Super Enthusiastic About All The Things

movies3I was eighteen when I first realized that enthusiasm was Not Cool.

I’m not sure how I had gotten away with all my Super! School! Spirit! in high school – most likely because I was a cheerleader (and on the student council and competed in Academic Decathlon and all kinds of other Super! School! Spirit! Things!) but it hadn’t really hit me that it was Not Cool.

Until.

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Twinings English Breakfast Tea with Plenty of Almond Milk

teaAs I said earlier, I had the absolute pleasure to listen to Lars Sudmann discuss leadership at the Division C Spring Conference 2016 and he deep dove on three tools to be a great leader.

You can read my notes on the aforementioned post, but I’m going to respond / reflect on these in particular:

“#1 VISION forming and spending a lot of time on your vision (a leader is someone who goes the way and shows the way) what does a good vision look like? paint a positive vision of the future. to show the way out. not to sugar coat things. but to show the way out. WHAT are we doing? WHY are we doing this? (HOW? leave this to the team)

Commander’s INTENT (in one sentence figure out what it is that we are doing) “the single most important thing that we must achieve for this task / project is…”

These are my notes, but what do they mean?

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Like a Badass Pretty Princess

disneyA few months ago at Toastmasters Groningen, one of our members gave a speech about Disney princesses asking people to raise their hands if were NOT impressed with them. Almost everyone did.

Her response, “Well, that’s a shame.”

And then she went on to point out how badass Disney princesses are – making the best of horrible situations like a step mother who wants you dead, but you go live in the woods and make it work. Or falling in love when you live in an abusive home environment.

Being badass.

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Bambino with Whipped Cream at Coffee Company

bambino2Sipping on a small Bambino (an AMAZING hot drink with two parts hot chocolate, one part coffee, and #ALLTHEPARTS whipped cream) at Coffee Company and I’m listening to CodeNewbie’s podcast about being a Hardware Newbie.

Emily Xie spends most of her time coding in PHP. But recently, she got a chance to do some making by organizing a laser-cutting class for her Girl Develop It chapter.

At the very beginning of the post Emily answers a question about how she initially dove into PHP – via Codecademy. This is free and available to everyone and you can go study as a beginner and get a solid introduction to PHP.

Which reminds me, I know someone who is hiring.

A junior PHP developer.

And a mid-level PHP developer.

And an experienced PHP developer.

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THIS Is Why #FierceWoman

women2I was talking with a [white male English] colleague the other day about parenting and working, specifically, about whether it is the mother or the father who seems to be the one to cut down hours / stop working / be the primary care giver and basically stop developing their career when a child arrives.

I said that the cultural norm is the woman.

“Oh, I think you might be just plain wrong there.”

He disagreed.

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Getting Started on Podcasts and YouTube

seanIt all starts with writing.

That link is actually a massively beautiful kickass informative commercial. BUT. It’s a BRILLIANT massively beautiful kickass informative commercial. Watch it from the beginning. There’s a lot of amazing information there. And, yes, it’s like the drugs – the first one’s free and then you throw all your money at them.

I’m so there.

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Podcasts vs YOUTUBE

videoAnd since google auto corrects to podcasts vs youtube, I’m going to join all the cool hip kids and call vlogging youtube cause you should always call something by it’s most popular brand. That’s how it took us weeks to figure out how to say Qtips in Dutch.

HINT – there’s no translation for Qtips in Dutch.

Unsurprisingly, the first two google results for podcasts vs youtube are podcast Rob Greenlee’s blog post and Sean McCabe’s youtube video.

Go listen / watch now.

I’ll wait.

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