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New Year’s Resolutions

When the year ends, I like to take a moment to look back and reflect on the year’s events- the good, the bad, the happy and the sad all come together to make each year special and unique. I also like to think about what my goals were for the previous year and how I achieved them. My goal for...

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Grief and the workplace

Like most Americans, I’ve been struggling to make sense of the terrible events in Newtown last Friday. I’ve watched my friends on Facebook line up on either side of the gun control issue, reflect on the need for greater mental health resources, and urge some kind of action to hopefully bring an end to the awful cycle of violence that...

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This year Thanksgiving falls on November 22 (aka, tomorrow) which is the earliest date it could possibly be. I don’t know about you, but this early Thanksgiving certainly has snuck up on me. It seems like we were just carving pumpkins and dressing up in costumes so it’s hard to believe that it’s already time to carve turkeys and eat...

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Live from YamJam ’12!

UPDATED 10/30 3 p.m. The last session of YamJam is happening now! I’m participating in a compelling discussion about the benefits of communicating as a community, entitled, “Working Social: Communication in the Era of Empowered Employees” with panelists from Disney/ABC TV, Southern Company and Anheuser-Busch. ...

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The Mess Before the Masterpiece

Sounds of frustration filled my kitchen as my daughter worked on a poem for her first grade teacher. “Ugh, I should’ve used pencil,” she said. “I keep messing up.”My response? “Well then, you are a real writer. We never get it quite right on the first try.”One of my favorite writings about writing is by Anne Lamott: “Shitty First Drafts,”...

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Summer reading

This week marks the official start of summer, which means we’re all looking forward to bbqs, beach time and of course, some good summer reading. There’s nothing better than sitting in the sun with a good book, so we wanted to share a few of our current favorites around the office: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits,...

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Bookwich: The perfect choice for lunch

Yesterday the Brilliant Ink team attended Bookwich, the cleverly named fundraising luncheon hosted each year by 826 Valencia. If you're not yet familiar with 826 Valencia, you should be - this super creative and fun nonprofit help kids hone their writing skills, and teachers get their students excited about the literary arts. The organization was originally founded by Dave Eggers, one of my favorite authors and...

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Six-Word Memoirs

Here at Brilliant Ink, we were all intrigued when we discovered SMITH Magazine's Six-Word Memoir Project. The whole concept is based on a legend that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in just six words. He came up with: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Based on that concept, SMITH started asking its readers to submit their...

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Woo-hoo! We’re 2!

First things first: I promise we won’t post celebratory birthday announcements every year until the end of time. But what can I say? It’s exciting that we’re entering our second year in business, even as we face a continuously sluggish economy. The year has flown by, thanks to a...

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