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  1. As previously seen on Wit & Delight

    Full disclosure: I’m not a financial expert. I’m a regular human being, one who once sailed off on a work trip after whispering to her boss that she didn’t have enough cash to pay for her cab ride to the airport. I’ve figured out some shit the hard way and learned a few things I wish …

  2. For the second time in a year, I am without a job. The details aren’t particularly important (although buy me a drink and I’ll tell you all about it), but I’m unemployed. Despite being thoroughly irritated that I yet again find myself in this unenviable position, I’m reflecting on what I learned in my first bout …

  3. The Big Idea Sketchbook, a Shop Wit & Delight staple, was originally inspired by my ideation process: to throw as many ideas on paper and see what sticks. The Big Idea Challenge, which launched last July, was originally inspired by my interest in learning about what works for you! We invited all Scatterbrains, A-Types, Go-Getters, and …

  4. I recently began using our email list as a way to send personal notes to our subscribers— about my own career path, why I started Wit & Delight, and what I hoped would come out of this newest evolution of our brand. I also invited readers to respond to me directly with their honest thoughts around …

  5. The best part of adulthood is the small talk, hands down. Meeting new people, sharing that perfectly firm and definitely-never-clammy-on-either-end handshake, exchanging pleasantries on all the most exhilarating of topics. Never gets old!! Within the wide realm of questions brought up most frequently in these generally uncomfortable little back-and-forths, the favorite seems to be the following: …

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  7. Do you replay embarrassing moments in your head? I do and no matter how much time has passed I STILL shudder. My cringe-worthy memories center about a handful of character flaws, with my competitiveness set firmly at the center of my most embarrassing moments. Like that time I stormed out of a bowling alley because my …

  8. You may not realize it, but your desk says A LOT about you. I’ve always been fascinated by the small details surrounding the way people work. Perhaps what we surround ourselves with says a lot about who we are as people. Offices in particular not only say a lot about the kind of work we do …

  9. Back to school represents a season where we all have the opportunity to turn a blank page (literally) and start with a clean slate. When you invest time in learning, you’re investing time in yourself and your dreams for the future. Evolving as a person happens slowly over the course of a lifetime, and when we …

  10. I receive a wide array of questions on Instagram and I’ve always considered creating a little web series in response to all of these amazing inquiries, but now that IG recently created the new “Ask Me Anything” prompt, I felt inspired to compile and answer your questions in a more public sphere. Here is the first …

  11. 5 years of therapy, twelve productivity apps and 20+ self-help books later, I’ve finally found the secret sauce. I’ve untangled my busy brain, my workload and my ambition into one simple rule of productivity: Follow your energy. Figuring out how to the make the most out of your day isn’t just about getting as many tasks …

  12. The Big Idea Book was the first product I designed for our stationery line. I was sitting at my computer, looking at a blank screen, trying to pull something interesting out of my head and on to my (digital) piece of paper. I typed BIG in all caps and “idea book” in lowercase. It was one …

  13. Regardless of the reason, being let go is a loss. It’s a form of rejection you likely don’t see coming—at least this was the case for me recently. I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone else, but I’m in awe of how many people have been through it too. Today, I’m sharing some tips I’ve learned over …

  14. Why dive into the abstract? Not only can it help you think more conceptually, but it can also inspire you to reexamine what you think you already know. We live in an intellectualized world of sophisticated arguments, woke standup specials and podcasts that break down every phrase the president utters. That can get exhausting—and it can …

  15. I have a sneaking suspicion that your creativity is undervalued. Here’s a friendly reminder that the world needs it, desperately. Whether you’re seeking to write the next Mean Girls or cross-stitch an Etsy-optimized Pokemon hankie, your talent can bring happiness, inspiration and maybe even enlightenment to others. So kick this year off by valuing your creativity, …

  16. Hello and welcome back to AttaGirl, a series in which I discover how the women I admire kick ass, take names, and what lipstick brand they prefer to do it in. A how-to in Getting Shit Done. The future will most definitely be female, thank God. While I’d prefer that future to get here like, any time …

  17. As an adult, we often forget to make learning a priority. When I left school, it felt like that part of my life was over and I was at a loss for how to continue my education going forward. In the past, you had to carve out an extended amount of time and a significant amount …

  18. I’ve heard from a few separate people that maybe it’s not strategically wise to announce to the world that I lost my job but, 1. It’s almost 2018 and I feel like blatant honesty is one of the only things we have left, 2. I’m an over-sharer by nature, and 3. If anyone else is dipping into …

  19. A real breaking-news concept I’m about to drop on you: being a woman is f*cking hard. Our itinerary goes something like: always be sociable around others, be sensitive but have a backbone, break the glass ceiling, call your mom back, find an affordable therapist, read a book a month, do face masks by brands no one’s …

