Shoot your shot…or save your powder

Shoot your shot…or save your powder

A few weeks ago, I cold-messaged one of my favorite Asian American authors (who happens to be a Nebula award finalist) to ask if she would like to be on my podcast. My podcast with 598 downloads ever. You know what? She said yes. I also put out a call on Twitter for...
Why “no guts, no glory” is bull

Why “no guts, no glory” is bull

I recently looked in my 2016 planner (good thing I never throw these things awaaaaay) and found a diagram I’d drawn at the very beginning of my freelance journey. [image description: A grid with two rows and two columns. The columns are labeled “low risk” and “high...
Business Lessons from Potty Training

Business Lessons from Potty Training

We’ve been in the death throes of potty training our three year old for the last 300 years months. Only recently did things finally start to click. It just dawned on me that learning to deposit metabolic waste in a designated receptacle is a lot like learning how to...
When was the last time you ran a mile (willingly)?

When was the last time you ran a mile (willingly)?

This week, with absolutely no warm-up or training, I ran a mile in under ten minutes. Which I’m sure is nothing to all you dedicated marathoners, but it was a big deal to me considering the last time I ran a mile was in 8th grade and I’m pretty sure my time was...
Adventures in Rejection

Adventures in Rejection

Let’s talk about rejection, baby. Back in 2017, I applied for an internship with a local branding and design studio that was famous for doing great work and building authentic community. I wore my 8-month-old baby to the group interview (they were cool with it)...
The Duty of Creativity

The Duty of Creativity

During my graduate program and my first year of teaching, I was something of an overachiever. I stubbornly wrote all of my curriculum from scratch and diligently checked all the boxes on my lesson plans. Differentiated instruction, formative assessment, IEP...
Hey Mom, I’m Gonna Be a Blogger

Hey Mom, I’m Gonna Be a Blogger

Every year at the beginning of May, my social media timeline politely reminds me of the four days it took to birth my son. It is both mildly amusing and slightly traumatic to see the progression of photos from cheerfully optimistic to desperately stressed out. Every...
It’s Time To Forget About Ideal Clients

It’s Time To Forget About Ideal Clients

When I was in college, I made a list of qualities I wanted and didn’t want in a spouse. One thing on the dislike list was heavy metal music, to the great amusement of my now-husband, who enjoys a wide range of music including, yes, some heavy metal. Fortunately,...
3 Paths to an Online Business

3 Paths to an Online Business

I’ve been a digital entrepreneur for almost 20 years. (I’m 31.) I recently rediscovered my ancient Neopets account. There lies the earliest known evidence of my digital entrepreneurship. (I designed logos and banner images for guilds and shop pages in...
The Value of Rejection

The Value of Rejection

For me, finding freelance clients is a lot like dating, except I have a much better success record with finding clients than I did with dating. Before I met Science Guy, I was positive that every person I dated was going to be my husband. I still have a tendency to do...
My Best No Ever

My Best No Ever

I seem to be starting off the year on a major No kick. (See also: this previous post.) But I think there is so much value in learning to choose what we do with our time and energy. Let me tell you about my best no ever. About a year ago, I applied for an internship at...