For more years than I can count, I suffered from burnout. At least that was what I told myself. I’ve been an entrepreneur for a really long time (since 1998—I know, I’m old). And for a decent chunk of those years, I found myself experiencing burnout after burnout. The cycle was always the same. I’d be fine for a while, and then I would start to suffer from overwhelm, … [Read more...] about No, It’s Not Burnout (And, no, more “self-care” isn’t going to help)
I remember one of my fave guilty pleasures a handful of years back—Cutthroat Kitchen. In case you’re not aware of the show (What?!?! That can’t possibly be?!?!), it’s a competition cooking show in which four chefs bid to earn ways to sabotage one another’s dishes. The last one standing the winner. What’s fascinating to me is how much it’s taught me about sabotage. You … [Read more...] about A Little Secret About Sabotage (Compliments of Cutthroat Kitchen)
In 2019, I published the third book of my award-winning psychological thriller/mystery series, Secrets of Redemption, and got to work on something new. Which never came together properly. I struggled with it and struggled with it, throughout the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020. Then, Covid came to town, the lockdowns started and the world changed. My first … [Read more...] about How the Pandemic Helped Me Stop Worrying and Start Writing
Imagine you’re a romance writer who has dialed in your Facebook ads so well, you’re making GREAT money from your $5K monthly ad budget. All is humming along nicely until … You wake up one morning and Facebook has cancelled your ad account. Their only reason? They don’t agree with your “business model.” Their decision is “final.” No appeal option. Your full-time job … [Read more...] about Love-Based Thoughts: Are Your Marketing Eggs All in One Basket?
Welcome to a new column designed to inspire you to think! What? Are you saying you DO think? Are you sure about that? ;) All kidding aside, this isn’t a knock. The truth is, our lives are super busy, and most of the time, we’re just trying to hang on and make it through each day in one piece. (Right?) So finding time to pause and just think (versus simply … [Read more...] about Welcome to Love-Based Thoughts
It's fear vs love. Believe it or not, the opposite of love isn't hate. It's fear. All emotions basically fall under one of two categories -- love-based emotions of fear-based. Love-based emotions includes love, hope, joy, gratitude, peace, faith, trust, confidence, happiness, connection, forgiveness, openness, passion, freedom, harmony, honesty, beauty, compassion, … [Read more...] about What’s the Difference Between Being Love-Based and Fear-Based?
When I say "love-based business," I'm not talking about a business based on dating or relationships or (ahem) something else. What I'm referring to is a biz you've built on a foundation of love-based emotions, versus a foundation of fear-based emotions. (There are two categories of emotions, love and fear, and all emotions fit under one of those categories.) Having a … [Read more...] about What Does It Mean to Have a Love-Based Business?