I got to San Diego at the beginning of January for a 2-month stay. I was expecting sunshine and warm days at the beach. Instead, I was welcomed by El

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2015 was a blast!! I had trouble keeping my list to “only” 15 great experiences, but here are my favorites: 1. Visiting Iguazu Falls in Argentina and making my location

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  We’ve all heard the adage “when one door closes, another one opens,” but I always thought of this in terms of breakups, not clients. Last week I shared the

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I recently had a project get canceled. This is not out of the ordinary; budgets get cut, priorities shift, and occasionally, another researcher wins the work instead (unbelievable, I know).

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I just got back from 12 days in China and Nigeria, doing in-home focus groups with teens. A lot of people have been throwing questions at me, so I thought

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I spent last week in North Carolina, working with the client who has taken over my life this summer. This time, I trained ten local women in face-to-face interviewing. They are

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It’s that time again…q3 is over and I’m reporting on my progress towards my annual goals. Make more money than last year– and make money every month. Yes! This year

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I just learned the term “hive.” Not a bee hive– a worker hive. Essentially this is where, instead of having a big company, you work independently (yay) and have other

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After a fun summer of teaching Questionnaire Design at the University of Michigan, I’m on an education high and excited to get the word out about doing great research. I’ll be

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This piece about putting a toddler to bed in 100 easy steps has been making the rounds lately, and it makes me think about the process I’ve been going through with a

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As Q2 wraps up and the year is half over (!!), I wanted to check in on my 2014 goals. Make more money than last year—and make money every month. Still

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Summer is my favorite season, and I’m always happy when Memorial Day kicks it off. To start my summer off even better, this year my Red Cross client got some great media

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My parents came to New Orleans to visit this weekend. (That’s them in 1966!) My dad, himself an entrepreneur, and my mom, a logistics and problem-solving whiz, have been two

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David Letterman is on his way out, but in his honor, here’s a top 10 list. 1. Getting locked in a strange Indian family’s bathroom after an in-home interview. The respondent

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I found a journal I kept while working on an evaluation of two residential drug treatment facilities. Some excerpts:   March 2002: Just finished my first week! The director of the facility said

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A few weeks ago I wrote about one of my early jobs, interviewing inmates in maximum security prisons. I loved interviewing, but it was only part of what I did at

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  I set 14 work goals for 2014. Here’s how I’m doing: Make more money than last year—and make money every month. So far, so good. Work for at least 5 existing

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I moved to New Orleans last year, and I’ve just survived my first Mardi Gras! (That’s me on Mardi Gras day.) If you’ve never experienced it, Mardi Gras is a

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One of my very first jobs was interviewing inmates in maximum-security prisons in New York State. It was part of an evaluation of a parenting class for male inmates, which

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Last week I gave an overview of one of my favorite projects from last year, a global qualitative study on beverages. I thought you might like to see what a few days

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One of my favorite projects in 2013 was a global study on beverages.  The client wanted to know about the kinds of beverages people were making at home, as well as what

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Last week I described five of my favorite things about freelancing. It’s not all puppies and rainbows, though, so today I’m sharing some thoughts on one of the biggest challenges to

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I’ve written before about my mobile life, where I spend a few months in a place before moving on.  I’m lucky to have the technology to be able to service my

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