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Grandstand

Scale is hard in Death Valley. The small cluster of rocks in the distance rises 66 feet above the dry lake bed. It is the only feature that interrupts the 3 1/2 square miles of nearly flat playa. I can’t help but feel that I am like this rock outcropping everywhere I go in Death Valley – dwarfed by the surrounding mountains. A tiny, lonely creature among giants.

 

Mr McDreamy

The sexiest guys growing up were always the ones that could dance or play the guitar. (Maybe it was all that time spent at summer camp, but I thought the guitar-playing dudes had an edge.) 

It totally makes me smile today when I’m chillin’ by the fire after work, reading a good book, and this handsome dude pulls out his six string. Back off ladies; this rock star is taken!

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Snowy day

We woke up this morning to our third snow day this winter! It was snowing so hard that by the time I circled the car, brushing the snow off the windows, it had started accumulating again!

I ventured to the office (in the most casual clothes I’ve ever worn). It’s a ghost town…Bliss!

Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Contest

A break in the rain yesterday evening made for a great evening of wandering Seattle streets during the annual Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Contest. Deloitte’s Digital Team got top marks from me for their costumes and enthusiastic performance. 

A bitterly cold wind blew up from the Sound. I don’t know how these gals stayed warm in their short sleeves.

 

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It’s time to stop minimizing self-employment

As I transition to working for a new company today, I’m reflecting on the language people have used when talking to me about working as a self-employed person vs working for a company. After news broke that I’d be transitioning my practice to Reed Longyear, I heard “When do you start work?” My new job was referred to as “gainful employment.” Another person called today my “first day of work.”
 
All of these phrases subtly minimized the work I was doing as a self-employed person. It suggested that my foray into entrepreneurship was somehow less than working for a company. It was not gainful; it was not work.
 
I don’t think the people who used these words had ill-intent, or even thought about how cutting and hurtful their language might have been. It is representative, however, of a deeper cultural disregard or diminishment of a self-employed person.
 
Don’t believe me? Just look at the advice surrounding how to write about self-employment on a resume. One article suggested addressing extenuating circumstances that took you away from your career path. As if running a business wasn’t part of your career? Many others discuss the pitfalls of what a prospective employer might read into a period of self-employment. One article even suggested not listing short periods of self-employment, because it could be seen as a liability.
 
When we think about our self-employed friends, I want to challenge each of us to be mindful of how we talk to and about their work. Owning and running a successful company (even if the sole “employee” is the owner) is hard work. Harder than showering and showing up at an office to work for someone else. Self-employed people must be entrepreneurial and willing to take risks to achieve great success. They have to work hard to build great relationships with clients and do impeccable work. They seek out challenges. And they likely have experience in many aspects of running a business besides doing the work they promise to clients (e.g. finance, marketing, etc.).
 
In the end, if they do it right, it will be gainful – both personally and financially.