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Hail to all of us that believe in good grammar! Being a graphic designer solopreneur, I don't have an extra pair of eyes to proof my work. To double (and sometimes triple check) my work, I've started reading all the text in my designs out loud - sometimes several times (because I'm a little OCD.)  I sincerely believe that doing this activates a different part of my brain and makes me slow down and take notice of how the design will sound to someone reading it to themselves.And here's a side note story - I recently contacted a billboard company that had a typo on one of their billboards. I've have an overactive proofreading gene so when I notice typos, I usually sigh and shrug and go about my day. However, this billboard was advertising how great the local "elementery" school was. Gah! The worst thing was that no one had noticed the typo in over two years! I finally tracked down the billboard company and they promptly corrected the misspelled word. I guess I impressed them somehow because I'm now their lead designer and have been for the past two years :-D

1 year, 8 months ago on Poor Grammar Sucks: Four Resources for Better Writing

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Hi, this is Colleen's closet and let me tell you a secret - she wears her clothes more than 1 time.  She tells me it's because she's saving wear and tear on the washing machine, but I have my doubts.  The dishwasher's been murmuring about the amount of plastic forks and spoons too.

Colleen here, and yes, this is what I think my closet and dishwasher would say if they were to ever appear on the Oprah Show. 

Wear clothes once and then wash 'em.  Use plastic utensils so you can throw them out and not have to wash them. Don't throw that away because so and so gave it to you and you'd hurt their feelings if you got rid of it.  Oh the horror!

Like you Erin, I'm rethinking the whole idea of why I keep things is because they're tied to memories.  A mug from Grandma on your birthday.  A scarf from Aunt Patsy for Christmas.  I want my memories to be tied to an actual person instead of an ordinary everyday object.

1 year, 10 months ago on In Which I Blame My Dishwasher

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I wonder if the "So what do you do?" question is reserved mostly for men? Personally, I get a lot of "So are you married? How many children do you have?" kind of questions. On top of that, as soon as I tell someone I have a home office where I run my business, I get shrugged off.

 

To this end, I decided to do a bunch of research on how to make my elevator pitch (for lack of a better phrase) more appealing and to inspire someone else to follow their passion/dream.

 

Nowadays, when someone asks me what I do for a living I explain to people that I'm a creative freelancer. I own my own graphic design business and am a freelance writer and graphic artist.  I find most people are intrigued with the idea of having an untethered office and the ability to work from anywhere at anytime.

 

1 year, 12 months ago on The Difference Between Who You Are And What You Do for a Living

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All I can say is WOW! Another incredible story about hitting rock bottom and the journey back. Kind of like a life event map.  This one though, packs a wallop with phrases like "when you hit rock bottom, you re-evaluate what's important."  I can see David Crandall creating an entire Slideshare presentation from this interview.  My favorite quote from this interview - Master The Moment. Make Your Memory Serve, Not Sabotage!I took a drive and started mind mapping my list of advantages and how to best harness them to help others. I hope to be on Greg's level one day. Thanks Srini for a fantastic interview. I can't wait until this story gets published so the whole world can read it! 

2 years ago on How Greg Hartle Built His Business with 10 Dollars and a Laptop

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I commented on your post Zoe and added some items to my own list after I read your goal list. I'm also in love with the design of your blog.  The handwriting font is superb!

2 years ago on The Signs of a Meaningful Life

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Jealous!  But in a good way :-D  Have a great time!

2 years ago on The Signs of a Meaningful Life

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 @Jamie Alexander @skooloflife Wow!  What imagery in your list!  Sounds like you're on your way to being location independent and thoroughly happy.  I can picture your office being a hammock, a laptop, and mini Jamie's running around.  Mini Jamie's - love it!  You've got an incredible journey on your hands.  Can't wait to read about it on your website.

2 years ago on The Signs of a Meaningful Life

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 @skooloflife Thanks Srini.  You may never realize how much you've encouraged me to embrace my uniqueness and put my story out "there."  

2 years ago on The Signs of a Meaningful Life

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@skooloflife I too have a bucket list (as I'm sure a lot of people do,) but it's started to change over these last few months as I've been embracing the idea of "having a life made up of experiences instead of one made up of possessions."

 

So here's some of the items on my new and improved bucket list:

1 - Get rid of all my clutter and become location independent (I like the phrase "digital nomad")

2 - Visit Dartmoor Zoological Park in Devon, England where We Bought A Zoo was filmed.3 - Go to the Roses Parade in California and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York.  

 

Maybe it's because I've become a mother and I want my son to experience all the things I didn't, or maybe it's because I'm still a child at heart and still want to see the world through those once innocent eyes.  Either way, I'm excited for the future and the new direction I'm headed.

2 years ago on The Signs of a Meaningful Life

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At present, I'm experiencing adventure in all 3 adventure definitions.

