Daily Dealings With A Stressaholic

Photo by Flickr user Bernard Goldbach

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

Telling your story: Is that niche enough?

Photo by Flickr user Jill Clardy

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

GratiTuesday: Sunshine in the PNW

beach life

Work/beach balance.


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

What’s the Difference Between Boss and Leader?

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Image courtesy of @Mixergy

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

Hi, I’m Audrea (Insert Human Tagline Here)

Photo credit Flickr artist Paul Downey

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

GratiTuesday and All the Things Gone Wrong

Spring flowers in Seattle

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