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hello, friends! are you wanting to start a blog soon? have big intentions for the one you already have? whether you’re a newbie to the blogosphere or a seasoned pro, tara gentile’s blogging your passion e-books are here to help!

52 MORE weeks of blogging your passion

tara is the editor of scoutie girl blog (a must read if you don’t already) and is celebrating the one year anniversary of the release of her first e-book, 52 weeks of blogging with passion! can you believe it’s been a year?! 9 months later she released the sequel, 52 MORE weeks of blogging your passion, and as i’ve discussed both of these helpful e-zines before (here and here) i highly recommend them. tara is a motivator unlike any other i’ve met, and in each of her books she supplies you with 12 fresh intentions and 52 incredible writing prompts to keep you blogging year in and year out.

52 weeks of blogging with passion concentrates on giving you permission to blog about yourself and your business in an interesting way to your readers. it helps you beat writer’s block and gives you prompt after prompt to help keep you writing all year long.

52 MORE weeks of blogging with passion is all about blogging with intention. it focuses on helping you reach your goals and create a community. it teaches you how to engage your readers and keep them interested.

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that’s right! get 40% either 52 weeks of blogging with passion or 52 MORE weeks of blogging with passion by using the coupon code ‘ANNIVERSARY’ at checkout. but only until tonight! sale ends wednesday, december 22 at 11:59pm EST.

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We don’t know where our ideas come from – but we know they don’t come from our laptops.
John Cleese

When my husband quit his job at the end of August, I had a misguided belief that I would be able to concentrate full-time on creating the business I dared to dream about. I would write prolifically, connect with power brokers, advocate for a movement towards creative living & mindful spending, and generally do great things with my time & energy because I could concentrate.

But concentration isn’t very good for creativity.

If you‚ are racing around all day, ticking things off a list, looking at your watch, making phone calls and generally just keeping all the balls in the air, you are not going to have any creative ideas.
— John Cleese

Concentration – even focused, productive work – doesn’t push us, it doesn’t make us more confident, it doesn’t stretch our ideas and play with our minds. It kind of shuts us down.

Last week, I had a bit of a breakthrough: I will not be creative & influential & wealthy & prolific sitting in front of my laptop for 12 hours a day.

Creativity requires a kind of “oasis” as Mr. Cleese puts it.

My creative oasis is an evening walk. Immediately after Lola goes to bed, I download the latest Fresh Air podcast, don a pair of shoes fit for a 20 minute walk, and exit through the front door. My iPhone connects me to a greater world as my feet connect with the uneven sidewalks.

When I come home, I don’t reach for my laptop again. I reach for a stack of Moleskines that hold rough drafts and notes. I might draft 3 posts from ideas that struck me during my walk. I’ll finish them off in the morning when my mind is again fresh. Or they may just sit and wait for when they’re needed.

We spend so much time wishing & hoping for more time, more concentration, a more conscious approach to what we want to create. But I’m with John Cleese, part of my work – in fact, the part that creates the most meaningful results – requires shutting down, creating space, freeing yourself from the demands productivity. It requires sleep. It requires selfcare.

These are the things I absolutely must prioritize to be as creative as possible (read: successful & satisfied).

Bold creativity – the kind that great ideas come from – requires work that doesn’t feel so much like work: the acceptance that beautiful things come from a place that we can’t control.

If I want to truly increase my influence & output, it’s time to honor my creativity oasis. I hope you will too.


Tara Gentile empowers you to live more creatively and challenges you to change the world with your money on Scoutie Girl. Take her free 8-part mini course of creating more action in your life.

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my dear friend and blogging genius, tara gentile of scoutie girl is at it again!  Do you remember her first book?  Well buckle up, as the sequel, 52 MORE weeks of blogging your passion, will get you blogging with intention in no time!

sometimes i blog with intention, whereas other times i have to admit that i get lost in blogland and lose my aim.  in 52 MORE weeks of blogging your passion, tara answers questions on how to engage your readers more thoroughly as she teaches you to inspire, lead and provide true value to them.  you’ll be setting goals, reaching them and creating a connected community through your blog in no time!

52 More weeks of blogging your passion

{blogs & tea by jen ramos}

tara is a true motivator and has a special knack for getting your bloggie bum into gear. her new book will guide you through 12 months of 12 intentions and 52 fresh writing ideas.  if you’re ready to step your blog up to the next level, this book was made for you!  

52 MORE weeks of blogging your passion is now available for preorder.  buy it today at a special discounted rate and take advantage of tara’s invitation to attend an exclusive webinar with her where you can ask questions, meet other bloggers, and learn a lot! you’ll receive the first 3 chapters at time of purchase (14 writing prompts) and receive the full ebook on september 22.  tara has done everything from help me get started blogging (many moons ago) to setting up my own e-course and e-book.  she is genuine, brilliant and so eager to help- and from my own first hand experience, i highly recommend her work to you. get started by clicking here!

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please welcome guest poster: tara gentile, scoutie girl

do you eat broccoli rabe? i didn’t until about a month ago. since i went vegetarian, i’ve been trying new vegetables like, well, a vegetarian! i was going to say crazy person – same difference.

also up until about a month ago, my 20 month old only had 4 teeth. she sat, crawled, walked, talked on time – but her teeth were stubborn.

trust me, this is related.

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she’s always been a good eater but was always limited to foods of very soft texture because of the lack of munchers. coincidentally, she started getting her molars when i started buying broccoli rabe. one night at dinner, she pointed at the bitter, garlicy, vinegary broccoli robe sitting on my plate and demanded a taste.

then another taste. then a bite. until, over the course of a week, she decided it was one of the best foods ever.

i looked at my husband and exclaimed, “i’m not even sure i like this yet… how does she like it?”

i’ve always been one of those people who wanted to take my fingers and give a good flick to a parent who sad, “oh honey, you won’t like this [insert adult food here].” how do you know? what if they do like it?

if they don’t give it a chance, the parents not only put into the child’s mind that the food doesn’t taste good. they’ve given him the idea that trying new things isn’t fun or exciting.

scoutie girl tara gentile

i think new things – strange things – different things are horribly exciting. in fact, i pretty live every day for something new! not surprisingly, i get bored easily.

this mindset keeps me learning new things, reaching new goals, and always pushing forward. i’m never content with the status quo.

likewise, this “lesson” doesn’t just apply to toddler-types.

what signals are you sending out into the world right now? are you telling the universe (or your customers, your friends, your colleagues) that you’re ready for something new and exciting? or have you put up a wall that tells everyone “oh i won’t like that so don’t even try?”

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i really hope you make the choice to day to give something new a try! and maybe make some broccoli rabe for dinner tonight, too.

tara gentile is the editor of scoutie girl, the blog with a penchant for the passionately handmade. she’s teaching an ecourse in may on learning to tell your story online.

[images: fresh broccoli photograph by honeyandjamphotos, red matzo bowl by atelierbb, and

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52 weeks of blogging your passion

the incredibly talented tara gentile of scoutie girl has done it again!  i finally got some free time to read her new e-book, 52 weeks of blogging your passion.  whether you’re new to blogging or a seasoned pro, this e-book is full of inspiration, ideas, and ways to fight writer’s block.  it has wonderful suggestions on how to boost your blog traffic, how to craft a mission statement and details endless tips on how to make the most of your posts.  to top it off, it features 52 inspiring prompts and ideas to help you blog your passion, all year long!

if you haven’t had time to check out 52 weeks of blogging your passion, it’s certainly worth your time.  for a very affordable $15.00, it’s a guide that you will be able to refer to time and time again, for years to come!

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