13. Like A Boss

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Happy Friday friends!

2019 is turning out to be my personal “year of doing the scary shit”. For years, I’ve felt a desire to do my own thing, but I love the security of a corporate paycheck and benefits. I’ve also had major imposter syndrome and a fear that no one would ever want to pay for my knowledge. Well the Universe is always on time, and last year it started sending me messages that I need to pursue my passions.

I started 2019 by launching my Etsy shop, JTM Knits. I’d been itching to do it but I got the push when I knit myself a beanie and 10+ people asked to buy one. That led me to taking the 1K1Day course with Nicole Walters, which was a transformative experience for me. I really got a lot from the program, and I connected with some amazing entrepreneurs and learned a lot. Going through the course confirmed that I do indeed have something to offer and that I need to make it happen. So now I’m doing the scary thing and launching my first product - the Ace the Interview Prep Session. In this 60 minute session, I’ll work with clients to identify key experiences they’ve had in their professional career, and practice sharing those experiences in a way that helps interviewers evaluate if they have the right skills for the job. Basically, it’s an interview practice session with immediate feedback from me, based on my almost 15 years of working in several Fortune 500 companies.

To launch this product I’m offering 50% the session fee for the first five people who book, using the code INTRO50. To sign up, and to learn more about my other offerings, check out my professional website.

Things I read this week:

The ‘Men’s Liberation’ Movement Time Forgot (Vice)

Is It Ever Too Late to Pursue a Dream? (Longreads)

How Google Wiped a Neighborhood off the Map (OneZero)

Columbine Survivors Talk About the Wounds That Won't Heal (Westword)

‘Women Can Be Required To Wear Something That’s Painful.’ (Longreads)

How to quit Facebook without quitting Facebook (Vox)

One year after Uber’s fatal self-driving crash, pedestrians aren’t any safer (Curbed)

Cottage Cheese Is the New Greek Yogurt (The Atlantic)

Big Pharma’s Go-To Defense of Soaring Drug Prices Doesn’t Add Up (The Atlantic)

Is the Cradle Act Better Than Nothing? (The Cut)

Cancel Your Clothing Subscription Box. Love, Me (Wardrobe Oxygen)

Always Bring Stomach Medicine When You Travel  (Lifehacker)

The Underground Railroad of North Korea (GQ)

Why placeholder engagement rings are on the rise (Vox)

NFL’s minority head coaches weigh in on state of diversity in their ranks  (The Undefeated)

It’s Becoming More Evident: The Stress of Racism Is Killing Our Babies ... and Us (The Root)

“The Big Error Was That She Was Caught”: The Untold Story Behind the Mysterious Disappearance of Fan Bingbing, the World’s Biggest Movie Star (Vanity Fair)

Ta-Nehisi Coates Is an Optimist Now (Intelligencer)

High School Girls Say Hell No to Boys Ranking Their Looks (Jezebel)

I’m Fat and Not Fit—So Where Do I Fit In? (Self)

Things I’m loving this week:

I’m still cranking through my test knit - I’m about 60% done and I know I’m going to LOVE IT when it’s finished. It’s a shawl and I really love the pattern, and I can see myself making several of these either for myself or as gifts.

Also I’m coming to the end of my March No Shopping challenge - I’m glad I did it but I’m ready to get some new things for spring. I’ve been really struggling with my closet, partially because we’re in this weird time of year where it’s warming up but not completely warm so I can’t switch over my closet yet, but I’m SO TIRED of all the winter things that I’ve been wearing for months. I’m definitely ready to add a few pops of color into my wardrobe.

Enjoy your weekend!

Things I'd Rather Do Instead Of Working A Traditional Job

I've reached the point in my career where I fantasize about all the other things I'd rather be doing instead of going to work everyday. Here's the list, in no particular order:

  • Knitting fun things - hats, scarfs, coffee mug sleeves, fingerless gloves, mittens, etc.
  • Going to yoga practice
  • Writing
  • Researching wedding stuff - trends, cool vendors, interesting traditions
  • Writing about things found during previously mentioned wedding research
  • Completing yoga teacher training
  • Opening an Etsy shop to sell all those cool knitting projects I want to do
  • International travel
  • Going to movie screenings
  • Writing reviews of said movies seen during screenings
  • Domestic travel
  • Writing about the cool things I saw during all this travel
  • Continuing to knit cool things
  • Maybe teach some folks how to knit some of the cool things I've made
  • Teaching people how to do Six Sigma
  • Teaching people project management methodology
  • Advising college students - specifically Black college students in STEM fields
  • Presenting workshops
  • Still more knitting
  • Some more travel - I need more passport stamps
  • Throw some more yoga in there - more classes both as a student and a teacher
  • Doing wedding research for busy brides or brides who don't know what they want and where to start

Any idea how I can make a career or at least make some money doing these things? Cause this corporate game has me pretty down.