There are a lot of personal finance gurus out there who say they can put you on a path to financial independence.
If you listen to them, you’ll eventually hear some version of this advice:
“Don’t set foot in a restaurant unless you work there.”
Suppose you’re paying off credit card debt, student loans, or a car loan. It’s probably going to take you months or years to be debt-free.
And you’re not going to treat yourself to a single slice of pizza or a cheeseburger even once? In all that time?
This recommendation reminds me of the “stop…
Here’s the problem with claps. Not everyone uses them, and even the people who use them don’t use them the same way.
If I like an article, I give it 50 claps — the max. Why not show that writer some love? Of course I think that way. I’m a writer myself. I love the little dopamine rush I get when I see that someone liked a story I wrote.
But a lot of people give 1 clap. And I get it. There’s a time commitment to 50 claps — a little more than 11 seconds, in my unofficial experiment…
I wasn’t all that introspective about my life when I was in my 20s. I saw a path laid out in front of me — graduate from college, get a job in my field, move out of my parents’ house, get married — and I started to follow it.
It wasn’t as boring as it sounds. I did some things that were adventurous, at least for someone like me who had barely ever left Massachusetts. I moved to Arizona, which felt like moving to another planet. I traveled to Europe, even though I had only been on airplanes twice before.
What could you do with $20,000? If you win the César Egido Serrano Foundation’s microfiction contest, you’ll get to spend it however you want.
For the sixth (VI) time, the foundation is awarding $20,000 to the best story written in English, Spanish, Arabic, or Hebrew.
The top story in each of the other three languages wins $2,000. (If I knew Arabic or Hebrew I would enter in those languages since it looks like they don’t get nearly as many entrants.)
When I graduated from college I was all-in on climbing the career ladder.
I stepped right onto the bottom rung when I landed a job in corporate communications for American Express. I got some fancy new work clothes, I commuted into Boston on a bus every day, and I worked hard writing and publishing a newsletter for employees.
I could see the path to the top of that corporate ladder — I’d move into writing and editing positions with more responsibility. I’d eventually make decisions about editorial content, write for wide-reaching publications, and even manage a team of junior employees.
I took a 12-week maternity leave when my daughter was born. When I came back to work, it was going to be my job to manage the editorial process for a new client. But while I was out of the office, that new client never signed on with my company.
I went back to work and I tried to look busy. I ordered groceries online, paid my bills, and managed my finances. My baby still wasn’t sleeping through the night, and getting paid to do next-to-nothing suited me just fine.
But I didn’t fool anyone. My boss gave the potential…
For most of my freelance writing career, downtime wasn’t a thing.
Then the pandemic struck. I had quite a few clients and I figured my work wouldn’t take a big hit. But the pandemic slammed all of them, of course. Some scaled back the work they were sending my way, and some closed up shop.
For the first time, I had pockets of downtime to fill. My first inclination was to do more work. My ideas folder holds hundreds of stories. Why not crank out a few?
But doing more of what I was already doing might not be the…
I have 36 followers on Twitter. I’ve gone three months between posts on Instagram. I only friend people on Facebook who I know in real life. Honestly, the social space where I’m most active is probably Words With Friends.
But I use a simple social media strategy to attract readers and clients, and it works. The best part? It takes less than five minutes a day.
Keeping my time on social to a minimum is important to me. I don’t have unlimited time to spend posting updates. Along with writing, I like to walk my dog, ride my bike, and…
A lot of us measured our success during the pandemic by focusing on our productivity. And honestly, that makes a lot of sense. When so many aspects of our lives felt out of control, why not concentrate on things we could control?
So we started side businesses. We cleaned out our closets. We learned how to roast chickens.
And there’s nothing wrong with focusing on productivity. It feels satisfying to know you’re spending your time in a way you value.
I read this headline recently and my writer jealousy meter went to 11:
Why was I jealous? Because it’s so damn good. Even worse, it’s better than the title I wrote on the same topic, Eating Your Vegetables Shouldn’t Feel Like a Punishment. Mine isn’t terrible, but Mia Lazarewicz’s is better.
The 12 words in this headline come together to make it fantastic for a few reasons: