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By Tara Makhmali | CEO of CommonSmarts Media, LLC | Author of MISSWIRED The question of whether one should self-publish or publish traditionally is a misnomer because what does it mean...

I’m terrified of public speaking. You wouldn’t know it. You wouldn’t see my pulse explode like lightning behind my eyes while the embodiment of my childhood self scaled a tree. You’d...

I like to do all my writing naked. Here I am rolling around on a fluffy white rug reflecting on the ins and outs of gratitude, empathy, independent thinking, and the...

When I originally began writing a novel, I had not one but two job offers from interesting companies. Neither had anything to do with my creative pursuits, not directly. One was...

I want to believe that I am self-sufficient. That within my ingenious female ecosystem lies impenetrable savvy. The kind of savvy that will propel me into a position of leadership. A position...

Everyone remembers that scene in Meet the Parents when Ben Stiller makes a sweeping generalization about being able to milk anything with nipples, and Robert De Niro hilariously responds, "I have...