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My Favorite Reading Life Hack of 2018

Today I'm about to share with you one of my all-time favorite life hacks of 2018, and it's all about The Next Big Idea Club. Here's the deal: Smart people like you like reading good books. Smart people like you are typically quite busy. Thus, smart people often have a...

Is Writer’s Block Real?

Back when I was in college, my professor told me writer’s block is not real. Since then I’ve grappled with that statement -- how is writer’s block NOT FREAKIN’ REAL when on numerous (read: approximately one million) occasions I’ve been stuck at my computer or...

Bullet Journaling

As I am always on a never-ending hunt for optimizing productivity, I’ve been a big fan of the bullet journaling craze that has taken the interwebs by storm. (See Bullet Journaling: The Analog System for the Digital Age) and approximately one million other articles for...

How To Get Unstuck

Getting stuck, whether it be in my writing or my work, is an area I’d like to explore a bit more. Meaning, what are the ways that I get unstuck. It’s easy to get paralyzed -- but here’s a thought: Stressing out about being stuck does not get you any closer to being...

Embracing Silence

There’s something important I’ve been working on lately, and it’s not reading more or working more or getting more INPUT in this one life I live. It’s granting myself space and time to be alone. I don’t mean becoming reclusive, necessarily. I mean alone with myself...

Why You Should Make Lists

Amidst a turbulent year, one of the actionable steps I took to keep my feet planted was making lots and lots of lists. Although it may seem trivial, there is something to be said for staying organized by way of achieving small, even minute tasks, taking pressure off...

The Way I Am

I was off on a fabulous trip this week which led to fun and learning and fatigue all at once -- par for the traveling course. I was with my Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches Group out in Phoenix, learning from the likes of former Ford CEO Alan Mulally, who was born in...

How To Make Free-Time Productive

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make my “free-time” more productive. I’m a huge advocate for downtime. I know, I’m sure for some of you it might sound painful. But, look at it this way: Free-time can be more than vegging out. Free-time can be a way to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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