Writing

Live, Learn, Give, Sustain

Door Knocker Print by BCN Photo on Etsy

I don’t know if I believe in serendipity, but I do believe in keeping an open mind, being aware of opportunities, and above all, having the curiosity and courage to walk through the strange and sometimes unexpected doors that life opens to you.

Luck’s an iffy thing to put your faith in, so I don’t – instead, I’ve tried to work hard and pursue my passions, even though they sometimes seem like they aren’t leading anywhere productive at first (but that’s OK, productivity is overrated anyway).

Nonetheless, sometimes events happen in life that really do seem like luck. Or even serendipity.

My most recent serendipitous event began with a simple email.

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Family

The Rumpus 2017

I lie down beside Hilly on the raft and she begins to read Dune to me unprompted, picking up where her own silent reading left off.

Lying with my eyes closed, I can hear Olive paddling around in the shallows with the waves lapping against her little floatie tube. She happily chats with Lizzie and Mawney while Claire relaxes in the background and my mom putters around on the porch.

It’s been five days of this. Lake swimming and family time; meals prepared and eaten and cleaned up; watching all of these moving pieces coming together to form an ecosystem we’ve been building since the day we were born.

We get together like this every year. We call it The Rumpus.

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Writing

Friday Night Roundup 07/01-07/14

Friday Night Roundup - SweetMadeleine,ca

Here are my published posts from 07/01-07/14. Enjoy!

Earth 911
How to Deal With Recycling Guilt
3 Clothing Recycling Mistakes You May Be Making

Freelancer’s Union Blog
How Not to Freelance: Or, Why I Finally Admitted That I Was a Business Owner

SheKnows
15 Pictures of Jessica Simpson’s Seriously Beautiful Family
5 Times Peyton Manning Was Amazing
6 Celebrity Summer Vacation Pictures You Have to See
The Ultimate Will Ferrel Quotes Quiz

QuickBooks
Here’s Some Timeless Business Advice: Be the Best and Charge Accordingly

 

Writing

The 6 Best Tools For Freelance Writing

The 6 Best Tools for Freelance Writing

20 Supplies from My ToolBox by Sdion Baker Design on Etsy

It’s been just over two years since I began freelance writing, and I’ve learned a lot.

There are six tools in particular that I really wish I’d known about when I began this career. If there are any other freelance writers out there, current or aspiring, I hope this gives you the head start I wish I’d had!

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