Embracing Silence

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

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...
Why Success Is Not a Dirty Word

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...
A Letter to the Worst Year of My Life

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...
We Need a New Word for Busy

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...
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