coffee + content [round up]

Well hey, there…grab your cuppa + cozy up! You’ve landed on coffee + content, a bi-weekly round up of great content I’ve stumbled upon that make for interesting reads/views over my Sunday morning coffee. Got a great piece of content you’d like shared? Throw it in the comments below — but be sure to also share others’! Cheers.

coffee + content: a roundup of reads on listening, creativity, minimalism + more

When it comes to minimalism…

9 Intentional Ways to Challenge Consumerism in Your Life: I’ve been fascinated by the concept of owning less so I can live more for a while now. I’ve already donated nearly 50% of my wardrobe, and did a massive clean out of our kitchen cabinets for unused appliances, duplicate dishes, and more, earlier this summer. But a huge part of embracing minimalism (whatever it might mean for you), is fighting the urge to keep bringing more into our life. That’s why I love this post from Joshua Becker, author of The More of Less (which I read earlier this summer), and blogger at Becoming Minimalist. I especially like #6: Count the hidden cost of each purchase.

When it comes to your website copy…

Thank You Pages: Why & How To Take Advantage Of This Overlooked Page: When we think of website copy, it’s easy to list off common pages — the home page, the about page, the services page, the contact page…But what about the thank you page? In this post on Ambition Ally, Nathalie Lussier breaks down the different types of thank you pages you might consider integrating into your website, and how to go about creating them. Gratitude attitude, friends. Always.

When it comes to productivity…

Are you just polishing the mailbox?: Kristen of Brand Camp drives by an old man polishing a mailbox and does what any good solopreneur does — turns it into a business lesson, then shares it. And I’m so glad she did — because I think we all fall into the productivity trap of doing the unimportant things (heyyyy, dishes) as we procrastinate the things that really matter. So, are you just polishing the mailbox?

When it comes to listening…

What Great Listeners Actually Do: Listening is about more than being an absorbent sponge — who knew? (I bet we all did.) But this article from HBR (a short but intelligent read) goes into the depth of what truly makes for a great listener — and how we can all aspire to different levels. My favorite reminder: The best conversations are active.

When it comes to the creative process…

On the Creative Process and Just Doing It Already: Erin, a #justwrite member, recently shared a link to this post she wrote over at Freelancing Mama, and I’ve kept it bookmarked ever since. Waiting for the perfect circumstances never got anyone anywhere, but just getting started sure did. In Erin’s case, the time her writing has succeeded most is when she just did it. It prompted this realization, that can be applied to any creative work: “I just have to write. Sometimes it’s brilliant and sometimes it’s terrible. But I just have to keep doing it.”

When it comes to reading…

Currently midway through (fiction): Signs of Portents by Lou Paduano
Currently midway through (non-fiction): Rework by Jason Fried + David Hansson

When it comes to inspiration…

“Nothing will work unless you do.” — Maya Angelou

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Note: Links within the coffee + content series may result in me receiving an affiliate commission. My promise to you: I’ll only include affiliate links for resources that I truly feel can help you + your biz.

coffee + content [round up]

Well hey, there…grab your cuppa + cozy up! You’ve landed on coffee + content, a bi-weekly round up of great content I’ve stumbled upon that make for interesting reads/views over my Sunday morning coffee. Got a great piece of content you’d like shared? Throw it in the comments below — but be sure to also share others’! Cheers.

coffee + content: roundup of reads on writing, procrastination, launching, and more

When it comes to writing…

A Writer’s Journey: My older brother, Lou Paduano, gets honest about what made him finally take his writing from a hobby to a serious dream — one that he’s putting his all into — and the shove he needed to get those drafts from the slush pile to published. Every aspiring writer + business owner can stand to learn from his message.

When it comes to serving others…

Re-defining What It Means to Be Selfish: I’m joining Caroline of Made Vibrant’s call to re-define selfishness — especially when it comes to creating that which can serve others. Her point that I wholeheartedly agree with is this: “The irony then lies in the fact that the MORE a person can focus on their perspective, hone their vision and their identity, the more profound (and impactful) their art can become.” Truth.

