Sometimes I feel like I have lots of ideas but I don't take action. Recently, I was talking to the owner of a wellness clinic about this problem and she suggested that I write down all of my ideas without necessarily committing to action. She said I may just decide to take action one day and … Continue reading Writing down your ideas can bring freedom
What’s your motivating factor?
I have had several moments when I having been feeling down since I have gone back to work and been spending less time with my daughter. Something that's really helped me turn this around is that I have realized how Maggie is the ultimate motivator for getting anything done and for getting my own life … Continue reading What’s your motivating factor?
How can we make better choices in our daily routines?
Lately I have been trying to make some changes in how I spend my time at home. I was getting down in the dumps about having so little time with my daughter during the week and having the evenings after putting Maggie to bed seemingly get sucked up with a bit of TV, cleaning up … Continue reading How can we make better choices in our daily routines?
Should we tell a white lie to save face and protect those around us?
On Monday morning I woke up to the jarring realization that I had completely forgotten my friend’s baby shower on Saturday. It completely slipped my mind. Thankfully, this sort of thing does not happen to me very often because I am usually working very hard to avoid the feelings of guilt and shame that began … Continue reading Should we tell a white lie to save face and protect those around us?
Sometimes you just gotta muscle through it
Around the house I am often asking Dave for help with something that I cannot quite fix. I sometimes hesitate out of concern that I am going to break it (with my brute strength apparently) and I do not force objects where they do not seem to want to go. When I call on Dave, he … Continue reading Sometimes you just gotta muscle through it
Does following our purpose help to ground us?
This winter I was feeling like my writing in the morning was frivolous. It was a morning ritual that I had developed after reading Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way at Work more than six years ago: sit, drink my coffee, write. Dave had started to get up early and go to the gym every day; … Continue reading Does following our purpose help to ground us?
How to turn advice-seeking into self-propelled solution finding
Have you ever noticed how when a friend comes to you for advice it seems like they are not open to it? They start to tell you their story and when you offer suggestions they respond with “No, that won’t work...” or “Well, I thought of that but...” This can be frustrating because you feel … Continue reading How to turn advice-seeking into self-propelled solution finding
If you got one thing done today, what would you want it to be?
When we moved into our two bedroom house, we had great aspirations for our second bedroom. We had coined it the Swiss room, because, like a Swiss army knife, we would use it for so many different activities: guest bed, music, office, storage, yoga. Alas, instead it has evolved into an island of misfit toys. … Continue reading If you got one thing done today, what would you want it to be?
Can understanding regret shape better decision-making?
I was shocked one summer when my neighbor Bill* suddenly came to me to ask me to return to my babysitting job that I had held with them for 4 previous summers because his wife Natalie* had cancer. While considering the decision, I felt selfish for not wanting to give up the ideal summer job … Continue reading Can understanding regret shape better decision-making?