  20. One of the most impressive women I’ve ever met was my very first boss. Back when I worked for her, she was the newly appointed President of a much-beloved non-profit organization called The White House Project. The White House Project’s mission was to achieve equal representation of women at all levels of leadership, specifically in politics. …

  21. I have a confession to make: I used to envy the people who knew exactly what they wanted to be when they grew up. You know, the ones who said from age seven that they wanted to be a doctor, nurse, teacher, firefighter, etc., and then they grew up to be those exact professionals. Why the …

  22. I miss college. I’d spend my morning watching foreign Pepsi commercials in a language class and the afternoon talking about things like what Freud would think of Murakami’s latest book. Your job is basically just to learn stuff. Sure it doesn’t pay—er, it puts you deep into debt. But it is an eye-opening time. The good …

  23. The most common question I’m asked is, “Tell me again, what is it you do, exactly?” My mom still doesn’t really know. And you might be wondering the same thing. I’m a designer, writer, business owner, mom, brand strategist, and digital media consultant. I wear all these hats under a brand called Wit & Delight. The …

  24. There’s nothing worse than a job search. Except for online dating. Yep. Now that I think about it, online dating is far, far worse. But not by much. The more I think about it, the more I realize how much the two things have in common. Job searching and, “man searching” both involve a few of …

  25. Behind every strong brand there are answers to these questions: Why do they exist? What do they do? And, how do they make their mission a reality? Supported by a brand’s core values, a focused belief statement is essential to driving brands forward, keeping all aspects of businesses tracking along to the same long-term goals. The same rules apply to even …

  26. Hands down, my dad is one of the most frugal people you will ever meet. Now, don’t get me wrong, this 6’4” gentle giant is by no means cheap. But frugal on the other hand, well, this two-syllable word should have been his middle name. While many members of our family tree have constantly joked about …

  27. So you have to write. Maybe it’s a term paper. Maybe it’s a cover letter. Either way, you’ve got to communicate with something other than emojis, dog gifs or your mouth. Staring at a blank page is intimidating for everyone, even people who get paid to write. So, how can you not only write something but …

  28. I never hated my corporate job. I loved the people. The precise 9-5 schedule was a dream. Walking the downtown streets amongst high-end business life hustle made me feel like someone, even though I was really just a number. I had a title, salary, and I could say I worked inside the walls and secrets of …

  29. There are a million and one reasons not to take a risk in life. You could lose money. You could prove your parents right. You could look dumb on Instagram! Maybe what you’ve got going on right now is all there is. Maybe that’s life. Beyond everyday fears, risk-taking is even more complicated for women. You’re …

  30. One of the most common questions I get is: when did you know it was time to let go of the steady paycheck and “go solo?” I think the reason this question comes up so often is because there is no one-size-fits-all answer. My story certainly didn’t follow commonly given advice. I didn’t have a business …

  31. Image courtesy of Jordan Grace Owens   “If I’m good at _____ and passionate about _____ what career should I have, how does it pay and where do I apply?”  I typed a version of this into my browser, grateful that no one could see me. I was awake in the dark hours when birds start chirping …

  32. I know, I know – the word “politics” is an actual swear word these days. And office politics? Jesus, I’d rather be force-fed a montage of Trump rally footage than admit that my workplace is charged with hidden motives and egos. Over the last eight years, I’ve had the unique experience of working in a variety of …

  33. Full disclosure: I’m not a financial expert. I’m a regular human being, one who once sailed off on a work trip after whispering to her boss that she didn’t have enough cash to pay for her cab ride to the airport. I’ve figured out some shit the hard way and learned a few things I wish …

  34. No one is perfect. And no matter how hard you try to avoid making a mistake at work, even the most diligently detailed, Type A personalities will find themselves red-faced and panicked about what to do next the moment after they realize they’re responsible for a setback. A good manager knows their employees are human and …

  35. I quit my job for a new and drastically different career opportunity. It was hard. Like, breakup hard. I was in an especially vulnerable spot in my life when I first started the job. I had just moved back from New York City after working at a non-profit organization, which explains why I returned to Minneapolis just …

  36. Spoiler alert: it’s not selfies and lattes and staged photos. In fact, it’s not about self-promotion at all. I’m excited to share that my new Skillshare class Building Your Online Presence: Personal Branding through Social Media, begins today! I know, I know, I realize I’m already breaking one of my rules around social media and self-promotion. Let me …

  37. Some days I feel like a Swiss Army Knife. I have a wide variety of small tools that are useful in the right circumstances. Writer, Designer, Strategist, Irish Dancer (yup, seriously) and Teacher. Over the last few years I’ve had the opportunity to share some knowledge and skills I’ve picked up throughout my career. Advice and wisdom …

  38. My studio mates and I were chatting about client communication the other week, and Colleen (otherwise known as 2nd Truth) mentioned this article on women’s tendency to overuse the word “just.” It got me thinking about my experiences in consulting and how different my language and tone tends to be based on who I’m working with. …