 

1 - a : an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks; b : the encountering of risks

About 3 months ago, I decided to jump head-long into the blogosphere.  And when I say jump in, it was more like throwing myself into the deep end of the pool, THEN learning how to swim.  It's been exciting and terrifying at the same time.  But then that leads me to #2.

2 - an exciting or remarkable experience

In my website business, I've focused on basic HTML static sites.  However, now that I'm learning about blogging, I'm discovering more and more about WordPress, plugins, commenting systems, relationships, content marketing, etc., etc., etc. :-D  And then there's

3 - an enterprise involving financial risk

And did I say I was doing all of this at the same time I'm trying to run several other businesses and keep finances afloat?  

 

Yeah, it can get crazy up in here, but that's what life is all about right?  Finding and experiencing the next great adventure.

2 years ago on Are You an Inadvertent Adventurer?

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LOVE the new name!  I like Illuminated mind, but Paid To Exist, damn, that hits the nail on the head!

 

Like everyone else here that has commented Jonathan, you have a loyal band of followers/readers/tribers (whatever you want to call them) and since you've laid such a solid foundation since 2008, we'll be right here to support you, encourage you, and most importantly follow you to your next destination.

 

Can't wait to see the next site and all the great things you have in store for both us and YOU!

2 years ago on The Biggest Announcement in Illuminated Mind History

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 @Jamie Alexander I'm with you on #7.  I've always been a night owl and come up with my best blog post ideas around midnight.  Makes getting up in the AM a lot harder though.

2 years, 1 month ago on 15 Ways to Be a More Prolific and Productive Blogger

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An excellent list Srini because it busts every a bunch of writing myths a new or veteran blogger have faced when they start writing.  As a new blogger, I've found myself getting trapped in the distraction loop lots of times. 

 

Something you might want to add to your list is to use dictation software to record your thoughts and ideas.  I find I get my best ideas while I'm driving and since we all know it's bad to text and drive, I just record myself on my iPhone and transcribe it when I'm back at my computer.  It's also been a great tool for me to help me find my writing voice.

2 years, 1 month ago on 15 Ways to Be a More Prolific and Productive Blogger

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Srini,

 

Thank God I found you're site!  I have to get out from under my rock more often.  I've already listened to your interview with Jon Morrow.  Pamela Wilson and Logan Zanelli are cued up and ready to go.Where should I head next? 

 

Colleen

2 years, 2 months ago on Your BlogcastFM Newsletter Sign Up Is Confirmed

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 @AntoniaLoGiudice You and I have both been through life changing experiences.  It sounds like you've put your feet on the floor and starting chasing your dream with your whole heart.  If and when you start a blog to chronicle your journey, please come back and let me know the address.  Blessings on your fantastic adventure.

2 years, 2 months ago on The #1 Reason You Will Never Quit Your Job

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 @JonathanMead I wholeheartedly agree.  Thanks Jason.

 

2 years, 2 months ago on The #1 Reason You Will Never Quit Your Job

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 @ethanwaldman You're a true maverick for taking this leap.  Congrats!  I'm excited for you and the positive changes you're going to experience.

 

One question.  How did you go about securing the contract work with the company you were leaving?  

2 years, 2 months ago on The #1 Reason You Will Never Quit Your Job

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 @ibuildtribes  @Maverickboardin Perfect reference.  Natalie Sisson, the suitcase entrepreneur.  Here's her site - http://suitcaseentrepreneur.com.  Check out her About page.  She's living what Jason talked about in his post and what Illuminated Mind is blogging about everyday - Living a life with purpose, one where you make an impact in other peoples’ lives and leave a legacy behind you that you’re proud of!

 

Safe travels on your new adventure.

2 years, 2 months ago on The #1 Reason You Will Never Quit Your Job

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Wow! These are the kind of stories Hollywood producers turn into blockbusters. A hero has it all, loses it all, and then comes back to claim it all and discovers his purpose in life.

 

So what is it that makes the comfort zone so damn alluring? Who in their right mind would give up a job with a great salary, fancy vacations, a big house, and nice cars? It's called “experiencing a life event.”

 

My life event occurred over four years ago when I almost died giving birth to my premature son. All I could remember was telling my husband, “If you have to choose, choose to save me.” Almost 80 days later, we brought our son home from the NICU. Four months after that I suffered a nervous breakdown from the potent cocktail of post-traumatic stress syndrome and post-partum depression and landed up in a psychiatric hospital under suicide watch.

 

Would I have followed my dream before all of that happened? Probably not. Have I learned a lesson or two about living my life to it's fullest? You bet. Do I want to do something now that will change the world? Hell yeah! 

2 years, 3 months ago on The #1 Reason You Will Never Quit Your Job

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