Energy Over Everything Else

Bamboo Breeze  - Katie Buckman

Everything, from a granular level, is made of energy. Thus, the common denominator between every interaction we have in our life, all objects, plants, humans, and animals is an exchange of energy. When you eat a fish, for instance, you’re body harvests the energy from the meat, so in essence, you’re consuming everything the fish consumed as well. You also absorb energy from the things that are around you, what you wear, and what you use. It’s a useful practice to ask yourself: What kind of energy do those which we interact or consume carry? What kind of energy are […]

Life with an Asterisk

White Flowers in the Rain  - Katie Buckman

I feel like I am living life with an asterisk at the end of every sentence. When someone asks, “How are you doing?”, I want to respond, “I’m good* (*I was struggling this morning and am concerned about what may happen in a few hours, but right now… I’m good).” We are all living in turmoil, but I’ve got an added dose of upheaval spicing up today’s “basic” turmoil. You see, today my husband started a new job. I’ve been living in uncertainty for seven months as he found his way to this great opportunity. While he is working virtually […]

30 Lessons from 30 Years of Life

Disturbo, Acrylic on Canvas, 48_ x 48_

#30Lessons30Years I turned 30 last month. To celebrate, I’m sending you 30 invaluable lessons I’ve learned along the way… 1. There’s No End, Only the Journey (01:00) 2. No One Knows What the F**k They’re Doing (1:45) 3. It Doesn’t Matter if You Have the Right Answer (2:02) 4. Conversations Are Proportional to Quality of Life (2:18) 5. How You Treat Yourself is as Important as Others (2:51) 6. Location Independence ≠ Location Ambiguous (3:48) 7. People Care About You Less Than You Think (4:30) 8. Everything is Energy (5:05) 9. The Past & Future Don’t Exist (5:25) 10. What […]

Uncertainty is Our Hidden Gift

Fundus Oculi, Acrylic on Canvas, 31_ x 39_

In the not-too-distant future, should we all survive, there will be many moments such as this: During interviews and applications for jobs and graduate schools, first dates and meeting-the-parents, or any of the other myriad situations where we attempt to explain and justify our past decisions to others. They will spot something in our history. An employment gap, or an entire career change. A business founded or closed down. A move to a different city, or away from cities altogether. A breakup or divorce. Some other radical shift in life direction. They will start to ask, what was that about? […]

America: A Trial Separation

Bliss, Acrylic & Enamel on Canvas, 31_ x 39_

We’ve all been in some level of quarantine for the past seven months; that’s not news. As a family of one, my bubble stayed small. My next door neighbors were a godsend, and I set up regular Zooms almost daily to stay in connected with friends, family, and colleagues. Summer introduced more opportunities to connect with people outdoors, and my spirits stayed high. It wasn’t bad, really. I was ready. The first few months of Covid were much like my first year of sobriety; I had the strange feeling I’d been through this before. Only this time I had tools. And everyone […]

Book Brief: The Dip by Seth Godin

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The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) Seth Godin Portfolio, 2007 Support Local: Powells.com Amazon.com Synopsis In this iconic bestseller, popular business blogger and bestselling author Seth Godin proves that winners are really just the best quitters. Godin shows that winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt—until they commit to beating the right Dip. Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out fun…then gets really hard, and not much fun at all. You might be in a Dip—a temporary setback that will get better if you keep pushing. […]

November 2020: Stick or Quit?

Cosmos, Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 36

Do you know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em? Perseverance is celebrated as a strength, as it should be. Sticking through hard times isn’t easy, and is often the make-or-break factor in pushing through to success. However, sometimes quitting is for winners. Staying in something too long when it isn’t serving you, others, or the world at large is not strength; it’s distraction. It’s a misuse of attention that could be better spent on moving forward in a better direction. We all have that friend who stayed in their relationship too long when all the signs were […]

Sara Boone on Teamwork, Vulnerability in Leadership, and Showing Up

Sara Boone

In The Interview: Episode #22, Ciara Pressler interviews Sara Boone, Fire Chief of Portland Fire & Rescue. Sara and Ciara talk about… The unique challenges and opportunities of leadership during Covid Her vision for a more equitable fire department Social change Working with Pregame to sharpen her executive leadership The intricacies of fire emergencies Showing up as a leader while making space for vulnerability and compassion Sara Boone became Portland’s fire chief in 2019, 24 years after she joined the bureau. Born in California, Sara Boone was adopted by a couple from Portland, and graduated from Lincoln High with a […]

The Art of the Jedi Mind Trick

Carlo Proietto, Carrie Fisher, 2018 Pyrography, 31_ x 30.5

This is a transcript from my “Story Slam” presentation for IDEO U. It’s an excerpt from my longer talk.  I’ve wanted to give this talk for years! Actually, it’s been percolating since I first began teaching. I thought about all my favorite things and realized that I could use my love of Star Wars to teach Personal Branding. I even foreshadowed this talk at the conclusion of my first TEDx “The Price of Pleasing.” So What is the Art of the Jedi Mind Trick?   Before I get to that let’s go back A Long Time Ago….  to 1978. I was three […]

September 2020: Burn It Down

Carlo Proietto

To understate a Covid silver lining, 2020 has been, if nothing else, a remarkable opportunity to rethink everything. My friends have been considering big changes – or taking the leap and going for it. Moving across the country. Buying the house. Doing IVF. Getting divorced. Getting back together. Confronting family members about long-hidden issues. Finally leaving New York. Nothing sparks change like a crisis. Limping along with systems that aren’t working just doesn’t cut it anymore when major events expose weaknesses that threaten core values, connection, and opportunity. Let’s hope our personal reinventions are foreshadowing of change in our country. […]