You may ask yourself, how did I get here?

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June 18, 2014

You may ask yourself, how did I get here?

Delivered at SmashingConf's inaugural NYC event at the Times Center.
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The first time I left my job was scary. The second time was easy. The third time was terrifying, and the fourth time was the best thing I’ve ever done.

Over the years I’ve worked for other people and for myself, in swanky offices and within a grim hospital, in the middle of downtown and right at home in my jammies. I’ve also tried a lot of different things – design, writing, art, book publishing, human factors design, UX and UI. Each environment and discipline has taught me something about how I like to work and who I like to work with.

If you’ve ever thought of leaving your job, this session is for you. I’ll pass on the wisdom I’ve gained from taking many personal risks, including how I learned to focus on what really really matters to me, and how I think that knowledge can help you create a job that matters to you.

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June 18, 2014
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  1. you may ask yourself, how did i get here? cassie

    mcdaniel @cassiemc
  2. TALKING HEADS, ONCE IN A LIFETIME

  3. BRIAN BRENNAN, SENIOR ENGINEER MOZILLA

  4. DISCOVER.OPENBADGES.ORG

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  7. LYDIA NICHOLS KAREN YOUNG, LOOSE PETALS

  8. LEEDS, UK

  9. MY FIRST JOB, UK

  10. FLORIDA, JANUARY 2009

  11. TORONTO, JANUARY 2009

  12. KAREN YOUNG, LOOSE PETALS GEOFF WAGNER

  13. CASSIE MCDANIEL / MARK STAPLEHURST

  14. RESUME THAT GOT ME MY MOZILLA GIG

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  16. CAREER TRAJECTORY

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  18. freelance mozilla healthcare agencies

  19. independence environment impact inspiration CAREER VALUES

  20. inspiration early influences

  21. KLIMT RENOIR

  22. ROUSSEAU

  23. VAN GOGH

  24. VAN GOGH

  25. GUAGUIN

  26. BRAQUE

  27. KAHLO

  28. KUPKA

  29. RAUSCHENBERG

  30. KANDINSKY

  31. (MY) PAINTING

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  49. design & illustration INSPIRATION

  50. TIBOR KALMAN

  51. SAUL BASS

  52. HERB LUBALIN

  53. HERB LUBALIN

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  55. TAULOUSE LATREC

  56. CHARLEY HARPER

  57. HARRY CAMPBELL

  58. HEADS OF STATE

  59. NICK FELTON

  60. AMY FRIEND

  61. TRACCIAMENTI

  62. SCOTT GREENWALT

  63. interaction

  64. LE MANOOSH

  65. SCOREKEEPER, MATT RIX

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  67. LITTLE BIG DETAILS / INSTAPAPER

  68. LITTLE BIG DETAILS / FIVVER

  69. FLASH

  70. RESN

  71. RESN

  72. JAMES PATERSON

  73. PINE POINT

  74. PINE POINT

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  77. SEXY FINGERS / JWT

  78. 2006

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  83. ELLE LUNA

  84. independence freelance & personal projects

  85. QUEEN VIADUCT BRIDGE / TORONTO

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  87. fear

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  90. AGENCY AGENCY AGENCY FREELANCE FREELANCE

  91. JIM CARREY You can fail at what you don't want,

    so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.
  92. DEVELOP THE SKILLS TO GET OUT OF RECURRING RUTS

  93. some personal projects

  94. 30 DAYS OF FAMILY PORTRAITS

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  96. AUNT JOANY / UNCLE KEN

  97. SISTER-IN-LAW SUSAN

  98. AUNTIE LYNN

  99. GRANDMA

  100. COUSIN ALEX

  101. THE WHOLE FAMILY

  102. CHASING THE NUMBER 29

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  106. FOUND / BEACH RUBBISH COLLECTION

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  119. OLD & NEW / INTERPRETATIONS OF OLD TESTAMENT STORIES

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  131. ILLUSTRATION: KEVIN CORNELL

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  133. DISTANCE.CC / PHOTO: BRENT KNEPPER

  134. FEROCIOUS QUARTERLY

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  136. TWITTER FOLLOWERS

  137. TWITTER FOLLOWERS

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  139. WOMEN && TECH

  140. WOMENANDTECH.COM

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  144. STEVE MANN

  145. PAM LAU

  146. DAVID WALDMAN

  147. DAVID WALDMAN

  148. RACHELLE SABOURIN

  149. WOMENANDTECH.COM

  150. impact adventures in healthcare

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  152. BACKS OF ATTENDEES’ HEADS

  153. PANEL ON MOBILE HEALTH APPS

  154. BANTAPP.COM

  155. HUMANFACTORS.CA

  156. MARSD

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  158. <30 DAYS

  159. MY SKETCH NOTES

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  164. @DIGITALMUD

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  167. I ask you to Consider taking a road less traveled,

    that in healthcare there's a huge opportunity for you. JOE CAFAZZO
  168. FELIX BLOMMESTIJN

  169. GAVIN POTENZA

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  171. MIKEY BURTON

  172. MICHAEL SPITZ

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  174. MASSIVE HEALTH

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  176. KISEUNG LEE

  177. JAWBONE UP 2

  178. WHERE ARE THE DESIGNERS IN HEALTHCARE?

  179. NATION LONDON LTD.

  180. COMPLEX, 6-7 YEAR PROJECTS

  181. potential

  182. environment working for mozilla

  183. WEBMAKER.ORG

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  186. wiki.mozilla.org/webmaker

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  194. meaning environment impact inspiration

  195. you are a human being first. BARBARA BUSH career is

    not everything. time is finite.
  196. ALEX JADAD, FOUNDER / CENTRE FOR GLOBAL EHEALTH INNOVATION

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  198. If only

  199. If only

  200. If only

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  202. KICKSTARTER / BETO’S BURRITO

  203. BETO’S BURRITO

  204. BETO’S BURRITO

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  209. THE DAY WE BURIED MY DAD

  210. BETOSBURRITO.COM

  211. thank you! @cassiemc cassie@mozillafoundation.org