Blog before book or book before blog?

So, are you writing a book or aspiring to? Do you have a blog already or waiting to start one after your first book hits online and real-life stores?

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What It’s Really Like As A Creative Entrepreneur (In Barbados)

One of the most frequently asked questions by visitors to Bajans is, “how do you afford to live here?” Recently, CEO World Magazine just listed Barbados as the 12th most expensive out of 132 countries to live in. If you’re from Bim, you might have had a clue about this. The cost of living is […]

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3 Ways To Plan Your Blog Post Ideas

Are you experiencing a creative drought coming up with content for your blog? It can happen from time to time – don’t be hard on yourself, if so, okay? You may just need an inspiring ‘jump start’ or a refreshed perspective on the purpose of your blog. Coming up with ideas for blog posts can […]

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What Does a Relationship Coach Do? (4 Eye-Opening Lessons) – Guest Post

LOVE it’s oxygen to the soul, a healing balm to the hurting, a gentle caress to the soul, and a breath of fresh air that can make a cold heart long for a warm hug.  Today’s post is by a relationship coach who reached out to share his insight on the dynamics of relationships with […]

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Actions speak loudly, but Words Still Matter

I was at the other end of the pasture on a hot afternoon, when a shrill voice rang out and echoed across the field. In the distance, I could see two people sitting in front of an open trunk of a car beside a school, but it was too far to make out clearly who […]

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5 Key Skills You Learn The Better You Blog

Blogging takes work. That doesn’t mean that it’s laborious, but there are some keys like discipline, planning, writing, editing, attention-to-presentation and promoting that are involved in maintaining a blog. There’s a reason some people contemplate starting a blog and then feel a bit overwhelmed by the how-to of it all. No need to be overwhelmed, […]

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Above And Beyond Our Business Plans (Part 2)

There is so much going on in the world right now; eye-opening things that remind us about the fragility of this life, the precious gift of time and the call to care for one another and remember what matters most. From earthquakes, storms and volcano eruptions to wildfires and almost-plague-like illnesses, fighting words and rumours […]

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How To Write Articles From Recorded Audio Interviews | Tips & Steps

So you drafted those questions, booked your guest, had that meeting, and recorded audio from the conversation. Now it’s time to filter and compress all that info and produce it as a written article. What turned into an hour-long talk now has to be expressed in a limited amount of words and completed by a […]

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Alleviate Some Stress By Nurturing Your Gifts {Encouragement}

What do you feel when you’re nurturing one of your gifts or doing a hobby you enjoy. It could be drawing something, sewing a cushion, doing a workout, painting the cupboards or spending time in the garden – what and how do you feel in the process? Peace? Exhilaration? Zest? Tranquility? I went to town […]

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Refreshing your Creative Process & Overcoming Overwhelm

Have you ever noticed that rushing around and being frazzled drains the fountain of creativity? We all have different things ‘on our plate’ to tend to and the pace that works well for you might reap different results for someone else, but it’s important to monitor the tempo of the tasks in our lives. Instead […]

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A Visit to a Community Health Fair | Composting session at Recycle Haynesville

What do you do with your fruit peels? Over the weekend, I went to ‘Recycle Haynesville’ – a health-fair, coordinated by Barbados Red Cross, that brought the community together with a family-friendly event on a bright Saturday afternoon. At the dawn of a national drive for a “Plastic-free 2020” officially starting April 1st, Barbadians are […]

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A Conversation About Content & Thanksgiving

On this morning’s walk, I had an unexpected conversation with a neighbour, about content. This neighbour is now retired from what would commonly be described as a ‘biggup’ or fancy job with an international hotel chain, in many locations – countries and islands. Life, for them, used to be very fast-paced and it featured all […]

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The Gift Of Compassion

Compassion is something that reminds you you have a pulse in a world that’s fast becoming cold and aloof. If you know someone enduring a challenging season right now, please reach out and give them the gift of love…of a listening ear…of a compassionate heart…of a caring smile…a kind gesture…a prayer from a distance…a meal…an […]

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10 Activities You Can Do At Home To Promote Patience & Proactivity

Our mindset makes a huge impact on our approach to what otherwise might seem mundane, but necessary. Think about your daily or weekly to-dos at home; which ones are the most frequent and which seem the most tedious (at the moment)? The contents of our lives may be different but there are some tasks that […]

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Encouragement For Aspiring Bloggers

Are you called to blog but are feeling a bit nervous about the process or overwhelmed by the idea of being consistent with your writing? Here’s some sisterly encouragement (and maintenance tips) for you. We can have all the free resources, tech tools and planning apps, but one thing is for sure: mindset, mission and […]

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4 Calm Things to do (without your phone) while waiting in lines

