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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! 

120 Ideas for Tiny Living is Now Available

I am so excited that my first book has been released. It is now available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions. Here is an excerpt from 120 Ideas for Tiny Living.

Making Time for Your Own Projects

Most of my income comes from my blogging clients. These are marketing companies or small business owners for whom I create, primarily, web content.

I love working for these companies and am always excited when I can add new clients to my business.

However, on some level, I became a writer to be able to pursue my own projects. It is a creative spark I have had since I was a small child and as much as I love to write content for my business clients I also need to make time to focus on my own projects.

For a while, much of my time was spent focusing on current business and adding new clients. I would only write for my own blogs when I felt like I had the time. This led to the near-abandonment of one pet project and burn out on the other.

I needed to change my perspective or I would lose the drive to create my own work all together.

Like many writers, I keep a calendar of deadlines in order to stay organized. Each week I also write down my weekly schedule which includes every due date an…

How to Write Content for Your Blog

Becoming a Freelance Writer: How I Got Started

Recently, a friend asked me to give her some advice about freelance work. I thought it might be useful for others interested in working for themselves. I am no expert but I am holding my own as a self-employed writer. If you're interested in freelance writing here are some things you can try.

1. Write what you know. Just before I left my full time job, I started to reach out to organizations and companies that I believed could use someone with my experience. For me this meant Temporary Staffing. With 15 years under my belt I figured that it couldn't hurt to try. I sent my resume to several companies. Almost immediately, one responded and gave me some trial assignments. To this day they are my biggest client. Consider the field that you are leaving and conduct some research on marketing companies or web design companies that specialize in that industry.

2. Apply, apply, apply. There are dozens of online sources for finding freelance writing jobs. I'm not going to give them al…

On the Labels We use to Describe Ourselves

Today, The NotMom published a short essay that I wrote. You can read the entire post here.

I have spent my whole life feeling like I am nothing more than average. I have always been average and I would always be average. There has never been anything exceptional about me. I didn’t participate in sports as a kid. I didn’t win awards or get top grades. I possessed no discernible talent that set me apart from my peers. All of us - every single one of us from all walks of life - have thoughts that tell us we aren't good enough or smart enough or pretty enough. If you think you're average and you act that way, then you are average.

I say we stop believing our self doubt and do something to change our lives today! 

Music in Western North Carolina

At the end of 2012, local editor Steve Shanafelt reached out to me to see if I would be interested in a project. WNC Woman Magazine was putting together an issue about the music of the region.

For various reasons, the special music issue wasn't able to happen but this weekend both of the articles that I wrote and/or contributed to were posted at the website. I am very proud of these pieces and really happy that they are finally available.

From WNC as a Haven for Music and Dance:

If you’re not from a region that is so embracing of music and dance (and artistic and creative expression in general), it can cause a bit of culture shock. And if you truly love those things, it’s a very hard place to leave. Sure, the wages can be low and the cost of living high, but that’s a small price to pay to be around such cultural vitality. You can read the entire article here

From The WNC Music Glossary:

You would be much more “into” the Asheville music scene if you just understood the lan…

Other Websites I Recommend 4: Projects I'm Involved With Edition

Since I work for myself I have some freedom and flexibility when it comes to choosing my clients and projects. I have recently become involved with several great small business owners and entrepreneurs. I thought I might share some of their information here.

I met Cheri Britton when I answered a Craigslist ad for a part time marketing project. Since that time I've had the pleasure of working with her on a social media plan for her website. We're just starting to put that plan into action so it may be a while before we see the returns, but I am very happy with where we're starting. Cheri is a motivational speaker and business coach and I can see why people hire her - she is great at what she does. It is great to get connected to the Asheville business community through someone so dynamic and fun. Because of Cheri, I was introduced to Marianne Kilkenny who is the founder of Women for Living in Community. Her site, and mission, is about connecting women interested in building …

The State of the Me

I thought I might share a little about my most recent projects.

Just over a year ago, I started blogging with Alex Pino over at Tiny House Talk. At the time all of our interaction was over email and the occasional phone call but we have since met in person. I really enjoy writing about the tiny house community for THT. I typically have new posts published on Mondays or Tuesdays.
Last year I also started writing for The NotMom. We are a website dedicated to providing a voice for childfree women, whether by choice or by chance, on the internet. I have really enjoyed sharing my own story, talking with other childfree bloggers, and developing a relationship with women all over the country.

Later in the year I picked up another tiny house blog. This time for the popular site Tiny House Listings. The site is primarily a real estate listing site but myself and another blogger provide the voice of real tiny house builders and dwellers for people to learn through our experience.

Because of the…