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Humility ain’t all it’s cracked up to be

Today I ran a 5K and crushed the goal I had set for myself. I wanted to run it in under 27:30 and finished at 26:16. It is by far the best I’ve done in a race since I was 18 and over a minute and a half better than my last 5K a few weeks ago. I don’t mean to boast...

An Aha Moment

Two weeks ago I was interviewing people for a client who has developed a voice activated personal assistant. It was a big project; 100 interviewers split between two interviewers across two weeks. On the second to last day, I thought I had heard everything I was ever...

10 Goals for my Next Trip Around the Sun

I am thankful for all of you who thought of me when leaving good wishes for my birthday back on Friday and over this weekend. I am very fortunate to have such a thoughtful group of friends who took a moment out of their day to think of me and I am grateful that each...

Something to Believe in (Linus 3:16)

I had a moment of inspiration while listening to a Poison song on my flight from Austin to San Francisco this morning. In my mind’s eye, I see you scratching your head and raising your eyebrow right now—most of you, that is, except my friend Tara D’Onofrio who still...

The Show Must Go On

When I was in high school, I got into Queen—I mean really into Queen (I had a copy of A Night at the Opera well before Wayne’s World re-popularized Bohemian Rhapsody). While I loved Freddie’ Mercury’s vocals, it was guitarist Brian May who hooked me.  There is...

Appeasing the puppet masters of my mind

I have a lot of quirky characteristics but perhaps the quirkiest of the bunch is the fact that I don’t like it when people buy gifts for me. It’s not that I can’t appreciate the kindness of the gesture, that I feel unworthy of the gift, or that I immediately feel...