What do you do while waiting in line? What did we do before travelling with a phone (a mini-computer) in your purse or pocket was a thing, and why do we do we reach for phones so often, like sharp shooters in a Western? Restlessness? The awareness that we can actually now talk to others, […]

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Coming Up With The Right Title For Your Blog Post

Like a book, song, album, or event, your post needs a title: a descriptive tag line that gives a clear clue as to what the content included is about. Make this as catchy and accurate as possible. At times I like applying rhymes and alliteration or coming up with headings that have a naturally percussive […]

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Relaxing Sunset Views on the west of Barbados

Hiya, sharing a sunset slideshow with you, for some visual refreshment. Sometimes, just taking a moment to observe beautiful and relaxing scenery – even in (amateur) photo-form, can inspire a full breath and release of stress. That’s what I hope these pics coming up will do for you…   have a light rest of the […]

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Tending To Your Wellness While Taking Care Of Business {Video}

When you think of your daily to-dos in terms of your wellness, what 3 things come to mind? Quiet time in the early morning? A jog to start the day? Hair-care? Sharing time with close loved ones? Tuning into your gifts and pouring them out in service? Living out your purpose? Being intentional about your thoughts? […]

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5 Top Tech Tools For Your Creative Content Business

I’m writing on this tech topic with a little bit of a smile considering the electricity was off, island-wide in Barbados for about a day and a half between yesterday and today, but here goes: These are 5 tech tools (apps or platforms) that I use and recommend for managing your content business. They’re all […]

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What To Do When You Don’t Get The Support You’d Like To Start Your Business

So it’s no secret by now – starting a business and going on to maintain and grow it, is not easy – or for everybody. Not everyone will encourage, support or believe in your dream, calling, vision, and mission. Along with creating products, offering services, tending to the admin side of your career and managing client […]

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Weaning off plastic and making better Eco-friendly decisions

Plastic is a problem. It’s a lot like gluten – almost everywhere and in a whole lot of things. As I become more aware of just how serious this plastic problem is, and how it affects the earth, step by step I’m making a point to get educated on the topic of sustainability and make […]

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Vocal-care home remedies For Speakers, Singers & Podcasters

Hey there, is your voice key in your career? You don’t need to be a vocal pro to know that a sore throat, an annoying cough or stuffy nose are three of the least favourite things on most people’s list. While this isn’t to replace any medical advice, there are home remedies – things like […]

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Cosy TeaHouse, Sushi spot & Bistro On The South Coast of Barbados

For a healthy and tasty tea, delicious salad, sushi session and customer service experience to brighten your day, there’s a TeaHouse and Bistro just for you on the south coast of Barbados. Are you a sushi fan? What about some refreshing tea – hot or chilled? I enjoy both and can drink tea a bazillion times […]

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Don’t Wait For Things To Be Perfect To Get Started

The other day, I was in a webinar (or is that ‘on a webinar?)…and something interesting happened. By the way, it was a business online session led by someone whom (as far as their website, content, communication-style and reviews imply) was and is a pro in this area. And then – a train passed by […]

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Does Your Why Make You Cry?

Does Your Why Make You Cry? Does Your Why Make You Cry? — Leer en cristianmihai.net/2019/10/01/does-your-why-make-you-cry/ an honest and inspiring post on of my favourite blogs, by one of Romania’s top writers. Click the link, have a read and see why…

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Refreshing Your Work From Home Experience With Outdoor Adventures

A little question for you if that’s alright – it links to today’s blog post and either way, the answer isn’t for me but more so to help you get more clarity: Do you enjoy your home? It doesn’t have the be the fanciest house in the most pristine area or be the most furnished […]

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Bright Benefits To Working From Home

Hey, how was your day so far sis (or bro)? Hoping bright. I hope this helps brighten your work-from-home journey (or plan.) So, I’ve mentioned a few times here that I went from being busy on the road to working quietly (and effectively) from home. You can read about that HERE when you have a […]

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Art Takes Time {Encouragement For The Creative Entrepreneur}

Art takes time… …so does building and maintaining a business, and sometimes it’s easy to get carried away with one or both when you’re riding an inspirational wave, taking care of client work while forgetting to tend to your own personal growth, walking through a challenging season, chasing dollars, busy being busy, or scrolling away […]

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The Prayer Connection

Hey, a bright day to ya. Ok so, today’s post wasn’t on the editorial calendar but it is definitely right on schedule. I saw it on IG this morning and just had to ask if I could share it here with you too. It’s a beautiful and necessary reminder for us all, written by a […]

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Tips To Working Well From Home

Hey there, do you work from home…or do you want to? First, let me say this (or entrepreneurship) isn’t for everybody so please don’t feel like this is the be-all-and-end-all of career formats…’cause it’s not. It’s a possibility. Today’s video shares some tips for anyone making the step from busy on the road to working quietly […]

