M and I have been busy this week, so it's taken us until tonight to have time to sit down over another game of chess, in spite of our resolution to play weekly. Even though I'm 0 for 3 against M, I feel like I learn a little bit more each time. I've gotten better … Continue reading Chess: The Marital Match Continues
I got some negative feedback at work today, and immediately became extremely defensive. I'd like to blame it on the fact that I've been sleep-deprived, but... I'm beginning to think that it's a destructive behavior that's come out several times in the past few years. After giving myself some time to think about the situation, … Continue reading The 5 Stages of Hearing Negative Feedback
A productive weekend is a good weekend, but when a weekend whirlwind of productivity smashes into a hectic Monday, things get rough. I'm more of a sprinter than a marathon girl, so I get burnt out easily! I'm heading into the week feeling a little drained, but I'm trying to stay positive, productive, and sane … Continue reading Scattered
Switching to a new career has forced me to rethink what I'm capable of--not only at work, but in my life. I'm starting to try things I never would have attempted previously, and am solving problems on my own that only months ago I would have "needed" someone else to fix. Maybe it's just an … Continue reading Sunday Quote
I was beyond hesitant to try using an e-reader. I loved the feel of a book in my hand, the musty smell of the paper, and the ability to quickly flip through pages to see where the next chapter began. But in the end, I had to admit that it simply wasn't practical to bring … Continue reading Late Adopter
Today, I bring you a post from the brilliant and witty Ampycom. This post in particular resonated with me as I find myself at a crossroads facing bigger challenges and taking on more risks. Please enjoy–and check out her blog!
I once made a mistake that cost my company about $100,000.
At the time, I don’t think I was making $10,000 a year.
My boss should have fired me. Her boss certainly thought so. But she didn’t. She hugged me and said, “Kid, if you’re going to make a mistake, make sure it’s a big one.”
In the six years I worked for that company, I made them a couple of million dollars. Maybe a couple of couple. Had she fired me, that’s money they would never have made. She knew that, and God bless her, she always remembered it. I worked for her for a few more years, and throughout the rest of my career, some of the most enthusiastic job recommendations I ever received came from her.
Did I ever make that mistake again?
You learn from the big mistakes. They force you to analyze your…
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The neighborhood I live in is changing fast. Developers are pouring in, and life-long residents are being priced out. M and I have given up on trying to stay here. Sometimes we just look at real estate prices and marvel that *anyone* can afford to live here! The whole situation seems a bit hopeless, so … Continue reading The Neighborhood Council
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I pitched the idea to M out of the blue: "We should learn to play chess!" He was sort of nonplussed. He's not a huge fan of abstract games, but he was willing to hear me out. "The problem is," I continued, "You can't really learn the game unless you play it a lot. So … Continue reading Netflix and Chess?