I spent most of 2018 with my mind in a thick fog. The sudden death of a family member left me feeling shocked, depressed and struggling to function.Continue reading
I have an industry friend who is forever running off to client or prospect meetings at times that are terribly inconvenient for her. One time she ran an event until 11:00pm and then had to leave at 6:00am for a client breakfast. Another time, she was cutting a vacation short to fly out the next morning for an out-of-town meeting.Continue reading
These days, we all seem to glorify the “hustle”. If you’re not working at least 12 hours a day, what are you doing with your life?
A few years ago, I was working full-out and putting in time on evenings and weekends.Continue reading
I recently had one of the worst and best vendor experiences of my career. Let me explain.
I hired a company to help me complete an important project task. My contact was friendly and engaged, but a number of things went wrong throughout the course of the project.Continue reading
I know a few freelancers that have gone back to being an employee because they felt too isolated. I get it – having co-workers is the one thing I miss about being an employee. It’s such an easy, unforced way to get the daily social interaction that humans need.Continue reading
Many people dismiss New Year’s resolutions, but I’ve had great success with them. The trick is to focus not on things you feel you “should” do, but on areas where you genuinely want to attract more into your life. One of my resolutions for this year is what I simply call: “Let. It. Marinate.”Continue reading
Those of us in professional services require a briefing before we can do our work. But this is often a challenge, as many clients struggle to clearly articulate their needs. I used to walk away from a bad briefing session internally shaking my head and thinking “I guess I’ll just figure this out as I go.”Continue reading
As a freelance consultant, I don’t have any expectation that my clients will take time out of their day to express their appreciation for my work. I am not their employee, they don’t have to worry about my morale and how it correlates to productivity. It is perfectly reasonable for them to expect that the money they pay me is compensation enough.Continue reading
I spent January 2018 remote working in Montevideo, Uruguay. I’ve been excited about this experience for months, and for good reason – it’s been incredible spending a month I normally have to trudge through (I’m not a Winter person) enjoying summer sunshine, palm trees and ocean breezes, as well as light-filled skies until 9:00pm.Continue reading
Last March, I decided that I would spend January 2018 remote working. Anyone currently living through Toronto’s winter doesn’t need me to explain what prompted the decision. For the next four weeks, I will be living and working in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.Continue reading