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PPhD 2018 Year in Review

As we close out 2018, let’s review our accomplishments and bask in the glow of our own brilliance, shall we? 2018 was an amazing year! Not sure 2019 will be able to top it. Let’s see what you got 2019!…

5 Tips to Beat the Holiday Blues

Got the holiday blues? Me too. Lots of people experience a droopy mood this time of year. When you work a regular job, it’s not easy, but it’s usually at least possible to muddle through by going through the motions.…
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Stand In Your Value Or Bad Asses Don’t Work for Free

Since you read this blog, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that you’re awesome. That means a few things: (1) you would never think of sh*tting where you eat; (2) you would never think of doing…
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You have super powers

It’s October, which makes everyone think about Halloween. I barely noticed that October is here, but I did notice this article about trending Halloween costumes for kids and it got me thinking. According to one survey, more kids will be…
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What These 3 Big Thoughts Taught Me About Business

As the end of summer approaches, I’ve been turning over in my mind three big thoughts (you know, along with the usual minutiae):Finding stillness within movement. The difference between being busy and being productive. How we measure success. How…

If you need me, I'll be in the mountains doing yoga.

As my automatic email reply says (from now until Wednesday, August 24th):Hi there!Instead of recharging my phone and my computer this week, I’m unplugging and recharging MY batteries in the Asheville mountains. I’m probably doing yoga next to…

On Diving in Headfirst

I love watching the Olympics! One of my favorite events to watch is diving. This, despite the fact that, as a kid, I remember watching Greg Louganis’s infamous dive when he hit his head on the board during the 1988…

Busy-Shaming is the New Sign You’re a Grownup Mean Girl

  If I were ranking feelings, inspiration would be super high on my list. I LOVE feeling inspired. Here are some random bits of stuff that made me feel inspired this week:This Cavalier fan’s story This kopywriter and his…
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Who’s afraid of networking?

  Not me. Not anymore. We established last time that I’m an academic (semi-retired academic, if one can be semi-retired at my age.). So when I was thinking about starting The Pocket PhD, I did what comes most naturally to…

I'm scared

  A dear friend once told me a story about when he was in a car accident. He was driving late one rainy night and fell asleep at the wheel just as he was heading through a tunnel on a…