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If my first year in DC was about strengthening my emotional health, then my second year was building on my professional and financial health. As I said previously, it’s been a great boost to my confidence to have a job I can excel at while also making a difference (bleeding heart over here) and paving my own way. “But DC is SO EXPENSIVE!!!” They Said When I first moved to DC from the Midwest, the most common refrain I...

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I’m Moving to Washington DC

I’m Moving to Washington DC


Posted By on Nov 19, 2014

I’m moving to Washington, D.C. on Sunday. It’s both incredibly exciting and slightly terrifying. I applied for a dream job never thinking I had a chance, but then I got an interview and then an offer. So here I am. Packed up and ready to ship out in 4 days. Despite the anxiety, the excitement, the sheer amount of logistical planning that’s taking up my brain space right now, I can’t help but consider the pros and cons of a...

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I recently posted about obituaries, so the living dead is, of course, the next step, right? Have you ever watched a horror movie? Yes, probably, okay. Have you ever watched a horror movie with me? In general I am a terrible movie friend. I point out the plot inaccuracies, I’m really good at detecting mistakes in continuity, and when super sappy things happen in romantic comedies and everyone else is going “Le sigh,”...

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Did you know that body language accounts for 55-65% of our communication?   Public speaking may seem a bit off-topic for a storytelling blog, but I think it’s spot on. That’s because you can’t be a good public speaker without sharing stories. I’d even argue that telling stories helps you become a better speaker because even though you may not have the best handle on the information you’re presenting...

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Know When to Take a Break

Know When to Take a Break


Posted By on Mar 3, 2014

When you work from home suddenly your private space becomes your office. One day the kitchen table is where your inspiration finds a home. Another day your porch swing offers an inviting day of productivity. Sometimes you’ll even hide out in the second bedroom, plucking away on the laptop while lounging on the futon. As E.B. White said: “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a...

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The other day at work I was discussing (yet again) ANOTHER book I’m reading when my coworker said, “Do you have a list you’re following? You’re always reading such interesting books!” Best compliment I’ve received in at least a month. The truth is I don’t have a list, but I usually pick up interesting-sounding books on the clearance rack at Barnes & Noble, stumble across recommendations...

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The Twilight of Storytelling

The Twilight of Storytelling


Posted By on Jun 28, 2013

I like to have the TV on when I work from home because it makes me feel like I’m not alone. Weird, much? Usually I watch HGTV or DIY, but the other day – for kicks and giggles – I was watching the second Twilight movie. Eclipse, I think? The one where the vampires leave town and Bella is angsty. I’ve seen all of the movies once before, and, while they’re bad – quite bad – I won’t say...

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Sometimes it seems like brands just don’t want our engagement. At least, that’s the only conclusion we can make based upon the boneheaded moves they make in the digital sphere that leave us scratching our heads at the obstacles put in the way toward building a successful customer relationship. Here is a list of 7 such moves that I have recently experienced all too frequently. You send me a “You’ve successfully...

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