Heidi Oran

Heidi Oran is a writer, and works in advertising and marketing. She has a passion for generational discussion, and has been writing about millennials since 2011. You can contact Heidi via email here or visit her site at HeidiOran.com.

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Heidi Oran's Articles

Overcoming the Pitfalls of Entrepreneurship and Social Media

I think we can all agree that sometimes, social media can be a little much. Many of us go through periods of time where we are tempted to shut down an account and retreat for a while, and some of us do. It’s also always invigorating to go on an unfollow-cleanse: delete those who cause…

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5 Signs That Your Calling is Calling

I’m a firm believer that we all have a very specific contribution that we are meant to make to the world – something that only we are qualified to deliver. Some call it a gift, or perhaps our purpose, while others refer to it as our calling. Either way, it’s something that fills up our soul…

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Change Happens: 5 Reminders to Help You Embrace it

“Let go or be dragged.” – Zen Proverb Change often comes to us when we don’t want it — when we’re not willing participants. We cling to the past because it’s comfortable. We refuse to surrender to the present because that would mean acknowledging that our comfort zone has dissolved. It’s not always easy to…

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What Happens When Silence Isn’t Golden?

“Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” – Francis Bacon At ten years old, I longed for silence. My house was fairly loud and chaotic — a revolving door of visiting family and friends along with a blend of different languages streaming in the background. You could find me holed up in a bedroom with…

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Practical Tips to Improve Self-Awareness

I have writer’s confession to make. Brace yourself, it’s a big one: I have never written in a journal. Can you believe it? If you’ve ever listened to an interview with a writer, you may have heard that it’s common for writers to have piles and piles of old journals tucked away somewhere safe, with…

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One Simple Question That Will Save You From Burnout

“You can do anything, but not everything.” – David Allen I’ll never forget the day I realized I can’t do it all. I was driving to a meeting for a charity fundraiser after a long day with the kids, and I had this moment where I wished I was sick. I wished that I would be…

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Community and Collaboration

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt isolated as an entrepreneur! Heidi Oran shares a few reasons why finding community through collaboration is key. 

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On Talent and Responsibility

January was a difficult month for lovers of the Arts. David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey… these are only a few of the individuals we have lost since the calendar switched over to January 2016. Yes, they are celebrities, and we didn’t know them personally, but their immense talent and skill at their given craft…

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Are You Serious About Chasing Your Dream?

We often use words like passion and purpose around here on Thin Difference. With good reason, many of us realize our career prospects are rocky, even (especially?) with those fresh degrees –  so why not try to make a real go of following our dreams? We make the decision to move forward – and quickly, we realize…

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Downtime: How We Can Use It in Our Favor

Downtime. It sounds like a good thing, right? Like something we all need every now and then. But for at least two groups of workers: creative types and contract workers (often one in the same), downtime can feel much different. Downtime can feel like the waiting game. And with good reason. Whether you’re waiting on editor feedback, to…

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The Introverted Leader

I’ll never forget the moment I realized there are other people like me out there. People who don’t mind speaking in front of a crowd, but dread the small talk afterward. People who find themselves speechless in a confrontation because they aren’t sure what they’re thinking unless they write it out. People who spent the…

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The Job Dilemma – How To Pick Your Path

One day, in eleventh grade, the school guidance counselor called me down to his office. I was happy for the opportunity to get out of class, though I wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to talk about. My grades were mediocre; higher in the arts and humanities, lower in science and math – nothing out of the…

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