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Beyond Better is a podcast that explores a simple but profound idea: we all deserve to live lives that are not just better—but beyond better. I’m Stacy Ennis, an author, mom of two, and long-time location independent entrepreneur living in Portugal. Join me as I talk business, location independence, writing, travel, and so much more, all focused on building a life that is beyond better.
 
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Have you ever wondered how people become a go-to authority in their industry? Back when I started my business in 2009, I wondered that very question. I looked at successful people in my space, scratched my head in confusion, and wondered how the heck they ended up so successful. Today, more than twelve years and multiple national and global brand c…
 
Anyone building a personal brand knows that the more attention, the better. But how do you gain the right kind of attention—media features and audience growth—that positions you as an expert in your industry? This discussion with public relations pro Kristen Elworthy details the intersection between a personal brand and PR, and offers practical adv…
 
When I started my business as a side hustle in 2009, I dreamed of becoming my own boss someday. I know what it’s like to look to people who are doing the thing and wonder, how the heck did they get there? In this episode, Melinda Emerson, known as America’s #1 small business expert, shares her advice for anyone looking to start or grow a small busi…
 
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to break the 9-to-5 and run a business completely of your design? Kate Peterson, author-illustrator of the newly released travel journal, Around the World and Back Again, did just that. In this episode, she shares how she journeyed from unhappy, full-time employee to landing a coveted book deal with Peng…
 
In this episode, I answer your wonderful questions, gathered from a recent survey sent to my email list. They include: How do you make time to create and write? Aside from growing your business, what work-related topics are you interested in (my answer goes beyond work!)? Can you dig into how to build an audience? As always, I aim to provide valuab…
 
Laura Tully loves people and fashion. When she realized she could merge the two as a style expert, her world became a hefty dose of happy. She built her company on a simple philosophy: great style is for everyone. She shows individuals how they can look and feel fantastic in what they wear by building an intentional wardrobe. She shows organization…
 
This episode is a must-listen for authors at any stage of the publishing journey, even if you’re in the writing process. Stephanie Chandler is an author, publishing industry expert, and the founder of Nonfiction Authors Association (NFAA). We discuss her phenomenal journey from corporate America to bookstore owner to NFAA founder, including some of…
 
In this episode, I talk with copyright and intellectual property attorney and novelist Brad Frazer. We cover his professional journey (which is fascinating!), the basics of copyright and intellectual property for writers, what constitutes “fair use” and when to attribute a source, and at what point an author needs to retain an attorney for their bo…
 
In this episode, I get vulnerable as I answer listener questions and offer my thoughts on topics related to parenting, books, and living abroad. Questions include: Do you experience mom guilt, or is your parenting as effortless as it looks? How do you promote and market a book? Where do you want to live next? What advice do you have for a friend wh…
 
In this replay from 2020, I get to do one of my favorite things: answer your questions! Questions include: What were the major mental, emotional, or professional milestones that you had to reach or overcome in your career in order to be where you are today? How do you edit/ghostwrite content for projects you don’t love but are paying the bills? Are…
 
In this replay from 2019, Ron Price joins me to talk about our book, Growing Influence, and how to regain control, take advantage of collaboration, and avoid draining your energy with concern. This episode is full of leadership gems. Connect with me at http://stacyennis.com. Follow me on Instagram @stacyennis and on Facebook @stacyenniscreative. To…
 
In this replay from 2019, I talk about how growing up in Idaho, I dreamt of going to NYC like my favorite character in The Baby-Sitters Club, Stacey. But life turned out a little wilder, and now I’m living in my third developing country with my husband and two small children. With this most recent move, I was surprised by how deeply entrenched I wa…
 
Many aspiring authors anchor to one thing early in the book-writing process—often before they’ve even written a word: potential book sales. They do the math: how many books will I have to sell to make back my investment (time and money)? But that’s a false equation, because the true ROI of a book isn’t as simple as calculating the number of books s…
 
Over the past decade-plus in the industry, I’ve heard every reason for notwriting a book. And inevitably, those “reasons” are connected to myths—untrue beliefs that stop would-be authors before they even get started writing their books. In this episode, I bust five of those myths and explain why now, not later, is the time to write your book. This …
 
In 2020, Mike Green's wife said to him, "You should write your book." Like so many of us, Mike was at home, shut off from normal life during the earlier days of COVID. Days later, he joined Nonfiction Book School, my program for aspiring authors. This week on the podcast, Mike Green shares his author story. As a leadership and communication advisor…
 
The most asked question I get from aspiring authors: “Do you think my book idea is any good?” Answering this question requires a series of inquiries related to life and work vision, overall goals for publishing, and more. In this episode, I detail a four-step process to come up with a great book idea—plus provide a free guide to walk you through th…
 
