Self Publishing With Blurb

Nov 18, 2015

I'm obsessed with photobooks.

If you read my last post, I mentioned I was working on a collaboration with Blurb that showcases my culinary travel photos from all of our adventures here in Asia. The book arrived just the other day and I'm thrilled it arrived so quickly!

This is my second publication with Blurb and I'm so far very happy with the quality of their printing services. Back when I created my first book in 2012, I had the goal of selling it online and was hoping Blurb would eventually offer distribution services via Amazon and such.

Well, they now do! And even though my new book is mainly just for us to have as an awesome way of remembering all the amazing food we've savoured here in Thailand, I'm planning on publishing a trade book with their service in the near future.

How I Restored My Creativity

Nov 11, 2015

Drained. Depleted. Completely and utterly unmotivated, and doubting my abilities as a creative.

Yup, I hit that point nearly a year ago, and have been working hard on finding that part of myself that was inspired by things in daily life, the obscure moments that eluded most and that were somehow intriguing to me.

Have you ever entered the no-creativity zone? It sucks, right?

The good news when you're a blogger or creative and just can't seem to find your voice or the inspiration to create day after day ( or heck, at all) is you're not alone.

In fact, just the other day my good writer friend James shared how he unlocked his calling and creativity after having quit blogging for awhile. Interestingly enough, we both have had a similar return to creative life. Today, I'm sharing what I've done to get super-motivated and more inspired than ever.

Unlocking Your Calling

Nov 8, 2015

Writers block. It’s an age old problem. Talk to anyone who’s been writing for any length of time, and you’ll find a story about writers block. In fact, it’s a bigger problem even than that. Steven Pressfield defines it in ‘The War Of Art’ as ‘resistance’.

I’ve heard many, many theories about how to beat writers block - and Pressfield talks a lot about how to do this in his book.

But I’ve discovered an art - the lost art of free writing. It’s a discipline I’m fast coming to see as a key for you and I to unlock not just our creativity, but our true self.

Our identity.
Our passion.
Our purpose.
Our calling.

So, what’s 'free writing'?

Let me explain by telling a story.

Savouring Fall

Oct 24, 2015

If there is one thing I miss about North America, it's the comfort and serenity of fall. The golden pumpkins waiting to be cooked or carved....the red hot leaves falling off trees.

Each September, I fake fall as best as I can, since we only have two seasons here in Thailand ( hot and rainy). And I do a pretty darn good job at my faux fall extravaganza. But you, my friend, probably live in a place that actually has autumn, so please indulge in these comforting fall luxuries for me!

The Power of Perseverance

Sep 30, 2015

Perseverance during hard times can seem almost impossible, yet necessary.

When I became an entrepreneur, I learned just how important failure can be in taking your business in directions you wouldn't have thought possible if things had gone according to plan.

Take my friend Rodrigo, for example. He lives in El Salvador and decided to become an entrepreneur as a means of getting his family out of poverty. Everyone told him he was crazy, that he should just stick to working at his desk job which was causing him health issues and made him deeply unhappy.

He took course and after course to try and learn as much about business and marketing as he could, but kept failing at making an income from his efforts.

But he persevered despite his failures, and is now a roll model for young entrepreneurs across the world.

He's also the kindest, most generous fella I know ( apart from my husband of course) and is determined to help inspire as many people as he can to continue growing their businesses, especially during hard times.

Rodrigo kindly let me interview him today, and I think you'll love learning more about his journey as well as the Facebook groups that helped encourage him.