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How Mélanie Berliet Lives All of Her: On Sharing Your Story & Taking Risks In Your Work

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This is part of the Live All of You Interview Series! For more on what this is all about, head over to the intro post and make sure to sign up to find out who I’ll be interviewing next.

Mélanie Berliet is an immersive journalist and author who has written rich pieces about her experiences—the shadow and the light—for publications like Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, Elle and Esquire.

When I first discovered her work, I was enamored. Enthralled. Seduced. I spent hours online devouring her writing.

I thought she would be perfect for this interview series. When we agreed to meet at Kaffe 1668 in Manhattan, she told me that at the start of her writing career was the revelation that she should enjoy what she does.

“Our day-to-day existence is so dictated by our occupation,” she told me. “For a long time, I didn’t think too much about what really interested me, but then I started to pay attention to what I was doing in my free time, which was reading and writing constantly—and I wondered if I could make it into a career.”

That was her first step. She persevered, putting her work out there and applying to different magazines and publications.

“Some of my most successful pieces were initially rejected,” she said. “It’s hard to be a writer, making no money to start. But if you want it badly enough I do believe you can make it happen. It takes perseverance.”

Mélanie writes some pretty risqué stuff, diving into society’s underbelly with undercover stories about sugar babies, plastic surgery and the now infamous Ashley Madison website.

But she doesn’t spend energy worrying about what people think of her.

“I got an up close look at how short and fragile life is [when my sister died], and it doesn’t fucking matter what people think,” she told me. “When you take risks in your work, it’s going to touch people more. I didn’t realize that for a long time, but I was internalizing it. Do I think about what my parents would say, people ask me? I don’t give that a second thought.”

I am now grateful to call Mélanie a friend, and am so excited to introduce my audience to this amazing woman.

Read on for my interview with her!

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Four Important Questions to Ask Your Entrepreneurial Self (from the Experts at WDS)

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I’ve been reading some fabulous World Domination Summit 2014-afterglow blog posts (such as this by Jedd Chang, this from Erin Harding, and this by Derek Murphy). In synthesizing and processing what WDS meant to me, I decided to bring something different to the table based on the overarching theme I kept hearing at WDS, which is:

Always be asking questions.

Here are four questions I’m asking myself, inspired by the conference. Answering these is helping me to start making shifts in my business and life—maybe they’ll be of help to you, too.

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How Writing is Similar to Worship, Influenced by Place, and Inseparable from Reading

This is excerpted from my induction interview as a Professional Member of the Boulder Writers’ Workshop. 

What kinds of writing projects are you working on? 

Amy Segreti:  I’m constantly working on a myriad of things. When I was younger, I didn’t finish as much as I started; now, I’m getting better at doing my work and keeping commitments.

I work with clients on writing/editing projects, everything from press releases to book-length pieces, to private company branding and messaging. I started a print magazine of longform journalism on place, palate and pleasure in 2012, then moved it online. I also write a lot of narrative nonfiction and what I call “passion journalism”—I love writing in an inspired way, whether that’s about my life or about someone who is sharing their passion with me.

Whether I’m writing a news story, personal poetry, or a food and travel article, the purpose I strive for is to be the conduit for a genuine connection between my subject and readers.

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2014: Today I’m.

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In 2014, I set intentions.

I am going to love harder, but not need hard love.

I am going to be fluid in a way that doesn’t belittle the beauty of discipline.

I am going to understand better my boundaries, my edges, my swinging pendulums, my centers.

I am going to let indulgence be just that, and take full pleasure in its fleeting nature.

I am going to be patient and hold my fire, knowing that holding it doesn’t temper me, but strengthens me.

I am going to know myself better, but not let that quest become an excuse for isolation and intolerance of others.

I am going to get out of my own way and allow myself to be incandescent.

I am going to let appreciation melt into reverence.

Happy New Year, everyone.