On overclaiming

I recently came across this column on “overclaiming,” also called “unconscious overclaiming.” Like the author (New York Magazine’s Melissa Dahl), I, too, was first introduced to this concept by author Gretchen Rubin, who has written about it in her blog and at least one of her “Happiness” books as well as discussed it on her…
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Ask a question, improve the world

Recently, I received an article clipped from Inc. Magazine paired with a Post-It note reading, “Blog?” My parents are probably my most dedicated blog readers, and, over the years, my dad has clipped several articles from which I might glean inspiration. This particular article is titled, “Want a big idea? Ask better questions.” Its lede…
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To ‘we’ or not to ‘we’?

To ‘we’ or not to ‘we’?

Have you ever had someone say “We are going to XX” or “We should XX” and then, a few days later, come to find out that that meant you  were supposed to do it? I have. These days, everything – whether it’s work, sports or volunteer – is about the team. As such, it’s almost…
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The biggest lesson I learned from working with a Fortune 500 company

A few years ago, we spent some years doing work for the Nevada team of a Fortune 500 company, and I handled the media relations and legislative support for the account. As one would expect with a Fortune 500 company, we had several initiatives we were working on at any given time, and almost every…
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Tiny houses, big lessons

Over the past few months, I’ve become interested in the new trend of building and living in tiny houses. At this stage in my life, I’m not ready to give everything away and move into a 200-square-foot home; however, the movement promotes many lessons that can be beneficial for anyone, anywhere. Those I’ve taken from…
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Why I’m voting ‘no’ on Question 3 this November and think you should too: An open letter to my fellow Nevada voters

Nevada’s small businesses are just recovering from the recession, during which many accumulated much debt just to keep the doors open. They did not get a bailout. They’ll be paying down that debt for years to come. And while things are looking up again for businesses in Southern Nevada, many are operating with a very…
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It’s the little things

During conversation the other day, one of my bosses (Brian), mentioned my puppy (Kora), by name. The personalization – as opposed to “your puppy” or “your dog” – struck me. My husband and I adopted Kora just two months ago. And while I know I’ve mentioned her in the office from time to time and…
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