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Take Two — I’d like to try this again . . . and let you know the real me

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I quickly wrote an “About Me” story back in October that had a list of my most impressive writing accomplishments, a personable professional headshot, and . . . no soul. I wrote it, checked it off my to-do list, and moved on to my next activity. Unfortunately, sometimes, I do that kind of thing. I’m working on being more mindful and I’m working on myself.

I thought that you Medium readers would only be interested in my past experiences associated with writing. I thought that if I told you I used to be a dancer, an actor, a producer, a…

I’m rubber, you’re glue…

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We’ve all been there. The times when the putrid, emotionally-charged word vomit of others makes its unwanted splat on our vulnerable souls. No one can know when it will happen until it’s too late. But, when it does, time’s up. Yoshi wins. You’ve been slimed by the unaddressed childhood trauma of some other inconsiderate cohabitant of this massive chunk of rock.

What does one do when smacked in the face with an unwarranted passionate response to what you thought would be a benign interaction? What do you do when you receive the stare of death and harsh words in response…

Inspiration for writers to consider themselves artists

Photo of author smiling next to a flight of hanging bacon
Photo of author smiling next to a flight of hanging bacon
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I’d like to share this with you writers in hopes that you might find a little inspiration in the irony. The fact is that not everyone will appreciate what you write. Whether it’s dynamic or mundane, pristine or daringly unconventional, everyone sees writing through their own lens of personal…for lack of a better word…crap.

As a writer, you willingly put your most heartfelt thoughts out into the world in hopes of connecting with others. Sometimes, unfortunately, your readers won’t “get” you. They’ll misconstrue your witty colloquialisms as undereducated and unproofread junk. …

You never know (about anything) until you try it.

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I thought it was going to be a disaster. Cooking on a day when Toots had not napped? Messy food and potentially dangerous objects in the hands of a testy three-year-old? It was trouble waiting to happen.

But, on a day that topped out at 100 degrees, I wasn’t creative enough to come up with a viable alternative. So, I tried cooking with Toots anyway. It turned out to be a fantastic choice. …

Santa Monica

Santa Monica pier as seen from afar on a sandy beach
Santa Monica pier as seen from afar on a sandy beach
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There are few places in the world that display the vast disparity of humanity as blatantly as the beaches of Santa Monica. In one short stroll along the bustling sidewalk, one can observe the hopelessly downtrodden, the wealthiest of the wealthy, and everything in between. All juxtaposed alongside the crashing waves and pristine sand of the Pacific.

As I ran along the Santa Monica beachfront pavement, I watched a toddler waddling after a beach ball while his mother beamed behind him. I saw a withered old woman lovingly applying sunscreen to the motionless hands of her wheelchair-bound spouse. …

Pragmatic Productivity

The equation I used to streamline my daily activities

Overhead shot of staircase folding over itself
Overhead shot of staircase folding over itself
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I love to check things off my to-do list just as much as anyone else. And I relish that feeling at the end of the day that I have truly “gotten things done.” I have been so preoccupied with productivity that I was just approached by a company to be… wait for it… their productivity expert.

See, I believe that the core of productivity is not just getting more things done. I believe that the real driving force behind the productivity movement is the realization that we have a finite number of resources (time, attention, money, etc.) and we all…

How to trick out your article

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Smilingly douchey-looking person with hand on hip holding a yellow coffee mug
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Writing on Medium isn’t always about writing on Medium. There’s other sh!t you need to do to get your articles seen. Here are the three fastest ways to trick out your article so that it gets maximum exposure. Pulitzer-winning paragraphs or typo-ridden regurgitation is all the same in the world of computer bots.

Here’s how to stand out from the crowd in less than 4 minutes:

Add an Alt Text Description

An Alt Text description explains the content of your photos for visually impaired readers. Adding one of these takes less than a minute. Publications like Better Marketing are now requiring alt text in their…

Let’s get nerdy about side hustle data

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An article by Beth Braverman on the CNBC website says, “…flexible work outside of business hours has nearly a third of workers maintaining a side hustle in addition to their regular jobs.” And, according to these three articles, many of these side hustles will fail for one reason.

Side hustlers don’t stick around long enough to succeed.

It’s not what people want to hear, but most side hustles take time to get started and become profitable. And many folks that start a side hustle don’t see it through to profitability.

First of all, let’s look at some side hustle statistics.

Finding the right personality for my writing sessions made me more productive

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The politely muted clicking of our keyboards was underscored by the hum of a leaf blower in the neighbor’s yard and a sudden cool breeze refreshed my resolve to finish my paragraph before heading inside for a bathroom break. I was in the zone.

Finally, I put my laptop aside and got up to relieve myself. I glanced at Ann. “I’m gonna pee and get a coffee. You want anything?” Nope. She was good. I took my little coffee and restroom break and went back outside. Ann was still diligently working to shift her furrowed brow to the words on…

Michelle Loucadoux, MBA

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