August 2017               

If you're wondering who the hell I am and start scrolling for that unsubscribe button before reading another word, I get ya. No hard feelings. The last issue of this newsletter went out in fall 2013, so many readers won't remember a coach named Miranda Hersey or the blog called Studio Mothers.

If you're still reading, it's my honor and delight to share a bit of unsolicited advice, wrapped in the cloak of a personal update. Several months ago, I posted the self-referential piece Why You Need to Leave  to my personal Facebook page. In addition to an embrace from my friends, I received private messages from women in my network who wanted to share their marital struggles and offer thanks for my transparency. I subsequently shared my post with our blog community, knowing that If one person reads the words she needs to hear, the public display will prove worthwhile. The piece also serves as an update for readers who wondered about my long silence.

Last time I wrote to you, I was about to relocate to a yet-to-be-determined location. I'm thrilled to relay that I landed on Bainbridge Island, Washington, a 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle. I've been here for three years now, and after several seasons of leaving places and people behind, I'm finally home. Wherever you are, I hope you're home, too.

I've got a bunch of exciting things to share with you in the coming months -- and I hope you'll come along for the ride. I'd love your company.


Miranda Hersey

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Monday Mojo: Beck Metzbower

I'm thrilled to reinstate our regular interview series by introducing you to Beck , a visual artist based on the US East Coast. You're going to love Beck's no-nonsense approach to being a fulltime working artist and reaching her goals. Find out what Beck has in common with Eleanor Roosevelt -- and how she once found inspiration in a vending machine. Enjoy!

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Online Course Listings

As part of my recent blog refresh, I've updated our curated inventory of inspiring online courses and resources. If you've taken -- or if you teach! -- a class that belongs in my listing, please let me know. A number of the courses I personally recommend are affiliate links, which help to support the blog.
Read a Book, Change Your Life

I'm one of those annoying people who runs around telling everyone about the latest amazing book she read. I might have to admit to sending copies of my favorites to my dearest friends and relatives, whether or not they've expressed interest. When a book is THAT GOOD, you just have to share it. Here are a few of my recent faves.
By Jen Sincero
Do not wait. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Instead, read YOU ARE A BADASS AT MAKING MONEY and collect $2,000,000 or however much you want. I listened to the audio version of this book -- read by the author -- and I can't recall the last time I was this energized. If you can't afford to work with a coach, buy this book instead. Really. 

By Martha Alderson
A coaching client spoke highly of THE PLOT WHISPERER-- and its accompanying workbook -- and I'm in turn recommending it to you. This is one of the best books I've ever read on story structure and outlining. No matter if you're a pantser; get this book and your work will be the beneficiary. 

By Cal Newport
My oldest son, a professional, award-winning guitarist with insane powers of concentration ( shameless plug HERE!) recommended DEEP WORK -- and I'm so glad I read it. If you're like me, Cal Newport's wisdom and concrete guidance will make you rethink your screen time and strategically attack the habit of multitasking. 

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