Tammy Helfrich

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Allison Vesterfelt on Packing Light {Podcast Episode #26}


Allison Vesterfelt joins me on the podcast today. I have enjoyed watching as her writing career has grown immensely over the last few years. I recently finished her new book, Packing Light. I am excited to give away a copy to a listener.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Restlessness versus being grateful for where we are
  • What if the story of the rich young ruler was a literal request?
  • We all hold on to things that we most likely need to let go of
  • It’s easy to cover up your dysfunctions when you have access to everything you need
  • No words are wasted when you write. They are all building blocks to help you get where you are going.
  • Writing can be lonely sometimes
  • Invite people into your writing process
  • Figuring out how to be practical and also monetize your art can be challenging
  • Staying stuck doesn’t make you feel unstuck, it just makes you feel more stuck
  • What’s preventing you from doing what you are called to do?
  • You build the bridge as you walk over it
  • Start with eliminating physical clutter. It is tied to the emotional.
  • Your life is waiting, but your arms are full

You can learn more about Ally on her website. You can check out her book here, or follow her on Twitter.

What did you like about this episode? Leave a message to be entered to win a copy of Allison’s book Packing Light.




  1. The biggest struggle for me as a writer is that my process for writing does not fit the mold of others. There are no multiple drafts for me, it is shoot from the hip, I feel like this is the truth. Outlining, drafting, editing, drafting, editing, finalizing feels foreign. This may be the difference between true authors like Ally and amateurs like myself. I love the story though. Hearing the process of the pros over and over will at some point sink into my thick skull and make me better.

    • I’m with you, Mark. I am typically a one draft person, but I also haven’t written a full length book yet. I am a firm believer in the continual writing and practice makes us better.

  2. Quote of the podcast: “This is my jam.” Good stuff!

  3. ohmygosh. There was so much to love about this podcast. Written words are never wasted. Writing in community. Reflecting honestly on the writing process. Thank you!

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