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Wishful Thinking

November 17, 2017

Happy weekend!

Illustration by Marc Johns

Self Care as the Holidays Approach

November 16, 2017

What 3 things will you do over the next 6 weeks to nurture your body and soul?

– go to a guilty-pleasure movie in the middle of the week
– soak in my friend’s hot tub beneath the stars
– stay in bed (if my dog lets me) until 8 am

Illustration by Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber

Power Tools

November 15, 2017

I’m currently working with a Coaching client who is a young woman thinking about running for office. She’s so inspiring. As we’re bombarded with the daily news of sexual harassment and assault, lasting change will only come as more women assume positions of real power.

I Have Had It by Kelly Reemtsen

Child’s Play

November 14, 2017

 

Illustration by Malika Favre for the New Yorker

 

Worry Diet

November 13, 2017

Years ago during the Iraq war, I knew a Rabbi whose son was in the military and stationed there. I couldn’t imagine how he dealt with the fear for his son’s safety. The Rabbi (who was also a former Marine) explained that the only way he could manage the anxiety was by strictly limiting his worrying to 15 minutes a day. During those 15 minutes, he would really go for it, allowing all his darkest fears to surface. But by keeping a rigid boundary around the worry, it didn’t infect the rest of his day-to-day life. I’m going to try this.

Print by Friedrich Kunath

Failing Forward

November 10, 2017

I talk with my Coaching clients about giving their ideas a test run. You learn in the process to keep what works and discard what doesn’t. And I’ve heard that described as “failing forward.” I love that concept. It really reframes failure.

Illustration by Adam J Kurtz

It’s Time to Focus on Food. Thanksgiving’s Coming

November 9, 2017

What dish(es) are you making or most looking forward to eating?

Photo: Peas on a Plate, 1978 by Sandy Skoglund

 

Staying Neutral

November 8, 2017

When I was prepping for a recent San Francisco trip, I made sure not to pack clothes with color. Since relocating to L.A. 15 years ago, I’ve expanded my wardrobe palette beyond black, brown and grey, but I know better than revealing this in the Bay Area. The other thing I had to keep under wraps was rooting for the Dodgers in the World Series. My SF friends are diehard Giants fans (which means they loathe the Dodgers) and they had no room for that. 

Illustration by Ella Frances Sanders

I LOVE Virginia!!!

November 7, 2017

For the first time in a year, I feel like I can breathe.

Stubbornly Favorite Tools

November 6, 2017

This post is inspired by the book, The Secret Life of the Pencil, which features the writing tools of a variety of artists. (This particular pencil is owned by the writer Dave Eggers.) That got me to thinking about what helps me be creative. At first, I thought about an old cheese grater I frequently use, even though I have newer, spiffier models. But I’m also very stubborn about notebooks. I love the brand, Miquelrius, because of their cover art, the size between the lines and the way that they bend. What’s one of your favorite tools?