Is Your Work Driven by Love or Fear?

Is Your Work Driven by Love or Fear?

Today while I was meditating on my yoga mat in the back yard, staring at dew drops at 6am, I started thinking about one of my strongest, most persistent fears. It’s the constant feeling that time is running out, and my life is slipping away without my having achieved my goals. It’s like a mental hourglass, and in the back of my mind I can see that thin little stream of sand falling, and the top getting emptier every day that passes. Every day...

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Your Fears are Weak, but Your Strength is Limitless

Your Fears are Weak, but Your Strength is Limitless

Here in the USA, people usually celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a couple of cold cervezas or a pitcher of margaritas. This year, I spent mine in an MRI with a giant needle in my left breast. While laying on that cold, plastic slab with my boob squished in a vice, I started thinking about everything I’ve been afraid of lately. Sending an email response to a job ad for a blog I’ll kill to work for. Reading it a hundred times before hitting send,...

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Dear Money

Dear Money

Dear Money, I’m trying to remember my first impressions of you. My parents were never rich, but I always had what I needed, and a lot of what I wanted. I always imagined myself being famous and respected. I dreamed of walking the red carpet in a glamorous gown, smiling gracefully, blinded by a thousand camera flashes. I saw myself signing autographs and taking pictures with people I inspired. It’s funny though, I never really imagined having a...

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When Your “Comfort Zone” Becomes Uncomfortable, You’re Ready for Change

When Your “Comfort Zone” Becomes Uncomfortable, You’re Ready for Change

I’ve recently made some big changes. Changes I’ve wanted to make for years, some of them all my life, but never could bring myself to go through with them. Within the last 6 months, I’ve lost 15 pounds and become the most physically fit I’ve been in at least 10 years. I started studying nutrition and eating healthfully. Most importantly, I’ve started using my talent for writing, and am finally making an attempt at living up to my potential. One...

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5 Ways to Kick Ass When You Feel Intimidated

5 Ways to Kick Ass When You Feel Intimidated

You know the feeling. The perfect opportunity arises for you to advance your career, and adrenaline rushes. A mix of emotions flood your brain–joy, fear, awe, maybe a little bit of jealousy. You’re going to do this. And it’s going to kick ass. But then the adrenaline wears off, along with the surge of confidence. Your fantasy starts to dissolve, and all your left with is fear. It happens to me all the time. When I see an amazing website I...

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My First Networking Adventure: Stifling Panic Attacks and Finding Self-Worth

My First Networking Adventure: Stifling Panic Attacks and Finding Self-Worth

I silently prayed they wouldn’t figure out I was actually a fraud. A wannabe writer with next to no money, who printed 100 business cards from FedEx just hours before. My disguise was decent; black rimmed glasses and a smart blazer (dry clean only, in other words it’s never been washed). I thought my well-tailored upper body would distract from my oversized, faded black pants. I took a deep breath and strolled in, trying to look casual and...

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