The Slow Year [My Word of the Year is…]

“Is next week tonight?”   Lucia asked, eager to replicate the midnight fireworks display of Christmas Eve (I told her it would again happen on New Year’s Eve — next week).   “Nope.” I said. “Tonight is tonight.”   And that’s as much of a metaphor as anything for the year I’ve got ahead of […]

How Does Your Life Measure Up?

A couple years ago I went through a year-long retreat process to dig into what matters most in my life. In the program was a gal with awesome hair who talked about doing weekly 1:1 meetings with her boyfriend about their life. In their “meetings”, they would follow a pre-determined agenda and have conversations to […]

On Giving Tuesday, Give Girls an Education

Is it crazy to say GivingTuesday is one of my favorite days of the year? Then let me be crazy. This year, I’m super excited to share a bit about what World Vision, a great organization I care about immensely, is doing in Zambia. If you know anything about my story, I got my start […]

Why Success Is Not a Dirty Word

A few years ago a popular blogger and friend Shauna Niequist wrote an article called Stop Instagramming Your Perfect Life. It went viral because it resonated with us all. A few weeks ago, I wrote you a newsletter entitled, Everybody’s Off Living their Perfect Life and I’m Just Here Folding Laundry. It was a line […]

Do You Need a Decision Day?

As I write this post, I’m at the my office, waiting for my husband and daughter to pick me up to go grocery shopping. This is a pretty obvious ending to the kind of day I like to call a “Decision Day”. Every couple of weeks I have a good decision day, and it’s a […]

A Letter to the Worst Year of My Life

There has been a theme in the last year of my life, and it has gone like this:   Character: CLAIRE Diaz-Ortiz (Type A / Planner / INFJ / Enneagram 3) with desire to do all the things in the way she wants to do them. Action: CLAIRE plans all the things. Stage Directions: Enter […]

How I’m Using Morning Pages to Write My Way Through

A couple years ago, I heard about a thing called Morning Pages. Julia Cameron is the brainchild and the concept is pretty simple: Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages*– they are not high art. They are not even […]

Things We Don’t Say: On Avoiding Conflict

With tons of little kids in the house these days (my own, typically, although occasionally others drop by to join in on the circus), I’m now doing a lot of my work in a co-working space. This has been a radical change in my work life, and one I’m embracing so far. Very quickly it […]