Category Archives: Failing

Everyone Falls…Eventually

It’s been 1,111 0 days since Don’s last fall on a run.

That’s all I could think about as I was running home last Friday. trip hazardActually, I didn’t KNOW it had been 1,111 days since I last got nasty road rash during a run. It’s not like I was keeping count or anything. I just knew that it had been more than 3 years. Then I went all Rain Man and figured out that my previous fall was July 7, 2013 (confirmed in my Google calendar when I got home).

Unlike Rain Man, I couldn’t do the math correctly in my head while running home. Apparently 365+365+366 (that pesky leap year)+15 ≠ 1,000. Whatever… Continue reading Everyone Falls…Eventually


Learning From Failure: Always Have a Back Up Plan

Runner BonkWhat do you do when you fail? The trite answer is to learn from your mistake and apply your lessons in the future so that it doesn’t happen again. That’s easier said than done; especially when you’re in the middle of failing.

That’s what I was thinking about two weeks ago as I was standing in a McDonald’s parking lot soaked to the bone in my own sweat and waiting for my parents to come pick me up because I was too exhausted to run any more. This was the first time I can recall ever starting a run that I could not finish myself. Continue reading Learning From Failure: Always Have a Back Up Plan


Following Through: My Unsexy Strength

Interview QuestionI started interviewing last month. It’s why I didn’t publish a blog post for the last 2 weeks. Sorry to all 5 of you who may have noticed. Thanks for not saying anything that would make me feel guilty. Because I do feel guilty about missing blog posts. I’m committed to this blog and I take it seriously.

Getting back to interviewing, it’s not like riding a bike. It takes regular practice to be good at answering many of the questions an interviewer will throw at you. A common interview question is “What is your greatest strength?” Continue reading Following Through: My Unsexy Strength


How Much Would You Pay to Move?

Tyler DurdenThe things you own end up owning you – Tyler Durden, Fight Club

I was thinking of this line as I was stranded in Portland without a job looking to return home to the Midwest.

I got a quote from United Moving that it would cost $4,000 to move my possessions back, $3,000 if I scaled back on the clutter in the kitchen cabinets and closets. While this would be obviously expensive (and it doesn’t include storage costs), it seemed reasonable on its face. I mean, what would I do without my couch?! I need a place to take naps and watch TV, you know?!!

But here’s the thing: Continue reading How Much Would You Pay to Move?


My Name is Don, I’m Unemployed and Live with My Parents

I'm Victoria! Hi!!
I’m Victoria! Hi!!

Life threw me a curveball last month. I was let go from a job I started 18 months earlier. I travelled almost 2,000 miles to Portland from Chicago to take what I thought was my dream job. Or at least my dream industry. I had been actively looking for ways to get into the sportswear industry for two years. I thought I finally got my foot in the door.

It seemed like a great opportunity. Sadly, it did not work the way I had hoped. I won’t bore you with the specifics except to say that I was a causalty of a leadership change. These things happen.

It sucks to have this situation forced upon me but there’s no point in dwelling on it. It’s better to put the situation in the rearview mirror and think more about what can come of this. Continue reading My Name is Don, I’m Unemployed and Live with My Parents