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Allison Cecile
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Hello world! Nice to meet you. My name is Allison.

Who am I? I am many things.

I’m an engineer who has always had a passion for reading and writing. Somewhere along the journey of “growing up”, I put down writing for fear of judgment.

Caught up in the ultimate rat race that life can be, I forgot how much reading and writing meant to me. …


SATIRE

Very Important Prankster

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Tiger Woods may think golf is the greatest game ever played, but I know far more people — albeit not the best golfers — who describe it as the dumbest game ever played.

The point of the game is to hit and chase a little ball across thousands of yards of green grass. It’s rather similar to a dog who doesn’t know how to play fetch and instead, intermittently chasing its own tail.

Whether you love golf or you hate golf, I’m here to introduce you to the world of VIP golfers. …


WRITING PROMPT RESPONSE

Trading in Bolivia’s salt flats for Peru’s southwestern coast

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The Initial Panic

I was sitting in my hotel room wrapping up a couple of loose ends at work and doing a final review of my packing when I got the dreaded email: Your flight from Lima, Peru to La Paz, Bolivia has now been canceled.”

Immediately, my breath caught in my throat and panic started to settle in.

I blinked once — then twice — hoping that I’d somehow misread this email. Throw in a pinch to make sure I’m awake.

By now, panic had more than settled in and with shaky hands, I called the girl friend I had planned this…


Knowing the “who”, “what”, “when”, “why”, and “how” of your work

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Did you know that only 20% of Americans feel energized and enthusiastic about their work?

Maybe you’re thinking I’ve set the bar too high in expecting — or should I say, hoping — that people feel enthusiastic about their work. But sure, let’s lower the bar down one notch to see how many people feel satisfied with their work.

According to The Conference Board, only 49% of employees claim that they’re satisfied with their jobs. …


THOUGHTS

A response to Morris T’s “What if There Is Another You

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In “What if There Is Another You”, Morris T postulates a thought experiment — what if there’s another you in a different world living a different life?

Inspired by the Netflix series Dark, Morris ponders what hidden regrets and desires we could discover and learn about ourselves by exploring this question. Admittedly, the trailer to Dark was borderline too scary for me to watch …

So while I have to pass on his show recommendations, I am here to take him up on his thought experiment.

Shall we begin?

What kind of world would you be in?

Truth be told if I’m really going to let my imagination…


Indian residential schools — a dark time in Canada’s past and present

The Kamloops Indian Residential School in 1937. Credit- National Center for Truth and Reconciliation

A Tragedy Brought to Light

Last week, the remains of 215 Indigenous children were found in a mass grave at the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Canada.

It’s been a shock to the nation and our flags have been lowered to half-mast. The government is pledging $10 million to further investigate burial grounds at other residential schools and Canadians all around the world are reeling from a shattered innocence.

But perhaps innocence is too kind of a word. Perhaps the word I should use is ignorance.

Up until this announcement, two-thirds of Canadians said, “they knew just a little — or nothing…


A badge of honor and a chip on the shoulder

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What does it feel like to be a girl in a male-dominated world? It feels like many things.

Some days I feel proud and strong but other days, I feel vulnerable and different. Sometimes it feels like I’m the king of the hill and other times, I’m tired of being beaten down.

It’s exhausting having to be better in compensation for a perceived bias of inferiority that’s beyond my control, but it’s also exhilarating to be a champion for a righteous cause.

Sometimes, it’s a claim to fame

I’m proud of my accomplishments and successes despite the additional difficulties and roadblocks that stand in my path.


REALLY GOOD MARKETING

What do beer, shoes, and an airline have in common?

A rock that has “smile” written on it
A rock that has “smile” written on it
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I love it when I watch a commercial that just leaves me with “the feels” — this overwhelming sentiment of feeling good and connecting on an emotional level.

It seems a bit silly to think that an advertisement from corporate, money-making, bottom line-focused businesses can have that effect on me. And yet, it’s happened more than once!

Sometimes they lend their brand, influence, and voice to champion a worthy cause. Other times, they’re hitting a nerve — but in a good way.

Here are three advertisements from three completely different companies that left me with all the feels.

Heineken

Whenever I…


THOUGHTS

The celebration, the community, and the takeaways

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Hello Friends!

This is my 100th story, and I’d like to take a few minutes to celebrate. The champagne is chilled, the balloons are inflated, and I’ve got my happy dance for one ready to rock-and-roll.

I really wasn’t sure I’d ever make it to this milestone. I originally set out with a goal of publishing once a week and I told myself that if I made enough to pay for my membership, I’d be happy.

If I’d stuck with my weekly schedule, it would have taken me 2 years to reach this milestone. And yet, here I am, just over two…


#4 — You deserve a seat at the table

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After a decade of corporate work experience, I’ve been around the block enough times to have earned my stripes.

I’ve worked on teams where I was the only girl — or should I say the only woman? Sometimes I have to decide whether to “be one of the boys” to better get along with them or to decidedly not be one of the boys and draw a very clear line in the sand about inappropriate behavior.

I’ve worked on an all-female team lead by a male manager. Despite the ill-suited stereotype of catfights, there was no drama. Rather, we stood…

Allison Cecile

Engineer by day and writer by night — here’s to putting myself out there || 5X Top Writer

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