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If you’ve poked around this place and feel yourself to be a kindred spirit, perhaps you’d like to stay in touch, too. I’ve got a little e-letter that floats into inboxes every few weeks. I try to keep them in the vein of a thoughtful missive to a good friend–and in particular, a good friend who might be curious about what makes up a creative legacy, gung-ho about good writing, or intrigued by the interplay between resilience in difficult times and the mastery of an art or skill. And because our inboxes can be scary places these days, I always keep in mind how much I want my e-letters to make your digital life brighter.

As a welcome present for saying yes to With Love & Squalor, you’ll receive the Creative Legacy Check-In. It’s a deceptively simple tool to help you see where your body of work is currently taking you, where you want it to go, and what steps you’ll need to take to get there.

Because life is short. And every one of your days builds the story of your life’s work.

"Esmé Wang shares with her newsletter the Creative Legacy Check-in, a tool I have used to examine my own creative output and to determine the future of my work. It’s from this workbook that I created my upcoming 12-week writing intensive, a course focused on building the foundations of solid writing. My teaching approach comes directly from the classroom of my mentor, and her commitment to safe creative spaces. As I work on the curriculum today, I feel blessed to continue and add to her legacy through my own work.”

Once you’ve confirmed your subscription, you’ll receive a link to download the Check-In. You’ll also receive a psychic heart-hug and high-five from me.

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“I want to continue working with teachers to make a difference in their lives and the lives of their students—basically, to change the world (just a small task). The Creative Legacy checklist was so helpful for me because it helped me see the connections in everything I’m doing and gave me a new way to look at what’s important—what I would like to be remembered for. I have been thinking about my work, my message (story) for a couple of years through different approaches, and this one helped me see it in yet a new way, reinforced some ideas I already had, but most importantly made me think about the relationships between the “work” I am creating and how it best ties into what I want to accomplish!”

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Each letter also contains links to terrific writing from around the web, a collection of Five [Extraordinary] Words, and occasional discounts and previews of upcoming works and creations. Signing up will also nab you the Productivity Journaling with Limitations e-book, a powerful tool to help you dive into analogue planning while living with limitations.

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