How to Embrace the Messy Joy of Starting Over

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I remember the first few weeks of working for myself. I was like a blind woman, wandering around, trying random things. I put a profile up on a tutoring site, and the first time someone hired me to tutor her felt like a dream. Wow, I thought.…

The Naked Truth About Being a Writer

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I’m a freelance writer, which means I get paid to wake up and write everyday. I write in my dining room, sipping a glass of cold brew coffee over ice, my goldendoodle Kaia laying under my chair. I often wake up at 9AM and it’s okay,…

How to Trust Yourself More as a Blogger

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In order to create a blog you love, you must trust yourself. In creating blog posts and in growing an audience, you step into the unknown. And it’s a little bit scary to put yourself and your voice out there. You might think… What…

How to Stop Listening to Blogging Gurus and Stand Out Online

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To become a successful business owner or blogger, you must know how to stand out online. But here’s the real, painful irony: in pursuit of writing a popular blog or getting clients, so many of us (including me) get caught up in trying to…

How to Bring More Joy into Your Creative Business

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When I tell people I work for myself as a creative business owner I get one of 3 reactions. The first reaction: “That is so awesome! I own my own business, too. Let’s be best friends!” The second reaction: “Um…that’s cool.”…

How to Avoid the Mental Blocks That Plague Most Bloggers

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There’s one thing that all bloggers MUST do to create amazing, inspiring, fulfilling blogs: They have to keep going. It may sound simple, but it’s actually really hard to keep blogging and creating week after week, year after year. That’s…

How to Feel Fit and Sexy (and Build a Blog You Love)

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I’ve lost almost 20 lbs since April. I now feel stronger and better about my body than I have in years. In the beginning, it was quite the opposite. I hadn’t weighed myself in months, but as I was about to go on a trip to Hawaii with…

How to Find Your Big WHY for your Blog

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It’s hidden where you can’t see it. In between your heart and your feet. The thrumming in your belly, the core of purpose you can feel if you just stop and focus for a minute. The reason you’re creating. The reason you’re writing.…

How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Write Your Truth

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Does this sound familiar…? You carve out some precious minutes of your day to write a blog post. You make a cup of delicious coffee to sip while you’re writing it. Then you open your laptop and get ready to write a brilliant blog…

An Open Letter to Myself as a Beginner Blogger

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Dear Daniela, I am so excited for you. You just started a new blog, and it’s freaking amazing that you’re putting your words out there into the world. I know it’s hard sometimes. Sometimes you feel like you aren’t reaching…

5 Hard Won Truths From My First 5 Years as a Blogger

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I’ve been a business owner and a blogger for the past 5 years. And I’ve messed up a lot. I’ve spent too much on courses because of my desperate need to get quick success. I’ve always, always thought things would take less time…

Why Your Blog is Already Wildly Successful

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What if your success as a blogger had nothing to do with your number of pageviews or subscribers, and everything to do with your confidence in your own voice and determination to succeed? Here's the thing. You CAN'T control your number…