Actually, I’m a Huge Fan of Gatekeeping

By Kelly Diels / September 11, 2023 /

This is an excerpt from my weekly email newsletter, The Sunday Love Letter. To get missives like this direct to your inbox, I invite you to sign up here. Back in 2016, when I started writing about The Female Lifestyle Empowerment Brand (I’m against it), a friend of mine who is a well-known DEI consultant…

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Just Because It’s Needed Doesn’t Mean You’re The One To Do It

By Kelly Diels / August 13, 2023 /

Fun fact: when I was 21, I started a coffee shop in Cloverdale, BC, my home town. It was called Kellybeans. I started it because I’d grown disenchanted with university but was newly bewitched by fancy caffeine. Espresso, affogato, cappucino, oh my! I was obsessed. And home. And there was nowhere to go to get…

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Why Online Groups Might Not Be That Great For Us

By Kelly Diels / August 6, 2023 /

I meant to write this 6 weeks ago but I was busy doing quicksand things that masquerade as chemically rewarding but in fact are the frenemy of personal momentum. This morning, for example, I got up early to finish this email but since I was up so unbelievably early, I thought I’d also take some of…

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Automatically Track the Dollar Value of Your Pro Bono Work and Scholarships

By Kelly Diels / April 10, 2022 /

Business Tip for Culture Makers #409: Track Your Culture-Making Metrics and Quantify the Value of Your Pro Bono Work A lot of our effort and work is invisible — sometimes, even to us. We help out here and there, and if we’re working pro-bono we might be scrambling for time, which means that sometimes our…

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Procrastination: 4 counterintuitive insights that might help you feel a LOT better about yourself

By Kelly Diels / March 9, 2020 /

Sometimes procrastination is a creative and business ASSET. Here are four counterintuitive insights about procrastination that will help you leverage it.

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teeth. time. zooming out. POWER.

By Kelly Diels / August 18, 2019 /

We internalize messages about individual defects but when we zoom out and look at the bigger picture of social structures, we see things differently.

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Business Tips for Culture Makers #624: CAUTION: how your principles and beliefs get leveraged and EXPLOITED to grow the platforms of our opponents

By Kelly Diels / June 24, 2019 /

Our attention, efforts and social media comments can and do boost people into the mainstream, so we must avoid boosting the platforms of our opponents.

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What Looks Like Personal Choices are Often Framed Up for Us By Society

By Kelly Diels / June 19, 2018 / Comments Off on What Looks Like Personal Choices are Often Framed Up for Us By Society

The way we use our time is predetermined and overdetermined by our society and gender roles, and society frames our productivity as “personal choices.”

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We are Not Worker Bees. We are Humans…and CREATORS.

By Kelly Diels / June 15, 2018 / Comments Off on We are Not Worker Bees. We are Humans…and CREATORS.

“In fact, many full-time artist reports that they have become more creatively rounded into full-time people.” – Julia Cameron. I struggle with this exactly!

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Business Tip for Culture Makers #531: Ask for Way More Than You Need

By Kelly Diels / June 4, 2018 /

When we don’t have institutions underwriting us, we have to underwrite each other. Feminist Marketing Tip #531: how feminist makers can flourish.

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