• lifestyle business

    Can This Code Determine Work Satisfaction?

    Back in the Summer of 2018, I was in the middle of a work crisis that was so bad that went to see a therapist because I was afraid my mental health was at risk. The therapist I met with concluded that I was in the wrong job and we decided to work together to find my professional sweet spot. The idea was that my job was affecting me negatively and it was time to make a change. This therapist introduced me to the Holland Codes, a system developed by Dr. Holland that identifies a person with three out of six personality types that can be matched to jobs. You…

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    Personal Freedom

    I have been avoiding this topic for most of my adult life. Even when I’ve been at my lowest point. Even when I felt the worst. It was just too hard. Too much work. But wait, let me back up and give you some context. What am I talking about? Sounds serious, right? So, about two years ago I had a mental health crisis. Or at least I thought I had one. I was having panic attacks. I felt extremely anxious and occasionally depressed. I started drinking more than normal. My world felt like it was closing in on me. And it was. This was all toward the end of…

  • lifestyle business,  stories

    Seizure

    The Moscone Center was quickly receding, sitting perched in the middle of a typical San Francisco street. There were palm trees, the air was cold, the sunlight unnaturally bright; a stunning cityscape painted over a layer of griminess. This morning, there is no hint of the scene that played out in the week before. The reason I was here. I had flown in last week to attend a software developer’s conference. This was no ordinary conference with morning donuts and talks on best practices. This was Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference or WWDC. At that time in 2008, WWDC was the only place in the world where you could go…