Gift Something of Yourself

sweetgrass baskets

There’s usually at least one library book in my house. Some, say, every Lisa Scottoline thriller ever, I devour in a single sitting. Others, nonfiction on the should-read list, gather dust until an overdue notice pings on my phone. I’m thrilled to be savoring my current library book, Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass. After waves […]

Leverage Your Strengths: Experience Magic

Think about how you’d feel about an event you’d normally enjoy – a family gathering, a night on the town, even a meeting at work – if you knew beforehand that something about it has an almost 100% chance of making you miserable. Bailing it isn’t an option. Enjoying it is. Without wasting energy trying to […]

Ask the Hard Questions

Yes! That is sooooooo me! I felt the shift in her energy before I heard the next sentence. I could practically see her pursing her lips and rolling her eyes, even though we were on the phone. But I don’t see how that’s going to help my career. I mean, I love that it’s my […]

The Franklin Effect: Ask for Help, Build a Relationship

He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another than he whom you yourself have obliged. The story behind that line from his autobiography rekindled my lifelong fascination with Benjamin Franklin. Like so many who grew up in the Philadelphia area, the big field trip during elementary school […]

Strengths and Shorebirds

Got strengths? But of course. What are you really good at? What comes so naturally to you that you loose track of time when you do it? How do you automatically think and act when you’re tired or stressed? Your answers are clues to your character strengths: ways of thinking, feeling, and acting in the […]