I once dated a guy who got really upset because I was eating my dinner one night with my hands instead of the “proper” knife and fork. He was so embarrassed and his mind boggled, sighing: “Why can’t you just eat like a normal person, Stephanie? It’s so gross.”
Now, this man had never traveled outside of the United States, particularly to places where eating certain dishes with your hands IS what “normal” people do. Places where people would look at him and think he was a crazy person for using utensils.
So often we become completely entrenched in the perspectives (and guidelines to how things “should” be done) of our home country, our education, our corporate training, and our culture, that we often see the world through a single, tunnel-visioned lens. We get set in our ways of doing things, stay inside our perspective bubble, and approach the world with a singular, often limiting, viewpoint. We get stuck thinking our way is the “right” or “only” way.
We’ve previously introduced you to Brene Brown’s BRAVING acronym, which define her Seven Elements of Trust. In August, our gregarious little (ok she’s actually taller than me) copywriter, Gabi, wrote a blog post called “B is for Boundaries.” And in it, she shared some of the elasticities we find in our own boundaries and learning how far they can stretch before they snap to point of no return. For this week’s blog post, I decided to take on R, for Reliability.
Reliability, according Brene is: “You do what you say you’ll do. At work, this means staying aware of your competencies and limitations so you don’t over promise and are to deliver on commitments and balance competing priorities.”Read More
One thing that we all come across more often than we may want is having to negotiate. Negotiating can seem super scary if you’re someone who sees it as confrontational and/or are more of an agreeable person at heart. It can be daunting to have to negotiate the salary of a new job or a contract with one of your clients. There are times when you’ll even need to negotiate something as simple as where to take your next vacation. Maybe you want to go to the beach and maybe your partner wants to go to the woods.Read More
We all want to know the keys to success and happiness – amiright?! Success is defined in many different ways, but I know many of us root our definitions in wanting to be happy. So how do you foster happiness? How do you guarantee some form of success? And what does learning have to do with any of it?! Below I share some insights I’ve gathered along my own journey and hopefully they spark some motivation in you too!Read More
I’m a BIG fan of Marie Kondo. I love her Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, because I think she brings a peace and serenity to people and their homes while encouraging us to be mindful of what brings us joy and learn to let go (with gratitude) of those things that no longer serve us. I think it was my mom that first told me about the show and I thought it was brilliant! The KonMari method really resonates with me. Personally, in my home, I try to declutter a few times a year. Especially because my apartment in Singapore is small. So limited space also sort of makes it a requirement. I do it almost seasonally, usually on a Saturday after a long week when I just want to chill but also want to be vaguely productive. But you know, like you and everyone else, I get busy. I travel a lot and things pile up and I tell myself, “I’ll deal with that later” and then when later comes, I’m like, “Why on earth do I still have this?!”
So… being introduced to the KonMari Method, I decided to do it according to her system.Read More
B is for Boundaries… and Bands (like the rubber ones, not like… Metallica)
Earlier this week, over fries and beer, a friend and I were talking about relationships (our rendezvous did not pass the Bechdel test…) and boundaries were one of the lead actors. Boundaries seem to always come up as one of the most complex concepts in relationships and the most advised upon as well. “Set your boundaries hard and fast. They’re the walls that protect you and show that your partner respects you.” Versus, “Be fluid and understanding. If you focus on your boundaries, all of your attention will go to them and you’ll just be waiting for someone to stumble upon them unawares.” Read More
I will not sugar coat this for a single moment: building a business is HARD.
From the moment you start to take your golden egg of an idea seriously, you’ll be tested. You’ll work harder than you ever have. You’ll pour everything you have – mind, body, and soul – into birthing this new (ad)venture. You’ll spend a lot of money, you’ll eat a lot of takeout, you’ll even fall asleep on your laptop once or twice. You’ll hit major roadblocks and face delays and sometimes even have Godzilla stomp through your village. Read More
In order to build a happy and healthy business, you have to maintain a happy and healthy self. This can feel daunting, especially when you already have to-do lists of your to-do lists. But trust us, your work mirrors your energy, and if you’re burnt out, all your hard work will fizzle beside you.
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