The palpable slowdown of the summer breeds in my northern-bred self a reactive, darting, squirrel-like anxiety. This year, it's accompanied by the acute feeling of, “Hey, it’s time for Austin, phase two.” The moment of networking just for the sake of getting out and meeting people is over. The door is open for intentional, focused, strategic networking while still (and always) leaving room for chance. It’s great to be able to wrap words around that shift in my own head, but the benefit of that clarity is limited if no one else knows about it.Read More
There are few people alive right now who do not feel the constant creep of anxiety. Constant awareness of what’s not getting done, inability to fully enjoy yourself, trouble sleeping while your mind races, inclination to compare yourself to others and the feelings of inadequacy that result. We have more commitments, greater expectations, and endless ways to schedule and organize them all, but very few ways to make it go away.
I AM A GENERALIST. After 30 years of fighting specialization I say this proudly and with a measure of defiance. You will never get me to specialize!!!
Let’s get this out of the way too: being a generalist does not mean that I am unable to explore subjects deeply or create substantive content and solutions. It just means I dive in deeper quickly and with great zeal, and then when I’ve had enough swimming, I get out of the pool.Read More
Anyone in Austin right now knows bad driving is not the top issue at the moment (check out #atxfloods on twitter & click here to donate to the Central TX Floods Relief Fund), but a good laugh never hurts.
I moved to austin from Providence, RI last October. If you’ve ever lived in RI or the surrounding areas you know the driving manners leave something to be desired. Rhode Islanders are avid practitioners of the “Rhody Left” where you and the driver across from you both have a green light and no left turn arrow, and the driver across the intersection unapologetically cuts you off to make their left turn before you can go straight. A complete right-of-way violation and Initially terrifying, but also quite customary--you just learn to expect it. In fact just the other week my heart made a little “awwww” of nostalgia when someone Rhody Left-ed me in Austin—my first time here.
Four posts in and I thought it would be fun to look at some of the psychological craziness that accompanies a foray into blog writing. Perhaps fun is the wrong word. Interesting, at the very least?
Let’s get this out of the way. Starting a blog IS TERRIFYING. No physical danger generally, but still profoundly intellectually terrifying.
You’re putting yourself out there, possibly to discover that you don’t actually have anything interesting to say. What could be more frightening than that??!
Ah yes, just in time for Casual Friday!
I have been slowly whittling down my closet to the essentials for years. One day I realized I just wear the same 5 things over and over and decided to start getting rid of the rest.Read More
Whenever I start to take notes in public (which is often) I inevitably get this question:
HOW DO YOU GET ANYTHING DONE?
The implication is that my tiny, scrawled-in-all-directions doodle notes don’t actually lead to productive action. Totally untrue. Why? Because I have a workflow in place.Read More
There's gotta be a first post and it may as well be this one!Read More