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End of Year Already?

I feel like the last two months of the year are positive proof that time dilation and compression exists. How can we feel like we are overworked and overbooked and yet unable to focus because we know that days off are right around the corner? Some days are endless and others disappear entirely.

I’ve been neglectful in posting here. What I do and who I do it for seems to have radically shifted in the last year. I’m trying to figure out what I want to be doing and ought to be doing – like many of you, I’m sure. At the same time, there are so many ways to communicate, so many options, that I know I can’t be everywhere at once. And then, I have a five year old, and a business on either coast, and all the usual things of regular life – broken windows and dentist appointments and vacuuming the rug and planning birthday parties and replacing shoes that are worn out.

I’m not a big proponent of optimization. I used to be, and then I realized it all comes down to – sometimes. Sometimes I need to be hyper-efficient. Sometimes I need to let myself have space to experiment and wander aimlessly. I feel like I’m a happier and less anxious person when I’m getting this right. It’s not work-life balance at all; it’s making room for grey areas, and lots of it.

Onward – I just gave a talk at Creative Mornings in San Francisco. Talk about anxiety! But now it’s done. I managed to not flub and people seemed to pay attention and even get my weird jokes. I talked about “chance” and how to increase it in your life. Look for a recording of the talkĀ online in the near future.

I’m also bringing back Office Hours. These are 15 minute chats, in person or via Skype, once a month. I’m happy to talk about pretty much anything at these! You can sign up right here.

I have one more trip to NYC planned for next month so if you feel like you need an in-person consultation, now is your chance. Rates and info here. I’m in Brooklyn from the 8th through the 12th.

Finally – I’m not sure what 2015 will bring for me. I might be winding down some of the retail consulting as other projects have been calling my name. There is the eBook, however, and there may be a video course in the distant future. I feel like there are many more great resources for you now than when I began consulting in 2011, so perhaps it’s a good time to exit? If you have any interesting projects or ideas for me, though, I’d love to hear them. Have a great Thanksgiving.

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