I’ve been moderately busy (but not busy enough) this month working on some websites for local Portland businesses. I have to say, there’s something really fulfilling in helping a new business define what they’re doing, find their voice, and put it out there for everyone to see. I love working with small businesses. But sometimes, when you’ve been agonizing over the same paragraph for two hours and nothing about it seems to be working, it’s good to remember that you can get up out of your chair, leave that stupid paragraph behind, and just going outside for a walk. My neighborhood is ideal for a long, meandering walk that helps me forget frustration and usually reveals a pleasant surprise, such as crocuses foretelling spring, a weatherbeaten church, or a sidewalk cat looking for some love. It can make all the difference in the world when you decide to return to your desk.

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