Photo by Flickr user Bernard Goldbach
This morning has gone horribly wrong. I woke up late. I shattered a mug. I spilled my coffee on my shirt. I left the house late. And then, on the commute in, I saw someone had hit a raccoon.
It was still in the street writhing in pain. Nothing breaks my heart like seeing an animal suffer. I was late though so I couldn’t stop to do anything or else I risked missing my ferry. I have an early meeting so I really can’t miss the boat.
My normal Wednesday has shifted into a stressful morning of unrest. Continue reading
Photo by Flickr user Jill Clardy
How do you tell your story? How do you use your story to connect with others?
A few weeks back I attended a #MozTalk with some of my work peeps on Digital Storytelling. (If you want the official break down you can find it on Please Advise.) This experience was cool because I got to thinking about how people connect through stories. And how stories can connect people. And then, how I tell my own. Continue reading
Doot. Doot. Doot. Looking out my backdoor.
The Pacific Northwest is the most beautiful place in the whole world in the summer. At least in my opinion. Every year, around January or February I swear I’m going to move. I think about other places I’d like to live. I dream of somewhere with more sunshine and more warmth. Maybe Hawaii? Possibly Georgia? Somewhere south.
Sometimes things go horribly wrong and you’re left trying to figure out how to move forward. This happens to me every single time I try to assemble Ikea furniture. As some point, I end up staring at the instructions, the bits and pieces, the joke that is a half created monstrosity and wondering how this got so messed up. Continue reading
Do you ever have a lesson that you just can’t seem to learn? Even though you know, 1+1=2, you just keep being unprepared for the result each time the problem comes up? That’s me. I’m trying to learn how to rest. How to take breaks and stop the cycle of busy. I’m still surprised when 1+1=2. Continue reading
I have seriously fallen off the posting wagon for my blog. I have the best of intentions of course and I actually have about 6 posts in drafts right now, just awaiting on a little love and a little focus.
Unfortunately for this blog though, summer in the Pacific Northwest is on its way in. That means warm weather, sunshine and popcorn brain for me. I’m doing my darndest to just keep focused on work, let alone my labor of love, audreafink.me.
But as today is Tuesday and I have the most beautiful view, I thought I’d make a point to practice gratitude today. Continue reading
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If you had to choose, would you be a boss or a leader. I’d like to think of myself as a leader but then self-doubt starts to set in.
I am no one’s boss. I’ve been called a leader on my team but my title is the same as every other team mate. I have a boss and he’s fantastic. However, I’m learning that no matter how good your boss is, there are always going to be spaces for leaders to emerge. Continue reading
The view from almost the top.
Do you ever create goals with the best of intentions but ultimately need to adjust them? How do you decide when the goal is too much? Where do you draw the line to change it? How do you know you’re not just giving up?
Photo credit Flickr artist Paul Downey
I subscribe to the Daily Post and I get their blog prompts. As a blogger who regularly gets “stuck” these can be super helpful getting the creative juices flowing. If you don’t already subscribe, I would highly recommend it. Usually, I don’t use the specific prompts as topics but they help me think generate new content ideas. However, the prompt on March 31 really stuck with me. I kept coming back to it and it resonated with me. Continue reading
Spring flowers in Seattle
I borrowed the idea of GratiTuesday from a good friend of mine, La. I’m sure someone else initially thought of it but she is my inspiration today. I love the idea of GratiTuesday because I love the idea of practicing random gratitude.
The crazy thing about gratitude is that the more you practice it, the better you feel. It’s amazing how just focusing a few minutes on the positive can help you feel better for hours. The practice of that focus throughout the day can change your day. But the trick is remembering to practice and remembering to retrain your thoughts when you fall out of practice.
I want to focus on gratitude today because today is not going according to plan. I am a planner. I live and die by my calendar and I do well with routines. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not great with time so I have alarms and systems created to keep me on track. This Tuesday, nothing is quite right. Continue reading