Mikaela and Garrett

Getting Ahead Before Your Wedding

As I said, I’M GETTING MARRIED! If you can’t tell – I’m just a little bit excited. I’m also a little bit nervous, stressed, weak-in-the-knees, ready for it to be right now, jumping for joy, pulling my hair out, worried …


Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader

A Working Woman’s Travel Tools

When you’re work requires you to travel, the right tools can ensure you have the freedom to also play. Traveling for work can be fun. It can also be incredibly stressful. When you travel for a vacation, your responsibilities are …


1 idea sentence

1 Idea Sentences

Keep your reader interested by focusing on one idea per sentence. Complex sentences are sentences that contain multiple ideas. For most of us, they creep into our writing when we’re really excited. You know those times when you have a …


clarity

Clarity is King In the Copy Writing World

It doesn’t matter what you’re writing, if it’s not clear, it’s not going to get the job done. From business memos and taglines to thank you notes and blog posts, clearly communicating is key.   Rather than giving your thoughts …

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The Anatomy of a Thank You Note

Anatomy of a Thank You Note

I returned from St. Louis two weekends ago. It was an amazing trip. I spent three-and-a-half days with my nieces and nephew. They’re young and they’re a tad bit wild. But, there’s nothing quite so wonderful as a big, unprompted …


West of Market Sponsor Spotlight May 2014

West of Market Sponsor Spotlight, May 2014

Casey Oiness knows the importance of finding the right mortgage for each borrower. He purchased his first home during the housing market boom in 2006, and quickly found himself in an uncomfortable mortgage. At the time, he was a recent …


Thoughts on how my clients rock

Thoughts on how my clients rock

A few months back I popped into Chipotle to grab dinner for my boyfriend and myself. It’d been one of those go-go-go days and there just wasn’t time to cook. The lady at the cash register only charged me for …


Lets Eat

Commas Save Lives

Commas are pesky little things. Some folks use them a lot. Some folks don’t use them at all. And, some folks want to throw them against the wall and forget they ever existed. I find myself parked in each of …


West of Market Resident Business February 2014

Tom Barrett & Environmental Construction

Founded by West of Market resident, Tom Barrett, Environmental Construction is a two-part business: garden construction and garden stewardship. They’re not huge. They have just eight employees. But, don’t let their humble size fool you. Their hands-on process is a …


Shitty First Drafts

Sh*tty First Drafts are Real

It just doesn’t happen. “Shitty first drafts” are real. I pity the fool who thinks otherwise. You’re the uninitiated sucker. Lord help you. Writers, the ones who make a living arranging words, know that the first draft is like ice …