Working with Porcupines

“We are working in a world full of porcupines.”
-Deadra Stanton

This is true. It’s been more than two months since I was let go from my job, and a lot has happened since then. I’ve written a few articles that are about to be published in national magazines and trade publications. I have run a freaking marathon.


And something I have always known, but never quite understood until this year, is there are more than enough porcupines in this world.

But better than that, I learned how to make it work. Sure, you can still get whacked and it hurts, but I can survive. And knowing that, I can keep going. And I am going.

In the past six months, I’ve also writen a short film (more on that soon!), accepted an invitation to speak at the Nonprofit Human Resources Conference in our nation’s capital and began to chase my own dreams.

There will always be porcupines, but I am choosing to be a teddy bear. I will continue to wear my heart on my sleeve and if that means I get hurt more, so be it. I like to feel. I like to live. I like to cry and I like to love.

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In this world of porcupines, how do you find success?

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  1. A porcupine’s purpose is to have quills because God has an amazing sense of humor. Otherwise he’s just a mushy lump of brown goop? Amazing job starting a new chapter in your life. It’s scary and full of all the emotions. Most people understand what you’re going through but they don’t know that it’s so nice to hear. Also, somebody should tell you that nobody ever intended to make you feel like that. People really do give a shit. That still remains the gutsy thing to do. Also with gloves on…you can throw a porcupine but I’m not totally suggesting that. :D

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