Mar 2, 2015

Stephanie Lennox On Writing

Today on Simplify Blogging, I'm chatting with  Stephanie Lennox. She's an award-winning author, keynote speaker, holistic writing coach and wellness advocate. She’s also the founder of "The Authorship Program®" – a book, blog and online course that helps writers write successful books and lead successful lives through spirituality and personal development. For free tips on feeling well and writing well, you can visit her at

SS: Tell us about your business + blog!

Hey everyone! My name is Stephanie Lennox and I'm a writing coach

I run a holistic lifestyle program for writers all across the world, that doesn’t just help them write books, but shows them how doing so will transform their lives. It offers a 15-step solution to helping writers overcome their fears and achieve greatness in all areas - mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

SS: You're not only a writer yourself, but you work with writers. What are some of your top tips to help writers make a living from their craft?

There's no external circumstance that's strong enough to overrule hard work, persistence, and belief in yourself. If you know you have the skill that's needed for any position in life, don't allow the opportunity to pass you by, because you believe you're not ready.

There are hundreds of millions of people in this world - and I promise you, someone out there's looking for what you have to give them. While you can't rely on anyone else to stick up for you, or to know what you need, you must be able to articulate your minimum requirements and stick to them.

You owe it to yourself to be the best you can be, because you won't be able to live with yourself if you don't. This includes making sure you, and everything you have created, is being respected at the highest degree, every single day. 

  1. Stop wishing it'll happen for you, and commit to making it happen.
  2. Do what works for you and discard the rest.
  3. Don't ever, ever limit yourself in your own mind.
  4. You are responsible for your actions (or lack of actions).
  5. Prepare to be knocked down, and plan how you will get back up.
  6. The people around you are either helping or hindering you - choose wisely.
  7. Know what you value most so that you always stay humble and grounded.
  8. Follow your heart and it will lead you to your highest purpose.
  9. Dig deep to find the reason why what you're chasing is important to you.
  10. Find a way to put it into words so that it can instantly motivate you in hard times.
  11. Know what you want with complete clarity.
  12. Nothing in your mind or your heart matters until you manifest it into a form that serves other people.

SS: Tell us about your book!

It's called The Authorship Program and it helps writers write successful books and lead successful lives through lessons in spirituality and personal development. Using holistic approaches and 15 guiding principles, it works through 100+ of the most common anxieties, insecurities and fears that tend to surround writing and the writing life. Things like:

  • How do I beat writer's block?
  • How do I stop comparing myself to others?
  • How can I live up to my full potential?
  • and much, much more...

If you've ever found the writing life lonely, stressful or emotional - this is the book for you. 

It will help you overcome the emotional and psychological obstacles preventing you from becoming the #wholewriter you were destined to be.

SS: What are the struggles you've encountered as a blogger? How did you overcome them?

I'm sure a lot of bloggers will be able to relate to this - what I struggled with most starting out was comparison, and the feeling that I wanted to become "big" overnight. The problem with this, is that wanting to be big overnight is exactly what keeps you small. Your dream is something you have to grow into in your own time and comparison only hinders that. 

This is something I had to discover for myself, the hard way, but when I did I wrote about it in a post entitled, The "Mina Schwartz" Effect (Or, How To Stop Comparison From Destroying Your Writing Career.)

SS: What are your blogging goals for 2015?

I want to continue providing value in the most educational, entertaining way that I can. I want to help people wrtie incredible novels, and live free of fear.

Mar 1, 2015

Creating A Nourishing Routine

Pouring yourself a steaming hot cup of tea...reading a book after the kids head to bed......meaningful conversation at dinner....

Whatever nourishes your heart, soul, and body, it needs to be made a daily routine.

I'm a firm believer that the little things in life matter the most. They may not seem that way at first, but when you go without them ( such as when you have a newborn or a big life event) you notice just how profound they actually are. 

And how much joy they bring.

The little comforts have gotten me through the tough days. They've helped me find meaning in daily life. Because of this, I've made it a habit of making daily habits that nourish me. Some of them are rather geeky ( but then again, this is me we're talking about) while others are a little 'granola'.

Some of the things I savour and include in my daily routine.....

+ Drinking Yerba Mate+

Perhaps my favorite tea, yerba mate is a drink meant to be shared. It sparks creativity and gives you a boost of energy. We drink Guayaki the most, and savour every drop!

+ Listening To Audiobooks+

Whenever I'm walking by myself or when I can't sleep, I listen to audiobooks. Every month I get two credits on Audible ( a membership site for audiobooks) that I relish. This month's credits went to Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and A Confidant Heart by Renee Swope.

