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Maven Matters: On My Relentless Search for Better

I’m what you might call difficult to please. Never satisfied. Or easily bored. Maybe flaky. On a never-ending search for a miracle cure. Always onto the next thing. This is going to the habit. Or routine. Or course. The one that (finally!) revolutionises everything. Except it’s not. Because I often get bored, I move on […]

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Maven Matters: On Being the Friend You Want to Have

We’ve all heard you get back what you put out in the world right? Have you ever thought about that in the context of friendship? The kind of friend you are might be the biggest indicator of the kind of friends you have. I’ll be the first to admit to wishing my friends included me […]

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Maven Matters: On Fresh Starts

Does a fresh start always need to include moving to a new place or starting a new job? Do these physical changes really lead to the mental clean state we want? More likely our baggage comes with us.  Wherever we are, there we are.  You can’t outrun yourself. Just because your environment changes, doesn’t mean […]

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Maven Matters: On Not Being Perfect

For a long time, I doubted my credibility as an improvement blogger. Lots of my new habits didn’t stick. And the ones that do stick, it’s for four or five times per week, not daily. Not surprisingly I thought I was a bit of a failure. And an imposter. Somehow the fact I don’t meditate […]

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Maven Matters: Nice as a Superpower

In my day job, I’m a corporate manager. A role typically considered to require a ruthless streak to get to the top. I’m not cutthroat. But becoming an Operations Manager at 27 can be considered successful by many standards. (On a more appropriate standard, I’m happy and stimulated as an Ops Manager, which, to me, […]

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Maven Matters: On Taking Up Space

First it was the conference where all the females prefaced their questions with “I’m sorry but” or “just a quick question”. Then it was the LEADERSHIP COACH at a training that raised her hand to ask a question or contribute to the discussion. This lady had valuable points to add but was acting like she […]

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Maven Matters: On Why I Volunteer

I volunteer because I feel immensely lucky to have the life I lead. By the lottery of birth, I’ve never gone hungry (like properly hungry), I’m well educated, can move to the other side of the world, am surrounded by love. Life, in the grand scheme of things, is good to me. So I want […]

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Maven Matters: On Joining the Library

I love to read. Nothing newsworthy there. But I feel like I’m the only person of my generation taking out library. Does no else love that special library smell? Or adore finding the hidden gems lurking in the stacks?  I do. I love the discovery. The ambling through sections both well browsed and not. Seeing […]

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Maven Matters: On Evening Routines

Why do morning routines get all of the attention when evening routines can be equally as impactful. I’d so more so for those of us that find waking up in the morning challenging. Simply because we’re more likely to stick to an evening routine and thereby get the benefit. A morning routine on paper is […]

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Maven Matters: On the Lost Art of ConversationĀ 

Recently a colleague and I were lamenting the lost art of conversation. We’re certainly not the first people to notice the rise of superficial topics and attentions divided with a cellphone. But I ask you to m when was the last time you had a gloriously brain stretchy conversation? Do you miss it? I do. […]