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How Finding and Keeping a Job is a whole lot like Dating

Even if I haven't put on my Human Resources hat in a while, I seem to be having more conversations circling around my other life. While employee engagement and layoffs have been the more common topics, troubles with hiring was still a thing. Those looking for jobs, too, have asked me why they weren't getting hired. With some of the horror stories I've heard, it see[...]

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Sustainability: Choose To Use

I’m so tempted to have this canvas bag produced, but I won’t because... well, read on. This holiday season, it seems sustainable products were the “it” thing to gift. I can only wish and hope that all these reusable and sustainable products (ecobags, straws, utensils, toothbrushes, tumblers, mugs) actually get used. Instead of buying more of these things[...]

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Mga Baraha—Ang Iyong Gabay

Mga Baraha: Ang Iyong Gabay. This deck of cards was borne out of my love for all things words—what they mean, what they invoke, how they sound, its etymology, and ultimately, what they communicate. Tagalog words are lovely, often carrying more emotion than the English translation, if there even is one. (Hello, Kilig.) Pre-order now, get it next week: mgabara[...]

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So Mikko, what do you do?

“So Mikko, what do you do?” I always take a short pause before I answer. “I make and sell handwritten fonts.” Among other things, yes, I make and sell handwritten fonts. That's what I do. What used to be a random erratic side hustle has now become my reliable passive stream of income.     Don't let the word "passive" fool you though.[...]

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On Things I wasn’t Allowed to do as a Teen

Yes, I'm in my mid-thirties. I now check that age bracket that makes me feel much older than I really am. One of my favorite things being this age though, is this list of things I can now freely do. Things that I would not have been able to do as a teen. Full disclosure though: my parents weren't all that strict. That, or I just always did my own thing regardless of c[...]

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the scoop on #nofilter

This time last year, I applied for a creative residency. I pitched a project, which was to create a deck of cards while I was under their wing. Cut to: I didn't make the cut. No residency for me, which was fine. The deck of cards put off indefinitely. Mid-year, I got introduced to my Aries sister Chinggay's Practical Magic Starter Tarot Deck. Chinggay is my favorit[...]