What is it about the change of the calendar to fall that makes us itch to get things done? Maybe it goes back to our gather-and-hibernate instinct… Regardless, I happened upon this TED Talk video yesterday, and it’s an excellent follow up to my post about stress-free productivity last week.
As we approach Labor Day, I’d like to make this public service announcement: You don’t have to work harder to work better. If I read that before I started my freelance business, I would’ve thought, “Yeah, right.” But five years of being my own boss has taught me many surprising things about true productivity, all … More Work Better
Every woman needs to know this before your next mammogram. It could save your life. 1. What type of breast do you have on a 1-4 scale? Ask for your mammography report. It’s in there. If you haven’t had a mammogram, your gynecologist can let you know if you’re in the denser camp. Most women … More Every Woman Needs to Know This
Moms, why is it so hard to invest in ourselves? Is it parental guilt? A relic notion of “modesty”? A societally ingrained notion of selfishness? Why, even in situations when the return on investment is quite obvious, does this feel so uncomfortable? For instance, this weekend there’s a kids’ book conference, and I dilly dallied … More Return on Investment
Five years ago, I booked a round-trip, red-eye ticket to Oklahoma City to pick up someone I met online. Her. Okay, technically we didn’t “meet” online, but I saw her description and photo on Petfinder and knew I had to.
Is there such a thing as a healthy St. Patrick’s Day? Turns out this green-tinged holiday could be better for you than you think. That’s assuming, of course, you don’t skip out of work early to spend half a day sloshing plastic cupfuls of overpriced crappy beer made magically more palatable by the fact that it’s … More Healthy St. Patrick’s Day?
Dinner parties don’t have to be fancy pull-your-hair-out affairs. They can be a convenient way to fit in time with family and friends between work trips, holidays, and extracurricular chauffeuring. The trick is to make them easy and fun. Here are my favorite 5 dinner party ideas. I’d love to hear yours, too!
Stop! Don’t go any further unless you’ve read So You Think You Can Freelance? Part I: Mindset. If you have (and still want to know more), please proceed … Welcome to the land of freelancing! I have a feeling you’ll be very happy here. The bad news: First you’ll have to do all the tax … More So You Think You Can Freelance? Part 2: Ground Work
Did you see the New York Times article about “the island where people forget to die“? The Greek island of Ikaria is home to one of the largest population of centurions. Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that its elderly remain remarkably sharp and active. One notable chap, Stamatis Moraitis, was diagnosed with terminal cancer at age 60, … More How to Live to 100
In her TED Talk “Dare to Disagree,” Margaret Heffernan speaks to the power of “no” and the people who aren’t afraid to tell us that. I know all about this kind of person. I’m married to one. He’s honest with me and challenges my ideas, even when it’s not what I want to hear. And … More The Power of No