👋🏻 Hi friends,
A few months ago, I wrote about how I no longer suffer from the Sunday blues, which is still the case.
However, I noticed a downside to being constantly in a state of flow since I love what I do. Sometimes, I don't stop when I should, and I keep working until the wee hours of the night.
Yes, having a passion is excellent, and being in the zone is a privilege, but I have to teach myself to take breaks and pause. When you don't have a nine-five job and enjoy all the freedom and the passion that come with it, you need to teach yourself to stop.
Working around the clock is not something we should aspire to it, no matter how much we love what we do. I need to work on finding the right balance and not let my passion drive me to the point of burnout.
Meanwhile, I continue to prepare for my "Getting published" cohort in May. I'm lining up great guest speakers and finalizing my six live presentations for what will be a great learning experience for all.
I'm offering the cohort for a very low price—only $100 for a three-week live cohort. My goal is not to make money at this point. I want to share my knowledge and get more experience in running cohorts.
Here is more info if you are interested in learning more about getting published and seeing your name in print.
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🖼️ Photo of the week
I enjoyed reading the very timely novel Sunflowers Beneath the Snow, which tells the story of three generations of Ukrainian women. I interviewed the author Teri M. Brown for my podcast, and the episode should be up soon. Stay tuned.
🤩 Things that wowed me
✍🏼 On Writing: I came across this piece by titled "The Day You Became A Better Writer" by Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip. In this piece, he talks about the importance of learning business writing to become a better writer. Short sentences, active voice. Keep it simple.
📹 YouTube: My favorite YouTuber Ali Abdaal has as a video about the books on his bookshelf in which he recommends mostly self-help books. His recommendations are top-notch as always.
🧵 Thread: Learning how to send cold Emails is a very good skill to have, especially if you are a freelance writer who wants to pitch essay ideas to editors. This Twitter thread has a good of advice on how to send effective cold Emails.
📜 Quote: This quote by Benjamin Franklin really resonated with me: "Most men die at 27, we just bury them at 72." I wrote about the importance of thinking like a 20-year old in this essay here.
📚 Book: I have been reading the novel The Maid by Nita Prose, and it's a very enjoyable murder mystery with a very quirky main character. It's a book you can devour in one sitting.
✍🏻 Content creation
In the past week, I wrote a number of essays and features:
- That damn accent. That beautiful accent
- The utopian tale of a hymen-less world
- Journalism tools: Productivity enhancers or a distraction?
- Don’t fall for the writer’s con!
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📹 The YouTube experiment
My frustration with my YouTube channel continues. The channel is not growing as fast I thought it would be by this time, and I have less than 100 subscribers, which is very frustrating.
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Last week I posted an interview with author Joelle Jackson.
In this interview, we talked about:
❇️ Can you be in charge of your destiny?
❇️ Why are people quitting their jobs?
❇️ How can you be a conscious leader?
📹 Watch the interview below 👇🏽
🎙️ Read and Write with Natasha Podcast
I have two new podcasts episodes:
- An interview with Jordanian author Rana Sweis: In this interview, we talked about:
❇️ The grueling process that is publishing.
❇️ Receiving rejections, and believing in yourself.
❇️ Using the five senses in telling a good story.
There are a lot of golden nuggets in this amazing interview.
- The interview with author Joelle Jackson has been converted into a podcast.
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👍🏼 Recommended by yours truly
- I have been using Hypefury to schedule and create tweets and it has been life-changing. They have tools to inspire you to write new tweets that resonate with your audience. I have already increased my followers by 100 in a few weeks. Highly recommended.
- The voice memo recording app Otter has been a game-changer for me. I use it every time a new idea strikes. When I'm walking, washing the dishes, folding laundry. I record thoughts, essay ideas, business ideas. It converts my thoughts into text that I can immediately save in my info capture system (Evernote, Notion, Apple Notes, etc) Highly recommended.
- If you’re thinking about joining the online writing course Ship 30 for 30, in April I have an affiliate link. I took Ship 30 for 30 last year and it was an amazing experience. I learned a lot, joined new communities, and increased my Twitter followers. I enjoyed it so much, that I'm taking it for a second time. Two thumbs up!.
- One app that I have been using on a daily basis and becoming an integral part of my content creation process is Brain FM, an online music platform that helps you get in the "flow", and do the tasks that require deep work. The good news is that Brain FM is offering readers of this newsletter a 20% discount. Just click here, subscribe, and get your discount.
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