Reflections on a Seattle Vacay

by Kristina Ludwig
Jun 5
By: Kristina Ludwig Posted: June 5, 2015 at 9:38 am

Last week, we visited Seattle for the first time. I’d always heard great things about this Pacific Northwest city, and wanted to see it for myself.

It turns out that the so-called “birthplace of grunge” is a lot greener and happier than I’d imagined. Although Seattle is portrayed as a rainy city, we had perfect, sunny weather for most of our trip. The climate was actually pretty similar to San Diego (highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s) during our vacation.

A lovely day in Seattle

A lovely day in Seattle


We stayed in a hotel downtown with a spectacular rooftop deck, and spent hours gazing out over the city and water. We could see the Space Needle from our rooftop, as well as the waterfront area and everything in between. In the mornings, the view was obscured by a layer of fog, but once it burned off, the city was clear and shimmering before us.

The view from our hotel room

The view from our hotel room

There are tons of tourist attractions there, but we prefer to stay away from things we deem “too touristy.” As a result, we hung out in fun, trendy neighborhoods like Belltown, loading up on coffee (of course! But no Starbuck’s.) and delicious food. The vibe was chill, people seemed nice and talkative, and the city was incredibly clean. One of the highlights of our trip was a visit to the EMP museum, with exhibits featuring various pop culture elements. We especially enjoyed the Nirvana exhibit, and the music section upstairs where patrons can play various instruments. I tapped into my inner jazz musician by composing my own piano piece over a rhythmic jazz beat, and Antonio had a field day with the guitars. We even jammed together on guitar and drums, and Xaviana pounded the keyboard. The vacation environment, coupled with the overall free-for-all feel, fueled our creativity for the week ahead, and we’ve both been super productive since our return!


Antonio plays air guitar next to the musical instrument sculpture in the EMP museum.

Antonio plays air guitar next to the musical instrument sculpture in the EMP museum.

Another favorite was Alki Beach, which we hit on our last day (and the only gray day we experienced in Seattle). The thick, low-laying clouds and light mist of rain created the perfect environment for introspection as we looked out over the water. And the fact that we found an awesome Greek-inspired fish-and-chips place, Sunfish, added to the fun. Over lunch, Antonio remarked that it was easy to forget what country we were in, and it’s true. Seattle provides such an eclectic mix of cultures and such a colorful and random environment that you could really be anywhere. During our stay, we enjoyed cuisine from all over the world: a Creole brunch, Japanese sushi, Italian dinner, American gastropub fare, and, of course, the Greek-American fusion fish.


We left Seattle full of excitement and inspiration… Since then, Antonio has taken his energy and creativity to his brand-new job at a startup, while I’ve directed mine toward writing my upcoming book, Amish Blessings. If you haven’t been to Seattle yet, you must try it!

7 Ideas to Make Every Day Awesome This Week!

by Kristina Ludwig
Feb 2
By: Kristina Ludwig Posted: February 2, 2015 at 9:11 am

Who likes Mondays? Okay, not a lot of us. But, weirdly, I do. I think of them as the start of a brand-new week of awesomeness. We’ve had time to recharge and rejuvenate over the weekend (hopefully), and we can start fresh…so what’s not to be excited about?!

This Monday’s blog post is a little different than most; I want to share a fun thing you can do every day to super-charge your week. So, here goes. Since the week technically begins on Sunday, I’ll start there.

These tiger cubs playing outside look like they're about to have a super-charged and fierce week. :)

These tiger cubs playing outside look like they’re about to have a super-charged and fierce week. :)

