Elaina Buzzell

Category: Life

What’s In Your Event Bag?

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I’ve had event preparation on my mind lately, as I get ready for bridesmaid duties this weekend. All of the arrangements and decorations have been set, and what’s left for me is to try to anticipate and deal with unexpected problems. Most of what will arise are small issues like broken nails and blisters, and, while they won’t (usually) doom the event, they can significantly distract key people. Read the rest of this entry »

The Power of Failure

Yesterday I participated in the #npcons (Twitter chat for nonprofit consultants) chat on cranking up creativity, and a frequent theme was that true creativity results, at least occasionally, in failure. I had failing on the brain already after a recent job interview when I was asked about my biggest failure.

I’ve long seen that failure is a natural part of the learning process, and that something isn’t a complete failure if valuable lessons are learned. I also believe that the world needs more stories of failure – especially lessons learned and growth from failure – as they encourage others to risk and try new things. In that light – drumroll please – here is the story that I shared with my interviewer about my biggest fail: Read the rest of this entry »

Moving Week

This last week, I’ve had the joy of moving. I don’t mean to be sarcastic, I’ve been pretty excited to reach this stage of the process. Two weeks ago, we sealed up the shipping container filled with our posessions, and we started driving out of Seattle towards Minneapolis. After a week of crashing with friends and then on an air mattress at our new apartment, we were pretty stoked to get our shipping container back and have all of our things again. Read the rest of this entry »