Close your eyes. Scratch that. Keep them open just enough to read this. Imagine you’re at a pub in a small German town. You’re sitting outside at a picnic table with a small group of your favorite people. The evening is warm and there’s a little breeze. You overhear quiet conversations at nearby tables. A … Continue reading Good beer and good writing
My former neighbor liked to spit. It made me gag and hunch up like someone just punched me in the gut. We didn't know each other. He didn't know I thought he was a gross person. He might not have cared. But, he didn't have the chance to take himself out of the "gross person" … Continue reading Your homepage and spitting
Small talk exhausts me. "How unusual," you say. Seriously. As a borderline extrovert/introvert I can handle it pretty well. But then I need to be by myself for a long time. Just in time for the holidays, I happened on this oh-so-helpful story in The Muse: 48 Questions That'll Make Awkward Small Talk So Much Easier. There … Continue reading Small talk, maybe you won’t kill me
Is patience a skill? Of course it is. You can learn to be more patient. What about good judgment and maturity? Yes, also skills. Source: Seth's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect.
I'm taking an online course about becoming a freelance writer. Smart, huh? One of the exercises in the finding-your-niche section was to make a word cloud. Write down a list of all the things you're really "into," then put them in a word-cloud generator. Even though I put all the words in the tool, it's … Continue reading That’s me?
I don't know if I'd call Seth Godin prophetic. But he says what needs to be said. Here's today's daily email. It gives you an emotional nudge - the way a good teacher does. One way to think about talent If you've worked hard for it, it's a skill. If it's something that other people … Continue reading Seth’s Blog: One way to think about talent
I've been working on my LinkedIn profile this morning. The summary? I could spend all day on that thing. Not because I want to but because the process is uncomfortable and hard. Writing my own story feels like untangling a mess of yarn. There are several types of yarn, some knots, some glitter and probably some … Continue reading Tell me about yourself …
About a month ago I was laid off. It was a good thing. I was feeling stuck and longed to grow professionally. It's as if I'd been putting a giant "kick me" sign on my back and the universe finally complied. Boom! Out the door. So what's next? I'm embarking on a freelance adventure. The idea … Continue reading The case for this blog