  • Sunday: Create a Weekly Mantra. This will not only excite you to begin your workweek, it will also keep you focused until Friday. Antonio and I enjoy creating mantras on Sunday nights, and also writing a list of weekly goals. We’ve been doing this for over a year, and feel that we’ve both been more effective and efficient ever since. The mantra keeps us motivated, and the goal list creates a sense of accountability–and accomplishment every time we check something off!
  • Monday: Draw Upon Your Passions. Don’t let your workweek start off dull and boring; infuse a little bit of something you’re passionate about into your day, and motivation will follow! When I worked as a pharmacist, I would often start the week with a new outfit, or try something new with my make-up, because I love these things and they improved my attitude all day. Now that I work from home, I’m sure to incorporate at least one of my passions into my day, whether it’s exercising or playing the piano for my baby girl. Drawing upon my passions makes me feel more inspired, and lets the week start off on a strong note.
  • Tuesday: Be Grateful. Starting every day–not just Tuesday–by remembering at least one thing you have to be thankful for lends a rosy glow to your day.
  • Wednesday: Recharge Your Batteries. Many of us start feeling exhausted as the week wears on, and by Hump-Day, we’re zombies. Sometimes, it’s nice to take some time off and have a bum-night in the middle of the week. Watch a movie, and make sure to sleep early, so you can finish off your week strong!
  • Thursday: Cook Something New and Healthy. Good nutrition is  essential for physical and mental health, and cooking at home is the best way to get it! I cook at home almost every night, and always make leftovers for lunch later in the week. Cooking is also an extremely creative and rewarding pursuit. It can de-stress you as you become absorbed in creating just the right combination of flavors, and, of course, it rocks once you get to eat your concoction!
  • Friday: Have a Happy Hour. Time with family and friends is so important for people who want to supercharge their lives. Spend a few hours with people you love, who lift you up. Remember that the attitudes of whomever you associate with most will rub off on you, so spend your  time with your most positive and fun friends!
  • Saturday: Exercise Outside. Working out in a gym is great, but nothing beats exercise outside. It just feels more exhilarating. So whether you’re skiing in the winter or jogging on the beach in summer, take advantage of the great outdoors, and you’ll feel your mind expand in the process.

What did you think of these ideas? What do you do to super-charge your week and make every day awesome? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

5 Easy Ways to Regain Your Momentum This Year

by Kristina Ludwig
Jan 5
By: Kristina Ludwig Posted: January 5, 2015 at 9:00 am

I always enjoy some time off around the holidays, and although I’ve written a bit here and there over the past two weeks, today is my first official day back to writing full-time!

No matter what you do, returning to work after a long break can seem daunting to say the least. Luckily, I’ve got you covered! Instead of dreading your return to work, try these 5 easy ways to regain your momentum after the New Year. I applied them last year after the holidays, and they worked incredibly well. I’m psyched to implement them again.

New Year's was fun, but now it's time to get serious. Check out these 5 tips to find out how!

New Year’s was fun, but now it’s time to get serious. Check out these 5 tips to find out how!

  1. Start the week by doing something you love! I kicked off the week with an impromptu yoga class yesterday morning. Yoga is one of my favorite workouts because it exercises not only our bodies but our minds and souls as well. I always feel more focused and motivated after I practice yoga. This session, however, the true revelation came at the end of class. After everyone left the exercise room, I still had so many endorphins circulating through my system that I didn’t want to leave. So, I took advantage of the fact that there were no back-to-back classes that day; with the room to myself, I began dancing and doing splits, cartwheels, and front handsprings. I felt wild, free, and completely in touch with my innermost essence. Gymnastics and dancing were two things I loved as a child and a teen, and practicing them again felt divine. As I walked home in the sunshine, I was pumped for everything  in life, including returning to work.
  2. Create a mantra. I always create a weekly mantra, but I believe that it’s especially important to do so before returning to work after a long break. My mantra came to me at the end of yoga practice, and it is Discipline, Drive, and Determination. Over the holidays, I relaxed and cut loose, but now it’s time to return to the core of what makes us all successful: the 3 D’s. I repeated my mantra to myself before I sat down at the computer today, and I was raring to go!
  3. Read voraciously. This is my only tip that applies exclusively to writers, especially those of you who are working on fiction projects. Reading is the perfect way to regain your momentum; reading a book in your genre will inspire you and impart a feeling of accomplishment. After all, you’re not just reading for pleasure–you’re conducting market research! And if you’re working on a manuscript that requires research, dusting off those non-fiction books and reading up on your topic will give you ideas and help you to feel more in touch with your story. For example, I’m working on a mermaid novel set in 1920s San Francisco, so I dug up some new resources on the 1920s in general and prohibition in San Fran in particular to put me in the mindset of the story.
  4. Write a list of goals. I think most of us do this in some way or another, and call them New Year’s resolutions. However, even if New Year’s resolutions aren’t your thing, don’t fret. Write goals for your workweek–and your year–instead. This is an excellent habit to get into, and it will help you to start, and finish, your week strong.
  5. Take care of your body. Many of us gorge during the holiday season. After all, we won’t see some of these foods again for a whole year! But remember, sugar is a toxin, and the starchy, salt-laden foods of the holidays kill your energy. Returning to your regular healthy diet is paramount in regaining your momentum at work, because if you feel sluggish and bloated, how are you going to perform to your full potential? Additionally, many of us neglect our exercise regimens during the holidays. Working out again will get your blood flowing and your endorphins pumping, and will fill your entire body with an amazing sense of well-being. The sooner you can return to your healthy habits and take care of your body, the better it will be for your momentum at work!

