Lifestyle

2017 Goal Reflection and 2018 Goals

I like to set goals at the beginning of each new year. It keeps me focused and helps me single out the real values and priorities from the things that “would be nice,” but are less important to me, or that I think I want but really are just things I was influenced to think I want. There are few…

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Events + Networking

How to Be Good at Conferences as an Introvert

I don’t usually count conference attendance among the things we typically make a point of preparing for ahead of time. We prepare for our exams, speaking engagements, and even tough conversations…but not conferences. A conference is a thing you register for, and later, show up for. But you can totally prepare for a conference! Especially if, like me, you’re an introvert…

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Writing

On Privacy and Sharing

In a recent newsletter, Alexandra Franzen included a list of writing prompts, one of which went like this: “What are the parts [of your life] that nobody sees?” This question has been on my mind quite often lately. Could I actually find good writing material in the banalities of my everyday life? In the things I don’t feel compelled to…

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Lifestyle

My 2017 Values

For the third year in a row, I’m completing the Design Your 20XX workbook, a tool developed by GetBullish creator Jen Dziura for those of us who find extreme joy in advance planning. The Design Your 2017 workbook contains some updates from previous versions which I found to be thoughtful improvements as well as good fun (we should all have To-Don’t…

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Lifestyle

You Don’t Need Permission

Some things you don’t need permission to do, but here it is anyway: It’s OK to date people who ultimately aren’t right for you, as long as you’re having fun. (If it feels like a burden, shut. it. down.) On that note, it’s OK to change your mind, even after it seems the opportunity has passed. It is never too late…

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Events + Networking

Published on TheMuse: 5 Strategies Introverts Can Use to Boost Their Energy Levels When They Need it Most

Do you ever feel sapped of the energy you need to get through an important meeting at work? Or wish you could postpone that networking event because you need a chance to gather your strength and wit at home? Don’t worry, you’re not alone in feeling like this! As an introvert in the communications field, I enjoy speaking in front…

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Balanced Team at Pivotal Labs Chicago
Events + Networking

Takeaways from the Balanced Team Chicago Salon

When I was invited to attend the Balanced Team Chicago Salon, I was excited for the opportunity to bring my PR and communications perspective to a networking event I knew would be full of developers and designers. At the intimate un-conference held in Pivotal Labs’ Chicago office last month we discussed collaboration and workshopped creating, leading and working as part of…

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