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2012 Tales: The internet is not magic.

There are certain folks for whom the internet holds a magical allure for them. Because they don’t understand anything about Photoshop, pixels or code, they may as well put me in the same league as Dr. Strange, because to them, what I do is magic. This is the story of one such client. Spoiler Alert: They didn’t…

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2012 Tales: A very expensive road trip.

Freelancers know that referrals are the lifeblood of our business. When someone refers a new client to you, it’s a great boost to your pocketbook and your morale. So when I was recommended by an acquaintance to this client that eagerly wanted to meet, I was pretty excited. There was a lot to be happy…

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2012 Tales: You can’t control the wind.

When I relaunched Upward Media shortly before the start of last year, I made a big deal about a particular client that had been the lynchpin of my own change of heart just six months before. Meeting with them was like turning a corner and running smack into exactly what I wanted to do with…

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Upstarts Part 5: Get Help

This is the last installment of a very special series on Upstarts: Making your dream a reality. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these as much as I have writing them, and if you’re just joining us for the first time, be sure to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, or Part 4. We’re closing things out with…

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Upstarts Part 4: Get Ready to Make Friends

Welcome to a very special series on Upstarts: Making your dream a reality. We’re going to push out a new blog post every day, so if you haven’t already, I’d recommend subscribing! Or, you can read Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3. Today’s topic is about growing your network and relationships. In junior high, I had a really tough…

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Upstarts Part 3: Get Planning

Welcome to a very special series on Upstarts: Making your dream a reality. We’re going to push out a new blog post every day, so if you haven’t already, I’d recommend subscribing! Or, you can read Part 1 or Part 2 Today’s topic is on getting started by making a plan! Gonna be a good one. From dreams…

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Upstarts Part 2: Get Realistic

Welcome to a very special series on Upstarts: Making your dream a reality. We’re going to push out a new blog post every day, so if you haven’t already, I’d recommend subscribing! Or, you can read Part 1: Getting Established. Today’s topic is on getting started by being realistic. There is something about owning and running…

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Upstarts Part 1: Getting Established

Welcome to a very special series on Upstarts: Making your dream a reality. We’re going to push out a new blog post every day, so if you haven’t already, I’d recommend subscribing! An Introduction: Who is this series for? Maybe something clicked with you one day. You woke up at your usual time to drag…

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The myth of the work-life balance.

These days, we all seem to wear so many hats! We’ve got our full-time and part-time jobs, our volunteer positions and our mandatory responsibilities as parents. Technology, much as we love it, makes all of these even worse: being connected 24/7 has only added to the problem, it seems like. Can we ever find a true balance between all the areas of our life?

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Getting more done by taking on less work

I’d been struggling with it for months now: I’ve gotten in over my head again. Committed to too many things, told too many people “yes” and now I’m losing my grip on my schedule. Been there? The propensity to get more done can easily take over your life.

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