Buried Treasure

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”                                  Viktor Frankl Nearly twelve years ago now, at age 18, I experienced an episode of major clinical depression …

Productivity

My name is Lucy Claire Curran, and this is the second installment of what I hope will be many episodes of what I’m calling The Crayon and the Pen; a video blog about my unique approach to career resources.

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Perfectionism: Step by Step

Hello, my name is Lucy Claire Curran, and welcome to the Crayon and the Pen, my video blog and resource for people who want to have more fun with their work.

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The Myth of the Better Half, (Part Two)

My coach Kimberly Says I should write a haiku For each post! (Nailed it.) I have put off writing this second installment, in part because I have been busy and also because I did not know what to write. Three months ago, I returned to my childhood home in Ashland, …

The Myth of the Better Half, (Part One)

From time to time in my life, I have shown up at a bar or restaurant by myself, and—as I stood beside the ‘Please Wait to be Seated’ sign—I have made eye contact with the host or hostess, and been asked: “Just one?” It doesn’t have to be a loaded …

Trouble

It occurred to me this past weekend that I have spent much of my life trying to avoid making other people feel uncomfortable. Not only did I assign myself the impossible job of keeping everyone’s feathers in an unruffled state, I think that on some level I assumed that making …

If Not Now, When?

I have taken an almost two year hiatus from blogging. At the time, I let my blog become a burden, allowed it to become heavy until it weighed me down, and anything I wrote felt boring, irrelevant, and like an irksome duty. I am returning to blogging because there is …

Posts Pending

I originally embarked on writing a blog last year because I had taken on a large writing project—a novel—and I decided that I needed a touchstone to remember why I was doing what I was doing. I originally used the blog to connect on a regular basis with something about myself, or …

Learning to Fly

I used to think that I could fly. I also slept on the top level of a bunk bed, which–as you can no doubt imagine–was a risky and high-stakes combination. Fortunately, I emerged from this period of my life largely unscathed. In fact, I found that the best time to …

Thank You

I have been feeling a bit negative recently. So. This post is a little gratitude power-up refuel session based on the knowledge that turning my attention to those people and things for which I am grateful helps me to shift my attention in a more positive direction. So here goes: …