Going to the Coffee Shop

In the morning, I love going to the coffee shop. Call it a force of habit, a craving, an addiction — it’s hard for me not to start my day without popping into our corner store. Recently, however, I’ve been limiting my caffeine intake (due to pregnancy and headaches) and I was stuck: do IKeep Reading

Are You Chasing Productivity At The Expense of Your Soul?

I’m struggling with two competing challenges: being present and mindful, while also chasing the ego-driven aims of “success” and “productivity.” Is there a middle ground? I reached out to my dear friend Mathias Jakobsen, author and creator of Think Clearly, to dissect this competing pull between these two desires. This is the conversation. Two CompetingKeep Reading

Loving Yourself

A friend of mine is having a bit of a rough time right now and I sent her a note to check in. How’s it going, how are you feeling? One of the ways we exist for each other is to confirm and mirror experience. When we notice a friend or a colleague struggling, we canKeep Reading

Missing A Day

I woke up with a start at 11:30pm on Saturday night. I didn’t post anything today! I had forgotten to post: so many things swept up to take hold of the day. New York got a blizzard with 22 inches of snow. Alex and I hiked through it to take a 16-hour weekend class on birthing,Keep Reading

50 Things That Make Me Happy

In the free series of writing prompts I put together, one of the prompts is to make a list of 50 things that make you happy. I love lists (they’re one of the things that makes me happy!), and I love using lists as a way to kick-start my writing. It’s not writing, it’s making aKeep Reading

12 Unusual Things to Clean, Organize, and Sort — To Let Go of The Past & Prepare For the New

A few months ago, I started cleaning out unusual things. One bright Saturday morning, I woke to spent the day obsessively cleaning. Not frantically, and not hyperactively. But I did move steadily from one thing to the next, surprising myself with how much I could clean and how much these small, little things were callingKeep Reading

Should You Worry Now Or Later?

There are so many unknowns coming ahead on the horizon: Will we have a baby that sleeps or a baby that cries non stop? Will I love being a mom or will it be an immense challenge? Will I bond with my kid right away or will it take time? Will breastfeeding be hard orKeep Reading

How to Give (and Get) Great Feedback On Your Writing

A lot of people have asked me about how to get feedback on their essays. How do they publish it? Who should they ask? And why do they cringe and worry so much about whether or not people will be kind and say good things (or terrible things) about their essays? Part of the fearKeep Reading

When A Client Says No — Should You Do An Exit Interview?

A friend of mine is a successful independent business owner with high-end corporate clients. After a few deals didn’t close — and she didn’t feel badly about the deals not going through — she wondered: Should I follow up and ask them for feedback about why they went with another service? Small business reality: you’re alwaysKeep Reading

Why Saying “No” Is A Kindness

I invited two dear friends to join a book club with me. I think their reactions were remarkable. The first said, “No thanks,” directly. “Business books are so oversaturated in my life right now. I’m only reading fiction,” he said. “I can’t read another business book right now.” Done. Clear. Easy. Being direct is aKeep Reading