So, there you have it: 5 easy ways to regain your momentum this year. Have you tried these? Do you have anything to add? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Overcoming Fear: Unleash Your Inner Lion or Lioness

by Kristina Ludwig
Aug 11
By: Kristina Ludwig Posted: August 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm

One of my favorite Sunday pastimes is attending church with Antonio, where we recharge our spirituality and find inspiration for the coming week. Yesterday, the priest’s sermon was particularly touching–he talked about fear: the way it can hold us back, and how so many people are motivated by it, when instead we should be driven by love and faith.

This really struck a chord with me. Fear impedes so many of us in our quest for self-actualization, and if left unchecked, it can prevent us from ever reaching our full potential. And fear affects even the bravest among us. In fact, it’s so sneaky that we may not realize it has caused us to fail until it’s too late.

I consider myself a pretty brave person–unless there are spiders or mold around. Then, all bets are off. But seriously, I have never been one to shy away from challenges, “scary” amusement park rides, weird new foods, or relatively adventurous activities. However, career-wise, I was always a play-it-safe kind of girl. I followed the prescribed path of academic success: high grades and a loaded extracurricular resume in middle school and high school, the accelerated and demanding Doctor of Pharmacy program in college, and, finally, the lucrative job as a pharmacist. I felt stifled in the box of the pharmacy, and felt that my very active creative side was begging to be unleashed. As a result, I packed my time outside of work with artsy activities like writing, piano, chorus, drawing, and various dance and fitness classes, but felt as though there was a schism between my real interests and my full-time career. I dreamed of becoming a successful published author, but fear of never being “discovered,” as well as fear of giving up my secure, well-paying job, prevented me from taking the risks I’d need to succeed.

I was forced to face my fears when Antonio, who was then my fiance, was offered a great new job in San Diego. I knew in my heart that San Diego would be the best choice for us long-term, with its near-perfect weather and healthy lifestyle, as well as the lucrative and personally fulfilling position Antonio was being offered. Yet, I was incapacitated by fear. I was deathly afraid of venturing into the unfamiliar territory of California. I wanted to launch a new career as a YA author, but I was secretly afraid that I’d fail and be just another “starving artist.” Finally, I was afraid of leaving all the friends we’d made in Chicago, and of being so far from my family in Pittsburgh. The list went on and on.

At this point, I knew that it was time to manage my fear, not the other way around. So after my several-month-long period of incapacitation, Antonio and I finally arrived at a brave solution. We maintained a long-distance relationship for a year before our wedding, during which time we attended writing conferences together and focused fully on launching my career as an indie author. I continued to work full-time as a pharmacist, and the year was incredibly busy. But by our wedding last September, I had learned enough about the publishing process to feel as though my career leap was warranted.

I am so glad that I faced my fear, because now I’m happier than I ever thought possible. There is no longer a schism between my career and my innermost desires. I determine my own schedule, and the pace at which I release my new eBooks. I can work from home, which is ideal because we’re expecting our first child in October. And, for the first time in my life since teenagerhood, I feel creatively fulfilled.

This period of struggle taught me so much about facing my fears and unleashing my inner lioness. As the week begins, I urge you to examine your life and identify your greatest fears, and perhaps how they’ve held you back from your dreams. Like me, many people let their fears stand in the way of realizing their full potential and achieving their career goals–no matter how nonsensical those goals may seem to those around them. Morphing from pharmacist to writer seemed weird to some people, but it was the best decision I could’ve made!

