Life lessons from Candy Crush

Around this time last year, I abruptly found myself with a lot of time on my hands and little motivation. Candy Crush Saga became a welcome companion and the perfect distraction. After a couple of weeks, something unexpected happened. Through the repetitive and seemingly mindless activity of crushing candies, I began to observe things, familiar…

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Onward, forward

In the week before I officially started in my role as Director of Delivery, I typed, “How to be a director” and “What is a director” into Google. Yes, seriously. I was disappointed to find that the results were all about movie directors. I tried other variations, adding words like “corporate” and “agency”, but came…

My favorite organizational tool is analogue

People often ask me, “how do you stay organized?” As someone who works in technology it might surprise you to learn that I’ve always preferred a pen and paper when it comes to staying on top of my workload. And as much as I love the minimalism and simplicity of to-do lists, I need more….

Bullet Journal

New challenges

It’s an understatement to say that the last year has been challenging. What makes it stand out from all the rest is that it hasn’t just been challenging for me, or those close to me. It’s been challenging for everyone, everywhere. But I can’t look back and remember a year that wasn’t challenging in some…

New challenges

Doing it wrong

On June 21, I had the pleasure of speaking in front of a packed room at the Estrel in Berlin, for the 7th annual WordCamp Europe. Below is the full transcript of my talk entitled, Doing It Wrong. Or you can watch the full talk on I was interviewed by a local media outlet…

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A year on the job

Where does the time go? It’s been one year since I accepted a permanent position at Human Made as a Senior Project Manager, after 15 years of freelancing and a year-long sabbatical. These are some of the things I’ve learned. Enterprise-level clients are not that much different from small business clients I kept hearing this…

One year cupcake

You’ve gotta be nuts

On several occasions in the months leading up to WordCamp Europe, which was held a few short weeks ago in Paris, people approached me to say that they’d heard things weren’t going well. “Oh?” “Yeah, I’ve heard that organizers aren’t happy,” was the short version of what I was told from these people outside of…

The 5-minute journal

I have had a love-hate relationship with journaling since I was little. Basically, I have always wanted to journal. It’s something I’ve always felt I should do. Yet, whenever I’ve set out to do it, one of several things usually happens: I don’t know what to say. I don’t know who I’m saying it to….

The 5-minute journal

Feeling Human

Three years ago I set out on a path to create change. My loose deadline: August 2017. My overarching goals: take a step back to get perspective on my career (and life) to date and find my new place in the world. What emerged in the first year: that I wasn’t looking for a job,…

Feeling Human

Looking back and looking forward

My sabbatical year is over. A new year is here, full of promise. The final leg of my 3-year plan. The first leg of a new plan forming – the one that will concretize long-awaited change, introducing new challenges and experiences. False starts I sometimes wish that January 1 was a magical day that set…

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