2014 Annual Review: Looking Back and Ahead

2014 Annual Review: Looking Back and Ahead
Early in 2014 I started following three location-independent entrepreneurs that were instrumental in changing the course of my life. You’ve probably heard me refer to them before as my real life heroes. Every year, two of them, Chris Guillebeau and Sean Ogle, do an #Annual Review for themselves to look both backward at how their year... Read more »

Christmas Magic Amidst Chicago's Magnificent Mile

Christmas Magic Amidst Chicago's Magnificent Mile
“City sidewalks busy sidewalks Dressed in holiday style In the air There’s a feeling of Christmas…” Ahh Christmas in the city. A couple years back I had the displeasure of finding myself in New York City, or more specifically Rockefeller Center, amidst the holiday season. After an afternoon of getting jounced around and consistently stuck... Read more »

Why Social Media & Content Marketing Are So Important For Business

“We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media, the choice is how WELL we do it.” - Erik Qualman That’s a pretty big statement. But it’s in answer to a pretty big question: Where are today’s customers spending their time? And the answer is that they’re spending their time on social media.... Read more »
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Mac Love: Moving from a PC to a Mac

Mac Love: Moving from a PC to a Mac
Despite years of efforts to the contrary, I have officially joined today’s hottest cult, also known as Apple. I recently decided that a serious writer needs a serious laptop. Especially if she’s aiming to be a travel writer, in which case the laptop needs to be not only highly functioning but highly portable, both of... Read more »

My Nomination for the Liebster Award!

My Nomination for the Liebster Award!
I have been nominated for my first ever Liebster Award by BackyardDestinations (@bydestinations): http://backyarddestinations.wordpress.com Thank you for the nomination! What does this mean? The Liebster Award is basically an award that is by bloggers, for bloggers. It’s passed from person to person to encourage connection and support within our writing community, and to aid in... Read more »

The Best of an Autumn Visit to Door County, Wisconsin

The Best of an Autumn Visit to Door County, Wisconsin
Autumn has come gusting into Chicagoland a bit on the early side this year. Only halfway into September, today the cool air is enough to drive me from my favored writing spot out on the balcony to my living room sofa and the coziness of a big snuggly blanket. It has also (contrary to bird... Read more »
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Generation Y and the Evolving Quarter-Life Crisis

Generation Y and the Evolving Quarter-Life Crisis
I am part of Generation Y, or the Millennials. This is partially by my birth year of 1981, which sits at the leading edge of the period most consider to include the Gen Y demographic. However, it is also represented by my views and attitudes. My generation has been described in many terms, and most... Read more »

Back in Business! A Note For My Readers....

Back in Business! A Note For My Readers....
Hi Readers. This quick little post is for you. To begin, I apologize for my absence recently. Really, there’s been two big things going on. First, my “day job,” if you want to call it that, kicked my butt last month. Everyone knows by now that I work at a golf course in the summers... Read more »

What #WDS2014 Was All About.

What #WDS2014 Was All About.
Anyone who’s been following The Rogue Road or anyone who knows me in person has been listening to me babble on and on about the World Domination Summit for months. Well, now it’s come and gone, and the overall outcome for me was this: The World Domination Summit was, to this point, the single best... Read more »
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10 Best Movie Soundtrack Songs

10 Best Movie Soundtrack Songs
I depart Wednesday for the much-anticipated World Domination Summit that’s taking place this weekend in Portland. It’s going to be amazing. And completely overwhelming. So, this week’s post is just going to be straight up fun & lightheartedness. Music and movies have to be two of my favorite things in the world. What could be... Read more »