Work Wise: Putting in the Time

I think it’s time to start a new occasional series, and I’m calling it Work Wise. I’ve noticed that I share very little about the work I do. There is currently a business blog in the works (Bobbi‘s designed it already, I just need to code it.), which is badly needed. However, there is still a lot of space for a more personal take on not just Wanderoak but also on working in general.

I am, after all, a 22-year-old young woman who co-founded a design & development studio, working remotely. There is a lot of curiosity around what I do and I’d like to not only dispel some of that curiosity but also add to the conversation around remote work, online businesses, and entrepreneurship in general. Continue reading

Practicing the Craft of Writing

When I started blogging, I found that if I worried too much about good writing, I ended up publishing nothing at all. To combat this, I started writing in the WordPress post editor and hitting publish after a quick read and some hasty revision. Hitting publish on my writing got easier and easier. I pushed my privacy boundaries and wrote about things I rarely shared with people and got good at publishing those pieces too.

Sometimes, out of nowhere, I’d write an inspired piece, something that spilled out of me practically perfect. These were almost always short pieces written right after an emotional peak; still high enough on emotion to do it justice but not so high that I couldn’t articulate it thoughtfully. Continue reading

Working Remotely: Forming a Morning Routine

This is the first post in a series on working remotely, the series will be occasional, sharing what I’m learning and how I make it work for me.

It’s taken me a while to figure out my remote working groove. I’m one of those people who are really great at starting new things, envisioning the big picture, and figuring out how things should be. Taking care of the details, showing up every day to actually do the work once the project has started – well, that’s the department I’ve always needed improvement with. At first, I just told myself to suck it up, because to make anything I envision a reality, I have to show up and do the work.

The problem was, I knew that. I don’t not want to do the work, I’m just not good at keeping it up. That sounds like an excuse, but it’s pretty legit. It took months (and I mean months, we’re talking 8+ months) of floundering and trying this way and that, but I’m getting into my groove now. I tried working at a coffee shop, working in an academic environment, staying up and working according to my night owl tendencies (definitely one of the better experiments in terms of showing up and doing the work), and god knows how many different schemes and methods and systems. Continue reading

Paying Attention to Politics

I think my first legitimate interest in Canadian politics was sparked in Social class in grade 12 (because I had the privilege of being taught by this amazing teacher). It was an interesting year. I have kept an off and on interest in what’s going on in Canadian politics ever since. Twitter helps a lot, I happen to follow a lot of outspoken people who often tweet about these topics. Actually, Facebook helps too, because I’m friends with quite a few people passionate about politics.

I once had a huge argument with someone regarding one of Harper’s policies on Facebook. I got slammed by people who knew much more and were outraged by my comments and told me I shouldn’t even participate because I had no idea what I was talking about. This month, I lightly ventured into the realm of making a public comment about politics and the youth disconnect, it was an exploratory thought. A few people messaged me once again [privately] to advise me to shut up because I didn’t know what the hell I was talking about.

Some of these people are the same ones you’ll publicly see trying to encourage more people to participate and pay attention. So here I am: paying attention, venturing an opinion – and getting slammed for it. Continue reading

Who Do You Want To Be?

Every single choice you make in a day defines who you are. Do you want to be someone who takes the time to water her plant? Do you want to be someone who lies in bed watching Youtube videos all morning?

Most decisions we make are not inherently good or bad, in fact, usually there isn’t an unequivocal ‘right’ decision in most cases. But every decision says something about you, your character, and who you want to be.

Pretty heavy, right?

Who wants to pause and ask themselves before every decision, Is this the kind of person I want to be? You’d literally be asking yourself that every other minute. Continue reading

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