Author: Sam Siman

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Why “Generalist” Shouldn’t Be A Dirty Word

“Jack of all trades, master of none.”  You’ve heard the phrase or at least one of the two parts. (I highly suggest Master of None on Netflix. Aziz Ansari is incredible.) And before that idiom came Johannes Factotum or “Johnny do-it-all.” The best part of Joannes Factotum? It was used to describe William Shakespeare. Negatively. (Check out Greene’s Groats-Worth of… Read more →

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Career Puberty. Gross.

Being a woman in my thirties is weird enough. I’m not married and I don’t have kids. So, you know, I’m “different.” I live downtown instead of the suburbs and I like to stay busy at concerts, tailgates, happy hours, networking events, and dinners out. Inside, I still feel like I’m 22. But I know I’ve accomplished and learned a lot in life and… Read more →

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No, I Can’t Do That for Free.

Sorry not sorry?   I don’t mean to sound harsh, ungrateful, pompous, or greedy, but I’m taking the “free” out of “freelancer.” Being a freelancer/contractor doesn’t mean I suddenly started working for free. If anything, it means I had to put an immediate end to “friend pricing.” Don’t hate me.   I had a good salary at my last job. Oh, and… Read more →

Working for Yourself Is…Interesting

I talked about starting The Gig Life awhile back. It’s been a little over six months and definitely has had its ups and downs.   A few questions I really enjoy from people: So, are you still unemployed? You’re not working, right? How’s it going? :look of pity: How the heck do you even find business? You’re just doin’ your own… Read more →

Let Them In.

Knock knock. Who’s there? THE PEOPLE THAT LOVE YOU, MOTHA FUCKA.   I hope you weren’t expecting a clever “knock knock” joke up there. I really just wanted the chance to say “mutha fucka” on my blog.   But think about it for a minute. On a scale of one-to-ten, how great are you at letting the people that love… Read more →

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Recipe: Strawberry Cheesecake Jars

Even though I’m not really a dessert person, there’s just something about single-serve desserts that get me. Especially if they’re cheesecake.   Spring is coming and I’ve been in the mood for something fruity, but something heavier than just a fruit bowl. So, I decided to search for some options. I found a recipe and then edited it to something… Read more →

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Work No Longer Defines Me.

I wrote about learning to disconnect and then I revealed the beginning feelings of starting a life of freelance work rather than full-time, in-the-office, work-for-someone else work. And they share some common themes. It’s a new way of life and, although it’s not always easy, it’s rewarding in ways I didn’t expect.   I’ve caught myself talking about this subject a… Read more →

Recipe | Baked Mac n Cheese

Nope, it’s not vegan (but it is vegetarian). Nope, it’s not healthy, either.   You see, sometimes comfort foods shouldn’t be messed with. Everyone is always on a mission to find “healthy” alternatives for food that we all love. But, why? The outcome is never as satisfying and typically not much healthier. I think there is something to be said… Read more →