What You Need to Know Before You Push Through the Pain

I wrote this years ago—just a few months after my divorce was final, right as I was letting go of the last remnants of my old life. I never intended to share it. I forgot it about, in fact, and stumbled across it the other day. But I wanted to share it with you today […]

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13 Lessons From a Life That Did Not Go As Planned

I don’t know about you, but my life has not gone the way I thought it would go. If it had, I’m not sure exactly where I’d be, but it would not be here—in Nashville, TN—at the coffee shop where I spend most of my mornings typing away on my computer and running a small […]

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When It’s Time to Let Go

I got an email from a woman recently who wanted to know how to know when it’s time to let go. Of that job. That relationship. That friendship. That person. That old resentment. My first response was to wonder why she would ask me a question like this when I feel the least qualified to […]

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Write it like a love letter

One of the very first things I do when I work with authors on their books is to have them imagine one specific reader. One familiar-faced, I-know-you-in-real-life kind of reader. Not a “compilation-of-some-people-you-know” kind of reader. Not an “imaginary-made-up-for-marketing-purposes-ideal-reader” kind of reader. One person who’s face you can picture and who’s name you know and […]

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The Benefit of Using Your Voice, No Matter What It Costs

When I started writing my latest manuscript, I promised myself I was going to tell the truth. I was going to use my voice, speak up for myself, talk about the things I had kept secret for so long, and finally finally be free to say what was on my mind. I was done hiding. […]

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10 Reasons to Write Your Story, Even If Nobody Reads It

Did you know creative writing is one of the most powerful tools we have to create change in our lives? There are a lot of creative tools we can use if we’re feeling down, lost, anxious, depressed, or any of these other common daily moods that plague our life. But creative writing has been proven […]

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On Finding Love Again

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about love lately, for a variety of reasons. First of all, it’s that time of year, the time of year when our culture begins to talk about love in a way that I think is mostly unhelpful for most people, in a way that often points us away from […]

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