It’s great to have you here.
The Lightning Notes is a short daily post to help us move the world forward. It features great ideas and striking stories to remind us that we matter and that improving the world is our matter.
Notes come out five days a week and can be read in a minute or two with your morning coffee or tea. There’s also a free newsletter that arrives at your inbox doorstep bright and early Sunday.
And I’m Caitie Whelan, writer, teacher, entrepreneur, and Noter-in-Chief here at The Lightning Notes.
I’m from Maine. I went to Brown University, where I helped launch their Social Innovation Initiative and now serve on the Women’s Leadership Council. I co-founded a school in India with a community of lower caste musicians, raised a few pigs in Italy, and went to the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, where I co-founded the Salt Alumni Board. I’m a Truman Scholar, lifelong public library member, and lover of underdogs.
Before The Lightning Notes, I was a Senior Foreign Policy Advisor in Congress. It was a great job. But it wasn’t the job where I thought I could most effectively help move the world forward. In March 2015, I packed up my desk, packed up my apartment, and moved to Brooklyn. In April 2015, I launched The Lightning Notes. And in December 2016, I moved myself and these Notes to a beautiful little island in Maine.
Looking for a place to start? Here are Notes on how to be immortal, the antidote to shame, and staying wild and defiant. Or you could try these interviews with Sherman Alexie on creativity and vulnerability, Krista Tippett on how to live a meaningful life, Nicholas Kristof on cultivating confidence, and George Saunders on the real purpose of art.
Want to see The Lightning Notes off the page and in the world? I offer workshops on The Art of Risk Taking. They’re packed with high energy, terrific stories, and concrete tools for taking risks; handling fear, failure, rejection, and criticism; and building a meaningful life. Click right here for more.
And just one more thing about these Notes. They are offered free. There are no ads or paywalls. You have enough of that in your life. If anything here strikes you, I’d be grateful if you’d consider contributing a few dollars a month. Every bit helps to keep the lightning striking.
Thanks for stopping by. I love having you here.