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3 Book Writing Mistakes to Avoid

Editing is what I love to do. Transforming my clients into more effective communicators is a part of my life’s purpose and it’s one of the reasons that I created The Quirk Life. It’s my belief that once you finish writing your manuscript, you should read over it before you ship it off to an editor. And when you do, here are 3 things to look for and correct. Continue Reading

Health & Beauty

8 Things that Happen When You Use a Menstrual Cup

Let’s face it – menstruation isn’t fun. Even if you don’t deal with overwhelming symptoms, having a period interrupts the flow (pun intended, haha) of your life. I’d been wanting to try a cup for awhile but was too cheap to shell out $40 for the Diva Cup. During my research I discovered that there are many menstrual cups on the market and they offer different things. Regardless of the brand you use (Lena for me), you can probably relate to a few of these things. Continue Reading

Communications, Writing

3 Things to do Before Starting Your Book

It seems like everybody has an idea for a book. Of course I’m all for it! So when people consult with me about their book idea I start off with a series of questions. By the end of my consultation some people realize that they need to flush their idea out a bit more. Writing is serious business in my world and I believe that if you pour your heart and soul into it then it needs to have a purpose. Which leads to the first thing you should do before writing your book. Continue Reading

Lifestyle, Personal

Difficult Decisions that Paid Off

Some decisions are easy to make – like taking an exciting new job or buying your dream home. Others are challenging and push you to limits. Thankfully some of the hard decisions that I made have paid off. I often get asked why I did something or how I pulled a task off. It’s not always easy for me to give a step by step because I tend to be very “in the moment” when I’m moving through life. One thing I know without doubt is that when something isn’t working in my favor (job, relationship, whatever) – I change it to put myself in a better position. Here’s a small peek into things I’ve done that have propelled my life. Continue Reading

Business Tips, Lifestyle

Getting Started When Motivation is Gone

That feeling when you’ve hit your stride. You’re slaying goals and already have future benchmarks planned out. You’re eating healthy, your skin is flourishing and so is your hair. Everything is just coasting along smoothly…

And then it’s not. Life is full of highs and lows and every now and then you have to rest. I said rest not QUIT. Finally you have that moment when you decide that enough is enough and you’re ready to get back on the bull and keep going towards your goals. Yet, nothing happens. You have no creative juice left and while you may have moments of sparks you can’t wrap your head around them enough to make sense of it all.

Here’s what you can do about it. Continue Reading

Personal, Relationships

Ignorant Relationship Advice I Ignored

Everybody has an opinion about everything in someone else’s life. And that’s one of the many reasons that I choose to keep a lot of my personal business to myself. What works for one relationship won’t work for the masses and some people are too narrow minded to see beyond their own experiences. I’ve talked before about being chronically single and how to date when you fall into that category. When you’re single for an extended period of time well meaning people come from all directions with advice they think is helpful but is actually ignorant as hell. Here’s some that I’ve received over the years. Continue Reading


Gift Ideas for Planner Fanatics

Before I got into using planners a few years back  I had no clue how large the community was. Planning is more than just another hobby. For many people it’s a way of life because it gives them control over their time, which in turn decreases anxiety and scatterbrain. If you have a planner in your life trust me when I say there’s really no such thing as too many accessories for them.

They already have all kinds of planner related crap! What more could they possibly want?

Well my friend, I’m so glad that you asked. Continue Reading


Don’t File Your Tax Return Until You Consider These Tax Breaks

Some people look forward to January and large refunds but there are a lot of folks – like me – who’ll put off filing a return until the April deadline. Whichever end of the spectrum you fall on, there are some things to take into consideration before filing your return and most of them need to be done by 12/31 in order to be honored by the Internal Revenue Service. Continue Reading

Business Tips

Why You Should Write a Self-Assessment & How

Do you dread annual reviews from your manager at work? You’re in good company my friend. In fact, many employers are getting rid of this yearly headache. 45% of HR leaders don’t believe that these reviews are an accurate depiction of employee performance*. If your employer still participates in the annual ritual, you need to be prepared. You don’t have to take whatever they dish out to you and leave the conference room feeling defeated. Performance appraisals should be a conversation with everyone involved in the process contributing and that includes you!

Some employers will suggest or require that you complete a self assessment before the annual review takes place. If they don’t say a peep about it – complete one anyway. Here’s why… Continue Reading


6 Things to Do in Your First 6 Months of Blogging

When I started blogging I assumed that there were certain things that I either didn’t need to do or couldn’t do because my site was new. Through experiences and courses from my blogging mentor I know that The Quirk Life could’ve been successful much sooner. We live and we learn, right? One beautiful thing about the blogging world is that there are several ways that you can succeed in it. So if you’re thinking that you have to wait until you get a ton of experience before you can hit certain milestones with your blog, I’m here to encourage you to get started – TODAY. Here are 6 things that you need to do within 6 months of launching your blog. Continue Reading