True Story: I’m A Composer

What's it like to work as a modern classical composer? Like, for your whole job? Dale Trumbore shares her story and music industry insights!

When I picture a composer, I picture an old white dude in a powdery wig or that Sesame Street muppet. But Dale Trumbore is a smile-y, 30-year old woman, living in L.A. and writing classical compositions. Like, for her whole job. This is her story. 

Web Time Wasters

A song apparently 37 million people have heard that I’ve never heard before?

Welp, this week was terrifying, wasn’t it? On Tuesday I returned from a week in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, realizing my lifelong Anne of Green Gables dreams (you can see photos here), but none of that really matters when our president is a bigot and a racist.

So before we dig into links-as-usual, I wanted to share these two posts:

1. White feelings 0-60 for Charlottesville
2. 8 ways to help after Charlottesville

A few things from my lovely sponsors

Oooooh, a good reminder/check-in from Loha: Are you living your life on purpose or by default? And could you do a 21-day forgiveness challenge?

If you ever think unkind thoughts about yourself (re: are alive) you should read this post from Corinne. Also: don’t quit. Rest.


How To Use Pinterest To Increase Your Traffic Without Giving Up All Your Free Time

This post is brought to you by beautifully curated Pinterest boards, more traffic, the letter S, and She Can Coterie

Are you sick of me talking about Pinterest yet? About how I finally got serious about it last year? And how it used to refer 7% of my traffic but now it refers 54%?

If you’re ready to figure out Pinterest once and for all, She Can Coterie can help. They’ve got heaps of super helpful Pinterest resources and tips for the just-getting-started must haves for your Pinterest account.

And if you’re preemptively overwhelmed at the prospect of learning a new platform, She Can Coterie can just manage your Pinterest acccount for youIs that the sound of you exhaling? Yeah, I thought so 😉

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11 Things That Are Good For Your Blog, Business, and Brain

Blogging resources to help you create better sponsored content, be a better podcast guest, and stop self-sabotaging your sales! Click through to read 'em!

Friends! I just spent the last two weeks on a “blogging vacation” which was really more of a “concerted effort to learn new professional skills and platforms and watch one hundred million tutorial videos.” So. Here’s hoping all that hard work paid off – we’ll see soon!

Blogging and business-y links for you!


What are the hallmarks of your best self?

What does your Best Self look like? How do they treat other people? How do they treat YOU? Click through for 5 questions that will help you identify your best self!

It’s an overcast spring day and my friend and I are walking our dogs around Lake Nokomis. We’re drinking takeaway coffees and engaging in one of those it’s-been-too-long-tell-me-evvvvverything conversations. To be totally honest, I was busy fiddling with Loretta’s poop bags when I tuned back into the conversation and heard my friend say:

“… and those are the hallmarks of my Best Self. That’s how I knew I’d made the right decision.”

I (rudely) put my hand up and said, “Wait. Just a second. The hallmarks of your best self? Tell me more about this.”

Friends, I spend a lot of time thinking about this stuff. About what makes us happy. About how to communicate our needs. About how to chase our dreams without hating our lives.

And I’ve spent exactly zero minutes thinking about what my Best Self looks like.  These ‘hallmarks of your best self’ – how did my friend know what they were? How did she know which people, places, and experiences brought them out?

Not knowing what your Best Self looks like is like planning a trip without a destination. Click To Tweet
Of course, we can’t be our Best Selves all the time. Sometime I just really want to eat rubbish and read snarky celebrity gossip. If I’m virtuous and intentional and productive for too many days in a row I get sick of myself.

5 questions to help you identify your Best Self (so you can be your Best Self more often)