Podcast Introduction

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Hello hello! Welcome to the wizard files, I’m so glad to have you here with me as we start out on this new adventure. My name is Sonja, you can find me online at sonjathegrey on Instagram and Twitter, and my website is sonjathegrey.com.  I’m going to keep it short and sweet here in today’s episode, as I introduce what this podcast is – who it’s for, who I am, what I do, and what you can expect.  So. Who is this for. This is a podcast for the seekers. And, I’m going to tell you what I mean by that.  …

The Universe Has a Message for You

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We’re talking signs here. (That’s the “oh, the Universe is talking to me” kind, not the “did I just miss my exit?” kind.) You may tend to think about signs in one of two ways – that if you ever get to see one, it’ll show up as a lightning strike, or, that there’s no such thing. As with so many things, it’s often somewhere in between.  Many signs start as tiny little nudges. Can they get bigger? Yeah absolutely. But if you had a a choice, wouldn’t you prefer to recognize the little signs – the right kind of flower …

A Different World

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I recently attended the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon. (Weird name, right? And no, it’s not like that.)  Often defying description, WDS was recently described by a friend of mine, Jeff Harry, when he said: “The best way to describe WDS is that it is a play conference where people are giving each other permission to live a much bigger, more powerful, adventurous life. It challenges the notion of the standard 9 to 5, as well as believing that life is a mundane experience that you just need to tolerate.” Every year, the content is captivating. In addition to mainstage …

It’s Not Worth Your Life

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My friend’s tears weren’t too unusual on this topic. “It’s awful,” she said, as I listened to her heart sink to the floor. “My manager is always hounding me about deadlines I’m missing because I have too much work to do. My coworker is a jerk, but I have no one to tell when we don’t have HR, besides my manager says it’s my fault. It’s so frustrating, I hate it there.” After a bit, I said, “Wow, that’s all so hard. Are you going to look for a new job?” She blinked at me. “Oh, no I couldn’t. I’ve …

Messy Rules. They’re Awesome.

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On my way in to the library the other day, I wondered what their food rules are, and whether I needed to smuggle in my water bottle. So I went looking for a sign with rules. [At the local library, you can’t throw your stuff everywhere, get naked, or pop popcorn. This must be why children under 10 need to be supervised.] And there it was: “Do not: Consume food or drink that creates a nuisance.” Now this might seem like no big deal, sandwiched between typical “don’t smoke” and “don’t expose yourself” rules. But it caught me dead in …

Victory Over The Library Door

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A few weeks ago, I had plans to have lunch with the kiddo at school. She’d been talking about it for days, so there’s a good chance she was excited about it. The original plan was to go to the library that’s near her school, do some work until noon, and then head over to the land of juice pouches and apple slices. I even remembered to bring tea for the morning so I’d have some thing to drink at the library. I strutted up to the library door, so proud of myself for being up early and having my …

What Traffic Means For Your Career

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Let me tell you what I think about when I sit in traffic and how it really impacts your job. (It’s probably not what you think.) [Photo by Clément M. on Unsplash] Many years ago, I flirted with the idea of becoming a professional photographer. “It’s an uphill battle,” they’d say, “the photographer’s market is saturated with everybody and their cell phones.” I started finding clients. It wasn’t long after the first few “I want our hands held together like a heart like they do on Pinterest, okay?” that I knew portraits weren’t really something I wanted to pursue. At …

Letting Go

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I’m sitting oceanside at the Oregon coast this morning, wondering about how if some global catastrophe (natural or otherwise) struck, and humankind was largely wiped out, how long it’d take the earth to come back into balance (my guess is, not very long in the grand scheme of things). You know, light vacation ponderings. But it also highlights to me how much of our work we create for ourselves. If we found ourselves knocked back to a time where survival was the primary goal, how many things would we stop giving energy to every day? I’d imagine it’d be most …

3 Tips for Networking and Inclusivity at WorkHuman

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WorkHuman is a conference that encourages and celebrates bringing the whole human in to the workplace. Or as seen on their website, “Globoforce pioneered the WorkHuman movement to galvanize leaders worldwide to harness the transformative power of people for the next generation of HR.” (It may be billed as an HR conference, but let me tell you, this conference has something for everybody.) As with any conference that’s been running for a while, groups of familiar faces begin to form. In it’s fourth year, WorkHuman is starting to see the formation of these communities. It’s an important part of the …

This Ain’t Your Grandpa’s Workplace

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Do your processes help your work, or hurt it? The modern workplace follows ideas developed during the factory era. Clock the calls. Put up a punch clock for when we eat and pee. Time the intervals between calls. Track ticket times. Scheduled reviews. I’m sure there’s more, but thinking about this stuff tends to give me gas. Back in the day, optimizing the work this way made sense. When you could outperform your competition by loading the conveyor belt faster, then you made sure employees were moving their arm from one spot to another a particular way, optimized for speed, and …