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Author: Michaela O'Donnell Long

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Myths of Vocation

Recently, I had two separate conversations with friends who were in career crises. Each crisis was catalyzed by a sense of disillusionment with work—the…

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What is Entrepreneurship?

Recently, I was chatting with a client of mine who was a few years into resurrecting an organization that had nearly fizzled out under…

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Why Passion Isn’t the Holy Grail of Work

I graduated seminary in 2011, on the heels of the Great Recession. Very few companies were hiring. In fact, many were laying people off….

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Gender Discrimination at Work: Faithful Resistance

I was on a panel recently that opened up with this question: As a woman, what are some of the ways you’ve been discriminated…

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Let’s Change How We Ask About Calling

I hate icebreakers. Maybe it’s the introvert in me. Or maybe it’s because I’m Irish and my face heats up every time I’m put…

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Failing Well, Not Fast

Someone asked me once, “Why are you afraid to fail?” I remember wading through a bunch of half sentences until I admitted, “I don’t…

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Liberty Sessions: Finding Hope in Another Woman’s Story

I recently went back home to the Midwest to visit family. While there I visited the coolest nail salon I had ever been to….

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Zooming In and Zooming Out

Together, my husband and I own a creative agency. Separately, I work as a practical theologian and he is a filmmaker. Like many of…

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