of the year. It’s been a solid couple of weeks in the negative twenties Celsius around here. Brrr. Secondly, as a stay-at-home, homeschooling mother of three children 8 and under, it’s very convenient to be able to choose when and how I want to work.

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