Goulet Pen Company

This is where I bought my first fountain pen from. Brian has some great getting started videos if you are completely new to fountain pens.

Even better, they also have some of the best notebook and paper collections I’ve seen. If I want to dabble in the European notebooks, they have them. Metric A4 notebooks? yep. What about “French-Ruled” paper so I can practice my handwriting with structure? But of course and with a video. This is that collection that the particular paper people would enjoy. Only high-quality notebooks sold here. 

When you get your items mailed to you, you will be impressed with how much care they put into packing your item and HANDWRITING on the receipt.

Lastly, if nothing else, they have one of the BEST newsletters as far as design I’ve seen come to my inbox. The product photography has so much quality, so high class. I enjoy opening it up each and every time.

The Magic of Thinking Big (Fireside, 1987)

Audiobook eBook • Printed

Quick Review: This read this book in a short time because it was easy to read and understand. It made learning fun when the book went through the failure diseases. I have a favorite success story early in the book that provided not just practical techniques to use, but it also described the whole process that the gentleman undertook to acquire a new promotion and a sense of self-worth! I particularly like the audiobook and I try to listen to it on a bi-monthly basis.

The Best Professional Purchase I Made Last Year

Manager Tools is My Go-To Podcast for Career Advice

I’m a regular listener of the Manager Tools podcast. I found the podcast about four years ago and have benefitted greatly from their knowledge in the professional sector. I’d like to think of Mark and Mike as two mentors that tell me what the professional setting is really all about.

Manager tools
If you’ve been the professional field for a number a years, you may find some of their content as basic, or a great refresher. If you’re still in an entry-level position and/or looking to do a career change, this is by far the best podcast that I can recommend.
 

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Getting Derailed at Work?

5 Tips to Try Today

This post comes from feedback that I received from a new reader. This reader mentioned briefly that they get derailed at the office because so many things come up. Granted, there’s still a lot to find out from this short conversation but I could relate to her because I’ve been there myself for far too long.

My mind immediately started to rattle off so many ideas to help. Here are 5 actionable tips that I can give right away to anybody that’s currently struggling with getting derailed or sidetracked at the office:

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You Don’t Have to Know Everything to Start

Have you ever thought of an idea and then said: “I’ll get started on this when I have time to really focus on it.” Or perhaps you had an ok start but you ended up telling yourself, “Looks ok, but it needs more work. I’ll work more on it later.” Well, that’s been me for too long.

duck taking off

For example, this post came as an idea that I save on Dec 6, 2016, and was in my drafts folder for six months before completing it. Yikes! But why? I could list a series of impediments but ultimately here are my two main reasons. Let me know if you can relate.

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A Morning with Few Decisions

One of the main things I’m learning this year is how one time decisions and creating routines can make or break you. I recently heard a podcast from Craig Groeschel which explained the power of making a decision one time. Although I was already applying this to my morning routine, I didn’t notice that I’ve been shaving off about an hour every day from my mornings. I just knew that I needed to set a couple things up so that I wouldn’t have to make too many decision during the initial morning grogginess.

some items used in the morning

Below are just a few of the routines that I have come to set up for work:

 

Habit started in 2014

  1. I drink the same morning shake at work for breakfast. This eliminated the need to think about breakfast or starting work on an empty stomach.

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It’s Ok to Change Your Plans

I recently I started a new job. And with that, came the stress of “being new.” I had a general rough draft of my blog calendar and in a few weeks it went out the door.  This time however, it was different. Sure I was a little sad, but I didn’t feel like a failure. I felt I made the best choice for my long term goals.

blurry plan changed

Here’s the steps I took and you can make as well next time your have a personal project change:

It doesn’t mean you’re done/ you’ve quit. There’s times when you must recognized when it makes sense to put on hold and other times when you need to push through.

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Fries

*Husband pulls up to Chick-Fil-A the drive-thru*

H: Do you know what you want?

W: *decisive face* Yes.

H: *facing the speaker* “Hi, we’ll have [his order] and –” *turns to W*

W: A spicy southwest salad.

H: *faces the speaker* “A spicy southwest salad –” *turns to W*

W: And large waffles fries.

H: *PAUSES. Slowly faces the speaker* “And large waffle fries.” *turns to W*

W: Thank you. *cheesy smile*