I had been spoon fed the concept since birth. Force fed well after I was weaned from the tit and still I can feel the threat of its re-emergence on any given Wednesday. I wake up wondering if she will email telling me her plans for the weekend and how I am going to fit into them. Since I breathed my first she engrained in me the need to fill up every minute of my day. Like any good child does I picked up her habits and brought them into my adult life. I regurgitated unanalyzed information and began cramming…


What did the little engine that could believe? He thought he could. He didn’t worry about whether others thought he could or whether others supported his ideas. He just thought he could and that was the key to the whole thing. He had to believe. If we don’t we can’t expect others to.

I’ve spent the past six years filling my mind with articles, podcasts, and people trying to get enough in me to give me permission to become the person I want to be and pursue things that are important to me. I wanted support for an upcoming move…


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Per R.G. Collingwood in The Principles of Art, art contains nothing that is due to intellect. As a college educated woman who thrives off learning and increasing my knowledge I am at first offended by said remark. As a life long learner and respecter of the arts I am intrigued. Let’s talk about this because I think we can learn something. Especially those of us who like to think we are intellectual and pride ourselves in doing intellectual things. We use our minds and develop them and now someone is saying art, something some of us love, is not intellectual…


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She tells me that she realizes she has been talking a lot about him lately and that is a sign that this relationship is moving way too fast. I agree. It is all you have been talking about. Well it’s going to stop. I am going to get re-centered. Do you know how you can tell when that will happen? No.

You will talk about something else. When you are completely re-centered you will talk about a lot of things. What people talk about says a lot about their lives. They don’t realize that they display the breadth and depth…


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Before you throw it all away consider that it may not be the right time and you aren’t surrounded by the right people. Maybe the mix isn’t right. I say this to myself after re-starting the same idea for the third time, but it has to be true. When we come back to the thing again and again maybe what has been missing is the timing of it all. Maybe we aren’t surrounded by the people who can make this happen or who can support us in the way we need it. …


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In the Lean Six Sigma methodology we ask our selves what about a process adds value to the customer. It’s a difficult thing to look at when you are highly engaged in a process because you don’t want to admit that parts of what you do aren’t important to giving the customer what they want. We want to think that everything we do has value, and it does as far as our worth as human beings, but it doesn’t as far as meeting the needs of paying customers.

This idea of looking at what produces value can help us in…


Writing About Art, Artists, Obsession, Callings, Passion and Life?

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Vincent Van Gogh worked 8–12 hours a day painting, but many hated him because he refused to work a normal job. He concentrated on his painting to the point of starvation. Some believed he was mad. If you want to show people what being obsessive looks like show them Vincent. If you want to show an example of perseverance in the face of many obstacles, and despite the hatred of others, show them this man.

Here is a man who painted because he had to. He didn’t just state a goal he lived it. I am a painter and despite…


Giving Us Permission To Create Boldly and Uniquely.

Dear George,

I struggled to get your story into my mind, but I found that you entered my soul. I struggled to understand how a mother could leave her children for years at a time to take off and enjoy a lover and pursue her own interests. I struggle to read the truth about your multiple lovers and the feelings you had that caused you to dismiss them so quickly because it shines a light on my past that is hard to bear. I can’t grasp the ideals that propelled your political activities and the world that gave you the…


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I’ll let Will Ferrell describe The Chef’s Table, “There is no word to describe its perfection, so I am forced to make one up: scrumtrilescent.” Chef’s Table is an artistic and spiritual journey into the lives of masters and the art they create. It is the National Geographic of food. Whether it’s falling in love with Ivan Orkin, and his f this attitude, or gazing at the amazing life of Jeong Kwan, and being transformed by the idea of what nature and simplicity can do. It could be getting emotional over the story of Albert Adria and questioning your life…


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The two or three words or phrases that your blog post is focused on are called keywords. Keywords can appear in the title of the post, in the body, URL, and in the meta description. Any of us that know anything at all about blogging and online content marketing understand that people go online and search for things. They type in words to describe what they are looking for. The search engine picks up on the highest ranking articles and brings back search results. …

Marcy Pedersen, MBA

Writer, analyst, life-long learner, and obsessed about improving life and work processes. Connect at marcypedersen@icloud.com

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