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

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#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 […]

America: A Trial Separation

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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 […]

The Remote Job Coach: How to Communicate Without a Workplace

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If you don’t see someone in person, how can you develop a real connection with them? Communicating without a physical workplace can be hard. Many companies and employees who’ve never been away from a central office for this amount of time are feeling disconnected. But the symptom is not the problem. To foster a connection to a company’s vision and mission, employees need to feel challenged, rewarded, and they need to be able to “feel” the culture, even if they can’t physically see it. Many remote/distributed companies do this well (TaxJar, GitLab Inc., and Kinsta® just to name a few). […]

Nick Onken on Photography, Creative Careers, and Personal Growth

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In The Interview: Episode #01, Ciara Pressler interviews Nick Onken, world-renowned photographer and host of the NIONlife podcast. Nick and Ciara talk about: How creativity is beginning to look different in life during Coronavirus Tools to utilize in coming to terms with uncertainty The journey of a career in a creative field Staying true to your vision while producing content for others Nick Onken is a photographer, creative entrepreneur, and podcast host who has had ample experience in exploring his gift and sharing his inspiration with the world around him. He has worked with global brands such as Nike, Adidas, […]

Five Reasons Entrepreneurs Need A Digital Detox 

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  Entrepreneur. Visionary. Founder. It all sounds glamorous. You wouldn’t trade it for anything. But you also know it’s a hero’s journey filled with ups and downs and stress. And sometimes loneliness.  One of the most challenging aspects of the entrepreneurial journey is getting space from the constant day-to-day demands and stress of the job to think about the longer term, big picture issues of your business.  The never-ending onslaught of emails, calls crowds out the space to think more strategically and get the perspective to make critical business and life decisions.  One way to escape the noise and regain […]

Me and My Miata

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We met long before I bought her. While living in New York, I’d visit Oregon and Avery, my friend since 7th grade, would generously lend me her aqua-blue Miata to drive around Portland. Originally her grandfather’s retirement purchase, he had left it to her, and it was perfect for solo commutes and weekend rock climbing excursions. When I finally decided to move back to the West Coast, she had inherited a van from her grandmother, and knew her future family plans would require a back seat. In her second most momentous act of motherhood, she sold the Miata to me. I hadn’t […]

Running Toward Me

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The day that I left Indiana I had to pull over to the side of the road after passing the Illinois border to cry. I couldn’t contain myself and didn’t want to swerve into the median or off into the corn. I finally did it. I always wanted to leave Indianapolis, and for years I put it off. I was so afraid of what the possibility of self-actualization might look like that I was paralyzed. Until that moment I had never been overwhelmed with happiness and I was moved to tears, both unexpected surprises. The day that I landed in […]

What If It Really Is All About the Journey (or the Hokey Pokey)?

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I have to be honest. It makes me panic a little when I think life really is all about the journey and not the destination. Because that would mean, if I believed all that Buddhist-mindfulness-meditation-acceptance-is-the-answer logic, I should be able to make myself happy RIGHT NOW. I should find joy in every moment. I should embrace the suck. Pain is a portal. Ugh. The pressure. And, that, my friends is the problem. All those damn shoulds. All the supposed-to’s. All the have-to-or-else beliefs. All those expectations and pressures about how I ought to be living my life (but clearly am […]