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Get Out of Your Own Way

I was in love at twenty-three years old. With a red Mustang. Palmetto Ford in Charleston had the one I wanted. I drove a white Fifth Avenue Chrysler that broke down inappropriately in Church’s Chicken parking lots or at the Piggly Wiggly. With its terrible turning radius I rammed it a few times into parking [...]

By | November 5th, 2017|Self Improvement|5 Comments

How Irish Dance Helps Me Get Out of My Own Way

As a kid, I did ballet and tap, but I wasn’t one of those girls who wore a bun at school or who did pliés while waiting for class to start. Back then, ballet and tap didn’t feel hard at all. I loved the once-a-year recitals because of the costumes, makeup, hair and bright lights, [...]

By | March 21st, 2017|Performing, Self Improvement|2 Comments

You Just Launched a Book: 8 Tips to Make Tax Day Less Stressful

You Just Launched a Book: 8 Tips to Make Tax Day Less Stressful by Sylvia Inks, author of Small Business Finance for the Busy Entrepreneur Preparing for April 15 Tax Day is not always easy or fun, but what happens if you just launched a book and have book sales?  The biggest mistakes that most authors [...]

By | February 16th, 2017|Self Improvement|0 Comments

4 Lessons from Alexander Hamilton

Today was Alexander Hamilton’s 252nd birthday; he was born January 11, 1755 on the little Caribbean island of Nevis. This founding father, who didn’t have much of a father and arrived in New York at age 17 by himself, became George Washington’s right-hand man during the American Revolution, engineered the American economy, wrote 51 of [...]

By | January 12th, 2017|Self Improvement|4 Comments

4 Lessons from Star Wars

It’s no secret I love Star Wars: you may already know that from my Star Wars comic book skirt, to my Boba Fett necklace, to my Boba Fett keychain, or me talking up the Star Wars mythology every chance I get. Star Wars is my world and it’s how I learned everything that’s important like [...]

By | August 17th, 2016|Self Improvement|4 Comments

Who Made Up These Rules Anyway?

I grew up in a family that had a lot of rules, like you had to take your shoes off as soon as you walked in the door; place perishables (milk, cheese, ham) back in the fridge ASAP after you use them or you’d get ptomaine poisoning. I couldn’t figure out why my husband didn’t [...]

By | July 11th, 2016|Self Improvement|7 Comments

Lesson from Thomas Jefferson: How to Be Gentler with Yourself

When my writing/editing business was a few years old, I’d edit through the night, sleep in my clothes and work through every weekend. I’d eventually catch up on my sleep, but then do the whole cycle again. And there’s still times like a few weeks ago I work at the margins of the day/night and [...]

By | May 2nd, 2016|Self Improvement|0 Comments

3 Lessons from Benedict Arnold: How to Get Out of Your Own Way

I discovered infamous traitor Benedict Arnold as a fourth grader studying the American Revolution. Back then, books portrayed Arnold as an evil turncoat who tried to hand over West Point to the British on Sept 25, 1780. Fortunately, now there are many books for young people that show how Arnold was a flawed hero and [...]

By | April 4th, 2016|Self Improvement|5 Comments