Dog People

While dog parents understand that having a dog is obviously not exactly the same thing as having a two-legged child, most dog people feel that their dogs are just as much a part of the family as any human. We share in their joy of the simple things like laser lights, we comfort them when they have bad dreams or are scared, we feel their pain when they are injured, we feel their happiness when they are running like the wind. In return, dogs offer us far more than just their slobbery, dog breath kisses and destroyed electronics. They are little stress-reducers; many studies have shown that just petting a dog increases production of stress-reduction hormones. They offer comedy relief with their

The Rules of the Middle Urinal

The men’s bathroom nearest to my office has three of everything — three sinks, three soap dispensers, three stalls, and three urinals. Two urinals on each end, one in the middle, the middle urinal. The urinal on the far left is lower for short people and children. The other two are 18 inches from the ground. Between the urinals hang 18 x 40-inch gray metal partitions. The dividers are there to give users the appearance of privacy, but as I said, they’re only 40 inches tall. The one overriding rule of the middle urinal is, by all that is sacred and holy … don’t use it. Ever. Never. If you’re designing a men’s bathroom with three urinals, I recommend saving money by installing a decal of a uri

Gaining a Little Perspective

Because I know what it’s like to have low points in my adventures as a freelance worker, I reached a junction in my professional life where I would accept just about anything that came my way. After a few months of having that oh-so-special form of chaos wreak a little havoc in my work life, I learned to set some boundaries. Freelance workers are not a new thing. Often dubbed the “gig economy,” the prevalence of freelance workers is on the rise and is anticipated to continue its upward ascent. From contracted driving services like Uber to freelance digital marketing consultants (ahem, over here), many workers are choosing their working conditions and hours. And, for many of us who need flexi

Learning the Hard Way How to Say No

Ugh ... sometimes in my business dealings, I am reminded of that one person I dated in high school that I just couldn’t quit. You know the feeling. Sometimes, things were great. But at the end of the day, when you listed the pros and cons, you were always left in the red. I know what it’s like to have to justify my business decisions to someone else. When I worked for a corporate company, I had to deal with a lot of clients and corporate politics — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Now that I own my own business, I have the luxury of choosing who I work with and how I want to work. As you might have guessed, it’s extremely liberating for me. Recently, I was working with a new client and I was

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