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Nov 18, 2022

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 […]

Nov 4, 2022

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, […]

Oct 14, 2022

“You’re not the boss of me, Pippa!” Yes, I named and shouted at the British voice who tells me what to do on Waze.I have a love/hate relationship with turn-by-turn directions and GPS navigation systems. I really hate a machine telling me what to do. I am a full human who can read a map […]

Oct 7, 2022

Years ago, I sat at a new-to-me-but-actually-old desk, wondering,“Can I really do this job?”  I wasn’t worried about the tasks — training the trainers, creating schedules, talking with stakeholders, keeping records — I was worried about me dealing with all the people issues that come with a leadership role. I was excited about moving up, […]

Sep 9, 2022

Clicking the keys furiously, I was determined to finish a project before the session ended. Headphones in, glasses on, multiple beverages next to me: I was in deep focus work.  I avoid getting into focus work. My personality structure doesn’t like the discomfort of focus. WHAT IF I’M MISSING SOMETHING MORE FUN? And yet focus […]

Sep 5, 2022

My toes curled around the painted turquoise edge of the pool, and Coach Cooley was giving a million instructions on how not to break our necks. This felt really important…not breaking my neck. At 5 ½ years old, I was learning to do a racing dive into 3 feet of water. (It was barely the […]

Sep 2, 2022

Tightly gripping the black concert folder, I see a sea of nearly 3000 faces surrounded by red velvet and cream plaster. My breath catches: I’m about to sing on the stage of Carnegie Hall. Five different levels of balconies and boxes held an audience eager for a moving performance. A hundred vocalists on the risers […]

Aug 29, 2022

The American rugged individualistic myth is destroying us. I remember barely hanging on to the escalator railing, heavy and sluggish after 15 hours alone on planes from St. Louis to Johannesburg, South Africa. What comes into view as I descend are a massive giraffe and the arrivals and departures boards. Then a two-story tile wall […]

Aug 22, 2022

The most freeing idea is you can live as who you are today. Yes, right now, in this very moment, you have all the worth you need. You don’t have to earn the right to care for yourself. I’m about self-improvement, of course! I want to keep growing and becoming the truest and most healthy […]

Aug 15, 2022

Three cousins walk into a bar.An illustration on conflict. A fireball on ice, cucumber soda, silver martini, and sampler app ordered at the counter, the group grabs a table, plunks down their white table number down, and start catching up. After 20 minutes of laughing and talking, they notice their appetizer has not arrived. Silver […]

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