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A Joyful Life In A Rough n’ Tough World

Hey there, today I’m sharing a reminder to encourage you or anyone who is growing through a storm… Your life has a purpose that goes way beyond your circumstances, business and achievements. Purpose is that engine that enables us to stand when the winds are strong; along with hope, it compels us forward in life […]

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One Week In Five Minutes – Shopping, Recording, Cleaning & Yardwork {VIDEO}

There’s no one formula to being a creative freelancer. Knowing what tempo works well for your tasks and quality of life in the present season you’re in helps include wellness into the design of your business. Burnout is not fun, and it can sap energy and stifle creativity; that’s enough incentive to find the best […]

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5 Tips & 3 Formats For Interviewing People For Your Blog, Podcast or Magazine

What is it about some interviews that makes them stand out…? Sometimes it’s the story, the delivery of it by the interviewee or their personality, the introduction by the host, timing of the moment, presentation style, background info, production approach, editing techniques, strategically-placed background music, crowd response or the use of silence and ambient sounds. […]

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Freelancer WorkWeek – Blogging, Beach, Bridgetown & Music Biz Meeting

Hiya, it’s about that time – here’s a NEW Freelancer WorkWeek video for you. If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a creative business owner who’d like to click refresh on your work approach or a travel fan of Barbados, there’s something for you in today’s post. As I type this, the first raindrops on the west […]

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Maximizing Google Calendar To Manage Your Schedule

As a business owner, managing your schedule is important. Ensuring your tending list is accounted for and being taken care while you also keep track of things like meetings, events and personal responsibilities is essential to the efficiency of your workflow. Leaving a major meeting date to memory or scribbling an event booking on a […]

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Watching The Words We Receive And Declare

Words are meals ingested or served. They are a huge part of how we communicate with one another, and so the essence, intention, message and tone surrounding them matter. Otherwise why would we even be making an effort to learn and use them in the first place. They serve a purpose for a reason, whether […]

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Including Fitness Into Your Freelancer Lifestyle

Y’know the Health app on your phone? Do you ever monitor it? Hopefully, your digital ‘device’ isn’t always in your hand throughout the day to count every step you take and every move you make, but the app comes in handy for checking your daily physical activity. Health and Fitness I’ll start by saying I’m […]

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Setting The Scene For Your Writing Journey

Hi writers. Isn’t it funny (at times) how some think that because you have a creative career, there’s never any planning or method to the process? Though a lot of an artist’s life is free-flowing, knowing how and where we work best is important to maintaining a rhythm and growing a gift from hobby to […]

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Making The Most Of A National Holiday {Kadooment Day – The Quiet Way}

Hi there, as I type this post, the distant sound of fast-paced drum and bass is travelling across seawater, up the hill and trickling into the atmosphere. The sound is so faint, but every now and then, the wind blows the sound faintly in this direction. It’s Kadooment Day (Carnival Day) – a national holiday […]

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How To Complete Multiple Writing Assignments With Different Composition Styles

Okay, so you have different assignments to write, complete, hand-in or upload. The research methods and tools may vary but the timelines given are pretty close together. One writing format is more conversational or poetic and the other is more academic or corporate. This is probably where I’ll mention straight-up that my default writing, thinking and […]

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Freelancer WorkWeek – Pacing Writing With B&B Housecleaning in Barbados {Video}

Hi there, today’s post shares a combo of sit-down-and-focus work and physical-on-your-feet work. Ever have one of those days or weeks when the list of things to do involves different parts of your brain, so it’s a test of endurance and patience to get through them? Well, those are often the times when looking on […]

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3 Tips To Help Creative Introverts Become Confident Coaches

Hi there, do you have a wealth of creative experience and a calling to coach others? Think you’re too ‘shy’ or too much of an ‘introvert’ to teach but keep being asked to speak up and share your insight? No worries. You don’t need to be an outgoing or arrogant person to be an efficient […]

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7 Lessons Learned From Living In A House With Just One Tiny Mirror

Hi there. L’il question for ya: how many mirrors are in your home? It never really crossed my mind in the years living in that house on a farm in the countryside, that all that time there was only one tiny mirror. It also never bothered me or seemed to be anything significant…until now. Image […]

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Freelancer WorkWeek In Barbados {Cleaning, Rehearsals, Magazine & Music}

Growing up in The Caribbean, most of us were taught (as children) to know the ‘time and place’ to do this or that. For example, tantrums in supermarkets (or anywhere for that matter), interrupting two adults in conversation, ‘talkin’ back’ to a parent or teacher, puttin’ up your feet while wearing shoes on the sofa […]

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