life lessons from writing

Last month, I dared myself to do something I thought was impossible, to write for 30 days in a row. CONTINUE READING

Stretch Goals Should Inspire Not Keep You Stuck

by Alli Polin on October 7, 2014

stretch goals should inspire, not make you feel like a failure

My kids rode their bikes home as fast as they could to tell me their exciting news!  They decided to participate in NaMoWriMo and write a book in the month of November.  The music teacher is leading the charge over lunch and recess and they’d selected a target number of words.  Let’s just say that they set the bar high at 15,000 words each.  I wanted to encourage them, but also didn’t want their goals to keep them stuck or worse, make them quit.  It was up to me to help them find a more inspiring stretch goal, or so I thought.


Get Unstuck and Make Someday Today

by Alli Polin on September 30, 2014

someday today

I met a friend for coffee a few weeks ago and she told me about a big, exciting idea that she has for a new business venture.  She was so excited that she could hardly slow down to take a breath.  She shared tons of details which told me she had given it a lot of thought too; staying up late at night, making notes and waking up first thing in the morning with this big idea on her mind.  Then I asked the $24,000 question:  What are you doing to get started?  Can you hear the crickets?  Apparently this was an idea for “someday.” I was left wondering, what’s really stopping you from making someday today?