+Putting Pen To Paper+

My blog is essentially my journal, but putting pen to paper still beats typing away at a keyboard, in my opinion. My best writing comes when I'm alone at a cafe. I also spend time filling out workbooks, worksheets, etc that help me plan my day and also sort out my business. 

+ Essential Oils+

Throughout the day, I use essential oils to boost my energy or help me feel centered. Peppermint oil is the one I use the most, especially topically. If I get heatstroke, peppermint cools me down. 

+ Evening Walks+ 

Kaya's BFFs live above their family's restaurant. We go over there almost daily, and since it's close we usually walk. Our walks are when she and I have the best conversations. I relish them. 

+ Prayer+

Evening prayer is something I've grown accustomed to. I was raised in a Catholic family and my personal faith has shifted over the past two decades. Prayer brings ease to my mind and heart. 

+ Veggies+

We're veggie lovers and try our best to eat as many of them as possible, especially green veg. This evening, I made a rosemary lemon soup with red rice and quinoa and loaded it with organic spinach. Warm, comforting vegetable soup is always at the top of my list of things that bring me joy.

What daily comforts nourish you? What is your daily routine like, and what do you want to add to it this year?

Feb 23, 2015

Katie Burke: Blogging, Business, and The Desire Map

I'm super excited to be interviewing Katie Burke today on blogging, business, and the power of Desire Mapping.

SS: Tell us about your biz + blog!

I'm a visual marketing strategist and consultant for entrepreneurs and tastemakers who are ready to take their business from D.I.Y. to the designer marketplace. I also work with clients to get them investor ready when they are ready to expand their business to pitch to investors. I've just started my website and blog at and will be rolling out coaching services in these areas very soon. 

A part time passion of mine is hosting Desire Map workshops where I assist women in defining their core desired feelings towards her business or lifestyle. 

SS: What is the biggest challenge you've face as a blogger? How did you ( or are you) overcoming it?

At times I can certainly lack the ability to focus on one major project at a time. I have new ideas for services or expanding my business all of the time, and restraining myself to start and finish one at a time can be a challenge. I've tackled this by getting one of those desk calendars with the big paper months and ripping each out and lining the whole year up on the wall in my office.

 Whenever I have an idea for something I'd like to launch I write the idea on a sticky note and find time in the year it could fit in. This has really helped me see what is manageable in my time and where my priorities are. 

SS: I am relatively new to the Desire Map but I'm finding that the more I dive into how I want to feel over what I think I want to achieve,the happier and more relieved I feel. Any suggestions on how bloggers can utilize the Desire Map method in not only their daily life but in their businesses?

Absolutely! I have my core desired feelings for my life and then core desired feelings in my business. They overlap at times but I think it is a beautiful way to take a step back when making decisions in business and have some core beliefs and values to pull from. Freedom is at the top of the list for me, and I think that rings true for many other business owners - so if an opportunity arises and I feel it will pull me away from my core desired feeling of Freedom, I'll pass. Another is Discovery - I have a huge appetite for learning and so I've made it a goal to read three books a month that will continue to inspired and teach me ways to run my dream business. 

Putting these together is like a business manifesto that keeps you accountable to why you started your business in the first place. I have a virtual e-course coming up about building business goals and vision with core desired feelings. I'm going to go quite a bit deeper into keeping our desires at the top of the list with decision making and goal setting and prioritization - I'd encourage you to sign up to receive emails for when the announcement goes out. 

SS: What advice would you give to bloggers just starting out that are looking to monetize their blog and turn it into their dream biz?

Make time for the research. The clear difference between a hobby and a business is revenue - that requires time devoted to really understanding what you can offer and where your strengths and genius are

Find a blogger or entrepreneur who is where you would like to be in six months or a year and ask questions. Ask your friends what you are truly gifted at and start from there. Try to stay focused and work on building one bridge at a time, once that is complete move on to the next project. When I first started out blogging years ago my biggest downfall was trying to do everything at once instead of focusing on doing one thing well and moving on from there. 

SS: What are your blogging goals for 2015?

Right now I'm working on building my club called the Tastemaker's Lounge which is an exclusive and free community for entrepreneurs with luxury lifestyle products. My target customers are product based businesses (yes, this means digital products too) who are looking to upscale their current product offering or make more money in their business. 

This club is for Designers, Tastemakers, Artists, Merchandisers, Etsy Extraordinars, or anyone with a craft master's spirit looking for tips on taking their business to the next level looking to build their community. I think networking is a really powerful way to grow our businesses and my goal is to pour a lot of time and attention into this community to help our members grow their business. I'm also starting a podcast in February so I'm excited to connect with my community in a new and more personal way! 

Connect with Katie on Facebook Tastemaker's Lounge Group Pinterest Instagram