I’ve attempted to sit and write this about 67 times in the last five days. I’m prone to distraction and prone to work in crevices, rather than creating space for deep, focused work. Because WHAT IF I MISS SOMETHING?! What if something even better happens while I’m focused? When I believe the deep fear of […]
I could feel the tears start in my throat, and I was a little surprised. Why was I feeling so emotional about a training session? As the participant, not the speaker, I’d been anticipating this session for weeks. Calendar blocked, phone on do not disturb, and multiple beverages at the ready (because there’s always a […]
My plane was delayed last month because of poor communication and a dog. My 5:20am flight (YIKES) was set to leave early, when the flight attendants started whispering about a dog on the plane. I’m in the second row, so I’ve got a front-row seat to the quandary. “The dog’s not in a carrier.” “She […]
The buzzy beep halted the entire boarding line. The gate agent kindly asked the woman, “Are you traveling with him?” “Yes.” “Oh, good. He scanned your boarding pass.” The woman rounded on him, “You idiot.” At first, I thought she was teasing her traveling companion. Just playful banter. But after the gate agent quickly solved […]
SMART goals are dumb. So are SMARTER goals. There. I said it. Before you go grasping your pearls, I think goals are valuable. Our brain needs pursuing something to feel excited and engaged in our life. Goals help us in the pursuit. But, our culture has gone a bit crazy. Google can’t even catalog the […]
I had the BEST plan for 2022. The last week of December 2021, I reflected and planned and word-of-the-yeared and vision-boarded. Business goals, personal goals, physical goals…all of it Beautiful! Wonderful! Amazing! I had two big physical goals: move my body every day and sleep more. And New Year’s Eve 2021, I came down with […]
“That’s not how you do it,” she chided. “It’s how Aunt Frances taught me,” the other defended. “No, it’s not.” “Were you there?” “Do you make these every year?” In a kitchen covered with 100s of wedding cookies, my two Italian aunts suddenly turned from excited chatter to excessive bickering. How did two sisters in […]
Our yellow couch was the place of absolute transformation. We sat together, looking at the excel sheet showing our total debt had crossed into the six figures…not including our house. My chest tightened and my heart physically hurt, almost like I was drowning. I guess because we were drowning in credit card, student loan, and […]
Poop jokes all day long in my house this week. Not because we have babies or dogs, but because we’re in our mid-40s and our doctors prescribed a colon cancer screening. While I felt incredibly grateful for how much easier “poop-in-a-box” is than a colonoscopy, I still faced testing the most basic function of my […]
I howled with laughter as we careened around the corner of the Matterhorn Bobsled. We swished through tunnels and then out into the clear starry night. As we crested the top of the curve and Disneyland lay out under the crescent moon, I gasped with gratitude because I realized: I almost missed this. For years, […]
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