Transformation

So, here’s a thing about me: I don’t really have my own story to tell. I’ve traveled, played in bands, befriended hundreds, rich and poor, and animals and very old trees; I have obtained equal enjoyment from taco trucks and Michelin starred restaurant food, I have loved good company and alone-ness in great metropoles and … Keep Readin’

Just show up. The end.

I never really used to understand it when people told me they were impressed with my performance just because I’d show up to a meeting on time or hit a deadline. See, I’m not 100% consistent on hitting deadlines. When you’re in development and working on projects with clients, sometimes there are delays. Sometimes it’s … Keep Readin’

Something Happened

The first few years I taught computers to K-5 grade at a little local charter school, we were working with an unmatched set of donated machines that were running everything from Windows NT to Vista. The computers were…unreliable, at best, when it came to performance. Some of the monitors were pretty sketchy, too; mostly they were big, old CRTs that weighed about eighty pounds, screens slowly wobbling left and right like an Air Dancer in slow-mo, and run through with glowing lines. There was a reason those things were donated, and it wasn’t because the previous owners had kind hearts and wanted to provide a superior computer learning experience for young children. There was an oft-heard cry in that tiny, hot room full of frustrated children and one frazzled human woman trying to make sense of the various error messages.

“MS. JESS, SOMETHING HAPPENED!”

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Livin’ la Vida…Freelance

Part 1: The Rules of Engagement

I read an article this morning about what it means to be a freelancer, written for those who are just dipping their toes into being The Boss of Your Own Domain. While some of it rang true, I found it sadly lacking in the depth I would have appreciated when I started out over a decade ago. Yeah, sure — you’re not really your own boss. It doesn’t take a wet-behind-the-ears freelancer much time to work this one out. Miss one deadline for the one client you’re servicing, or come home from a two-hour, three-martini lunch to find your inbox has become ground zero for World War III-levels of panic and destruction, and you’re well on your way to understanding how little your time is actually your own. That is, if you care about building a vibrant client base and successful business.

But there’s so much more than just having a little more time at home, or the pros and cons of not commuting and/or not wearing pants to work.

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Pour Yourself a Drink

I was recently invited to join a chain mail type email thing. This is not something I ever have, or thought I would ever do. But, as it encouraged me to send a note of encouragement to a stranger and held the prospect of insight into other people’s source of inspiration, I bit. I said yes to the chain letter, and sent off my missive. And if only to share one of my favorite quotes about the power of positive thinking (and positive boozing), I share it with you. 

Keep Readin’Pour Yourself a Drink