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Connected 2020

Connecting in 2020

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Fourteen years ago (14!), Michael Scott (The Office), with his typical deadpan delivery, dejectedly asked, “Why are you the way that you are?” Ever since, it’s been a popular comeback line turned meme, fitting for a wide variety of conversational topics. Referencing it will, most often, break the tension and…

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A Peek Behind My Work Curtain

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As a freelance communications consultant, I am often asked to explain what it is exactly that I do. I presume that’s because the words freelance, communications, and consultant can mean all kinds of things, and no one knows for sure which things are intended when I say them. What I…

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The Unexpected TODAYs of 2019

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At the beginning of each year I do a bit of an assessment—where I am, where I was in the previous year, where I’d like to be after 12 more months. From there I shape goals and habits for the year ahead. Sometimes I choose a theme or a meaningful…

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Fired… or Freed?

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I got fired by a client today. Before you feel too badly for me, let me explain. This client is a longtime colleague and friend, and I was tasked a few months ago to help her with an ongoing mini-writing project. Today when we were chatting, catching up about our…

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Beach Retreat 2019 Reads

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For years now two dear friends and I have taken a trip we call Beach Retreat. It’s a week at the beach where we, oddly enough, retreat. We rest and decompress. We chat and laugh. We read and journal. We stare at the ocean and talk to God. And yes—it’s…

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Titlting toward warmth

Tilting toward the Warmth

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Does anyone else find Midwest winters way too clingy after January 1? I realize winter technically didn’t begin until December 21, so my patience with it shouldn’t be quite so thin. Spring arrived on time, just a few weeks ago, on March 20, forcing winter to release its grip ever…

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TODAY Is My Aim for 2019

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If you are the sort (like me) who makes New Year’s goals, you know there are million ways to tackle it. You can pick a word or set goals by categories or choose one habit to practice a month and on and on. A quick online search gives you more…

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2018 coffee

Coffee-a-Month Roundup for 2018

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Sometimes it seems that life is merely an ongoing attempt to break bad habits and establish good ones. It can feel like a burden, even though I love dreaming about change. In an attempt to make life routines a bit more fun, I’ve been building a coffee-a-month habit for the…

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Persuasion Podcast Lessons and Carols Series

Persuasion Podcast Holiday Mini-Series!

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Christmas is here! And Persuasion has you covered. Check out the mini-series Hannah and I recorded, call Lessons & Carols. There are three episodes, each one touching on the lessons we’ve learned from the popular carols we sing every year—and how those lessons set us up for some not-so-helpful holiday…

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