Finding joy in the midst of existential horror

An experiment in being human

Hi, I'm Heidi. I have no idea what I'm doing...

but every once in a while, I stumble on a moment of genius. So here I am, attempting to share these moments - though gawd only knows if what I write will make sense to anyone else...

 

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most of the time I feel lost, and small, and like nothing I do will ever be enough...

but people keep telling me my words resonate, and help them see things in new ways. so I'll keep writing, and hope that my words help you find your sense of enough

Things I've written (most of them horribly old)

Fuck it, let’s do this

By Heidi Hauck | October 3, 2020

I’ve decided to start a blog. Which is stupid, now of all times. Nobody reads blogs anymore… hell, I barely have the bandwidth to read social media posts that are longer than a few sentences. But a funny thing happened this morning, and now I feel compelled to write… there’s this thing I’ve done, damn…

How to deal with Impostor Syndrome

By Heidi Hauck | April 30, 2018

  Impostor Syndrome; the crippling belief that your accomplishments are a fluke, you have no real skill, and you’re sure to be exposed as a fraud at any moment. Impostor Syndrome is an insidious beast. Not least of which because it likes to convince you that you are the only person “unworthy” enough to be suffering…

What does it mean to have a "thriving" business?

By Heidi Hauck | April 23, 2018

Everyone’s idea of “enough” is different – there’s no wrong answer to “how much money do I need to thrive?” (Well, ALMOST no wrong answer… Clearly there are a number of billionaires who could stand to be a bit more enlightened when it comes to what they actually need…) But it’s important to remember that…

It’s ok to get paid for world-changing work

By Heidi Hauck | January 23, 2018

How do you feel about charging for the work you do? If you’re like most of my clients, getting paid appropriately for your work is something you struggle with. There’s this notion that doing “good work” should be reward enough – that getting paid somehow tarnishes the sincerity of the work, that asking to be paid “proves”…

Finding hope through despair

By Heidi Hauck | January 9, 2018

For all that I talk about being driven to make a positive difference in the world, I have to confess… I am frequently overcome by the fear that I’ll never be able to make ENOUGH of a difference. I’ve had this fear for as long as I’ve had the drive, but with everything that’s happened…

Getting over the mom guilt

By Heidi Hauck | November 14, 2017

Prefer Video? Prefer Audio? Or download it & take it with you! I used to have so much guilt about leaving my boys with somebody else so that I could go to work… No matter how much I loved my work, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I should be with my boys… that being…

Busting the "work / life balance" myth

By Heidi Hauck | October 31, 2017

One of the most tempting ideas to hit the world of business is that of creating “work / life balance” – in fact, many consider it the holy grail of goals. Lack of work / life balance is blamed for all the ills that befall us, and (especially as small business owners) we ache for…

The power – and necessity – of community

By Heidi Hauck | October 3, 2017

{Cross posted from Facebook, in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting} I don’t really watch / read the news, so FB tends to be where I first hear about the latest and greatest tragedies facing our world… Hurricanes. Fires. Earthquakes. State-sanctioned police brutality against voters. Mass shootings. It’s hard for anyone to take in…

Freebies and fishhooks

By Heidi Hauck | September 26, 2017

  There’s a practice in online marketing that’s been around long enough that pretty much everyone does it. In fact, if you participate in ANY online business-building program, you’re bound to come across it fairly early on. Whether you call it a pink spoon, a lead magnet, a lighthouse offer, or whatever, the idea is…

Negotiations and Love Songs

By Heidi Hauck | January 5, 2016

2004(ish): I was having issues with my wisdom teeth. The pain was horrible, but I was doing my best to work through it. Then, one of my most difficult wholesale customers came in to the store. I did my best to be polite as she demanded help. I answered her questions, I gave her advice.…