leave the cookies

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I recently watched the first episode of the new season of Modern Family.

Such a good show!!

**No spoiler here**

After being a stay-at-home mom for 17 years, Claire brings in homemade cookies on her first day back to work.  Her boss, also her father, tells her that baking cookies for the office was her first mistake – that it doesn’t show signs of a good manager.

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I almost pulled my shirt over my head, because, well, throughout my years at the office, I was definitely guilty of this.  Bringing in baked goodies was my way of spreading joy and warmth (which is what I felt needed a boost). Ultimately, it was also a way to show my co-workers some of my personality in the midst of a corporate environment.

Office environments are, obviously, different, but I think many of us often struggle to be authentic at work (my way was through cookies).  And it’s this struggle that can drain us.  In many ways, finding the right office culture for you may be more important to happiness than finding the perfect work/job/career. I’d love to hear your experiences on how you bring more authenticity to the office.


you’ve been endorsed!

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creative writing books from my library

Are you on LinkedIn?  This summer I spent some time working on my profile over there – which is difficult when you do a little bit of everything and may want to do something totally different in the future!  My resume is a little bit wackadoo to say the least.  And if I’m being truthful, I have 4 different resumes that I use depending on the situation I find myself in.  Lately people have been endorsing me on LinkedIn for skills that I’ve entered. Sometimes people endorse me for knowing a specific software application and I wonder, “How do they even know that know how to use this?” Has this happened to you? Or do you click the endorse button just because it’s fun?

Recently, though, I received an email telling me that someone had endorsed me for a new skill: “creative writing.”  The word new caught my attention and, sure enough, one of my connections had added this skill to my profile for me.  I was a bit taken aback.  In my profile overhaul during the summer, I hadn’t even considered myself to be a creative writer.  I’d like to thank that person for seeing something in me that I didn’t see in myself.  It made me realize how often we might not see qualities about ourselves that are right under our noses.  Are there skills or qualities that you may be missing about yourself? Can you endorse someone else for a skill they might not be seeing?