How to Achieve True Personal Growth

How to Achieve True Personal Growth

You know the feeling when you become completely entrenched in a book?

You deeply feel the words on the page. You begin to act it out in your head. It’s on your mind all the time.

I find it all too easy to embody what I’m reading and learning in a book. It’s a way that I process the new information, filter what sticks, and find missing pieces that I need to make it feel complete.

This typically happens with really juicy stories, like Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore and Year of Yes, and inspiring business books, like The Business Solution to Poverty and Clay, Water, Brick.

One current read has had an unanticipated effect on me.

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The Surprising Discovery I Made By Going Offline for 6 Days

The Surprising Discovery I Made By Going Offline for 6 Days

Wednesday last week was the first time I officially shut down my office.

We had booked a 5-day holiday to southern Portugal where I was desperately seeking to disconnect, unwind, and relax.

But I also had on my mind to check email once or twice a day; publish my blog post on the regularly scheduled Thursday; and post photos on Instagram.

Sound familiar?

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Why You Need to Share Authentic Stories to Do Your Best Work

Why You Need to Share Authentic Stories to Do Your Best Work

If you feel drowned in marketing, blogging, and social media, return to your story.

As public school teacher turned content strategist, M. Shannon Hernandez has been teaching people of all ages reading and writing for 20 years. “People love stories,” she remarked during our conversation on communicating with authenticity, ease and joy.

Stories are the starting block for connecting to one another – whether it’s a friend on the playground or a dream client in a meeting. This is exactly Shannon’s focus when supporting leaders who want to create thriving businesses.

Through her work with hundreds of adults and children, she knows how to make communications and marketing fun and joyful.

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The 2 Perspectives You Need to Start a New Business

The 2 Perspectives You Need to Start a New Business

Today is a big milestone for me. Eighteen months ago I dropped my daughter off for her first full day with her childminder (home-based daycare for non-Brits.) She was six months old and I was filled with those new parent anticipations: nervous, desolate, excited, hopeful.

Not only was it a big day as a parent, it marked the beginning of a new journey in my career.

I was starting my new business to support unconventional designers craft their career paths and create businesses around their aspirations, talents, and visions for impact.

But it wasn’t going to be easy

You know the saying hindsight is 20-20? Well, this post is all about hindsight.

I’m going to give you a realistic perspective and mindset that I wish I had on February 17th, 2016.

Now, I do not expect you to take it ALL on board immediately. This is a post that you might want to bookmark and come back to.

And if you take just one insight today, I will be satisfied.

Because this is the most important thing you need to know

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How to Choose a Title that Actually Improves Your Career

How to Choose a Title that Actually Improves Your Career

Is your title holding you back from better clients, more impactful projects, and personal fulfillment?

Creative Changemaker Mia Scharphie knows that feeling all too well.

With a degree in landscape architecture, Mia felt mentally limited in her career path despite working with progressive design organizations such as Public Architecture, Harvard University, and her own Build Yourself Workshop.

Only after committing to ditch ‘Landscape Designer’ for one year was she able to fully embrace how to apply her skills, talents, and expertise beyond traditional expectations.Continue Reading