My Life, Social Media, Writerly Life

How I Discovered Lemonade and a New Business out of Life’s Lemons

When life gives you lemons, do you:A) Make lemonade;B) Learn to juggle; orC) Add a little vodka and soda? Story time! Ever wonder how I got interested in social media and turning Unleashing the Next Chapter into a Social Media Marketing & Management company? It’s honestly a lemons to lemonade story. I have always loved… Continue reading How I Discovered Lemonade and a New Business out of Life’s Lemons

Writerly Life

Plants, an antique mall, and a WIP– storytime

Exciting find at the antique store this weekend! So, a little story for my reading, writing, and planty friends... (I'm looking at you, Audrice!) Some of you know I have a weakness for houseplants, and got this beautiful Calathea "Fusion White" for my birthday in March. We went to this specific antique shop because a… Continue reading Plants, an antique mall, and a WIP– storytime

My Life, Social Media

Back to Normal with Q2 Social Media Intensive for Writers

It's been a crazy five months! I can't believe my last post was in October of 2020. I know this is unacceptable. I teach and preach that blogging is one of the best tools for building your tribe and engaging with your people. Your website, blog, and email list are the only cyber real estate… Continue reading Back to Normal with Q2 Social Media Intensive for Writers

Productivity

How to clean and organize your virtual desktop…

At this very moment, does your desktop or laptop runneth over or runneth empty? We all have those days where overwhelm, overcommittment, don't feel well, and can't find that darn document seem to converge. So today, on #NationalNewFriendsDay and #NationalCleanYourVirtualDesktopDay, let me help you out, friend, with some productivity tips that will help you find… Continue reading How to clean and organize your virtual desktop…

Social Media

What exactly is Social Media Marketing? Why should I care?

Marketing and social media both get a lot of negative press, but what if it's not what you thought? What if Social Media Marketing & Management was the missing link in your success as an author or entrepreneur? Let me explain...

My Life

Why Houseplants? Portal to important people and memories

Does anyone share or trade plant cuttings anymore? Houseplants ... I know it's a different topic for me, but I'm feeling nostalgic and simultaneously attempting to rebuild my plant collection. I don't do many story-times, but here we go... My grandmother had an amazing green thumb. Indoor and outdoor plants. I can't even guess at… Continue reading Why Houseplants? Portal to important people and memories

Advocacy, Getting Healthy

Migraine is (still) no joke

The Fifth Annual Migraine World Summit is winding down. This is my fifth year to participate online, and once again I have come away inspired, encouraged, and armed with updated information from leading doctors, researchers, and advocates. Comedian and writer, Whitney Cummings--author of I'm Fine... and other Lies, and swimmer and four-time Olympian, Amanda Beard--author… Continue reading Migraine is (still) no joke

Miscellaneous

Hand-washing and Gratitude

Friday was my birthday. What was to be a big weekend for me was pretty much high-jacked by the coronavirus. But my husband, son, and daughter-in-love did gather for a little while to celebrate another year. Which is more important than you might think because I'm one of the "at risk" population. See, I have… Continue reading Hand-washing and Gratitude

Miscellaneous

Seize the Day, Origami Kayaks, Grateful To Be Me…

I am so excited to introduce you to my friend, Patti Hall. Patti loves writing and traveling, and loves to share what she has learned in the process. She is debating starting her own blog, so I suggested she write a piece and post here to see how it's received and if it's something she… Continue reading Seize the Day, Origami Kayaks, Grateful To Be Me…

Productivity

Top 3 Productivity Habits for the Holidays

I was recently asked: What Do You Do Differently During the Holiday Season To Get it All Done? Short answer: I double down on all the productivity tips, hacks, and habits I use and teach all year long. Longer detailed answer below... During the holiday season we have the double challenge of end-of-month for November… Continue reading Top 3 Productivity Habits for the Holidays