Hi, I’m Michelle. Welcome to My World.

I write and I play drums. What else do you need to know? Follow me and you will catch on in no time!

I am probably best known for my weekly “On the Move” column in the Houston Chronicle, which ran 2013-2020. My work is also featured in various publications, corporate blogs and white papers. While my professional specialty is real estate and the relocation industry, my personal life moves to a much different beat.

I have a pen, and I’m not afraid to use it!

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Houston's post-Harvey relocation landscapeJason Ford

Houston’s post-Harvey relocation landscape

Original article published in the Houston Chronicle: “On the Move” It has been over seven months, but people are still talking about the impact of Hurricane Harvey, and rightly so.  It certainly left its mark on Houston, both in its damaging effects, and in the way that it showcased the strength of our city and the bond shared by the people who live here. While relocation activity into the Houston area experienced a dip in activity in the months that […]

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation?

What’s the deal with Monday Motivation? I see posts about this throughout social media and all over the web. And, I have to tell you, I rarely feel very motivated on Mondays. The reason? Let’s face it. Mondays are hard. I will even go a step further and say that sometimes they downright suck. But, I have found that it helps to begin each day with the right mindset. This is especially true on Mondays. Monday Motivation you can actually […]

Recommended Reading

I don’t always have time to read, so I make time to listen

We’ve all heard the statistics about how the most successful leaders and innovators are also avid readers. I think the saying is: “Leaders are readers.” Well, I don’t always have time to read, so I make time to listen. In fact, I listen to about 25 books a year, thanks to Audible, and I try to read at least 5 actual books. I know that my reading goal is a really low one, but it works for me. When to […]

Overcoming Setbacks

Setbacks are there to remind you, not define you

I have said many times that setbacks are there to remind you, not define you. I first wrote these words a few years ago, but I think they are worth repeating today. January Promises I made a lot of promises to myself for January. I was going to hit the ground running at the first of the year, and I had a plan to basically kick ass and take names. As the saying goes, “People plan, God laughs.” By the […]

Digital vs Analog: Which is better?

Hey kids! Do you know what this is? It’s called a Rolodex! It’s what we used for decades before the digital age to keep track of our contacts. They were invaluable! Sometimes I would even flip through my Rolodex just to spark some inspiration. It was a tactile, active experience. No mater how convenient and easy digital is, we can’t have a relationship with digital information the way that we can with a physical repository of information. That’s why I […]

When are you the most productive?

When are YOU the most productive? Experts say that’s when you should do the bulk of your work. I learned long ago, that my most productive time is not 8:00 AM. It’s also not 9:00 AM or 10:00 AM. More often than not, my productivity doesn’t seems to peak until the sun goes down. So, after struggling with so-called “regular business hours” for nearly two decades, I shifted my work schedule to match my body’s natural rhythm. The results? Not […]

Was 2017 everything you thought it would be?

As we enter the last month of 2017, was this year everything you thought it would be? Nope, not for me either. But that’s OK. What’s the one thing you are the most proud of, and what do you regret most? Before you answer that, get out a pen and paper and write down what you are the most proud of. Look at the words for a few minutes, then fold the piece of paper and put it in your […]

Can you disconnect?

That might be the toughest question that anyone asks you all day. Between your computer, tablet and smart phone, it has become more difficult than ever to actually disconnect, or, as I like to call it, “hide.” It has actually become unacceptable. You can no longer tell someone that you didn’t get their call or email, because they will surely text you in a matter of minutes. (Guilty as charged!) Even if you were on a flight, that is no […]

Feeling GratefulMichelle Sandlin - On the Move, Houston Chronicle

Feeling Grateful

Everyone has a story. This is mine. Not the entire story, but it’s the one about how I came to be a weekly columnist for the Houston Chronicle. One late night in 2009, I started a blog and began writing about Houston and the relocation industry. Over the next couple of years, I wrote and published over 100 long form article style blog posts. Soon my blog was killing it on Google searches, and I was consistently positioned in the […]

Are you doing the work you were born to do?

One of the most important questions that we can ask ourselves is: “Am I doing the work that I was born to do?” If the answer is “yes,” then you are way ahead of the game, and you have probably had some level of success in doing what you do. But, if your answer is “no,” then my question for you is: “Why not?”

Michelle Sandlin and Max

Everyone Needs A Reboot

Everyone needs a reboot from time-to-time. This is mine!

It was three years ago, when I wrote: “Quit Your Job! I Recommend It!” Quitting my job in Corporate America to focus full-time on my passion as a writer, was one of the happiest moments in my career. It was so happy in fact, that history has just repeated itself. After spending about a year back in the corporate world, I have again quit my job. This time, for good!

So, this is my reboot. It’s kind of like Michelle Sandlin 2.0. Call it whatever you want, but I am back, baby! And there is no looking back.

Michelle SandlinMichelle Sandlin

On Being a Writer…

Being a writer is not a job.
It is not a choice.
It is a state of being.
It is at the core of my existence.
Nothing will stand in its way and nothing can prevent it.
It’s my creative mastermind.
It’s the course I travel blindly, but with an open heart.
It is the life I lead.
It’s the introspection and observation.
It’s where I find meaning.

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