Creativity

Guest post: 5 ways to practice smarter when you don’t have much time to practice

Laura’s note: this is part of a series of guest posts I’m running over the next few weeks.
by Leanne Sowul
Many of us have passions to which we’d like to devote more time. For some, it’s training for a marathon; for others, learning a musical instrument, cooking, or doing yoga. The time we spend practicing these passions is important; doing th… read more »

“Rarely do people question success in the same way they do failure”

Oh, Real Simple. Your cover stories on laundry, your strange editor’s letters about Sheryl Sandberg, and photo spreads featuring not-real-simple $400 linen pants have been forgiven. The March issue features a fabulous interview with Kat Cole, the 36-year-old president of Cinnabon (a billion dollar company). How did Cole rise so high so fast? Maybe it… read more »

Guest post: How to make the ultimate to-do list

(Laura’s note: I’ll be running the occasional guest post over the next few weeks. If you have a post you’d like to suggest, please email me at lvanderkam at yahoo dot com).
by Paula Rizzo
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by your list and ignore it. But I want to tell you how to make the ultimate to-do list and stick to it, and I can do that with a list.… read more »

Reader question: When should I turn down well-paying work?

Today’s reader question comes from a woman I’ll call Amy. She works full time (35-40 hours/week) from home as a contractor to major tech companies. She also runs a creative business on the side. She devotes about 5 hours a week to that. She was recently approached about doing a bigger digital creative project that would be something new for her, but fits wi… read more »

Unconventional Thanksgiving leftovers

We celebrated Thanksgiving with just the 5 of us. I’d been shopping at Costco, though, so we had a lot of food, including a 15 lb turkey. That might have been fine if all of us had been around to eat the leftovers. But on Friday my husband took the older two kids out to Arizona for a family wedding. My 3-year-old was not much help on anything except rolls. So after a f… read more »