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
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
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