An unwavering support system is essential in unleashing your inner lion or lioness.

An unwavering support system is essential in unleashing your inner lion or lioness.

So, here are some ways to overcome fear and unleash your inner lion or lioness. After reading this, I hope you want to ROAR!

  • Identify your greatest fears - Sometimes, fear is so sneaky that you might not even realize it’s holding you back. Identifying it is the first step to overcoming it.
  • Visualize your ideal life – Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Then, visualize a day in your ideal life. Are you working in the same career, or a totally different one? Do you live in the same city and have the same relationships? When you open your eyes, compare your vision with the reality of your life. Maybe your dream career is the exact opposite of the one you’re doing, or you’re in some pretty toxic relationships. Identify the elements that differ from your ideal life, and pinpoint why they differ. Is it because you’re working toward change, but it just hasn’t happened yet? Or is it because fear of failure or change is preventing you from even trying to turn your life around? If this is true, then you’ll have to…
  • Set goals - Write down the goals that will transport you from your real life to your vision. This will make your goals more real and plausible.
  • Have a support system - Once you’ve identified your goals for change, share them with your significant other and trusted friends or family. This increases accountability and helps to alleviate your fears about making the change. Antonio was my biggest supporter as I launched my new career. Not only did he believe in me, he’s been with me every step of the way, helping me to build my platform, attending conferences and networking events with me, helping me to learn about marketing, and even designing book covers. In the end, I had to overcome my own fear, but his unwavering and loving support was instrumental in the process, as well as in my success.
  • Become comfortable with the unfamiliar - As you’re working toward facing your fears and achieving your goals, try other things outside your comfort zone, like unfamiliar vacation spots, new sports, and exotic foods. The stimulation and newness will increase your fearless factor, guaranteed!
  • Make the change - Change is slow, and it can only be achieved with hard work every day. Armed with your goals and support system, you can face your fear of change head-on. Change gradually. Just as I didn’t launch a new career overnight, you shouldn’t expect your change to occur instantaneously. Be patient, but work constantly.
  • ROAR - Soon, you will begin to see the fruits of your labor. And when that happens, make sure to celebrate! Maintain a balance between hard work and celebration. There’s nothing more exhilarating than facing your fears head-on and conquering them. Now, go forth and ROAR!

Business, Publishing, and Life Vlog Episode #8

by Kristina Ludwig
Jul 28
By: Kristina Ludwig Posted: July 28, 2014 at 9:01 am

This weekend, Antonio and I shot another short and sweet episode of Business, Publishing, and Life. Be sure to check out the YouTube video, where you’ll find tips for success in business and publishing, as well as the #1 way to optimize your physical and mental performance, keeping your energy level strong throughout the week!

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Also, I’m pleased to announce that I will be launching my latest Amish ebook, Amish Baby: Hannah and Jakob’s Book, tomorrow, July 29, 2014! I’ll post links here on the blog, as well as in my newsletter and on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

What tips did you enjoy most from BPL? Anything to add? As always, I love to hear what you think!

6 Life Lessons from Watching the NBA Finals

by Kristina Ludwig
Jun 16
By: Kristina Ludwig Posted: June 16, 2014 at 10:03 am

I’ll admit this up front: I’ve never been a big-time basketball fan–until this season. Although I was fairly decent at shooting hoops and even was a basketball cheerleader in high school, I used to sleep through the games on TV. However, once I gave basketball a chance and started watching games with Antonio, I gained an appreciation of this fast-paced sport and all the athleticism and agility that goes along with it. My favorite part of the game is the players themselves–their dramas and egos. Basketball is full of interesting characters, and for a writer who loves observing people, that’s golden!

There was a lot to observe this playoff season, and I was sucked in immediately. But basketball is not all about the drama or even the sport–we can learn important life lessons from the players and coaches by paying attention to their hardships and their successes. Here are 6 life lessons I learned from watching the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs. Thanks to my brilliant co-author, Antonio, for coming up with the fresh new concept for this post, as well as the tips!

Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs celebrate their great victory. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs celebrate their great victory. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

  1. Use your failure as motivation - Last year, the San Antonio Spurs were on the verge of winning the NBA championship. They were up by 5 with 28 seconds left on the road against the Miami Heat. A yellow security tape was brought out to surround the court. The Heat fans started fleeing for the exit. Then miraculously, the Heat hit 2 incredible shots to tie the game and pull off an improbable comeback, and eventually win the title. Instead of pointing fingers and making excuses, the Spurs used the loss to fuel their fire. They came back stronger and more focused. And they won this year in decisive fashion.
  2. Trust your teammates – We’ve all heard it before: There is no “I” in Team. The Spurs showed this beautifully. They got all their players involved–not just their “Big 3.” Of course, the Big 3 were their excellent selves, but their role players made all the difference. They played selflessly and put on a clinic in passing, making one amazing assist after another. Patty Mills, the second-year man from Australia, was contributing with his relentless defense, quickness, and 3 pointers just as importantly as Tim Duncan, one of the all time greats.
  3. Believe in yourself - Kawhi Leonard, just 22 years of age, had arguably the toughest task in the Finals: guarding the best player on the planet, LeBron James. Not only did Kawhi match LeBron with his effort, intensity, focus, drive, rebounding, and chasing loose basketballs, he also in some cases outplayed him. Kawhi believed in himself, and so did his coaching staff and his teammates, who gave him the opportunity to play free, and shoot the ball. His hard work paid off, and he was rewarded with Finals MVP, becoming the youngest player to win the award since his teammate Tim Duncan did it in 1999.
  4. Diversity is key - The San Antonio Spurs are the most diverse team in the NBA. 8 of their core players are international. They have Tony Parker and Boris Diaw from France, Tim Duncan from the US Virgin Islands, Manu Ginobili from Argentina, Tiago Splitter from Brazil, Patty Mills and Aron Baynes from Australia, and Marco Belinelli from Italy. This mini-United Nations of players combined their diverse set of skills, experiences, and attitudes to create the most powerful team in the NBA. In life, diversity allows us to expand our viewpoints and become inspired by ideas outside our norm. Recipe for success!
  5. Work with what you have - The answers to the most difficult problems in life often reside inside of us. When the Spurs faced their heartbreaking defeat last year, they looked inside their team, buckled down, and worked harder. Most importantly, they never gave up believing in themselves. When we face setbacks in life, there is often no need to go outside to fix our problems. Many times, we can take a lesson from the Spurs: Look inside ourselves, work hard, and believe.
  6. Be humble - Success can often create unwanted side effects–specifically inflated ego and overconfidence. During the NBA finals, there was no better example of this than the comments of Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat. He told a Sports Illustrated reporter that the Heat were going to win Game 5, regardless of the odds, because, “Odds are for people that can’t do it.” The Spurs, on the other hand, went into Game 5 humbly, and their drive and persistence allowed them to come back from a 16-point deficit in the first quarter, and ultimately to win the game!

Other bloggers out there, what do you think of these tips? Did you watch the NBA Finals, and if so did you learn anything from them? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Business, Publishing, and Life Vlog Episode #4

by Kristina Ludwig
May 5
By: Kristina Ludwig Posted: May 5, 2014 at 10:28 am

It’s that time again… Time for BPL Episode #4. Antonio and I share a business tip with a new perspective on goal-setting to help you get ahead this week. The publishing tip relates to one of my favorite things: blogging. And the life tip is based on a personal experience I had this weekend at the swimming pool, of all places!

Best of all, this episode comes with a very special, life-changing announcement, so be sure to check it out!

BPL Episode #4 comes with a special announcement!

BPL Episode #4 comes with a special announcement!

Writing Fitness: 4 Easy Ways to Flex Your Creative Muscles Today

by Kristina Ludwig
Apr 14
By: Kristina Ludwig Posted: April 14, 2014 at 9:56 am

I am a huge advocate of physical fitness. I adore yoga, cardio, and targeted weight-lifting and toning exercises. I also love being outside and doing “active” activities like biking, swimming, and shooting hoops. And of course, I live to dance crazily, and have a penchant for randomly launching into gymnastics on the beach.

It’s a known fact that being physically fit not only allows your body to perform optimally, decreasing the risk of common health problems (hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and hypercholesterolemia being only a few), it also makes you feel better. There’s even a scientific basis behind it. (Hello, feel-good endorphins!)