In this podcast episode, I connect with author and Nonfiction Book School student, Lindsey Weigle. Lindsey joined Nonfiction Book School last fall to finish writing her book, Enough Already. The first two-thirds of the book came easily, and while she was driven to complete the first draft of her book, she was stuck and unsure of how to write the la…
 
Laura Tully loves people and fashion. When she realized she could merge the two as a style expert, her world became a hefty dose of happy. She built her company on a simple philosophy: great style is for everyone. She shows individuals how they can look and feel fantastic in what they wear by building an intentional wardrobe. She shows organization…
 
In this episode, I share an update on life here in Portugal (hint: another lockdown), how I’m approaching 2021, and a message of hope for the year. Plus, I share about what’s in store for the year, including opening the doors to Nonfiction Book School. (Hooray!) Here’s to an amazing new year, and to building lives that are beyond better. Join my e-…
 
Misty Megia is a creative producer extraordinaire who has helped craft and produce keynotes on some of the biggest stages in the world. After leaving her high-profile Fortune 500 position on February 26, 2020, to start her own company, Misty lost $85,000 in contracts in one day as events around the US were cancelled due to the pandemic—income she’d…
 
This week, I get to do one of my favorite things: answer your questions! Questions include: What were the major mental, emotional, or professional milestones that you had to reach or overcome in your career in order to be where you are today? How do you edit/ghostwrite content for projects you don’t love but are paying the bills? Are there ways to …
 
Joy, freedom, and friend—these are the words that guide Maryanna Young, CEO and founder of Aloha Publishing. In this episode, she shares how the principles she learned coaching Olympic and world class athletes applies to entrepreneurship. We also have a thoughtful conversation about goal setting, productivity, and focus, all some of my favorite sub…
 
Growing your influence and impact as an author requires more than just writing a book people want to read. You need to show up with passion, purpose, and consistency to develop a solid author platform that attracts an audience. In this episode, I talk with founder and CEO of Amplify Publishing and Mascot Books, Naren Aryal. Along with solid advice …
 
I’m joined this week by Caitlin Copple Masingill, founder of Full Swing PR. We talk all things location independence, business, courage . . . and even making money with a liquor license. Alongside her PR firm, she is cofounder of Electable Women, a community of women who want to run, win, and lead in local public office. If you’re looking for inspi…
 
This episode kicks off a brand new season and a new name for the podcast: Beyond Better. I share the story behind the name and how the concept of creating a life that is beyond better impacts every area of my life, including my relationships, work, and more. Be sure to subscribe to the pod and share it with a friend who wants to build a life that i…
 
This week, I'm sharing an update on all things content-related, including Season 3 of this podcast and the StacyEnnis.com blog. Plus, I share a brief update on Nonfiction Book School. Keep listening for a special guest segment from my five-year-old son, Max. Connect with me and send your questions for a future episode at https://stacyennis.com. Fol…
 
This week, I share the backstory of Nonfiction Book School, my new, live book-writing program for aspiring authors. But it’s not just a 411 on the program—it’s a story. A tale about sticking with your dreams, even when your vision seems hard and far and maybe even overly aspirational. I hope this story inspires you to stick with your dreams too. Wr…
 
I'm joined this week by “brand alchemists,” Justin Foster and Emily Soccorsy of Root + River. We talk about their novel approach to branding: starting on the inside with deep work, speaking truth as a brand, owning a conversation, and so much more. The three of us also get personal, sharing some of our own challenges as we shape our professional an…
 
This week, I'm reading my latest blog post about how I fell, and stayed, in love with writing. Read the post at https://stacyennis.com/writinglove. Connect with me and send your questions for a future episode at http://stacyennis.com. Follow me on Instagram @stacyennis and on Facebook @stacyenniscreative.…
 
When watercolor artist and creative entrepreneur Brittany Sailors and her family got an opportunity to move to Hawaii from Idaho, they leapt at the chance. Within thirty days of accepting the offer, their party of five was in Maui and living a completely new, adventurous lifestyle. In this episode, Brittany also shares her journey as a watercolor a…
 
This week, I'm reading my latest blog post about what I've learned a lot over the past ten plus years in the publishing industry, working with 100+ books at different capacities (author, ghostwriter, book coach, trainer, and editor). Read the post at https://stacyennis.com/writingtruths/.Download my free e-book, 4 Steps to a Great Book Idea, at htt…
 
In this extra special bonus episode, my seven-year-old reads her short story about ghost horses titled “Apple and I love you.” Writing and recording this story was her final project for first grade. Enjoy!
 
