My One-Year Anniversary of Work Freedom (Plus a Sale to Celebrate!)

August 20, 2012

One year ago today, I became my own boss. My transition from day job to entrepreneurship was scary, thrilling and challenging. When I quit my 9-to-5, I was worried about disappointing my boss and colleagues, stressed about bringing in enough money to live solely off my own business, and unsure how to structure days, weeks […]

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How Would You Invest $100 in a Meaningful Way?

July 23, 2012

On the last evening of the World Domination Summit, Chris Guillebeau gave everyone in the audience $100 to invest in a meaningful project or person. Yes, all 1,000 attendees walked away with $100. It’s a cool idea on many levels: it’s great promo for Chris’ new book, The $100 Startup, and it directly supports the […]

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3 Inspiring Takeaways from the World Domination Summit

July 11, 2012

Know how when you spend time in another country and then return home, you feel like no one understands what you went through? And how it’s strange and semi-unbelievable that everything at home is exactly the same, when you’ve changed in big ways? And how when anyone asks how it went, you don’t really know […]

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If I Could Only [Fill in the Blank], Then I’d Be Happy

July 9, 2012

Today I’m flying home from the World Domination Summit! What an awesome weekend. Can’t wait to share a few big takeaways over the next few weeks. For now, though, let’s talk about something important. Something that affects us ALL in one way or another. Do you ever find yourself saying phrases like… “If only I […]

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What It Takes to Succeed at Your Passion Project

July 4, 2012

Last week I took the train to Baltimore to see a screening of a documentary about hiking the Appalachian Trail, Beauty Beneath the Dirt. The film was great. But what really caught my attention was the woman behind the film, and what she’s doing to make sure the project succeeds. Katherine Imp, also known as […]

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Why ‘Lost Earnings’ is a Bullsh*t Excuse That Will Hold You Back

June 18, 2012

While walking around Washington, D.C.’s peaceful Roosevelt Island last weekend, my boyfriend and I started scheming on a big trip. We’re in the very early stages of scheming, when you throw out all the possibilities and all the obstacles and all the what-ifs to get a sense for whether the dream could ever really happen. […]

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A Message for Anyone Who Feels Lost

May 16, 2012

A year and a half ago, I wrote a post about how I felt lost. New readers still land on that post every week; I get a good deal of search traffic from people telling Google, “I’m lost” or “I feel lost.” I like that. I didn’t particularly enjoy feeling lost, but I like that […]

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Kicking Your Own Butt Into Gear

May 10, 2012

Last night Chris Guillebeau’s new book, The $100 Startup, arrived in the mail. Naturally, I got all excited because I love Chris’ stuff; it’s all super applicable to my own entrepreneurial and life goals. Yet I also kind of groaned to myself. I’m trying to meet a deadline this month (finishing How to Create a […]

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The One Thing You Should Do Today

April 12, 2012

During j-school, whenever I didn’t feel like going for a run, a friend used to remind me: The more you don’t feel like doing it, the more you probably should. I thought of those words when I read Tim Ferris’ book, The 4-Hour Workweek. “Usually, what we most fear doing is what we most need […]

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What Makes Someone Optimistic?

March 12, 2012

When I meet someone new, I tend to group them in one of two categories: those who are generally optimistic about life, and those who aren’t. It’s a strange way to categorize people, I suppose, since there are so many other less-subjective ways to classify. But the reason I judge people this way is probably […]

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