My friends who live at the shore year-round are celebrating the start of Locals’ Summer today, when the tourists are mostly gone and the weather is mostly fabulous, at least until a hurricane sneaks up the coast. If you’re not celebrating the first day back to work after a long. . . .Show me more . . .
While working on a project tentatively titled Five Fallacies About Work-Life Balance, I discovered a simple, powerful way to up your joy quotient in every domain of your life. It comes from Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall’s new book, Nine Lies About Work. Instead of thinking of work and life. . . .Show me more . . .
I created a project a few months ago. I was so excited about it, but only shared it in a half-hearted way, at best. One person – one stinkin’ person – responded. I became frustrated, angry, sad, scared, mired in self-disparaging perfectionism to the point that I pulled the offer. . . .Show me more . . .
Without really understanding why, I felt compelled to start volunteering one morning a week at a vegetable garden this spring. Learning, being outdoors, exercising, connecting with lovely people, all while serving an organization I care deeply about. I absolutely love it all. So many lessons, not just about gardening, but. . . .Show me more . . .
It’s been a tough couple of weeks. Spring, in all its loveliness, is in full bloom: warmer days, constant birdsong, countless blossoms. And pollen. So. Much. Pollen. Its effects nearly led me to re-route from the grocery store to the E.R. last week, in spite closed car windows and humming. . . .Show me more . . .
I am certain that we find what we seek. No, I’m not going full-on Law of Attraction here. I’ll never fully abandon left-brained critical thinking or Philly girl skepticism. And yet … I’ve experienced too much, well, magic, to discount my certainty that we find what we seek. Even if I’m. . . .Show me more . . .
This is the first summer in ten years that I’m happy, productive, and comfortable in my home office since I started using it – ten years ago. I complained for a decade that the insulation-free attic and southern exposure made my office freezing in the winter and stifling from late. . . .Show me more . . .
If you’re like most people, you’re really good at noticing what’s wrong. We’re wired to take in the negative. And how can you problem-solve if you don’t start with what’s wrong, right? Nope. We do better when we start with what’s right. Whine, Moan, and Complain Anyone who overheard the. . . .Show me more . . .
It’s t-minus two weeks until the big day, which means, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, the pace of most of our already hectic lives is approaching warp speed. Schedules packed, to-do lists long and growing, rest and patience harder to come by than daylight during your evening commute. Good. . . .Show me more . . .