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Work-Life Integration

This week, fittingly, I'm talking to you from the road — my daughter-in-law and I decided to get some quality downtime in. Thanks to technology and work-life integration, taking off on a Friday is a possibility for me. If you're a modern worker, especially if you're a...

The Uncertainty of Pain

This week I've got a good friend with me — Pam Maguire — who has been so helpful as to assist me in eating the delicious lunch I have prepared. Pam, as any good friend should, is also talking with me about life, the universe, and how strangely difficult it can be to...

The Importance of Consistency

It's been a while since you've heard from me — several weeks! — and there's a reason for that. As tax season is to accountants, Microsoft Awards season is to Mercer-MacKay, and we're in the thick of it right now. As we skidded across the finish line of Inspire Awards...

Increase Your Happiness Quotient

It's mid-February again, and here at Mercer-MacKay, that means one thing — awards season has fully arrived! It's an exhilarating, occasionally overwhelming ride that can challenge my natural optimism and leave me feeling depleted and negative. Even in those "down"...

Awards Writing Workshop — Invest in Yourself

Hi, everyone, This week’s video contains the details for signing up for the Awards Writing Workshop on February 10. (Of course if you want to skip reading the transcript or listening to me — about 3 minutes — click the link here to learn how to register.) If you DO...

Practice Gratitude (Happy New Year!)

Hi, everyone, It is New Year’s Eve and we are only a few hours away from welcoming 2018. For many of you, the new year is a time of resolutions and goal-setting. I know it is for me. I encourage you to take a piece of paper and write some of your goals down. We are...

When in Doubt, Be of Service

How are feeling this Christmas season? Many of us struggle with feelings of loss or depression. If you do, my own experience has been to be of service. If you are sad, be of service. If you are lonely, be of service. If you are unsure of your place in the world, be of...

The Importance of Project Management

  I've been back from Thailand for a week now, feeling refreshed and jumping into the thick of client work again. This week, we had a disappointment on a large, high-stakes project where we hyperfocused on one area of the project to the detriment of the others —...

You Are The Architect of Your Life

As I write, I'm in the middle of a 30-hour journey home from Thailand — from Phuket, through Seoul, Incheon and Taipei, and finally home to Toronto. Aside from the tiredness that can be expected on a journey of this length, I'm feeling gratitude that my life is what I...

Don’t Give Up — Dig Deep

Continuing my adventure in Thailand, this week I'm sharing a personal insight from northern Thailand, near Burma. Foremost on my mind has been personal strength, and how internal determination and external strength can work together. This week I had a physical...

Live in Your Now

In last week's newsletter, Going Back to the Well, I shared how I'm returning to the wellspring of creativity within myself by going on a three-week sojourn in Thailand. I'm there now and am already amazed at the places I've travelled and connections I'm making. As...

Go Back to the Well

We all need to take an occasional break from our day-to-day lives, with its deadlines, to-do lists, and endless commitments. But sometimes it is difficult to put on the brakes and just stop. Why is taking a break so important? I know for certain that our brains need...

Networking The Right Way

Are you feeling alone in your business? Perhaps not knowing where to start when it comes to making connections and growing your network? It can be hard to know who to connect with, and many of us go, naturally enough, for the people we feel can be of greatest...

All That You Want Is Already Within

This week, I want to talk to you about appreciating the value of what lies within. It seems like we humans, (especially those of us who want to do our best), tend to focus on the traits we don't possess.  We focus on our failures and all the myriad ways in which we...

Doing Battle With Fear

This week, I want to address the topic of fear. Fear will always come up for us, as individuals, much more frequently than we think is common or acceptable. The question is, how do we approach such a negative, pervasive feeling when it relates to our businesses? For...

Working ON Your Business, Not IN Your Business

This week, I'm recording a video at one of our quarterly reviews, where we gather the whole team together for a deep dive on one of our programs. This process, has us working ON our business instead of IN our business. What does that look like? It’s about looking in...

Ray Edwards on Getting Clients

This week, I'm thrilled to be in Spokane, Washington with my own mentor and coach, Ray Edwards. We've had a wonderful couple days digging deep into our business practices, exploring ways we've excelled and ways in which we can improve. And, just as you requested, I...

Focus on Your Strengths

Sometimes, the negative headlines dominating the news can feel overwhelming. Stories of man’s inhumanity to man such as the tragic event in Las Vegas sadden us. In spite of this, there is still much in our world that is good. This week, I share my perspective on how...

Focusing on your Strengths

It is one of the seemingly constant traits in humans that we tend to focus on the negative. When it comes to assessing our own strengths and weaknesses, our attention goes most naturally to the "weaknesses" part of this dichotomy, and we try to improve by getting...

Connecting With Your Audience: Creating A Persona

In the writing business, as in every other, impostor syndrome is rampant. Who am I? Why would my audience care about what I, of all people, have to say? The focus here, of course, is on yourself, when perhaps, you would do well to shift it onto those whom you want to...

Eating Our Own Dog Food

You might ask, what does dog food have to do with anything in business? Well, there used to be a saying in the tech industry: "Eat your own dog food." It meant, before recommending solutions to your clients, you should really have tried those solutions yourself....

Get A Lifetime of Writing Coaching

This week, I was privileged to connect with a long-time reader, Jim, who decided to reach out to me and find out more about my 6-Figure Freelance Writer Blueprint Program. For those of you who aren't aware, I'm relaunching the Blueprint program in October on a monthly...

Working For Yourself – Fear and Freedom

Hi everyone, This week I'm working lakeside in beautiful Muskoka with my good friend, Nancy Watt. Nancy, like me, works for herself - and also, like me, was afraid of taking the leap to self-employed for many years. It can be, and usually is, terrifying to leave the...

Can You Measure Progress with Paperclips?

We all know that we want to be productive, and many of us have systems in place to that end - if, by "systems," we mean a frantic pace and a fervent prayer that our effort is going where it will be most effective! In contrast, how would you like to have a daily pulse...