Why I Decided to Stop Working from Home

I’ve been a home-based worker for several years. For the most part, I’ve enjoyed my time in the home office. But lately something has changed. I’ve been less enamoured with working from home, and as a result my productivity has taken a hit. I have been thinking about what it is that has changed for […]

Your Dream Job Doesn’t Exist

As we head towards the end of 2012, lots of us take time to reflect on the year that’s past and look forward to what the coming year has in store. It’s a time of evaluating and re-evaluating, of setting a course for the future, and focusing on dreams and goals. For many people, it’s […]

Breaking the Mold on the Workaday World

We’re such creatures of habit. When I think of the 9 to 5, the corporate rat race, I think of the Fifties. You know, the classic scene where it’s 5 o’clock, Mom’s got her hair and makeup tidied, is getting the table set, the kids are playing quietly on the floor, and Dad comes in […]

How Kevin Spacey Teaches Us Attention to Detail

I didn’t know what I was going to blog about this morning, then I saw this on Lucretia Pruitt’s Facebook page. I want you to watch it all. Trust me, it’s so entertaining you won’t even notice it’s a bit long. Impersonations by Kevin Spacey (Inside the Actor’s Studio) It’s no secret that Kevin Spacey […]

Why Stretching is Important

One of my three words for the year is “Stretch”. (The other two are “Less”, and “Collaborate”, but that’s a post for another time.) Stretching is always a good thing. Animals have it right. They stretch continuously – especially when they get up from a nap, or when they are looking for affection. They stretch […]

The Art of the Ask

UPDATE: The winner of the tickets to Shmoozefest is Patti Church! Congrats! Stay tuned – at the end of this post I have a great giveaway!!! I am extremely fortunate to be involved in many amazing projects right now. In addition to my day jobs, which allow me to work with amazing people like Mark […]

What Works for What's Work

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about how work has changed over the past several years. When I was growing up in the 1980’s, society was still in the mindset that “setting yourself up for success” meant graduating from high school, going to university to get a degree, then finding a good, stable, […]

The Art of Saying No

One of the hardest things for me to do is to say “no” to people. It gets me in all sorts of trouble, too. I get over-committed, over-booked, over-stressed in an effort to please everyone all the time. It’s a common problem – I know lots of people for whom saying “no” is the worst […]

Surviving the Topsy Turvy Job Market

It’s a funny thing about how I write this blog. Last week, I couldn’t stop the posts from falling out of my head. This week, it’s everything I can do to come up with just one decent idea. So today, I decided to reach out to my network for some inspiration. I put the call […]

Busy is as Busy Does

We are all busy. Really busy. Just watch your Twitter feed on any given day and you will see just how busy everyone is. Coming, going, this way and that, at 100 miles an hour in 50 different directions at once.  The past two weeks has been exceptionally busy for me. My video class is […]