Category: Creativity

How to be creative on demand

“Deep in the countryside of Bordeaux, France, anyone out wandering one early-January night in 2013 might have caught a curious sight: a black-haired woman in a lit studio window, scratching out ink drawings of the Alaskan tundra…” So begins my short ebook, What the Most Successful People Do at Work, in which I profile children’s book illustra… read more »

What a lark! What a plunge!

I’ve been on a real Virginia Woolf kick this weekend. I finished Adeline on Friday night (a Norah Vincent novel that’s out in about a week; Virginia Woolf is the protagonist). I realized I’d never read The Hours, which is Michael Cunningham’s novel that spins off of Mrs. Dalloway. I started reading that on Saturday while everyone was otherwise occup… read more »

The no-meal-planning guide to meals

One of my insights from writing I Know How She Does It was that being more organized about household chores does not always save you time. A few people spent big chunks of weekends meal planning, coupon clipping (!), grocery shopping, and then cooking in advance. Others did not. Everyone still ate, but people in the latter category had lower housework hour tal… read more »

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 »