Your body is not the only thing you need to keep fit, however. If you’re a writer questing after ever-evolving creativity and awesome story craft, you also need to keep your mind fit, and the only way you can do that is by exercising it.

Writing fitness is as important as physical fitness! Image courtesy of gimnasia

Writing fitness is as important as physical fitness! Image courtesy of gimnasia

With that in mind, I have compiled a handful of tips to enhance your writing fitness. Our writing muscles will atrophy if we don’t use them, after all!

  1. Warm up your writing muscles  – Just as we wouldn’t exercise without stretching first, we shouldn’t launch into a full-on writing session without warming up first. Warming up can take a variety of forms. It can involve working on your blog, or taking a time out for journaling. You can even write a short story using a story prompt. Once you warm up, you will find that the main event of your writing session (i.e. working on your novel, etc) will flow more easily and smoothly.
  2. Read a lot – Many times, I learn new exercises from reading the blogs of fitness experts. Then, I just can’t wait to try them out at the gym or even at home. You can apply the same concept to your writing. Learn new literary techniques from reading the works of great writers of the past and present. If there’s some part of the creative process that’s perplexing you, read a how-to book. Reading gives us fascinating new ideas, opening doors for our own creativity.
  3. Fight boredom - One of the worst enemies of an exercise routine is boredom. Not only does it decrease your motivation to work out, the benefit to your muscle groups actually diminishes if you get stuck in a rut. That’s why it’s so important to shake up your fitness routine and evolve constantly. The same concept applies to your writing. If you do the same routine in the same location day in, day out, your creativity will be drained over time. Instead, work from various locations and split your writing day up differently throughout the week, incorporating other activities (ex. reading, playing a musical instrument, working out) into your day. Keep yourself stimulated, and the new ideas will flow.
  4. Keep it colorful - How psyched are you to go to the gym when you have a brand-new, brightly colored workout ensemble? I don’t know about you, but in my case, the answer is very. Psych yourself out to write by keeping it colorful! I’m not telling you to paint your office in neon colors (although hey, whatever works), but I am saying you should make your writing life figuratively colorful, if not literally. This means embracing new experiences, different cultures, and unusual locales. Even new writing equipment (i.e journal, pens, or computer) can make you feel more colorful–and enable you to infuse color into your writing!

Business, Publishing, and Life Vlog Episode 2

by Kristina Ludwig
Mar 31
By: Kristina Ludwig Posted: March 31, 2014 at 6:22 pm

This week has already been an exciting one. I was interviewed for the My Fire Point podcast, and will be sharing that with you as soon as it’s posted! This show is extremely motivational and fun, so I definitely recommend checking it out.

And, in keeping with my new Monday tradition, here’s the episode of BPL that Antonio and I filmed this weekend. We share 3 more tips in the fields of business, publishing, and life.

My publishing tip is about using free days on KDP Select, and I can’t tell you how valuable that has been for me. Here’s a blog post I wrote on the subject.

What do you think of BPL? Are you interested in being a guest? If so, feel free to comment below or email me at I’d love to hear your tips.

Introducing: Brand-New Vlog About Business, Publishing, and Life

by Kristina Ludwig
Mar 24
By: Kristina Ludwig Posted: March 24, 2014 at 11:27 am

Last week was an exciting one, with the launch of the Amish in College series and a weekend full of early birthday festivities for me! Antonio and I also started the project we’ve been talking about for months: our new YouTube show.

The show is called Business, Publishing, and Life (BPL for short), and we will be filming a short episode every week. We will interview special guests in a variety of fields, and each speaker will offer up his or her best tips on business, publishing, and / or life. BPL is an ideal show for writers because of its publishing flavor, but its heavy business and motivational components will make it a great fit for anyone looking for inspiration!

The idea of BPL came to Antonio and me during one of our reflective sessions in the hot tub. We’ve always found the hot tub to be the perfect place to come up with awesome new ideas, or even just to reset ourselves to conquer the week. We wanted to do a YouTube show that combined our areas of expertise: self-publishing and writing for me, and business and information technology for him. And voila: BPL was born!

Click here to watch Episode 1. In it, Antonio and I share our own tips for business, publishing, and life. I hope you enjoy it! If you’re interested in being a BPL guest, email me at

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