074: Phillippe Diederich and the Cultural Influences That Shaped His Career(s)

Phillippe Diederich has many identities! Most people know him as an award-winning novelist, husband, and father. But before he was a writer, he was a professional photo-journalist with a home base in Miami, who traveled around the world on assignments. He worked in Cuba, New Zealand, and Haiti. He is a self-described nomad who enjoyed the early days of his career when he could walk the streets getting a pulse of the people. One of his other identities is mystery writer, Danny Lopez. He uses this pen name to write about Dexter Vega, a journalist turned private investigator. Read More >>

073: Christy Tehven – Building a Business With Love

Christy Tehven left her full-time marketing gig before she knew how she would spend her time, or make a living. Christy took some time for herself and went to a secluded cabin in the woods where she worked through Danielle Laporte’s book, The Fire Starter Sessions. This break gave Christy the clarity she needed to decide her next steps. And, with the encouragement of her husband, Greg, the two attended Action Camp. This program provided a safe and open space for Christy to voice her goals out loud, and accountability partners to support her when she felt like giving up. During this episode, Christy describes the ups and downs of her journey which resulted in the creation of her one-of-a-kind business, Love Always Floral. Read More >>

072: Paulette Boudreaux: Express Yourself Through Each Chapter of Life

Paulette Boudreaux, award-winning novelist joined me on the podcast to discuss the multi-decade journey that led to her groundbreaking novel, Mulberry, being published by Carolina Wren Press in October 2015. Her experiences include working as a journalist, a public relations professional, an English professor, and earning her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree all while raising her daughter as a single mother. She also discusses moving from Mississippi to San Francisco in 1970 in the midst of a school desegregation movement and how that impacted her. Paulette says that despite living on the West Coast most of her life, her inner monologue has a Southern drawl. Read More >>

071: Seeking Job or Career Opportunities – the Payoff! (How to change jobs like a PRO: part 3 of 3)

This is part three of my series on making a career or job transition like a PRO! PRO is my acronym for the steps involved in Preparing, Researching and Opportunity Seeking. And, this podcast episode is all about Opportunity Seeking. This is when all the advance work really starts to pay off. In episode 65, I gave a five step process for preparing and in episode 68, I discussed three steps for researching that starts with a Positioning Statement. This episode brings together everything I’ve been discussing and touches on my suggestions from previous episodes to provide context. When you have time, go back and listen to Ever Better Podcast episodes 065 and 068. Or, you can review the notes and templates for all the episodes at EverBetterU.com/PRO.  Read More >>

070: Laura Roeder of MeetEdgar – Surround Yourself With Talented People

Laura Roeder, CEO and Founder of MeetEdgar, shares how her parents inspired her to be an entrepreneur and offers tips for encouraging your children to forge their own path. Laura built her company based on location-independence, allowing her employees to work from anywhere. She discusses the pros and cons of this approach, what it’s like to be one of the few female tech CEOs, and how and why she self-funded her business rather than taking venture capital.  Read More >>

069: Becoming Visible With Jessica Handler

Jessica Handler’s memoir, Invisible Sisters, is her story of growing up with two sisters, Susie and Sarah, who both had fatal medical conditions, and how her family did their best to cope. She now uses her experiences, wisdom, and talents to help others heal through writing. Her second book, Braving the Fire, is a guide to writing about grief and loss. In our discussion Jessica reads passages from her books, shares her incredible life journey, and discusses the craft of writing. Jessica is married to a writer and shares what it’s like to have two writers in the same house. Read More >>

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