Making the World a Better Place One Book at a Time

Have you ever seen a child reading a book at a party? I love that kid. When I see them, I smile and look at them enviously. They are doing something that isn’t considered acceptable for adults to do – read amidst a group of people being social. I have a book problem. I like […]

Summer is over: An update on my summer goals

Summer is my favorite season. The warm weather, the time spent outdoors, the change of pace, time at the beach. What isn’t to love about summer? In a blog post from late June, I shared my summer goals. As I say goodbye to my favorite season, I thought I would provide an update on my […]

Plan tight & hang loose

My colleague and thought partner Kelly Josephson uses this phrase to describe her approach to planning. When we co-facilitate meetings and planning sessions, it’s how we operate because we plan the event in excruciating detail, which then allows us to pivot if needed. It’s not intuitive that planning tightly provide us with freedom and flexibility, […]

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

This question is from the last line of the poem The Summer Day by Mary Oliver. The poem was the favorite of a colleague and mentor whose life was cut too short by cancer. It soon became one of my favorite poems, too, for it beautifully captures life’s wonders. I have some news. I have […]

Champagne on Mondays

Monday by Alex Dimitrov Doesn’t it bother you sometimeswhat living is, what the day has turned into?So many screens and meetingsand things to be late for. Everyone truly deservesa flute of champagnefor having made it this far!Though it’s such a disasterto drink on a Monday. I posted this poem to my Instagram story earlier this […]

Secrets to 25 Years of Marriage

We are back from our annual family vacation at Cape Cod (“The Cape” for us locals), and while we were there my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. We celebrated at The Ocean House where we enjoyed an outdoor dinner overlooking the ocean. While we were there, we brainstormed our secrets to a […]

Please take care of your mental health

It’s ok to work with a therapist. It’s ok to take medication for depression and anxiety. It’s ok to grieve. It’s ok to fully feel your emotions. We are still living through a pandemic and all of the uncertainties it brings. Structural inequality has not gone away. If you need to find a therapist, you […]

Why I Keep a Commonplace Book

I have a terrible memory. I envy people who read a book and can relay the author’s ideas or the plot years later. I just don’t have those brain cells available to me. Hence, the commonplace book. I do remember (ha!), reading Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, and […]

What are your MITs?

I’m reading Josh Kaufman’s The Personal MBA (I read multiple books at once; a topic for another post). I’m not quite sure if the idea of Most Important Tasks (MITs) originated with him or not, but he has a succinct description of it in his book and on his website. He describes your MIT as […]

What if we summered like Europeans?

I saw this meme recently and it got me thinking about how relentless we are when it comes to work. I just returned from a week of local travel. I know I will be a more creative and productive employee when I return to work because I took time off. My brain and my body […]