nicole bensen

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I spent an hour in a pen with a loose horse and was challenged to feel instead of solve. What do you think happened next?

People vastly underestimate how much change they will experience over ten years. Take a look at your last decade: how much has changed?

Have you gotten any yet? The notes that say, “We’re halfway through the year, where are you with your resolutions?”  I shared back in January that I’m not big on resolutions; I like MVEs, minimum viable experiments. These are tiny micro nudges toward progress, and I encourage you to make these tiny goals whether you’re […]

The subject line: “Congratulations! The SVBJ wants to name you a Woman of Influence this year.”  My first thought: “This must be a mistake. The Silicon Valley Business Journal has no idea who I am.” Then: “This is probably one of those clickbait subject lines where they’re just inviting me to APPLY to be considered.” […]

The Silicon Valley Business Journal just named me a 2022 Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley, and I had to give a 6-word memoir.

Someone asked why this weekly note to you is called “Tea Time,” and since I recently went to a cute* tea place, it’s the perfect time to explain. I’ve always enjoyed the fancy fun a tea party brings—dressing up and donning a feather fascinator (I’ve been known to wear a fascinator on a random day, […]

Me: Should I get my tongue pierced first, or my belly button?Friend: Do them both!Me: Or should I do my ear cartilage?Friend: DO IT ALL! In my 20’s I loved riding my motorcycle, baking, cuddling my pets, meeting up with my friends for dinner at 9:00, and having conversations like the above. Present day me […]

Mental health tools that work when you’re having a rough day at the office or an unplanned c-section (or anything in between)

I’m giving myself permission to use this blog as an experiment—no commitment to posting quantity or theme, just a place to capture things I’d like to share. Let’s see what happens.