Expanding on My Epiphany

Despite suffering some pretty intense dental pain over the past few days (or maybe because of it), I have not been able to put aside thoughts of where I could go with my “employment epiphany.” I got some initial feedback from friends — including some questions from Shawn that have been swirling in my head, Why do you want to do this? and What will you promise your clients? — and I spoke to a Continue Reading →

Employment Epiphany

Those of you who have followed my blog for any amount of time know I have been struggling with the “what do I want to do with my life” question for some time; it’s why I helped to pull together the Purpose Party two and a half years ago. At that time, I was convinced that I still wanted to teach. However, several attempts at training and teaching and mentoring just didn’t feel right. I Continue Reading →

Unintended Extended Absence

Shortly before I posted my last post (lump), my laptop just basically stopped working one night. I took it in for repairs and it was gone almost two full weeks. Since its return, I have been playing catch-up on almost everything. My writing is wildly off-schedule as is everything else (including several podcasts for Cloud and Silver Lining that have been lurking on my drive which, thankfully, was not affected by the laptop death — Continue Reading →

Library Podcasts

In all the hours I’ve spent listening to podcasts, it never crossed my mind to seek out library-based or related shows. I’ll be listening to some of these in coming weeks and maybe report back on those that shine. Library of Congress — includes podcasts on the National Book Festival, Digital Preservation, and Music and the Brain British Library — covers subjects from tours to talks to exhibitions Seattle Public Library — highlights author readings Continue Reading →

The Week That Was

I realize I’ve been remiss in filling you in on my week in Vancouver. I was there to attend the CUPE National Convention — a gathering every two years (the location changes each time) of representatives from every CUPE local in Canada. This year, it was held at the Vancouver Conference Centre West (the building on the left of this image):

FreelanceCamp a Success

Yesterday, we gathered at InHub Coworking with about 40 other freelancers to kick off the inaugural FreelanceCamp Victoria. The small group had lots of ideas and lots of information to share — a dozen people pitched sessions and we mapped them all out, based on who needed the biggest room! Session topics ranged from freelancer finances to SEO strategies (see photo, right). Unfortunately, not everyone could go to every session but we tried our best Continue Reading →

Burnout All Around

This morning, I fired up the coffeemaker as usual. Twenty minutes later, Mike asks, “Is this all the coffee you made?” holding up the caraffe with only 3 cups out of 12 brewed. We quickly figured out the element was toast. Mike, much brighter than I am before coffee, calmly boiled the kettle and poured it over the grounds until the caraffe was full. Clever. At work I am midway through a four-day¬†Photoshop CS5 webinar Continue Reading →

Actively Inactive

The past two weeks have been … odd. Last Monday started with word of Jack Layton’s death and the week was passed in sombre reflection as a nation (plus a whole lot of political machinations). This Monday began with news that one of my colleagues had died over the weekend and we all went into a collective shock — she had been at work on Friday. The effect this had on me at work was Continue Reading →

Sheepwalking

I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again, “I don’t hate my job, I just resent being tethered to a job.” — it’s the schedule, really. Each time my alarm goes off I think, “Hell. Here we go again.” I know that my body does not want to go to work because if I have to get up early to, say, leave for the ferry, it’s a whole lot easier to do; in Continue Reading →

Multitasking FAIL

At work, I frequently juggle multiple projects and multiple tasks within those projects.In the past week, I’ve been going back to make sure everything was in order. It wasn’t. Today I discovered that a large chunk of what I thought I still had to do (batch processing some files through Photoshop) had been done not once but twice, and saved in nested files. I was not amused. I have now fixed the problem but it Continue Reading →