Entrepreneur + Writer. I care about helping others learn to live a better, healthier life. www.thrivingorchidgirl.com. Hit FOLLOW ⤵

And allow you to live by different rules.

Image for post
Image for post

If you are open, the universe will conspire to bring you the right book at the right time — when you need it.

A friend will suggest a book to you, or it’s sitting on a table at a yard sale, or the cover catches your eye as you walk by the endcap in your favorite bookstore. A book will come across your path right when you are ready to meet it when the wisdom within its pages speaks to a particular problem you’re struggling to solve.

I feel fortunate for books that find me at just the right time…


And make 3K a month just from writing a few hours a day.

Image for post
Image for post

If you’re having trouble establishing a writing habit, it may be because you don’t think of yourself as a writer. Call yourself a writer first. This may sound silly. You may be thinking, “well, I only make a few dollars from writing,” or even a few cents. That doesn’t matter; if you write, you are a writer.

Start with the name.

I’ve been writing every day for over a year and made money after the first month. But I’ve always considered myself a writer. Even when I was writing in a journal daily for my own satisfaction.

Identifying with the…


What it’s like to live in America for those left behind.

Image for post
Image for post

Nomadland will mostly walk away with at least one Globe this Sunday. If not more. Not only is it well-acted and beautiful to look at, but it also paints an accurate picture of the American dream for most people in this country after they’ve worked for 40 years plus in a minimum wage job — nothing. And sometimes, still have to enter the gig economy in their retirement years just to afford to eat.

Nomadland is based on the book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Buder, a journalist who writes about subculture. She spent months living…


Image for post
Image for post

So you’d like a writing career, eh? It sounds fun. Right? Just post a few articles on Medium a couple of times a week, and you could be making up to 10K a month while fulfilling your dreams of being a writer. You see visions of yourself sipping espresso in a café, dressed head to toe in black with a copy of Viktor E. Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning next to you while you ponder the larger questions of life and put the answers into coherent sentences for your audience so they know the them too.

The reality is, it is much harder than that.

Some stats and background: My last payout was close to 6K, but that took a ton of effort.

What it took:


In five steps.

Image for post
Image for post

So you’d like a writing career, eh? It sounds fun. Right? Just post a few articles on Medium a couple of times a week, and you could be making up to 10K a month while fulfilling your dreams of being a writer. You see visions of yourself sipping espresso in a café, dressed head to toe in black with a copy of Viktor E. Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning next to you while you ponder the larger questions of life and put the answers into coherent sentences for your audience so they know the them too.

The reality is, it…


How to start from scratch every morning with little friction.

Image for post
Image for post

It doesn’t matter that something I’ve written before turned out well — received a ton of views, clasps, and shares. My last notable piece of writing or viral story will never write my next one for me or the one after that.

This is what makes writing challenging.

Each day, you have to decide to write. Like you choose to make your relationship a priority. If you have a love of writing, it’s similar to other loves. You have to work at it if it’s important to you.

You have to get over that feeling, ugh, do I really have…


Because I don’t believe Mia Farrow.

Image for post
Image for post

Woody Allen is one of my favorite directors. I studied his films in college, have seen Annie Hall more than 25 times as well as Manhattan and Crimes and Misdemeanors. Annie Hall and Crime and Misdemeanors are near-perfect films. I don’t think there is a Woody Allen film I haven’t seen several times. The name I gave my daughter came from one of the characters in one of his films.

These reasons aren’t why I have my doubts about the sexual abuse allegations against him.

At the time of the famous Allen v. Farrow custody battle in the early 1990s…


Sometimes we have to rearrange our lives to make our dreams come true.

Image for post
Image for post

Since keeping a journal as a child, I’ve considered myself a writer, long before being paid a dime. But not until I made an income from my work did I take a closer look at some things in my life that were holding me back from greater success.

I knew I had to make some changes and even give up some habits to gain the kind of success I want to see from my efforts.

Here are Seven

1. Ego

Rejection doesn’t feel good. It is a hit to our self-esteem. We tend to take it personally, so we do anything to avoid rejection. Even…


Texas could use some regulation.

Image for post
Image for post

Senator Ted Cruz seems confused about what constitutes “hypocrisy” and what doesn’t. His recent tropical getaway to Cancún only two days into his state’s power and water crisis left even his friends aghast, striking an even lower bar for Cruz when the bar is pretty low already.

Cruz attacked Democrat Mayor Stephen Adler of Austin not too long ago in December for taking a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, while telling his constituents to “stay home” during the pandemic.

This week Cruz took a trip to Cancún, Mexico, at the start of a severe state weather crisis on top…


But his best advice isn’t how to pick a value stock.

Image for post
Image for post

Warren Buffett has a talent for numbers. When looking at several companies, he knows which stock will perform over the long run and deliver the most value, his success has made the name Buffett synonymous with value. Warren Buffett has been a billionaire for a long time, he is probably the most down-to-earth investor and one of the most generous and kind, but his best advice has nothing to do with money or stocks. It has to do with relationships.

“Marry the right person,” he said at the 2009 Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. “I’m serious about that. It will make…

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store