When it comes to love + language…

13 Untranslatable Words About Love: In this simple, but incredibly thought-provoking post, Chris Guillebeau shares the work of Ella Frances Saunders, who’s taken 13 words describing situations and experiences involving love from languages around the world and given them meaning through her art. Cue the chills.

When it comes to launching…

Most of The Launch And Revenue Numbers You See Are Bullshit: I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of hearing about “6-figure launches” and other stories where headlines lead to information that we can’t possibly validate. In this post on the ConvertKit blog, Dani Stewart explains why we need to take all launch and revenue numbers with a grain of salt, and what’s really behind them.

When it comes to procrastination…

15 Ways Every Writer Procrastinates When They’re Feeling Uninspired: #1, #3, #11, and #13…all too true for this girl. Jess Lawlor nails typical procrastination in this post for The Write Life.

When it comes to reading…

Currently midway through: Rework by Jason Fried + David Hansson
Just finished: A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
Just finished: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

When it comes to inspiration…

“A childhood without books – that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.” – Astrid Lindgren

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Note: Links within the coffee + content series may or may not result in me receiving an affiliate commission. My promise to you: I’ll only include affiliate links for resources that I truly feel can help you + your biz.

coffee + content [round up]

Well hey, there…grab your cuppa + cozy up! You’ve landed on coffee + content, a bi-weekly round up of great content I’ve stumbled upon that make for interesting reads/views over my Sunday morning coffee. Got a great piece of content you’d like shared? Throw it in the comments below — but be sure to also share others’! Cheers.

coffee + content: a roundup of reads on fulfillments, imposter syndrome, life advice, and more

When it comes to happiness…

How to Figure Out What Makes You Happy: It’s typically safe to say that you want to be happier. I want to be happier. I’m taking a page from Sarah Von Bargen of Yes and Yes’ book, and focusing on intentionally recognizing those moments I find myself most happy (i.e. sitting on my front porch with a book on a 75-degree, sunny day with a slight breeze) and “lovingly dissecting them” so I can make them more regular.

When it comes to priorities…

On saying “no”: After reading Essentialism earlier this year and being hit over the head with the realization that if I don’t determine my priorities, other people will, articles like Seth Godin’s to-the-point post on saying “no” have permanent bookmarks on my digital shelves.

When it comes to feeling inadequate…

How to Battle Impostor Syndrome: Owning Your Writing as Art: I can’t do this post justice in this short blurb, but here’s the reminder I think we can all use: “…resist the reflex to belittle your ability and accomplishments. The hidden agenda of self-scorn gets in the way of the work you want to write and the connections you want to make.” Marian Ryan shares her story — and how she overcomes imposter syndrome over on The Write Life.

When it comes to gratitude…

Make Your Life Better by Saying Thank You in These 7 Situations: We don’t hesitate to say we’re sorry (especially us ladies), yet most of us probably aren’t saying “thank you” nearly enough. In this post, James Clear offers seven times when a thank you can make a world of difference. (They probably aren’t what you think.)

When it comes to the “shoulds”…

Why Even Smart Advice Is Wrong at Least Half the Time: Dear fellow solopreneur: How often do you do something because you feel like you “should” — because you read that someone else did, or someone told you to, or it’s “just the way it’s done?” I’m guilty. That’s why I appreciate an article like this, where author Dixie Gillaspie allows us to recognize that not all advice is fit for us, and encourages us to ask, “What do I really have to do?”

When it comes to reading…

Just finished: Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Just finished: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
On deck, in the life department: How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
On deck, in the biz department: The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk

When it comes to inspiration…

“I read hungrily and delightedly, and have realized since that you can’t write unless you read.” – William Trevor

Note: Links within the coffee + content series may or may not result in me receiving an affiliate commission. My promise to you: I’ll only include affiliate links for resources that I truly feel can help you + your biz.

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