Chess: The Marital Match Continues

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

The 5 Stages of Hearing Negative Feedback

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

The value of a good mistake.

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?

Hell, NO.

You learn from the big mistakes. They force you to analyze your…

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