Month: January 2014

My new gig with BIZCATALYST360

Okay, I know I said in my last post that I wouldn’t be starting a bunch of new stuff this year.  In my defense, I committed to this in 2013, and am just now going public with it. I’m thrilled to have been invited to become a contributor to the business knowledge forum BIZCATALYST360.com.

As a contributor, I’ll be sharing some of the things I discuss on this blog, and also some broader topics which may not be directly career related. What I love about the site, is the variety of topics curated there including business, technology, leadership, ethics and much, much more. I hope you’ll stop by and check it out. I’ll be writing there soon. In the meantime, check out some of the fantastic articles by my colleagues.

Words to live by in 2014

In my last post, I encouraged you to think about what would make 2014 great for you. I’ve been doing the same.

I don’t generally make New Year’s resolutions; however, each year I identify an overall theme or idea I want to live by.  For the past few years it’s been: to be uncomfortable as much as possible. In other words, to constantly say “yes” to new things, to push myself, to make possibilities become realities. Because the more uncomfortable you are, the more you grow.

A year of adventures

Thank you Hawaiian Fire Surf School

And, it’s worked quite well. I’ve gotten my own business running on all cylinders, developed some wonderful clients, taught at my former college, become a public speaker of sorts, started a new networking group, traveled to several new places, learned to surf (barely), learned to play the piano (sort of), kayaked and went paddleboarding for the first time, started a creativity blog with some friends, made some goofy videos with said friends and a lot of other cool or (at least fun) stuff. It’s been great and I wouldn’t trade the last few years for the world.

But this year, I’m feeling the need to slow down, not just for the sake of slowing down, but to focus on creating quality. The things I’m doing, I want to do better. Each project or commitment, I want to look at more closely and ask, how can I do it better?

Make it Sparkle are my 2014 words to live by.  What are yours?