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Changing Worry to Wonder: A Mindset Shift for Independent Contractors

In the realm of independent contracting, where the ebb and flow of contracts dictate our professional lives, the transition between projects can often be anxiety-inducing. As someone whose livelihood hinges on securing contracts, I've experienced the familiar pang of worry that creeps in as one contract nears its end. It's that feeling—akin to the Sunday before the Monday of work—that can cast a shadow over the otherwise fulfilling nature of our work. However, through a transformative mindset shift, I've learned to turn that worry into wonder, fostering a healthier and more confident approach to the uncertainties of the freelance world. Embracing Change: Change is a constant companion for independent contractors. Projects conclude, clients move on, and the prospect of what comes next can be both thrilling and daunting. It's natural to feel a sense of unease as a contract reaches its conclusion, but instead of succumbing to worry, I've learned to embrace change as an
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Change & Privilege

  I had the amazing opportunity to join with the Ramapough Lenape Nation in a sacred ritual in a sweat lodge this weekend. The structure is the lodge, and the ceremony performed within the structure may be called by some cultures a purification ceremony or simply a sweat. The sweat is a spiritual ceremony – it is for prayer and healing, and it is only to be led by Indigenous Elders who know the language, songs, traditions, and safety protocols of their culture's inherited tradition. Without going in the reason I was in the sweat lodge, I do want to share some thoughts that came to me as a result of the experience - some answers to questions percolating around in my mind, specifically about change. I've long known that the fear of change is a complex and multifaceted human emotion that can affect people from various backgrounds and privilege levels. What became so clear to me, however, is that it's true that change can be perceived differently by those who are privileged a

Let's be (strategically) careful out there!

I have a greater tolerance for change and risk than many of my colleagues. I'm often the among the first to try a new app or adopt a new strategy. Yet, even I tend to defer to the tried and true in communications.  But perhaps taking safe risks in nonprofit communications is about finding that balance between trying something new and ensuring it aligns with your organization's mission and values. In the world of nonprofit organizations, communication is key. It's how we engage with donors, volunteers, beneficiaries, and the community at large. However, in an era where standing out is increasingly challenging, it's important to explore innovative communication strategies that can set your nonprofit apart. In this blog post, we'll delve into the concept of taking safe risks in nonprofit communications and explore how to do it effectively. 1. Embrace a Culture of Innovation Before you can start taking safe risks in your communication strategies, it's essential to

Excuse me! What happens when we interrupt each other.

Interrupting occurs for a variety of reasons rooted in human communication dynamics. Often, interruptions stem from a strong desire to participate actively in a conversation, where individuals eagerly want to express their thoughts, contribute, or offer insights. Impatience, a sense of knowing what the speaker will say, or a belief that the conversation is moving too slowly can also prompt interruptions. In group settings, people may interrupt to vie for attention and assert themselves, while misunderstandings or anxiety may lead to well-intentioned interruptions to seek clarification or manage social discomfort. Cultural norms and power dynamics also play a role, with some cultures valuing more frequent interruptions or power imbalances influencing conversational dynamics. Ultimately, interruptions are a complex interplay of individual, cultural, and situational factors in our communication interactions. Interrupting someone during a conversation can have various psychological effects

Gmar Chatima Tovah; that you should be sealed for goodness in the end.

  Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement,” as the verse states, “For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before G‑d.” It’s been many years since I’ve considered myself a practicing Jew. But on this day, I always pause. I take time to examine my relationships and commit to doing what I can to make sure they are right. I look at my relationship with the world, and my role in it, and re-commit my energies to peace and justice. And, I think about my relationship with myself to ensure that I go into this new year with grace and forgiveness, knowing I’m doing the best that I can at this moment. For those observing, have an easy fast. And for all of us, Gmar Chatima Tovah; that you should be sealed for goodness in the end.

Aging Gracefully, Laughing Hysterically: How to Stay Young in Spirit

  I’ve had quite a few discussions recently about aging! Even the book my group discussed this month had that as its central focus. I can’t get away from it. Frankly, aging isn’t something I want to avoid! So here’s my latest blog post: Aging Gracefully, Laughing Hysterically: How to Stay Young in Spirit Aging is inevitable, but who says we have to take it too seriously? As the years go by, it's essential to maintain a youthful mindset and embrace the joys of life with laughter. Here are my tips on how to stay young in spirit while growing older (maybe gracefully, but def with a smile.) Embrace Technology (Even if You're Confused): Sure, smartphones, apps, and social media can be overwhelming for those who grew up without them. Embrace your techno-trepidation and laugh at yourself when you accidentally post a selfie upside down or send a text to the wrong person. Remember, it's never too late to become an accidental trendsetter! Find Joy in the Little Things (Like Misplacin

If At First You Don't Succeed ... Nonprofit Programs Version

TL:DR   Adapting nonprofit programs is a necessary step towards building better programs that create sustainable change in the communities we serve. By embracing failure as an opportunity for growth, fostering a culture of learning, seeking stakeholder feedback, and piloting new initiatives, nonprofits can continuously improve their programs and make a greater impact on society. Remember, it is through our failures that we can truly build something remarkable. "The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times." —   Paulo Coelho Running a nonprofit organization comes with its fair share of challenges and responsibilities. As nonprofits strive to make a positive impact on society, it is essential to continuously evaluate and modify programs to ensure effectiveness and relevance.  As an Interim Director, I often find that programs have been carried simply because "we've always done it that way." During my tenures, I give organizations the opportu

Embrace Curiosity, Ditch the Judgments: Unlocking Your Unstoppable Mindset

  Ever since that brilliant teacher Ted Lasso talked about being curious, I've been wanting to write this blog! In a world obsessed with snap judgments and closed-mindedness, it's time to break free from the chains of judgment and embrace the power of curiosity. Curiosity not only expands our horizons but also fuels personal growth and connection. So, let's get edgy and explore why being curious, not judgmental, is the ultimate game-changer. Unleash Your Inner Rebel: Curiosity is rebellion against the status quo. It challenges the norm, defies assumptions, and opens doors to uncharted territories. It's time to ditch the judgmental mindset that holds you back and embrace the audacious power of curiosity. Empathy Starts with Curiosity: Instead of instantly judging others, why not pause and get curious? Curiosity allows us to put ourselves in someone else's shoes, truly understand their story, and cultivate empathy. It's time to trade in our judgmental goggles for