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I am (more than?) a bunch of adjectives

I think like a lot of us, I have an incessant need to see myself reflected by others in order to believe that I am who I think I am. Positively and negatively. I save adjectives like souvenirs, reminders of when I got them and from whom. I wear them as badges, as armor. When [Keep Reading…]

Happy New Year to You

2010 is here and I can hardly believe it. A new decade. A new period of time to look forward to with high expectations and even higher hopes. At this time…. …ten years ago, I was starting my last semester of high school and looking forward to the freedom of college. …five years ago, I [Keep Reading…]

Darlin’ Do Not Fear

Sometimes the perfect song just finds you. When I arrived in my own set of clothes I was half a world away from my home And I was hunted by the wolves and I was heckled by the crows Darlin’ do not fear what you don’t really know Alongside my innocence I laid in bed [Keep Reading…]

DIY UX at An Event Apart Chicago 2009

Last Monday, October 12, 2009, I presented DIY UX: Give Your Users an Upgrade (without calling in a pro) to a sold out 500-person crowd at An Event Apart Chicago. DIY UX: Give Your Users an Upgrade (Without Calling In a Pro)   I gave this talk for the first time (minus a couple test [Keep Reading…]

May you be inscribed in the book of life

Yesterday was Yom Kippur, considered the holiest day of the year for Jews. I have never been particularly religious, but fasting on Yom Kippur is something I’ve done since I was a kid. Not because my parents told me to or because it was expected of me, but because the significance of the day is [Keep Reading…]

I wish I knew how to quit you

I have a problem: I don’t know how to say No. As a result, I bury myself in obligations I can never fulfill. I’m sure this has a negative effect on a lot of my relationships, but the most important relationship it’s hurting is the one I have with myself. When I quit my job [Keep Reading…]

Today is my 1 year anniversary of going solo

Exactly one year ago today, I left my job to pursue independent consulting full-time. I took a big leap of faith. I had faith in myself that things would work out. I had faith that even with the odds stacked against me, I could pull it off. I stepped out on my own because I [Keep Reading…]