Laura Harris

Helping women thrive in the "hot mess" of motherhood, faith, and writing.

Blogging, Business, Writing

My December Freelance Writing Income Report – $4,648

Emma Stone won a Golden Globe recently for her performance in La La Land. In her acceptance speech, she encouraged the creatives who’ve had a door slammed in their face not to give up. With a look of resolve, Stone held up her award and said, “This is for you.” I certainly didn’t win an award, but I did reach a significant milestone in my writing career by earning more than $4,500 in one month! As Ms. Stone encouraged ...
Blogging, Faith, Writing

My Word for 2017

I had some difficulty choosing my “One Word” for 2017. I even made a chunky list of cliches and guesses and nonsense. Still nothing. It’s not like you HAVE to have a word attributed to your new year. I just enjoy the challenge. Like I’m being dared to summarize everything I feel and wish and know and scratch my head over in one word. Then, at church, a word flopped onto me like laundry on my head. INVITE. It lingered ...
Blogging, Business, Faith, Parenting, Writing

My 2016 In Review – Using Only Screenshots

When you reach the end of a year, it’s nice to glance back, right? I’m excited about 2017, but 2016 really had some major moments. So, I thought I’d take a glance back at what this year was like – as a writer, a businesswoman, a mother, a wife, and a Christ-follower. But who wants to read someone else’s year in review? Am I right? So, instead of writing it all out and probably making your eyes bleed, I snapped ...
Business, Faith, Parenting, Writing

How I’m Letting Go and Letting God Have My 2017

I keep seeing all these ads that say “Take charge of your life in 2017!” or “Make 2017 your best year yet!” That fired me up. I was ready to do just that – to make it the best year ever. I really started to believe for a second that I had some semblance of control over my future. Then I spent a week in a hurricane. Each day brought something completely out of my control. Holding it all together felt like trying ...
Blogging, Business, Writing

My November Freelance Writing Income Report – $1,073.90

My husband and I have this crazy plan to pay off our house in 10 years. When I started my freelance writing business in 2015, it was to help with that goal. Unfortunately, I wasn’t much help for a while. I started off working for free or earning $5 per article in content mills. Perseverance pays off in this business, though. Fast forward through a year and a half of hustle, study, rejections, victories, being home with the kids ...
Blogging, Business, Parenting, Writing

It’s Time to Stop Feeling Guilty About Work-At-Home Mom Burnout

Originally, I was going to publish a 2500-word beast with tutorials, screenshots, and maybe even a witty GIF or two. The outline sat in my Draft folder for weeks, mocking me every time I logged on. The words just wouldn’t crochet themselves together this time. I used to write whatever I wanted on my blog, but somehow along the way, I’d set some new precedents for myself. It’s like I was instantly expecting myself to be a ...
Blogging, Parenting, Writing

10 Challenging & Fun Writing Exercises for Moms

The other day, my 3-year-old handed me a deck of cards after a game of Go Fish and said, “Will you tell me a story with these?” How could I resist a writing prompt like that? I looked down and saw the jack of hearts staring up at me. There’s a sad sap, I thought. Probably in love. With that, the story was up and rolling. He endured a harrowing quest to rescue his princess. No rescue mission could be complete without spies, ...
Blogging, Writing

Freelance Writing for Beginners: Find Paid Gigs, Work from Home, and Write What Matters

Ever dream you’re trapped in high school? Every few months, I wake up completely frazzled and scrubbing my face for acne. Let’s just sum it up with confidence issues. Fear of failure. A big ‘ole heap of insecurity from things I never finished or achievements I never achievemented. Yes. Yes, I did just say that. I’m a dozen years past the high school scene, and since that time, I’ve walked the uneven pavement I ...