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Entrepreneur, writer, editor, book coach, cat lover, weirdo, optimist. Author of “Write. Get Paid. Repeat.” & “Concept to Conclusion.”

Without selling courses or doing the blogging grind.

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In September 2017, I wrote a post about how I made $6500 that month as a full-time freelance writer.

In that post, I shared my breakdown of how I made that money and what kinds of work and clients I had to get there.

Two years later, in October 2019, I had my first $10,000 month!

While I have made a livable and decent salary since I started freelancing in October 2016, this was my first $10k month. I have seen many articles from people about ramping up and making $10k and more right away; that is not the case…

Creating My Own Management/Leadership Training

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I have been with my company for about 10 months now. I was hired in November 2020 as the first (and only) Managing Editor to build a team of contractors/freelancers for content.

My company is a startup and I was employee number 6 or 7, depending on who you ask.

Now we are up to almost 30 people and steadily growing!

In the intervening time, I built the HELL out of my contract writer team. I went from 1 writer who was already working with them doing about 10 posts per month to 19 writers producing 150+ articles per month…

I don't know who needs to hear this today besides me.

This is George, my happy/sad reversible octopus. He lets my husband know how I’m doing lol

Today is a bad day for me.

As an insomniac since childhood, I am all too well-acquainted with a crappy night’s sleep.

From laying in bed for hours counting my breaths, staring at the ceiling, thinking about conversations I had 15 years ago, and pre-emptively crafting my argument for another day’s fight.

To waking up stupidly early only to be exhausted and unable to fall back asleep.

Some nights I abandon my bed and lay on the couch to try staring at a different ceiling.

Some nights I take Ambien, NyQuil, or other stuff to force my brain to shut…

It’s up to you — but what does that mean?

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Two of my favorite quotes about success are:

“What is not started will never get finished.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“Success is not what you have, but who you are.” -Dr. Bo Bennett, President, Archiboy Holdings, LLC & CEO of

What lovely and true sentiments.

When you look deeper into these two pieces of advice, you can see more than what may lie on the surface.

For one thing, you cannot actually become successful unless you begin. You cannot build anything without breaking ground. Or, as Lao Tzu wrote, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with…

Honestly, every person.

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I saw this post by Growth Lodge in the Illumination publication and wanted to say that while I don’t think that is a full list, I do think it is interesting to see that perspective. And it had some great points!

So, I wanted to make a similar list for women. I present to you, 20 skills every woman should know.

There is no age limit on these skills, as I know that as we grow and change and evolve, so do our skills.

These 20 skills are from my own experiences and those of friends and family, as well…

A step-by-step guide with pictures.

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I get asked how to self-publish ALL the time.

And I know it can be confusing if you’ve never done it before. So to make it easier, I’ve created a step by step guide for the entire process.

I am not going to dive into how to find a cover designer or formatting or all the details of formatting in this post. Let me know if that is something you want to see in another article.

Here are the things you need to self-publish on Amazon:

  • Two versions of your formatted book; one as a docx, EPUB, or KPF file (formatted for ebook) and the other as a PDF file…

Here’s why and what we can do about it.

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When I see photos of women around my size in advertisements, on TV, taking a walk, in a shop…I barely notice.

If anything, I think “That’s a nice shirt.” And move on.

Yet when I look in the mirror, I hate the way I look.

I have a confession to make: I am the heaviest I have ever been.

Part of it was the pandemic lockdowns and subsequent year-plus of quarantine. Part of it was meds. Part of it is a complete and utter lack of self-control around snacks.

Lockdown came, and with it, an unfortunate knock to my mental health.

I slowly gained weight during quarantine. It was an all-too-common combination…


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There is a myth that pervades the writing world that you HAVE to write every single day.

If you don’t, then you won’t be successful or popular…or make money!

That’s not true.

Let’s talk about this.

While I have long thought, written, and advised that writing more often is essential to improving, the main thing anyone can take away from my advice is:


Consistency is the true path to success.

I do not write every day.

Not on my blog, for my next book, or in my journal.

Depending on my clients and deadlines, not even for clients. (To be fair, I mostly do editing these days.)

Consistency is…

And they’re all FREE!

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I get it, I am a weirdo.

Perhaps an anomaly.

But I…(shhh!) like marketing myself and my business.

No, no, don’t run away!

I know most people hate marketing themselves.

It can feel “braggy” to talk about yourself. There is anxiety when approaching strangers. What if the person/company doesn’t like your work? Marketing takes time away from other (paid) work.

“I’m just not good at it.” “I don’t see the point.”


And I still know it to be 100% true that if you market yourself, even a little bit, you will get back SO MUCH…

Is homeownership still the American dream?

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I am a Millennial. I am 35 years old born in 1986. My parents are baby boomers — the generation of people who could buy a house right out of college and support a family of 4 on one full-time income.

I feel like my entire life, homeownership was sold to me as the ultimate “American dream.”

So, I spent my after-college adulthood saving money aggressively to be able to do the ultimate adult-y thing — buy a house.

I didn’t sacrifice everything. I still went on vacation now and then and hung out with friends and grabbed a drink.

Jyssica Schwartz

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