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“Alexis’ content has been hands down the most helpful and plain talk.” ~ Andre Blackman, founder of Pulse + Signal

This blog began as a place for me to chronicle my experience writing my first book, a travel memoir about backpacking solo through Africa.

But it has morphed into its own beast, like good blogs do. Now readers visit not only to learn about writing, but also for inspiration on creating the life you want to live, making a living doing what you love, and using social media to get where you want to be.

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Gregory June 4, 2009 at 3:20 am

Hi Alexis,

I wish I could also travel and see some new places around. Well, keep on writing and hope you do get your book published.



essenceofnone October 29, 2009 at 9:27 am

Greetings from Ontario,Canada
I came upon your website through Joanna, she inspires me, and have to say I am so impressed that you travelled all by yourself. Finding courage to follow your dreams and now writing about it.
I wish you luck with everything and will follow you forever.


ravi kiran May 31, 2010 at 9:29 am

good luck to you.
hope you visit india and write some stuff about the places here


Jacqueline Snider July 5, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Hi Alexis,

You have a great site here. I am thinking about revamping mine and looking for ideas and you’ve given me lots here!

I will definitely keep checking out your new posts!




Dana Brown April 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm


I just read a comment of yours on Rachelle Gardner’s blog. What caught my attention was your name. But alas, you are not the Alexis Grant I know from my past.

Anyway, I am very glad I happened upon your blog. I am going to become a follower. I too love to travel and have been to Africa 3 times. Not by myself though so I’m curious about your book.

I’m also writing a memoir so I’m looking forward to reading your posts on the subject.

Thanks for a great blog.
Dana Brown


Elise Daly Parker April 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Great insights and information here. Thanks for being so generous!


Liz Golden October 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Hi Alexis,

I wrote a memoir on scoliosis called “When Life Throws You a Curve” and really enjoy your site! Also, my bestfriend just left for Africa for a year to travel through the country working for women’s rights, and she is writing a blog about her travels. I cannot wait to read it.

On a separate note, I was wondering if you wanted to attend an event on Wednesday for Vision 2020’s 2nd Annual Congress in Chicago. Vision 2020 is a national grassroots movement for gender equity(in areas that include equal pay and sexual rights) and they are holding their 2nd Annual Congress in Chicago, Oct. 11-13. The gala is on Wednesday, Oct 12 at 4:30 pm at the Chase Tower Auditorium and there will also be a performance by Second City and a buffet after the show. As a fellow writer and journalist, I am hoping you would be interested in attending and possibly covering the event. I have some VIP seats available and would appreciate it if you would please let me know if you would like to come by tomorrow evening. Also, I am looking for one or two other interested young female journalists to experience and potentially write about this event if you have fellow Northwestern graduates or coworkers who you think would enjoy this opportunity.

Thank you,



Alexis Grant October 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Hi Liz — Thanks for this! Will respond to you privately via email.


Kristina Robb-Dover January 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Hi Alexis,
Way to seize the day and follow your dreams writing and traveling- two of my loves as well. I look forward to staying in touch and encouraging one another in our first books (mine is also a bit of a travel theme, “Grace Sticks: The Bumper Sticker Gospel for Restless Souls”).
All best,


TC Avey March 1, 2012 at 10:11 am

Wow! I think I could spend hours on your site. Thanks for all the helpful tips!


Mandy December 13, 2012 at 10:33 am

I heard about you via Carrie Smith are Careful Cents. Love your beast of a blog πŸ™‚ I’ll definitely be diving through post by post after the kiddos go to bed tonight πŸ™‚
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Alexis Grant December 13, 2012 at 11:20 am

Awesome πŸ™‚ Great to have you!


Greg December 13, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Really thorough, Alexis. Definitely learning from you as I work away at my own blog. And on the ProBlogger top 20 list for 2012? Serious stuff πŸ™‚ More soon…


Marcia June 25, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Hi, Alexis,
Thanks for the privilege to peruse and use your plethora of tips and information. We are never too young or old to learn! I’m a fledgling writer who dreams of one day being a published writer. I also have a blog chronicling my journey as a writer. Come visit!


Maggie J September 4, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Ah, nuts. I stumbled into your web site because I’m getting ready to present myself as a freelance social media manager to a company. I find what I need and am lured to this page. Come get me in about a month. SO MUCH GOOD INFO TO READ!!!! Thanks for sharing your knowledge, new friend.


lowy March 2, 2015 at 4:42 pm

wauw you have come so far in the time you have blogged. its always nice to check back in on your blog to see the latest news. i get really inspired reading about your travel tips


Carlo March 10, 2015 at 11:02 am

Alexis ,
Congratulations on having such an amazing site and invaluable resources for us take charge of your life long life dreamers of reaching our ultimate desires , while satisfying life’s daily responsibilities , but why not doit on your own terms , and with your info you help us all get closer to that way of living and Inturn makes this world a better place to live

Again hope lots of success with all your projects

And many of us will be cheering you on and succeeding with our own projects a win/win for all of us.

My philosophy in life has always been that ” share your knowledge and as life is a circle it will come back to reward you

In mAny ways.


Emi December 10, 2015 at 1:08 am

Hi Alexis .
I am for the first time landed her and really your blogs are great thing to read for newbies who just are to start blogging.
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Ken September 27, 2016 at 10:44 am

Hi Alexis,

I’ve started my own business in the digital advertising space.
I’m adding Social Media management to my offerings. I’ve been told by many I write well. I used to write Ad copy at Discover Diving magazine. I look forward to learning from you and your experience.

All the best,


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