The Essay That Got Me Into College

Gods bless essay exams. If not for them, I’m fairly certain I would never have passed a single test. And I certainly wouldn’t have gotten into college, seeing as the following essay was the only reason a guidance counselor decided my otherwise unimpressive application was worth a second glance.  Okay, I don’t actually have a […]

Do the hard thing

Anybody else out there feeling sort of… stuck? If your life is currently running like a well-oiled machine that spews out meaning and value in a graceful fountain of zen-like flow, go ahead and skip this one. This post is not for you. Everybody else, I’ve got a story to tell you. A story about […]

Saying Yes to Saying No

Imagine, for a moment, that your exec has just asked you to do something that you do not want to do.  Maybe because you don’t feel confident that you can do it well, or because your plate is already full, or simply because you don’t think it’s an appropriate ask. Whatever the reason, your entire […]

How To Screw Up Gracefully

UPDATE: Huge thanks to Christina Holhauzer for reprinting this post on her awesome blog, Tips for Assistants! File this one under: learn from my mistakes. Lucky for you, I’ve made a lot of them. Some of them quite spectacular. For example, the time I failed to realize that my personal (read: pornographic) texts were being […]