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Hard Work and Kindness

Hard Work and Kindness, photo by Kelly Cline.

“Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get, but if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen. I’m telling you, amazing things will happen.” -Conan O’Brien These words were uttered during Conan O’Brien’s last show on NBC. Something interesting or entertaining was bound to happen during [...]

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Passion and Opportunity

Choose a direction...

Are you and your passion going in the same direction? Is it taking you where you want to be? My passion happens to be telling stories. It began with writing, but after I had my first novel published and realized that making a living that way would be challenging to say the least, I added [...]

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Working From the Non-Home Office

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What do you do to reduce work-related stress? How do you get the most out of your time? Every freelancer and artist struggles with this at some point. Working from home sounds good, but it’s not without danger. There is a chance you’ll get distracted or interrupted, but the greatest danger is that you will [...]

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Utilizing My Aversion to Phones

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The Phone is my least favorite communication tool. Unless you count the fax machine, but thankfully I don’t own one of those. Talking on the phone makes me uncomfortable, whether I’m getting a call or making it. I’m much better with e-mail and texting. But that’s just me, right? I’m weird that way. Most people [...]

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Follow Your Heart Recklessly

I followed my heart to Seattle.

After I moved to the US in 2005, several people said that was such a brave thing to do. At first, I didn’t understand what they meant by this. I certainly didn’t feel particularly brave – or even particularly smart, really. After all, I left everything I had except for what would fit into a [...]

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