Category: Advice & Tips

Advice & Tips, Get Your Shit Together, Life-hacks July 4, 2018

January promotes “New Year, New You,” March and April urge “spring cleaning,” and autumn takes you “back to school”—all perfectly fine times of the year to reassess your goals and get your life in order. But what about summer? Just because many of us (including yours truly) consider it the most fun, free-wheeling, lovely time […]

Advice & Tips, New Year, New You, Self-care, Self-confidence, You Do You December 30, 2017

Hi, I’m an internationally bestselling self-help guru and I have a secret to share with you in advance of everyone’s favourite arbitrary self-improvement benchmark, Jan. 1. Are you ready? Here goes: THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU. Bold, I know. But it’s true! And it’s exactly why the best New Year’s resolution – if you […]

Advice & Tips, Family & Relationships, Holiday Survival, Self-care, You Do You December 19, 2017

1. Say Ho, ho, NO. You can’t expect your family to respect your boundaries if you don’t set any in the first place! If you feel over-taxed by too much togetherness, you can manage your sanity by politely declining one out of five caroling invitations or letting mom know you’ll be there for dinner . . […]

Advice & Tips, Holiday Survival, Self-care, You Do You December 18, 2017

Even if we’ve been nice all year long, the holiday season is bound to bring out the naughty in us all. Like fruitcakes at an office potluck party, stressors abound—be they physical, financial, or emotional. There’s work to finish before the break, seemingly endless presents to buy, and a lot of close-quarters interaction with extended […]

Advice & Tips, Life-hacks, Self-confidence, You Do You November 29, 2017

It’s not about changing who you are, it’s about changing the way you feel about who you are. I think of it like your ABC’s: acceptance breeds confidence. The first step toward being confident is accepting yourself for who you are–warts and all. That’s not necessarily easy to do; I certainly struggled with it for a few […]

Advice & Tips, Life-hacks, You Do You November 29, 2017

Turning your flaws into strengths is as easy as what I call “mental redecorating.” If you don’t have the time or wherewithal to do a full renovation of your house, you can redecorate and refresh the place with much less effort, right? The same goes for your mental space. In my new book, You Do […]

Advice & Tips, Self-care, You Do You November 28, 2017

It’s okay to be selfish when it’s not hurting anyone else, or when it would be helping you MORE than it would be hurting others. I write about this extensively in You Do You because I’m very passionate about proving to people that “selfish” is not a four-letter word. (And I think I know quite […]

Advice & Tips, The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck April 13, 2017

So I did a TEDx* talk, and I’m sharing it here along with five tips for anyone who finds themselves in the same position I did nearly a year ago when the idea of speaking for ten minutes in front of 1,000 strangers was a) purely theoretical and b) moderately terrifying. You can watch the […]

Advice & Tips, Work March 28, 2017

How did you become a writer? I’ve always been a writer—a dabbler, a periodic poster, an infrequently paid contributor—but how did I become a real, live, published author of two books? Well, after I quit my job as a book editor at Simon & Schuster, I had an idea, drafted a proposal, showed it to a literary […]

Advice & Tips, Get Your Shit Together, Motivation, New Year, New You, Organization January 11, 2017

Well, we’ve made it to January, the month immediately following the bank account-draining, waistband-straining holiday season, which is traditionally reserved for making resolutions to spend less, eat better, and, well, generally get your shit together. Except that by now—at nearly the mid-way point—a lot of people have already given up on their pretty pledges. Why […]