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New Priorities in the Face of Change

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Hey there. So, the past two weeks have been an absolute shitshow in my life. Technical glitches, lots of illness, discovery of antibiotic allergies (the hard way) and so forth and so on. It's been exhausting and we're only just coming out the other side.



As is my habit, when bad stuff happens I like to consider what useful lessons or feedback I can take from it. OK, it's mostly after the dust settles, I admit. During the bad stuff, I'm scrambling and freaking out just like anyone else. Now I'm not in the habit of beating myself up because, hey, shit happens and it's not anyone's fault. But if I can glean some kind of actionable lesson from it, well, that's at least something.

In this case, it seemed like the week contained some interesting takeaways directly related to the big changes in planetary alignment that started on Dec the 19th. Here's my short list of lessons -- items that I'm considering serious advice for the coming year(s):

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Something Special I've Been Planning

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I am super excited about a project that I've been working on since back before the new year, and something that I've been thinking of even longer. And I just can't keep it to myself anymore...

When I work with clients one-on-one, they get a very personalized level of service. Everything we do together is tailored specifically to that person. But I appreciate that it's not feasible for a lot of people to engage with me that way. And frankly there's a limit to the number of personal clients I can commit to as well.

So I've been taking the most critical elements of my PMPM practices, the things that can help the broadest number of people -- regardless of their goals -- and organizing them into a set of lessons.

It's one part agile project management and one part magic and it's going to have audio and written content (slides!) and probably a workbook too. And I think it's going to be awesome! Plus I'm planning some cool bonuses (that all my private …

Cheater's Resolutions -- Kicking the Year off Right

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I'm offering a $20 discount for a consultation you schedule during January (see details at the end).

So, did you end up making new year's resolutions or did my previous post scare you off?



This year I made some cheater's resolutions instead. What's a cheater's resolution? It's the equivalent of finishing a task and then writing it on your todo list just so you can have the satisfaction of checking it off. It's when you trick yourself into doing something by just making it super easy to do -- the opposite of applying willpower.

Which is why, since the first week of December I've started working on a couple of goals that I wanted to do for the start of 2018. By starting early, I gained a couple of benefits:

No pressure! New Year's Resolutions are kind of fraught. In addition, they often hold the seeds of failure within them. If they were so important, why did you wait until Jan. 1st to start them?No hard deadline! Some things are easier if you ease int…

Fly Through the Resolution Revisited

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I posted this back in mid-January, but thought that it was still relevant. For those of you considering making New Year's Resolutions, this is as accurate as it was last year.

On Last New Years Day, I caught a really amusing news segment on resolutions already broken. People on the street who confessed that their resolution was to stop smoking while holding a cigarette or to eat better though they had doughnuts for breakfast. Of course this should come as no surprise as the media has also been filled with the encouraging statistic that only 8% of Americans who make resolutions achieve them. Since only 45% of Americans make them in the first place, that implies that only 3.6% of all Americans can keep a resolution that they make (though there may be people who don't make New Year's resolutions who can very easily keep what resolutions they do make, the anecdotal evidence is that the vast majority of people can't).

As people who use magic (by whatever title), we should be…

Longest Night

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Lots of magic going on. Deipnon (after the new moon and as Saturn prepared to enter Capricorn), Solstice night offerings, Decan rite for the moment of the Solstice. Tomorrow I'll be doing some Saturn work, in the spirit of the new boss (all the cool kids are talking about it!). Christmas eve has its own kind of magic, one deeply rooted in a very haunted, Germanic view of the holiday that comes from my childhood and has more to do with the Kris Kindle than Kris Kringle).


As I did then, we'll be celebrating on Sunday night. And as always, Monday is the start of a very busy interstitial period based on the idea that where you are on New Year's is where you will be the rest of the year. That means cleaning up, catching up on laundry, taking down the tree, etc. Plus a whole batch of magic and planning ... and magical planning. All culminating in an astrologically auspicious New Year's Day working.
I'm also going to revisit my tool kit for the next phase of the EBER proj…

2017 It's a Wrap

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I'm going to avoid talking about the negative parts of 2017. Like many people, I'll be looking forward to having this year in the rear-view, but I'm going to focus on the good stuff because, really, what else you gonna do? And honestly, there was plenty of good stuff at the House of Perpetual Indulgence*.

* Nickname given by an old friend and that we've embraced.



I don't really talk too personal around here, but I believe I mentioned that we dealt with a serious accident some years back that had a huge impact on us in several different areas. Since that time, a significant portion of our physical, emotional, financial, and magical energy have been getting us on solid footing again. We were very fortunate and I'm incredibly grateful as things could have been so much worse (memento mori, remember?).

I share this not for sympathy (shit does, indeed, happen). I'm just sensitive to sounding like our recent successes are all there is (the "blog my perfect lif…

The Year of Being Agile -- Agile Risk Management, Entanglement (Office Space Edition)

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Bet you thought I forgot about this series, didn't you? I admit I got distracted by the EBER project but 2017 is still the year of being agile.

One of the things that bugs me about traditional risk management is that you have a "risk register" where all your individual risks go to live and are then mitigated, one by one, through your risk process. This makes no sense to me.

Risks aren't discrete and independent units. In fact, risks come in interrelated webs, with dependencies that impact each other's likelihood and potential severity. Let me give you an example:

Randolph has been dealing with chronic stress-related health issues. They come from his job, which is 12 kinds of shit in a shit box. He can't afford to quit his job, first because they don't pay enough to build up a cushion of savings and second, because they pay his health insurance. He also can't find a new job because, hello? health issues again. So his health is a risk, his job is a risk…