“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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
The “Gig” Life. Freedom, Inspiration, Anxiety.
After seven years of working in advertising, I needed a break. The majority of those years were spent working far too many 80 hour weeks. Often, I chose this because the work was worth it. Other times, I felt trapped and like I didn’t have a choice. Regardless, I knew it was time to try out something new and my… Read more →
Know When to Fold ‘Em
It’s cliche to bring Kenny Rogers into this, but c’mon. We all know that beard has magic powers. I’ve been spending a lot of time talking to people about what makes them happy. Career-wise, personal life-wise, and just in general. I’ve talked to people in their twenties and thirties, mostly. So, yeah, it’s a bit skewed. But common themes… Read more →
A Lesson In Learning To Disconnect
We all need to learn to take a day off and disconnect from work. A day free of checking work emails, scheduling meetings, and calling in for just one meeting (I swear. Just one. Fine, I’ll pop into the office for it. It’ll be easier that way. Oh, just let me quickly do that while I’m in the office too. Here, I got… Read more →
9 Thoughts You Have Before Quitting
There comes a moment when you realize it’s time to move on from your current job. I’m not talking, “hey, maybe I should start looking”. I’m talking, “Holy shit, if I stay here one more day I may gouge out my eyeballs and turn them in with my resignation letter”. After discussing and laughing with a few people, we’ve decided… Read more →