Author: Rikki Ayers

See the world in a different way with MJ Sacco

Picture an epic summer camping trip in southern Germany, sharing stories, good food, and fine beverages with a group of friends hailing from all over the world. For these few days of woodsy bliss, you’re together and all the memories of the past 10 years come flooding back. That’s what guest MJ Sacco will be doing as part of his round-the-world trip this year. MJ’s been to 20 countries in his young 29 years and he’s gathering friends he’s met on his journeys in Germany for a 10-year reunion. But friends from all walks of life aren’t all that travel...

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Sleep tips to help you have sweet dreams

Canadians and Americans tie for third worst sleepers worldwide. Are you one of them? I have been. I’ve had nights where I wake up dripping sweat, nights where I can’t get to sleep because my mind won’t shut down, nights where I wake up three hours before my alarm goes off and can’t get back to sleep. I didn’t think it was bad. I thought it was normal. And then I spent a week away on a little Canadian island and I slept. Hard. I woke up every morning refreshed, energized—I didn’t even want coffee! I was able to focus...

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So you want to be a freelance writer? Find out what it’s really like with Laura Pennington

Do you dream of lounging on the beach while making millions from your laptop? Would you like to do that by writing? Start today! If you read an ad with those lines, click away immediately. Not because it isn’t possible, but because it’s not really what freelance writing is like at all. That said, freelance writing can be an amazing career for the right person. And that’s what Laura Pennington, a writer and freelance writing coach, and I talk about in this episode of the Own Up Grown-Up podcast. I think a lot of people hold back because there’s...

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Creativity can pay the bills if you’re strategic, with Megan Close Zavala

Are you really somewhere totally different than you thought you would be? It helps to look back at your past to understand your present situation. You probably didn’t know what was possible back then, but you planted a seed that grew leaves in different directions toward the very flower you are today. Megan Close Zavala is a book coach who’s always loved books. She never knew she’d end up in the publishing industry, but a series of coincidences helped her find her sweet spot, helping writers get their gifts and big ideas published. Whether you’re an aspiring writer or trying to...

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Communication is a dance with Jay Holman

Forget perfect. We’re not looking for black and white, we’re not looking for the script…with me everything’s based on improv comedy, the whole Yes-And philosophy.” Meet Jay Holman, music and dance instructor who believes in deliberate living, love, and leaving people better than he found them. Most of us struggle with communication skills. We believe our partners are mind-readers or that people just don’t understand us. You know what? They don’t understand you because you’re not communicating clearly. Yeah, it’s as simple as that. Jay teaches communication skills through dance, particularly west coast swing and blues, and he’s all...

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