A joke went around social media recently about how the temperature went from 90 to 55 like it saw a state trooper. It made me laugh, back when if still felt like late summer. A week into running the heater daily and noticing the sun set earlier and earlier, I’m no longer chuckling. Autumn. Not a huge fan. Fall colors? Yeah, they’re nice. That magical feeling when you can go outside without being suffocated by stifling, humid air or being bundled up as if en route to the South Pole? Love all 15 minutes of it. The inevitable weeks and weeks of darkness and cold? Nope. I accept that change is inevitable, but I doubt that I’ll ever celebrate the cold and darkness of fall and winter. No matter how much I whine, though, there hasn’t been a single instance where my complaining stopped the darkness from getting longer until that glorious. . . .Read more . . .
When you navigate your next, you need a compass and a map. If you were going to hike a new trail, would you bring a compass or a map? You can only choose one and there’s no cell service, but the distance and terrain are within your strength and skill levels. If you can follow the sun or stars, skip the compass. If it’s an out and back hike and you’re good at noticing landmarks, skip the map. You can navigate the physical world with either a compass or a map, or neither. To navigate new chapters in our lives, it takes both. Wrong Map What’s your five-year plan? Inside my head: that’s way too long, life’s too uncertain and changes too fast, that’s not what you want to hear, I need this job, I have to say something that will make hire me, QUICK! Before I could form the words,. . . .Read more . . .
You can learn how to hack just about anything with a quick visit to Google U. Does opening your lunch bag to find your bagel’s been squished ruin your day? Pop that circle of yum in the plastic CD spindle case you forgot to get rid of in 2003. Keep confusing your car key with your house key? Not sure how that’s even possible, but if so, color code those puppies with different shades of nail polish. Don’t want to drop cash on a speaker for your phone? Stop wasting those empty toilet paper rolls by turning them into bunny toys, grab a pair of scissors and two push pins and, voila, your whole neighborhood can belt show tunes right along with you. Sure, perfectly folded sheets, clean fingers after de-stemming strawberries, shiny post-vinegar soak shower heads are all nice. Sometimes your life needs more than a hack. When you feel stuck,. . . .Read more . . .