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Hello! I’m Mindy. The editor of Cultivate.

If you’re following this publication and scratching your head thinking when the heck did I follow this pub? No, you’re not crazy. What was once called The Audacity Project, is now Cultivate. Welcome!

A little bit of context without (hopefully) being boring…

When I started The Audacity Project I was a new and ambitious MPP writer. I was anxious to connect with other writers and see their stories thrive. I really had no idea what I was doing. …


Introducing Cultivate, a new publication, and its monthly essay contest.

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Hello! I’m Mindy. The editor of Cultivate.

If you’re following this publication and scratching your head thinking when the heck did I follow this pub? No, you’re not crazy. What was once called The Audacity Project, is now Cultivate. Welcome!

A little bit of context without (hopefully) being boring…

When I started The Audacity Project I was a new and ambitious MPP writer. I was anxious to connect with other writers and see their stories thrive. I really had no idea what I was doing. …


Can I stop worrying now?

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I have a deadline for a client due today. It reminded me to never promise something will be done by the end of day Monday. Mondays are for checking emails and contemplating work and daughter’s first birthdays.

But this particular Monday it's hard to focus. She’s a whole-year-old today and I’m feeling…weird. I feel like I need to spend every moment with her, to celebrate this last year of life. But then when we’re together it’s just a normal day. She doesn’t know it’s her birthday. She’s still napping and eating and pooping like normal. …


Texas’ new abortion ban is an affront to our girls’ future.

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At least we have money.

That was my first thought when Texas passed the abhorrent SB8 stripping women of their right to choose to continue a pregnancy.

I was numb. I am numb. At least we have money.

Since Texas’ special session that virtually banned abortion, I’ve been unable to feel anything towards the decision. My friends have a lot to say. They’re all over Instagram. They’re sharing tweets from people they’ve never heard of. They’re comparing the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders to the Handmaid’s Tale. They’re posting so much. Their anger numbs me even more.

I haven’t seen one person…


Millions of people are quitting their jobs and employers are dying to know why.

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I saw the hashtag #GreatResignation on LinkedIn today. Someone announced their resignation from a popular tech company and claimed themselves a part of this movement.

I never thought about the movement much. I’ve been in the throes of new motherhood and building a business, so when I paused to think of my involvement in the Great Resignation, I decided to look inward at my role in one of our country’s crises.

I’ve heard the phrase thrown around on the news. I’ve listened to disgruntled employers claiming they can’t find employees. …


I’m tired of being praised for doing it all.

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I thought working and being a mom were synchronous. My mom worked. My mom’s mom work. My dad’s mom worked. So it was only natural that I, too, would juggle motherhood with my professional life.

Prior to deciding what a tiny human would eat three times a day, I loved deadlines. I would always deliver on said deadlines and feel the sense of accomplishment and awe that comes after completing a project on time. Deadlines were always met unless of course there were extraordinary circumstances.

Now I miss deadlines because I’m extraordinarily tired. Does that count?

It doesn’t seem to.


Nostalgia and the impossibility of time in the Garden State.

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I flew back to New Jersey. It’s the first time since my life changed. So much was different in me. As I landed in the Garden State I felt the familiarity of home wash over me.

Olive sat in her dad’s lap, observing everything. She was equally curious about airplane safety cards and the New York skyline. At only 11-months-old, both were completely new experiences for her.

While my daughter experienced everything for the first time, I thought about drunken college nights in New York City — Jess and I skipping through Alphabet City with nothing but the subway schedule…


Techniques to help you hone in on your unique skills

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I gave myself a year to figure out my product as a freelancer. It actually took about six months.

When I started my freelancing career, I didn’t really know what I was selling. I had been in marketing for 8 years and knew a lot about the industry. I figured I’d cast a wide net and sell “marketing services.” From here I could figure out what worked and what didn’t and hone in on the unique talents I brought to clients.

But it was confusing and overwhelming for me and for clients. I was marketing myself as an agency, essentially…


Every writer wants their article to go viral, I just wasn’t prepared for it.

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In early March of 2021, I wrote an article that sparked some controversy. I wasn’t surprised, it was about race and whiteness and this is a hot topic among everyone in the States — and increasingly abroad.

I had written other articles on the topic. They had gotten some popularity as well, but none as much as this one, where I detailed conversations that happened in nonprofit spaces where only white people were in the room.

My article started to gain traction. It was getting thousands of views a day. 5,000 turned into 10,000, and before I knew it, the…


Older men seem to think I need validation from them.

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I just had an informational interview that went well. Until it didn’t.

Both I and the owner of a local agency in Austin agreed to have a coffee and discuss a position that needed to be filled. He had reached out to me via LinkedIn. Even though I am succeeding as a self-employed content strategist, I agreed to meet. You lose 100% of the opportunities you don’t take. Right?

Anyway. The interview went well. We discussed digital marketing. And content analysis. And my comfortability with project management. All the things people normally talk about in a traditional job interview.

Then…

Mindy Morgan Avitia

Content strategist writing about social justice, parenting, marketing, and the intersection of them all. mindymorganavitia.com

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