Weekly Dispatch – Threading Our Life’s Work

Weekly Dispatch - Life's Work

This past week has been intense on two fronts.

1) At work I’ve been mapping out my goals for 2015. We plan out goals by quarter, and it’s been challenging (and exciting) to think about what I want to accomplish over the next year. If I fast-forward to this time next year, what will I have accomplished? Who will I have become?

My goals fall under a few themes: effective management (building the skills to be a great manager), product development (I’m working on fleshing out a few projects/products we’re developing), and awesome partner management (my role is to work with our corporate partners). Each decision I make is not only about supporting the strategies of my company—it’s also about crafting my life’s work.

2) For my master’s thesis I’m finally in a rhythm of research/getting stuff done. The amazing Sarah Jane and I meet weekly to hold each other accountable to work/personal goals. I’m meeting monthly with a student in my grad program who is also working on her thesis. I have finally assembled my full thesis committee. And I have some fun research I’m diving into.

What are the threads that tie together your work, hobbies, volunteer gigs, conversations? I’m thinking about these threads. (Here are some of my threads.) Here are some links about work + meaning.


My coworker recommended taking the Gallup Strengthsfinder ($10 for basic test). Why do this test? Well… “The Gallup Organization suggest that the most effective people are those who understand their strengths and behaviors. These people are best able to develop strategies to meet and exceed the demands of their daily lives, their careers, and their families.” My top five themes were: Empathy, Achiever, Belief, Ideation, Connectedness. Interesting stuff. (And amazingly accurate.) – Gallup Strengthsfinder

I consider myself an expert generalist, which is why I’m working on an interdicisplinary degree: I like working across disciplines and threading together seemingly unrelated ideas. The CEO at IDEO captures here why this impulse—going wide versus going deep—should be a conscious career choice. – The Career Choice Nobody Tells You About

Elle Luna shares how she discovered the through-line in her life’s work. Worth the 11-minute watch – The Crossroads of Should and Must (video)

On work that matters and the artist’s prerogative to create meaning – J.Cole Interview

“This is the deepest kind of theft; not merely prosperity having been looted from societies, but significance having been stolen from human lives.” – Making the Choice Between Money and Meaning by Umair Haque

…And because this week’s digest was fairly heavy, here is Time’s 50 Astonishing Animal Photos of 2014

Weekly Dispatch – A Few Essays

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You won’t regret reading these essays. I promise.


“My regrets are merely cracks in the glass shining the light at a different angle.” – The Work of Creative Living: None Harder, None Nearer to Rest or More Beautiful.

“What if I sent over list of the things I’ve learned in the last decade?” – How to Email with an Old Friend After Falling Out of Touch

“The stars are not lost.” – Still Standing Still

“Tell me you remember you are still a human being, not just a human doing.” The Disease of Being Busy

I’m currently reading: The Sabbath and Consiglieri: Leading From the Shadows


Photo cred: Artur Pokusin

Weekly Dispatch – Simply Delighted

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Have you been delighted lately?

I don’t mean “happy” or “surprised,” per se. When I say “delighted,” I mean charmed, enchanted, captivated. Have you reveled in anything? Been utterly pleased about something?

My past week started with sheer delight: I had a morning walk + coffee with my dearest of dearies, Ali. She mentioned that she had a piece of art in her studio, something that reminded her of me, and she was curious if I might have a home for it. Are you kidding me? To have a soul sister’s art in my home—a beautiful piece she created? Yes!

I am so pleased—and honored. The image you see above is a quick snapshot of the beautiful canvas that is now in my bedroom. (And it’s the second piece of Ali’s art that lives in my home. This is the other creation, which is the centerpiece of my living room.)

Here are some other delightful things I came across this week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.


The video clip is enthralling – I can almost smell what he is smelling. The Nose: Searching for Blamage

Can’t stop watching finger tutting.

Good job, nature: you’re incredible. – Agates – Time Compiled

I just signed up for this little weekly delight: Unfolded Note

(She also sends physical mailings to those that sign up. Makes me curious if I should start something similar here. I’d totally be into sending postcards/letters to people. Would you be into that?)

I’ve never thought of approaching resistance in this way. (I’m totally gonna use it on my thesis work. Hmm.. it’s not a “thesis,” but instead is an “experimentation chapbook.” Errrr something. ) – GOOD QUESTION: How do I get through resistance and take action?

Delightful body movement & sound, transformed into pixels. Watch Momentum (and then watch the behind the scenes clip):

(Don’t see the video? Click here: MOMENTUM from schnellebuntebilder on Vimeo.)