I started freelancing in 2007. By 2008, a month before my college graduation, I embarked on it full-time as a career.

The years 2008–2012 were roller coaster rides that would give anyone gray hair (or in my case, make me lose my hair). Clients came and went. Money rose and fell, as did stress.

Then, at the beginning of 2013, as my business was stumbling along on fumes, I was put on retainer by a big client.

Suddenly, I found myself with a steady paycheck (plus royalties!). My income stabilized. I got hefty quarterly payments in commissions for copy that…

I recently published an article on the unique and often-unspoken benefits of working from home.

One reader commented on the struggles of having kids at home, and I realized I failed to mention that I have three small children at home as well, aged 7, 4, and 8ish months.

It gets loud around here, is what I’m saying!

And I wanted to talk about the ways I’ve set up my work day and my home office to handle working at home with kids, but the key cog in my setup is that my wife is a stay-at-home mom.

That’s a…

These are the things people rarely talk about

person sitting on a couch working on a computer and writing in a paper notebook
person sitting on a couch working on a computer and writing in a paper notebook
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These are the things people rarely talk about.

I’ve been working from home for 13 years now, and other than a brief stint answering customer service emails for a department store and a few months of bartending, I’ve been doing it full-time.

When 2020 hit and offices everywhere were closed down, I told my wife that this was the moment we were built for: she a stay-at-home mom, me a work-from-home dad. Professionally speaking, we didn’t miss a beat that entire year.

Of course, the online conversation moved quickly into tips on working from home, advantages of working from home…

I never thought I would live to see the day.

I took a deep breath, sighing audibly to myself as I pulled the shiny white box out of the package — the familiar Apple logo emblazoned across the top.

I can’t believe I’m doing this.

My first smartphone, way back in 2008ish, was a Windows Phone. Remember those? It was lime green. I thought it was pretty cool, though it was definitely limited in what it could do.

A couple years later, my wife and I got married, and we switched together to Blackberries. It was orange. …

I tried not to sell the surprise on my face.

I had spent the better part of the previous hour sitting in a local coffee shop with a gentleman that goes to my church. It was basically our first-ever conversation after having sat near each other in church for most of the last 5–6 years.

I never knew his name. We greeted each other often, but never paused to actually introduce ourselves or anything like that.

After crossing paths at a church board meeting (I recently joined one of the boards), we learned our names, and he found out that…

I wrote this a couple years ago, and it remains ever-relevant in both my life and in everyone’s.

I never imagined I could sing by myself in front of a crowd of hundreds while controlling a crabby child in my arms. But last Sunday, I did that.

My wife and I sing in the praise band at our church once a month. We have for the last couple years, and it’s been a great experience for us. But as parents to a 4-year-old and a 1-year-old, it comes with challenges.

Early in the process, we usually had somebody there to…

Are we too reliant on our phones? My 5 takeaways from a potential disaster…

Back in August 2015, I took my first business trip in a long time — to the city of Baltimore.

I’d been to Baltimore on business once before, and I loved the city. It’s very vibrant, has an awesome pier down at Fells Point, and it is loaded with delicious seafood.

This time, I decided to run everything for my trip through my phone. I wanted to manage as little paper as possible.

I had my flight boarding passes emailed to me so I could just…

Class of 2003.

I’ve been out of high school for almost 20 years — and a lot of it really sucked.

So let’s take a deeper look, shall we?

High school, in and of itself, is a terrible idea. Cramming a bunch of kids whose only common thread is, “hey, we’re all the same age” into one building for 8–10 hours every weekday and giving them free reign to establish their own social system is universally damaging to everybody involved.

But it’s reality. It happened to me, and it happened to you. What don’t I miss?

  1. Dating. This list isn’t in any particular…

On Monday, May 31st, 2021, I will turn 36 years old.

It’s always a reflective time, so I usually like to jot down some thoughts to myself about what I’ve learned as I enter the back half of my thirties.

I found this old post on my personal blog, written when I was 27 years old. I thought I would update the list and present it here, as universal truths tend to not change.

(And clearly, nothing has changed since early 2013.)

  1. When you’re young, shoot for affordable. When you grow up, pay for quality.
  2. Our bodies are surprisingly resilient.

We’ve got a real gratitude problem in our society — specifically, a lack of gratitude.

We live in the greatest era in the history of the world, but we still find reasons to be miserable and complain.

It’s always a good idea to sit down and write some things you’re grateful for. Some people even do that as part of their daily routine.

The point is that listing things you’re grateful for is an exercise in perspective. And while I don’t expect you to pore through this entire list of 100 things that I’m grateful for, I do want you…

Tom Meitner

Professional copywriter for 12+ years. Author of the Charlie Hardwick series. Father of three. Husband of one. Lover of food, laughter, and ’90s TV commercials.

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