After exactly 15 months in Lesotho, I decided after several months of reflection, to start a new chapter in my life. I'm returning to the U.S., and looking forward to seeing my sons more often, and being with so many supportive friends.
Before I get into the reasons why I decided to start a new chapter, I want to thank the Peace Corps for giving me the opportunity to experience work and life in rural Lesotho, and to especially thank the Peace Corps Lesotho staff, including the wonderful Country Director, Wendy VanDamme.
I loved practicing my French with, Dr. Olga and Dr. Alex, and Read more [...]
How do you like the new header and video on my blog?
The round hut is called a rondavel, from the Afrikaans word rondawel. It's the westernized version of an African-style hut.
I love the one I selected as it has a turquoise door. I might live in a rondavel in Lesotho, while I serve as a primary education teacher in Southern Africa. In case you didn't know, I'm heading off to the Peace Corps.
I want my new "look" to fit the changes in my life, and my casual video, and natural curly hair, are part of that change, and the new me.
Did you watch my Read more [...]
I experienced first-hand what it’s like to have Google and FaceBook banned. I was not able to logon to either at the airport in Shanghai, and asked a young Chinese woman working at the airport lounge why I couldn’t access to Google or g-mail. She blushed and in a hushed voice said, "No Google." It felt like my freedom had been taken away, and apparently Twitter and social media aren’t allowed at all. I'd heard about this on the news in the U.S. several months ago, but thought it was temporary.
I sat next to a German man who lives in Shanghai, and asked him what expats do in China Read more [...]
It seems that everyone (over 35) has a blog these days, so how can you make yours stand out from all the others.
Well apart from doing something super gutsy like posting nude photos, (I'm sorry, I couldn't resist,) being controversial or airing your dirty laundry, another way is to write as if you're having a conversation with a friend.
Tip # 7:
"Keep your writing voice simple, cheery and a reflection of the way you speak." --Little Tips to Boost Your Blog's Popularity.
So this morning I decided to experiment. I drove to my favorite park, pulled out my cell phone and recorded Read more [...]
I have to be honest with my readers and let them know what I think about writing, social media, and publishing.
You may not agree with me, but that's OK since I'm shifting gears and direction. I just hope you keep reading my blog, especially as I'm starting a mid-life gap year, jam-packed with new adventures. I'm going against blogging protocol, and writing when I want to, rather than when I have to. Besides, I've never been incarcerated by the blogging police.
I'm Fed Up
I don't have time to read blogs and write comments.
I want time to read what I want Read more [...]
I'm in the mood to write something controversial that may get me in trouble, but as you know, my theme is being "Gutsy" so I've decided to be honest and say what's on my mind.
Before I do, let me tell you that I've been re-evaluating my goals; where I'm heading with "Gutsy Living" and my coaching business.
As many of you have told me, I'm all over the place trying to promote not only my stuff, but also other people's books, posts, videos, articles. It takes time, and for me, it's a 7-day-a-week job. If I were doing this for a successful company, I should be making a six-figure income, Read more [...]
I've been invited to speak at the Women's Writing Circle on "The Author Entrpreneur."
I am thrilled to finally meet my East Coast memoir writer friends including Susan Weidener, founder of the Women's Writing Circle, Kathy Pooler, and Jerry Waxler. Susan Weidener invited me to present to her group of writers.
Author Entrepreneur Workshop
How to Sell Books and Build a Platform
Presented by Sonia Marsh
Date: Thursday, May 8
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Fairfield Inn, Exton PA 19341
Cost: $25 To Reserve Your Space: Contact Susan Weidener: email@example.com; 610-304-5370
Sponsored Read more [...]
If you want to become a professional author, you need to invest in your website. This is your own piece of “online real estate,” which showcases your brand, your writing, and helps you build an audience of fans.
At the IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association) Publishing University conference in San Francisco, presenters talk about the need for writers to develop their brand, and build an audience of fans and followers. They all mentioned that professional authors use web-hosted WordPress websites/blogs, and I think it's time we spoke to an expert Read more [...]
When I first started blogging in 2009, I had no idea what I was doing. It took me a while to come up with the name "Gutsy Writer" for my free blogger.com blog. Little did I know at the time, that this was a perfect name for me, and that it would lead to my brand.
I often tell my audiences the story of why I started blogging, and explain how I wanted to be just like my hero, Catherine Sanderson. You see Catherine started blogging early on, when most of us had never heard of the word blog. She started a blog "La Petite Anglaise: Slices of My Life in Paris ," and wrote gossipy work-related Read more [...]
There comes a time when one person can't do it alone, and a community makes things happen.
This is the time when I need your help to make the "Bring Out the Gutsy in You" event and the launch of our first: My Gutsy Story® True Stories of Love, Courage and Adventure from Around the World (now on Amazon)
PEOPLE MAKE THIS A SUCCESS
I have so many people to thank for helping with our SPECIAL EVENT and BOOK LAUNCH
Marybeth Bond- flying out from San Franciso to be our keynote speaker
Linda Joy Myers (NAMW) President- flying out from San Franciso to be our panelist (Check out our interview Read more [...]