1# Filipa Canelas: Who is Kimberly Palmer? And what did she do to be where she is?
1# Kimberly Palmer: I am a writer, editor, mom… I worked hard and was lucky enough to have supportive parents who always encouraged me to follow my dreams!
2# Filipa Canelas: As a successful writer and speaker, you need to come up with ideas. Do you face creativity problems? If so, how do you get new ideas and topics for your projects?
2# Kimberly Palmer: I find I get the best ideas when I am not pressuring myself to think of them. Jogging, daydreaming, driving… I try to always have a blank notebook with me to capture them. I love my Passion Planner because it’s a planner but also there is space to record thoughts in the back, like a mini blank notebook.
3# Filipa Canelas: How would your schedule look like, if tomorrow you had 100% of focus + 100% of energy + 100% of time (24 hours). Basically, what would you do on a perfect day?
3# Kimberly Palmer: Wake up and make my kids breakfast before school, then drop them off and go for a 3 mile running. Stretch and then do 3 hours of writing, take a lunch break then 3 more hours of writing before it’s time for the kids to get home!
4# Filipa Canelas: I read your book “The Economy of You” last year and I got so many ideas to make money selling my services, while doing what I love! How would you sum up your whole book in one paragraph?
4# Kimberly Palmer: There is no job security today so we all need to have multiple sources of income, including what I call a side-gig. That is an entrepreneurial pursuit you build on the weekends/evenings and grow slowly over time. Ideally it is both financially and professionally fulfilling!
5# Filipa Canelas: I’m a huge fan of morning rituals, because they changed my life. Do you have any type of ritual to begin a new day? If so, please describe it.
5# Kimberly Palmer: Coffee, and, actually, my commute to my office in downtown DC. The traffic used to annoy me, but now I use it as a chance to listen to thought-provoking podcasts.
6# Filipa Canelas: What is the most precious advice you can give me to save money as a teen?
6# Kimberly Palmer: Open a savings account now, you are never too young – it’s a habit that can last a lifetime and you’ll be so glad you started when you did.
7# Filipa Canelas: What was the lowest point in your career/life and how did you overcome it?
7# Kimberly Palmer: When I was studying abroad in London in college I felt very lonely and poor. The dollar was very weak at the time and I felt I could not even afford Advil for a headache. I didn’t have much practice taking care of myself yet. Luckily, things got better from there. Within a few months, I made a good friend who I ended up traveling with all around Europe, creating amazing memories that I still think of.
8# Filipa Canelas: If you could only live by one principle what would that be? And why?
8# Kimberly Palmer: Honesty. The worst feeling is feeling that you are not being truthful (with yourself or someone else.)
9# Filipa Canelas: What are you now working on?
9# Kimberly Palmer: I have a new full time job that takes up my energy – editing and writing articles for a magazine, and I am really enjoying it!
10# Filipa Canelas: Where can we stalk you, Kimberly Palmer?
10# Kimberly Palmer: On Twitter @kimberlypalmer
The Last Book you Read:
What Alice forgot by Liane Morjarty
Dream Job when you were a Kid:
“Find a way or make one” – my high school’s motto
25$ life-changing item:
My coffee mug that keeps it hot all morning
Favourite place to work:
My dining room table with my laptop