Life, Curated: The Basics


A few days ago I told you about this new thing I want to do in 2017. Life, Curated.

Today, I thought I’d share the basics.

The very first basic: I’m learning a lot of this stuff right with you. Let’s call it learning out loud. I’m so happy that you’re along for this ride, because I’m not sure it’s something I’d want to do on my own.

Also, I think it’s going to be AWESOME and there isn’t anything better than sharing AWESOME with people you love.

So, here goes.

There are six pillars of Life, Curated. Number one is: Community. Because we are in this together.


Here are all six:

  1. Community
  2. Systems
  3. Tools
  4. Themes
  5. Habits
  6. Mentors


There’s a Facebook Group. I don’t want to flood Ninja Writers with posts about organizing your hall closet or ideas for delegating laundry to someone else. And I want a place where we can talk and be honest and help each other.

I’m not entirely sure what’s going to go down in our Facebook Group. I’m thinking at the very least, I’ll link to the Life, Curated posts there. And challenges? I love a good challenge.

I hope you’ll come join us over there. Help shape this community.


Systems are just what they sound like. Little automations that keep Life, Curated rolling right along.

A system for making sure that you meet your most important life goals.

A system for getting dinner on the table without eating up all of your writing time.

A system for making sure you’re not one of the all-work-no-play types.

You get the idea.


Some of the tools we’ll use are analog. A bullet journal. A couple of different planners. Notebooks. Etc.

A couple are digital. Like Evernote and your email service and a cool program for keeping track of submissions to agents and editors.


Themes are the heart of Life, Curated.

They’re life, broken down into parts so that you can get at it all more easily.

Every month for a year, we’ll focus on one theme.


If Themes are the heart of Life, Curated, habits are the soul.

We’ll be building sustainable, life-changing habits that will not only help us curate our lives so that there’s space for art, but will bring all of our biggest, boldest goals into focus. And reach.


Finally, I have this idea about finding mentors. Not necessarily in person (although that would be awesome, and you never know!) But, mentors where writer-types live: in books.

I really can’t wait to see how this all unfolds.

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