Take Two — I’d like to try this again . . . and let you know the real me

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I quickly wrote an “About Me” story back in October that had a list of my most impressive writing accomplishments, a personable professional headshot, and . . . no soul. I wrote it, checked it off my to-do list, and moved on to my next activity. Unfortunately, sometimes, I do that kind of thing. I’m working on being more mindful and I’m working on myself.

I thought that you Medium readers would only be interested in my past experiences associated with writing. I thought that if I told you I used to be a dancer, an actor, a producer, a…

6 ways to step outside of the box . . . and stay out

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For the first 30 years of my life, I didn’t think of myself as a creative person. Even though I was earning a good living as a performing artist, I considered myself an “interpreter” of other people’s work. I sang the songs other people wrote and I danced the steps other people created. Oh, how wrong I was.

The truth is that everyone is, in some way, a creative person. If you’re a writer, you probably aren’t creating new words on a regular basis. This could be construed as being an “interpreter” rather than a creator.

Similarly, many people don’t…

Journaling, mind-body connections, and how to deal with a breakdown

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Friends, I am thrilled that you are reading this newsletter and either contributed or are following the stories in A Little Bit Better. It has been a little while since this publication’s last newsletter, but from here on out, you can expect a little chunk of happiness in your inbox.

A Little Bit Better’s sole aim is to provide motivation, inspiration, and information for you to improve yourself, inside and out. Our readership is growing every day and we continue to add thoughtful and gracious writers to our list of superstar advice-givers.

I have three huge questions to ask you…

And plan to make incremental improvements the next month

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I love a good New Year’s resolution, but I have found that if I don’t reassess where I am on a monthly basis, I tend to lose my way on the path toward those goals.

A good, honest look back at the previous month can help you learn what you did right in the past month and what you could do better in the next 30(ish) days. And, for me, it usually takes less than an hour.

Here are the three questions I use to assess my monthly progress:

What do I want to stop doing?

My unverified statistic says that the number one deterrent from a…

Improve your fitness, productivity, diet, and sleep

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Most things, when you really dissect them, are not simple. The more we learn, the more we realize we know very little.

Life is complex and confusing. It is particularly confusing when it comes to how to care for our minds and bodies.

Everyone has an opinion. Drink lemon water, do strength training, don’t eat meat products, get a lot of sleep, don’t lift weights, lemon water erodes the enamel on your teeth, if you don’t eat meat, you don’t get enough protein, if you sleep too much, you get nothing done.

There is so much conflicting and confusing information!

Don’t make the mistakes I made

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I worked for three years to find an agent, court a publisher, write my book, and work with the publishing team to make sure it was ready for the shelves of Barnes & Noble and Target. Three months after the book has been released, I haven’t even recouped my advance. And, after listening to a recent interview, I can tell you exactly why.

I’m Talented… Now What? was published by an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield in December 2020 and it is the culmination of 15 years of educating young artists on the business side of the performing arts. …

Let the world hear what you have to say

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Everyone is a writer. If you happen to be reading this and you don’t consider yourself to be a writer, you should start writing. Why? Because you are inevitably a writer who just happens to not be writing at this moment. I’ll say it again — you are a writer.

Society makes assumptions about people who call themselves writers — that they are recluses, that they are overly academic, and that they have degrees in writing (amongst so many other assumptions). Many, if not all of these, are untrue.

The fact of the matter is that if you have an…

How to water the tree of success

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I would never have picked up the book if I weren’t a podcast junkie. I reasoned that if anybody asked about it, I’d tell them that Matthew McConaughey and Lewis Howes made me do it.

So, I ordered the tiny book from Amazon — The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino. I felt silly carrying it around like I was toting some sort of religious paraphernalia or pretentious journal. Well, I’m still reading it to this day, silly feelings or not.

Why am I still reading a very small book? Because it takes ten months to read the…

There’s more to adding an index than people think

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The popular thing to do these days is to create an index for your Medium articles to facilitate easier reader navigation. I have a secret to tell you. Your index could offer even more value than you think.

Yes, organizing and linking your articles so readers can find your stories is very helpful. Since I added my index a few days ago, I have seen a small uptick in views of some of my older (but just-as-fantastic) stories.

Taking the four hours to link to my 200+ stories also helped me be able to review what I have written over…

Michelle Loucadoux, MBA

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