Welcome to The Bitter Lemon!

I’m Holly and this is my small corner of the blogosphere — I’ve had it since 2010 and it has grown with me as I navigated life post-college, to now working completely for myself as a writer (mostly for digital marketing purposes).

I love to read, cook, watch TV, and hang out with my rescue kitty, Blanche. I live in Austin, Texas and am obsessed with the creative energy, the crazy politics, and vegan food options.

Around the blog, I write about my life, things I’m interested in, my goals, travel, and all of the things pertaining to working for yourself as a contractor.

No matter what the story, I’m always willing to share it in hopes that someone can learn a lesson from me.

I have always hoped to spend my life writing, and this blog is just one of my many outlets to tell my stories — I’ve published three books, written hundreds of magazine articles, and am now dabbling in screenwriting.

Thank you for reading my words.


Holly A. Phillips

PS. This blog contains affiliate links, which means if you purchase something through one of my links, I’ll get a small amount of the profit, at no additional cost to you. This is because I’ve got bills to pay, and my leasing agent says “sexy” or “witty” doesn’t count. 


  1. jack joseph's mom

    Every day this month I have made it my goal to discover a new blog/blogger friend. Today I searched “dating” as I am thinking about maybe trying it again (though minimal effort will be put into the search! 🙂 ) and I found you. I like your writing style and I am excited to read more! This looks like great material for a book and your style will be perfect for it! So excited to read more!

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