In. Real. Life.

Penelope Trunk writes today:  “The blog is a conversation where I am useful to the reader in exchange for me having someone to talk to.”

I’m taking her advice. I hope I am useful in writing this, since there have been some days that I talk to myself. A lot. It causes me to feel introspective and sometimes very alone. Most of the time I enjoy the solitude of this sabbatical and I have the luxury of doing what I enjoy.

I love TED Talks and usually watch them daily. Today I stumbled upon a treasure – a poet named Billy Collins. He shared several of his poems that had been animated, for those who prefer to watch the poetry. I closed my eyes to just listen to the artistry. In doing so, I met him. Virtually, not ‘IRL’, but through his words.

But then some days, like today, I get to meet new people in person. Today I enjoyed lunch with a group of business women, in the ‘Connected Women of North Carolina’ group I have joined. Women gathering to meet like-minded women and to network. The buzzword of the year.

For some people, networking is simply about finding the next career opportunity. Millions of us in the U.S. are certainly doing that as we struggle to shrink the unemployment numbers. But sometimes, like today, it’s also just about meeting people. In. Real. Life.


About Shari Risoff

Shari Risoff is an author, editor and consultant based in Raleigh, NC, USA. She studied business and spent years building client relationships in the corporate world and is passionate about communicating. She is the author of two books, Released: A True Story of Escape from an Abusive Marriage and Accidental Sabbatical. She began to consult and write full time during her own accidental sabbatical. She writes, and edits books for other authors, as well as helping small business owners with infrastructure or communication or projects of many kinds. She is devoted to her husband Stephen. When she is not working on her new book, or hanging out with Stephen, she is reading books or studying human behavior. Readers or writers in need of an editor can get in touch via email: projectmavens @ or follow her on Twitter @ShariRisoff.
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