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How I Stay Sane When Life Feels Extra Busy

Fall is by far and away my favorite time of year. There is something magical about the crisp weather, a lit candle, a hot drink, and a blank page to write on. And here we are. It’s November! To be honest, most years I’m not yet ready for fall. The cooler weather will hit, and

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Developing Your Creative Habit

Here’s the thing with building a creative habit: you’re going to have a few enemies along the way. There will always be an obstacle to overcome in order to get started. Here’s how to make it easier on yourself.

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How to Do the Work and Also Show Your Work

It can be a challenge when you are head down and focused on a big project and you’re trying also to keep from letting all the other work get left behind. How do you do the work and create something substantial while also making time to share tidbits, inspiration, and stories of along the way?

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March Reading: ‘Deep Work’ by Cal Newport

This month’s book is a long-overdue pick (if you haven’t read it already). Moreover, it’s the perfect follow-up to last month’s book, The Dip. March’s reading is Deep Work, by Cal Newport. The whole hypothesis behind Deep Work is this: The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time

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February’s Reading: ‘The Dip’ by Seth Godin

For February’s Book Club, we’re reading through The Dip by Seth Godin. This book is 10 years old, and I’d argue that it’s even more relevant now than it was when published in 2007. I listened to the audio version during my recent train ride up to Chicago a few weeks ago. The audiobook is

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Ira Glass on Taste vs Talent

When trying to get moving toward a goal, project, business, etc. it can be frustrating. Especially so when you’re on the threshold of a new project and you see where you are right now and you compare it to where you hope to go, and it feels unsurmountable. Why spend a disproportionate amount of time

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