I’m joined this week by two-time New York Times bestselling author Amanda Turner (writing as AK turner). We discuss her unconventional life, including traveling the world two to four months every year with her husband and two kids, and how she finds time to write so many books (nine to date). We dig into the writing process, author mindset, and mor…
 
This week, I'm sharing a short update on our life in Portugal. Each day, I fall more in love with this amazing country. Keep listening for a special reading from my seven-year-old daughter.Read the post and see pictures I’ve taken of Portugal here: https://stacyennis.com/portugalupdate/Connect with me and send your questions for a future episode at…
 
One thing most writers struggle with is . . . well, writing! Almost every aspiring and professional writer I know struggles to show up daily and engage in productive creativity. Drawing on a popular 2014 article on my site, I share some strategies on how to create a consistent writing routine. I also share, in detail, my daily routine and why it wo…
 
I am joining two movements this week: #theshowmustbepaused and #elevatemelanatedvoices. As such, I’m “muting” my normal show this week to advocate for Black voices and voices of color, and to draw attention to violence against the Black community. In place of my normal weekly episode, I'm sharing a short list of podcasts and resources to help fight…
 
The most asked question I get from aspiring authors: “Do you think my book idea is any good?” Answering this question requires a series of inquiries related to life and work vision, overall goals for publishing, and more. In this episode, I detail a four-step process to come up with a great book idea—plus provide a free guide to walk you through th…
 
I get a lot of questions about our nontraditional home life. We live a location independent lifestyle as a family, my husband stays home with the kids, and I'm the sole earner for our household—and have been for more than seven years. This week, I'm reading my latest blog post, which opens the metaphorical curtain to share the challenges and joys o…
 
This week, I’m answering your questions! I dig into whether to add an epilogue to a book, discuss business and marketing strategies for someone just starting out as a service-based solopreneur, share my not-so-subtle opinion on providing free samples as an editor or writer (and advice for authors looking to hire talent), and share two of my favorit…
 
This week, I’m sharing a recent webinar I did on the book-writing process. This training replay covers an overview of the book-writing process, including the why behind a book (so important!). You’ll learn the difference between the creation and production processes, and we'll deep dive into creation: idea, outline, write, and revise. We’ll also ta…
 
This week, I’m reading my recent blog post, "5 lessons I've learned living an off-the-path life." To read the post and see the picture of my family walking down a cobblestone road in Portugal, visit https://stacyennis.com/5lifelessons/.Connect with me at http://stacyennis.com. Follow me on Instagram @stacyennis and on Facebook @stacyenniscreative.T…
 
This week, I share eight of my favorite productivity strategies to access your creativity—even when things are a bit chaotic. Have kids? Me too. I promise these strategies apply to you, even if you have a lot on your plate at home. The big goal: emerge from crisis with clarity. Show up and create, do the work, find meaning, and serve others through…
 
Ron Price joins me this week to talk about our book, Growing Influence, and how to regain control, take advantage of collaboration, and avoid draining your energy with concern. This episode is full of leadership gems—enjoy!Connect with me at http://stacyennis.com. Follow me on Instagram @stacyennis and on Facebook @stacyenniscreative.Learn more abo…
 
Episode 7 | I’m trying something different this week and reading my latest blog post. See photos of Portugal during quarantine at https://stacyennis.com/pandemicinportugal/. Follow me on Instagram @stacyennis and on Facebook @stacyenniscreative.To stay connected and receive updates about free trainings, go to https://stacyennis.com/joinmylist…
 
Episode 6 | What’s it like to live in Portugal? In this episode, I detail my experience so far as a location independent solopreneur. Spoiler alert: I love it, but no country is perfect. Connect with me at http://stacyennis.com. Follow me on Instagram @stacyennis and on Facebook @stacyenniscreative.To stay connected and receive updates about free t…
 
Episode 5 | Exhaustion, fatigue, working nights and weekends—this is no way to live. That’s why this episode is all about taking time away to rest, restore, and connect. I walk you through practical strategies for working rest into your life daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. Note: I recorded this episode before the coronavirus chaos, and it seems…
 
Episode 4 | Growing up in Idaho, I dreamed of going to NYC like my favorite character in The Baby-Sitters Club, Stacey. But life turned out a little wilder, and now I’m living in my third developing country with my husband and two small children. With this most recent move, I was surprised by how deeply entrenched I was in the American Way. This ep…
 
Episode 3 | I’m digging into the metaphorical mail bag this week to answer your questions! In the episode, we hear from an experienced freelance writer who just quit her day job and is sorting through the early stages of client acquisition. Listen all the way to the end for an interview about Thailand with my sweet kids. Connect with me at http://s…
 
Episode 2 | In this episode, I interrupt my regularly scheduled work day (quite literally!) to record this spur-of-the-moment episode on choice and freedom as a solopreneur. Also featuring the musical stylings of my three-year-old son. Connect with me at http://stacyennis.com. Follow me on Instagram @stacyennis and on Facebook @stacyenniscreative.…
 
Episode 1 | A freelancer asks, “How do I navigate those early days where everything is growing outward, away from the center of your core business purpose? When your end goals are one thing but the work required to sustain you until you reach those goals takes you in a million directions, how do you manage that?” Connect with me at http://stacyenni…
 
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