The dreaded M-word. No one really wants to go to meetings: A bunch of people droning on about targets and metrics, goals and actions, grinding axes and scoring points. (What’s that trusim? What to make sure nothing gets done? Have a meeting.)
But what about when it’s just you and your solopreneur business? How can you have meetings when there’s no one else to meet with?
You likely have things that are just as dull and dry called “weekly reviews.” Maybe you look forward to them when you’re in full-on Venkman mode, in the swing of your personal business, but in the beginning, when going into business for yourself sounds hella cool but looks pants-packingly scary (like a green slimy ghost charging down the hallway of an upscale New York hotel hotel at you), why would you want to spend time with yourself admitting how much you sucked in the last week and setting up all new ways for yourself to suck next week?
Well, what if I could told you you could invite others to your meeting – awesome others - and still have it be just you?
A week ago, I blogged about getting some more focus in my life through picking five priorities and making completing more fun by setting launch dates – the day upon which I reveal some completed awesome to the world – instead of deadlines.
Well, I’m proud to announce that we’ve just completed one of the five, and two weeks before deadline too! Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes upon our new bathroom!
This post is surprisingly hard to write. It’s the first in my new series, Mecha Monday, wherein I give a little love to a sweet machine, factual or fictional, that’s caught my eye recently or in the past.
In my first draft, I started rabbiting on for ages, trying to dump my knowledge on this subject without seeming too geeky, but in the end, a lot of it was waffle. So this time, I’m cutting straight to the chase and telling you why the first subject of Mecha Monday is one of the sweetest fictional machines to ever grace our screens.
Please join me as I spread some love on the VF-1 Valkyrie.
Last post, I wrote about what I’d learned in a month or two of painting miniatures again. I’m enjoying the work and the end result, and I’d like to keep going.
Much as I want to avoid doing “gunna” posts, I can’t resist blogging a bit about the things in painting that I’m getting keen on.
About a month ago, I posted about how I assembled and began painting a single Space Marine miniature. The result was good, but a bit dodgy, especially when I took a high resolution photo of the miniature.
So I asked for help.
And the great thing is, I got it. From Blake, the manager of the Games Workshop Hobby Centre in Cairns, who showed me how to shade and highlight. From Nathaniel (former manager of the Games Workshop Hobby Centre in Cairns), the Chief Slave of the Slave to Painting web site, my old RPG mate Simon Taylor and a local gent by the name of Scott Collingwood (check the thread of painting advice on Facebook here).
I even broke out my partway-painted Mobile Infantry miniatures from back when I tried my hand at GMing Starship Troopers: The Roleplaying Game and gave them a shading and highlighting treatment. They still look a bit dull compared to the primary-colour brightness of the Space Marines, though.
It’s my pleasure to announce that the second episode of The Paid to Play Podcast produced in conjunction with Brazen Careerist is live – and it’s also my pleasure to announce the all new home of The Paid to Play Podcast at paidtoplay.com.au!
I’ve been meaning to sort out a separate home for the podcast… well, since it started, really, and I’m glad to finally make that a reality now! It’s not fully furnished yet, but it’s getting there!
My guest for this episode is Vanessa Musi, who is on the way to opening her own bakery, the Edit Bakery, specialising in gluten- and sugar-free pastries. We had a fantastic chat about Vanessa’s journey all the way around the world from Mexico to the US!
Pursuing Sweet Dreams of a Bakery Career (Podcast) – The Brazen Careerist
As with the first episode, can I ask you all to write your comments on the Brazen Careerist blog post, please?
On and off since I moved to Cairns, I’ve been in the odd effort to get a tabletop roleplaying game scene moving. Most recently, I set a Facebook group up and helped the newly-opened KerSplatt! Comics and Collectables choose which products to stock its RPG and card gaming shelf with.
Yet for all my enthusiasm about tabletop roleplaying games and investment in the hobby, I’ve done very little actual gaming. It took me ages (and quite a bit of money) to realise that I wasn’t really enjoying the hobby.
It took two separate events to realise where my interest really lies – board games.
It’s a tricky thing, nostalgia, and it’s been pulling at me lately. See, those wicked folks at KerSplatt! Comics and Collectables got in some new kit recently – and one of the items was a copy of Android: Netrunner – The Card Game.
Netrunner was one of the jewels of the mid-nineties Trading Card Game glut that died an un-deserved death. I played it a lot back in the day, although the day was pretty much over by the late 2000s. I’ve fond memories of visiting a small gang of fellow players in Willoughby for games, of collecting scads and scads of cars, of winning a “Full Body Conversion” card signed by the creator of Netrunner and Magic: The Gathering, Richard Garfield at a tournament in Sydney (the fun bit? I already had one of these ultra-rare cards in my collection).
When we re-organised our finances this week, I managed to talk myself into putting some of our spare cash toward giving Mal and Amy at KerSplatt! some shelf space back!
So just a few hours in, what’s it been like getting back into Netrunner?
All you folks who’ve been hanging out to read more about the Foxy Lady, my apologies for the delay! It’s been over a month since the last Born to be Mild article. In all fairness, not much has happened in the meantime – until last weekend, when a whole heap of stuff happened at once!
And it’s all thanks to two people: Celia and Karl.
Um, I’m sorry, ladies and gentlemen, but not only wasn’t I expecting you, but I’m also a little word-less right now!
See, when Vickie turned to me and showed me Rob Pyne’s link on Facebook to his posting about this very web log (my wife and I have side-by-side computers, you see)… well, I was quite surprised!
(Oh, yeah. Pleasantly surprised. Very much so!)