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Book: The Gifts of Imperfection

A book recommendation at the perfect time is a gift. That’s what The Gifts of Imperfection (Amazon) was for me when my coach recommended it. It’s hard, as a result, to describe what I got out of it – I read it in 3 (weekday, working) days – in this place of yes yes yes this […]

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life

The Goals Spreadsheet

At the end of the year, my coach had me make a list of 40 goals for 2017. They range from the very professional to the very personal. From the serious to the purely for fun. Of course, I broke them into sections and put them in a spreadsheet. At the start of each month I […]

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life travel Writing

I Send Love Letters from Airports

“First, you talk about feeling a sense of gratitude for people who go first. The implication seems to be that you don’t, but I disagree. The fact that you let strangers into your life via these personal updates is very “Where the Hell is Cate?” to the point where I have to remind myself that […]

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Career life

On Coaching

I’ve been working with a coach for the best part of a year now. I started because I called my friend Camille stressed out of my mind and she said – like a good friend will – you need someone to do this for you. It was one of the most helpful pieces of advice […]

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life travel

Item: One Passport

I keep my passport in a case that says “without this I’m nothing”. I love this case, because I love the friend who gave it to me, and because that is exactly how I feel about my passport. I’m sure in German there’s a word for the adventurer’s fear of being separated from their passport. I […]

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life Organization Skiing

One of Those Days

I had one of those days last week. I woke up later than I wanted to, and it took me a while to get moving. Then just as I was getting started, I realized that I had to deal with some insurance thing, which was – of course – a complete pain. Eventually, I was out […]

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life

This Week

Life Getting random beauty treatments here in BA. This week I tried this thing that my roommate and I call “Electrocution” (they name it something less terrifying at the salon). And also got a massage, which was good. Finally found good sushi! And hung out with people a lot more than has been normal lately. Checked […]

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life Organization

The Kill List

Nearly a year ago now, I took myself off to Paris. I wanted to see the Eiffel tower, practise my French, and go for long walks in the crisp cold and contemplate. Starting work again after a year as an international fuckwit of no fixed address, one thing on my mind a lot was time. […]

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life

This Week

Life Went to the spa for a random beauty treatment involving being frozen, and a facial, and laser. Also got a massage, which was great – needed! Worked out, read books, did a little exploring of the botanical gardens, and found some new places to eat. Work Busy – catching up with people before they […]

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life

This Week

Life Saw a little bit (well: one art gallery) of Philly, and then came “home” to BA. Trying to rehydrate and get back to normal life – had a really good workout, and went exploring. I went to the National Museum of Fine Arts and watched the sun set at the Floralis Genérica. It was lovely! […]