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Trauma nurse turned creative writer. The world through my pen. Contributor @Entrepreneur @IncMagazine www.TheRickMartinez.com

And a simple framework that anyone can use, even if you’re not a nurse

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I am a nurse turned freelance writer. But to tell you the truth, I actually believe I’ve always had the writer in me, long before I ever became a nurse. If you’re not a nurse, you may be wondering why this is relevant to you. So before I go on and before you click away, as you read this, please imagine the skills you learned in a different career field, training or schooling. I bet there’s relevance there too. One of the main reasons I enjoy writing is that there are many similarities between being an RN (registered nurse) and…


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“We can handle small surges and clusters; it’s not a big deal. But when you get this continuous surge ongoing hour after hour — you see these patients, and they are all coming in with the same symptoms huffing and puffing, some of them are gasping for air, and some of them are confused because of the lack of oxygen, and they’re elderly, and they’re young, and they’re distressed, and they’re agitated, and then there are no family members around…It is draining.” Dr. Jamil Madi, Valley ICU medical director.

Y’all who know me, and maybe don’t “know me” but follow…


Especially on those days when you feel lazy and don’t want to do a damn thing

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There are some days where I simply don’t want to put pen to paper.

You might know what I mean, especially if you are a freelancer or work for yourself. We rationalize why we “deserve” a day off, or we’ll steal a glance over at the wife and kids (or hubs and pup, or whatevs) and justify doing nothing for the sake of the family.

Today is one of those days.

Today is a day where I genuinely have no reason not to write some sort of content, article, or hammer out 1k words…and yet all I want to do is N-O-T-H-I-N-G.

I also know that…


Just make sure the tortilla chips keep coming

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Walking around the Pearl Farmers market one day, a friend pointed to the top floor of the magnificent Hotel Emma and said, “that’s where Kit lives.”

Truth is, I don’t know if that’s a fact that “Kit” lives there, but I do know that Christopher “Kit” Goldsbury and his company, Silver Ventures, owns it.

The hotel I mean.

Christopher “Kit” Goldsbury, president and CEO of San Antonio’s Silver Ventures, ranks as the wealthiest San Antonio, Texas resident with a net worth of $1.7 billion, Forbes reported.

In 2021 there were no new San Antonio billionaires, so the list is still at only three. We’ll be talking about the other two in separate articles for sure.

Forbes magazine recently published their list of this year’s 2,755 billionaires worldwide, and even…


If you’re a creator, then you know EXACTLY what I mean

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I kinda feel like being lazy today, but Igor and Bob won’t have it.

It’s not a normal sensation for me, so perhaps it’s my body and/or psyche giving me a message?

Dunno.

I’m gonna roll with it though.

I’m gonna put that “always-on mentality” in a jar for a bit, stick it in the very back of my mental shelf, and do zilch today.

The funny thing is that before I decided to do nothing but be lazy, I had this raging battle between my ears.

Kinda like the Devil and the Angel on my shoulders…only it wasn’t really a little devil and angel.

More like an Igor and Bob.

Igor said I didn’t deserve it. He…


And a fun, tongue in cheek guide for the rest of you

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Some bad habits are actually kind of fun.

Like snarfing a whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s “Phish Food” or cursing like a sailor on shore leave at your husband for putting the toilet paper roll on backward.

We all have bad habits and look, there’s no shame in that.

It’s human nature to be imperfect, after all. The good news is that we can change our habits with some discipline and work (unless your hubs like being called names). Changing bad habits doesn’t happen overnight but simply acknowledging the behavior is the first step toward change.

Feel me?

Don’t try to change multiple behaviors at once; choose one habit to focus…


And the 8 takeaways that might change how you think about writing forever

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“What are you doing?”

“I’m writing.”

“Every day for a month?”

“Yup. 30 days, 30 posts.”

That’s the mini conversation I had with myself when I started this 30-day writing challenge.

“What the heck did I think I was signing up for? You cray-cray or something?!”

Yeah, still talking to myself.

But I digress…

Here’s the thing. It turns out that it wasn’t as daunting as it sounded, and my life is so much better because of it. …


Consider this your writers wake up call

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I’m a writer.

I’ve been writing at least two to three articles per week for several years. I have had my work published in several journals and magazines — some big ones. Notable ones.

Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc., The CrossFit Journal, and a few others.

But today, I woke up to two emails with rejections from publications that I really wanted to be featured in. Now, this is not the first time my articles have been rejected by publishers — in fact, it’s happened in the past and more often than I care to count.

Did I just admit that?

But…


So powerful you’ll want your children to someday read this too

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I couldn’t even think about cooking, let alone eating, until I wiped those gross boogers off his face.

Of course, I’m talking about my little brother.

We were pretty young and home alone after school. In today’s climate, we’d probably be scooped up by some governmental body and placed in “a home” simply because my parents wanted a better life for us.

You see, we grew up as latchkey kids.

I had to get myself off the bus, make dinner, do my homework, and then take care of myself until my parents got home after work each night.

Oh yeah, and then do it all over again for…


…and how not to end up waking up naked on a Norwegian fishing boat

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It’s Friday, I’m in Norway, the local pub about to open up.

So, of course…

I’m going drinking with Vikings.

Many of you may have seen the TV show “Vikings,” if not, then I’m sure you know Thor from “The Avengers.”

Am I right?

Then it’s likely when I shared that I was going drinking with Vikings, the first images you conjured were of 6'5" homies, beards past their chins, a darkened beer hall on a hillside, and of course, a beer stein made out of rams horn hoisted above one’s head.

Well, hate to burst your medieval bubble, but…

We’re going to a Thai restaurant first.

Prolly grab some spring rolls…

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