data with a soul

January 24, 2013 | 54 Comments

Data with a Soul Canadian content strategy company

I haven’t been writing here, but I have been doing Morning Pages over at 750 Words. That’s been soul-feeding. I know typing is technically cheating, but the point is to write, so I’m okay with cheating. No judging, judger.

I’ve decided to quit teaching. I’m not sure if it means taking a year off or giving up my contract to sub a couple days a week. Data With a Soul and writing for myself will be my focus. I’m excited to start something new. Terrified, too. My partner, Jessica, isn’t scared at all, and I wish I could drink up some of her fearlessness. (Liking us on Facebook will help.)

My business news hasn’t been shared here yet, has it? I’ve started a business, y’all! A business as a writer and a content strategist. We explain more here. Steve has been encouraging me for two years to try something new: a masters in counselling, a masters in writing, a content strategy company were three of the ideas tossed around.

CS is a branch in Steve’s industry closely related to what he does as a UX guy. Jessica came into my life this past summer. She talked about the writing business she wanted to start, which led me to tell her about Steve’s idea. Jessica suggested we do it together. I got some “what-if” butterflies, and poo-pooed her, thinking she didn’t know me well enough to genuinely mean it. I didn’t bother telling Steve about the conversation.

A couple weeks later during a visit with Jessica and her Scot, Jessica was getting website advice from Steve. Later, Steve said it would be fun if Jessica and I could team up. When I told him she had suggested the same thing, he almost drove off the road. He started the design for our site that night.

And here we are! Data With a Soul comes from Brené Brown’s TED Talk. At 1:18 she calls her stories, “data with a soul.” Steve has used the phrase in a few of his presentations. I love it and Jessica does too, so we stole it. Thanks, Steve! We kind of owe everything to him at this point. He’s spent hours building us a site, designing business cards, promoting us, encouraging us, and teaching us. I’m thanky for that guy.

I didn’t sit down to write about this. I’m glad it pushed out.

I STARTED A BUSINESS, Y’ALL.

Holy floppy-pippy cakes!


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