Get Things Done

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.

Work Better

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

Return on Investment

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

Pavlov the Dog

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. 

Dinner Party Ideas

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!

How to Live to 100

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

The Power of No

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