Want to Be an Author? Three Reasons You Need Storytelling Skills (Even for an Informational Book)

By judyelane@gmail.com | January 30, 2023 | 2 Comments

Storytelling is important to us humans. You could argue that every life is a collection of short stories and/or series of novels that tie to a longer narrative. Telling stories is how we connect to each other and make sense of the world around us. That’s why telling a good story is an important skill […]

Travel in Tajikistan, a Country of Miracles

By judyelane@gmail.com | January 16, 2023 | 0 Comments

Today, I delve into more my travels in Tajikistan, a place very different from anywhere I’ve been. At the same time, I begin to share the beautiful stories of courage and strength of the brave souls I encountered there. The human spirit and faith can overcome much; in Tajikistan, I met people who have done […]

Should You Blog? Six Ironclad Arguments for Doing So to Keep Your Biz—and YOU—Fresh: Part I

By judyelane@gmail.com | December 29, 2022 | 2 Comments

This post is part of a series and will cover the first three reasons to blog. Stay tuned next month for more! Aren’t blogs so . . . 2010? Not really. The buzz on the street is that, while the type of blog that started this particular medium is fading from popularity, most people who […]

Sick of ‘Tis the Season? You’re Precisely Who the Season is For!

By judyelane@gmail.com | December 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

Is Christmas about celebrating love and family? Not exactly . . . Feel like the season of joy and peace has little to do with you? In fact, those who are living in pain, who can’t see a way forward, who see no light at the end of the tunnel are EXACTLY who the Christmas […]

Travel to Tajikistan

By judyelane@gmail.com | December 5, 2022 | 0 Comments

Dear readers . . .  With this blog series, I’m deviating from my normal pattern of posts on writing and mental wellness. Instead, I’ll focus on a recent vacation I took to Tajikistan with a friend, Nadia, and the stories of some of the amazingly strong women I have the privilege of knowing there. This […]

Should You Judge a Book’s Cover? Yes—It’s of Make-or-Break Importance!

By judyelane@gmail.com | October 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

Yvonne Parks, Cover Designer for Rich Dad Poor Dad, Discusses Her Passion “Yvonne’s incredible. While you’re still on the phone with her talking about ideas for the book, she’ll be drawing up 3-4 ideas and emailing them over.” That’s the glowing reference I heard recently from an acquisitions editor in my network. In person—well, virtually […]

Columbus/Indigenous People’s Day: 4 Ways Writing Helps You Honor & Discover

By judyelane@gmail.com | October 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

The act of writing is a journey, an exploration. It is also an excellent way to acknowledge the past and express gratitude for what came before. Why is that relevant today? Today is Indigenous People’s Day in many places in America. The day acknowledges the American people who were here before Europeans arrived en masse. […]

Are Books a Dying Breed? Three Reasons I Don’t Think So

By judyelane@gmail.com | September 26, 2022 | 2 Comments

More people than ever are writing and publishing books. Meanwhile, podcasts, YouTube, TikTok, and other platforms for audio and video media burgeon. Is it a competition? Last year while doing some research for a client, I met with a couple of young businesspeople to take their pulses on reading preferences. One did not read books. […]

Rest, Don’t Stress Part 2: Perfection vs. Interdependence

By judyelane@gmail.com | September 7, 2022 | 0 Comments

In my post, Rest Don’t Stress: Silencing the Madwoman, I discussed that to have a “rest” mindset, we must learn to love ourselves. Loving myself is not a new concept for me. Years ago, I heard a pastor discuss the famous “Love Your Neighbor as Yourself” concept in the Bible. He pointed out that to […]

This AND That—Why Two Things Can Be True at the Same Time

By judyelane@gmail.com | August 29, 2022 | 0 Comments

Self-Compassion requires recognizing that either/or’s don’t always apply to feelings or experiences Is mental health important? Mental health, or mental well-being as I prefer to call it, has gotten a lot more attention in recent decades. Increasing understanding has shed light on how our mental wellness ties to every part of our lives—our job performance, […]