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Should you quit your job to freelance: 6 questions to ask yourself

One of the biggest questions I get asked is how to get started and become a freelancer. I took that leap of faith long before this whole gig economy became a thing. I was working in the corporate world when my son was born and that Mommy hormone kicked into high gear and I just couldn’t bear going to my office every day and leaving him behind. But I’ll be real, I also couldn’t give up the money I was…

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9 free ways to break a “meh” mood to find happiness

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When I’m in a funk, I find that even the littlest things can perk me up and help me find happiness. When I worked in Washington, DC and was having a bad day, I would go to one of the upscale furriers and try on expensive fur coats (long before furs became so politically incorrect). These days, I’ll go to a restaurant alone for lunch and have a glass of wine or stop by the department store cosmetic counter for…

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Life Travel

Booking Hotels: How to Avoid Hotel Nightmares

I’ll never forget arriving at a luxury hotel in Napa to celebrate our 20th anniversary only to find that half the hotel was under construction and that the gym and spa were undergoing renovations. It was a hotel booking nightmare. I’m pretty thorough when researching hotels, especially in unfamiliar destinations. Fortunately, there was copious amounts of wine which filled time I would have spent working out or indulging in spa treatments. On another family vacation in Greece, we had selected…

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Blogging Tips: How to Better Organize Your Time as a Blogger

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1. Use a timer – I bet I’m not alone in saying managing social media is the biggest time suck in being a blogger. I have my list of tasks – liking, following, commenting, responding – and I sit down with my coffee each morning to complete it. But it never fails, morning coffee turns into lunch and I find myself sifting through recipes on Facebook and posts in Tweetchats. I finally got a handle on my time spent on…

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Being an Introvert in an Extrovert World

I am over traveling alone. I’m a travel writer, so I’m constantly on the go. My job entails visiting places and talking to people and much to my dismay, most of the time, I’m traveling alone. I’m an introvert in an extrovert world. Recently, a magazine flew me to Atlanta to cover the opening of a new hotel, and because I do love new experiences, I jumped at the chance. Shortly after I arrive, I’m scheduled to interview the celebrity…

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To My Daughter: You Can Be Anything You Want To Be

This is what I want to tell my daughter. Why? Because I am what I wanted to be. I am proof that you can be anything you want to be. I’ve crafted out the lifestyle I want to live, to love. Not one dictated by others, by a 9-5 office, or by mundane, uninteresting work. I wake up everyday and do what I want. How? Because I made it happen. I am what I want to be. My daughter is…

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