Welcome

I’ve been happy in my career and I’ve been unhappy. Happy is better.

We spend the majority of our waking day at work – be it in the office, or tethered to the devices that allow work to bleed into our not-office hours. Study after study shows that the majority of workers are not happy. There is some debate as to how this unhappiness affects productivity, but there is no debate about unhappiness eroding one’s quality of life. There are remedies, some of which can and should be implemented by the employer. But, to paraphrase Tolstoy: all happy workers are the same; each unhappy worker is unhappy in his or her own way. So it falls to the individual worker to do something. On this website, I’m going to explore the pathways that one can take towards being happier happier in one’s career.

I’m a geneticist, a patent litigatrix, and a writer. I’ve observed work in academia, big organizations, small organizations, and out on my own. I’ve seen happy workers in miserable places and miserable workers in happy places. I also read everything I could get my hands on about happiness and productivity; happiness and stress; happiness and poor money management; happiness and … (you get the idea).

Originally, I put together this website to promote my first novel, because that is what a writer is supposed to do. A writer is also supposed to maintain a blog. But after a while, I couldn’t maintain my blog, because it wasn’t addressing the stuff that fascinated me most – how to have a happy career. Now, I’m pivoting this website and my blog to explore this topic. I hope you join me.

Seeking career happiness; coming up against fear

I’ve been thinking about pivoting this blog to concentrate on career happiness for about a year now, but fear would bubble up every time I tried to do it. I’d be writing about something very important to me, and what if I couldn’t do the subject justice, or if people thought my advice was trite and I was stupid? Also, … Continue reading

Doing nothing: try it

Are you up for a little experiment? For ten minutes, do nothing. Sit down with a cup of coffee (or tea, or water, or no liquids). No electronics to distract you. No reading materials for entertainment. I’ll wait… So what happened? What did you think about? Did emotions you didn’t want to feel creep up? … Continue reading

The great declutter of 2014

As the new year approached, we all made resolutions – perhaps we were brave enough to call them “resolutions” or perhaps we demurred and called them “goals” or “guidelines” or “intentions” or mere “thoughts.”  As I tweeted on December 31, 2013, mine are simple: Play more; Argue less; Drink good wine; Make new friends.   … Continue reading

Of patents and patent trolls – a primer (Part I)

In the past few weeks, because there have been prominent patent-related stories in the general media, questions about patents have also made it into my casual conversations. So I figured that many people, whose lives don’t involve knowing what 35 U.S.C. § 101 et seq. stands for (the patent section of the U.S. Code), might … Continue reading

When you come to a fork in the road, take it

This weekend, I took a good look at my novel-in-progress (which, as I have mentioned before, is not really in-progress at all). Once my brain realized resistance was futile, and that I wasn’t going to let it zone out on pictures of cute puppies (PUPPIES!), the problem with my novel became immediately apparent.  Somewhere, my … Continue reading