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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...

We may lose and we may win though we will never be here again…

Shortly after Jose’s father passed away, we were dancing in the living room before dinner. Jose, Me, and Lucia, with her favorite song playing loud on the speakers. The Eagles’ Take it Easy is a pretty good song to live by, if that one line that I love with all my...

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...

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...

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....

We Need a New Word for Busy

Oh hi. It's Claire, author of a new book and mother of #3under3 who is traveling and speaking and writing and fighting with health insurance about preemie vaccines and cleaning up asking my husband to clean up the mess the neighbor's dog makes of our trash every...

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