Ah, December! That time of year when "best of" lists are everywhere. One of the books topping my Best of 2019 list is Greg McKeown’s Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. I've found myself quoting the book and recommending it to others at least once a week since I read it over Memorial Day weekend. I… Continue reading Essentialism: A Review & Recommendation
When I wrote my Happiness Manifesto, I included the truth that happiness is a skill, not a choice. Just like any other skill, happiness takes practice, planning and patience. Let's pretend I wanted to become a ninja. Just hoping to learn mad ninja skill isn't going to work out well. As we say at my… Continue reading Do you need a plan(ner)?
Now is a good time for a reminder that happiness is a skill. Just like any other skill, happiness takes practice and patience. Part of my happiness practice is collecting and sharing 15-minute happiness check-ins. I came across an article from Mama Mia.com.au encouraging moms to share their "I don't" lists as a way to… Continue reading A list more important than your to-do list
The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates In recommending Melinda Gates’ The Moment of Lift to friend, I wrote “this is a short read, not a quick read”. There is a lot to think for a smallish book. Gates powerfully blends her experience, scientific data and stories to make a strong argument for why empowering women… Continue reading Book review: The Moment of Lift
Hey, fellow happiness hunters! My first newsletter went out today. I'm clickable! Work Your Happy is my monthly newsletter helpingboost daily happiness in 5 key areas to benefit overall well-being. Health * Assets * People * Purpose * Yourself In the November 2019 newsletter:The first all-female spacewalk was out of this world,the personalization of time steals your friends,and Harry Potter… Continue reading Extra! Extra!
Last week, I attended a wellness workshop at the my office. The focus was on wellness as an integrative practice. Giving yourself a score across across 8 dimensions would help you identify how "bumpy" your life might be currently. The goal isn't to get each dimension to a perfect 10 on the satisfaction scale. The… Continue reading Planning as a path to wellness
My planner is always with me. I’ll occasionally show someone as a self-deprecating way to show that yes, I am a Planner with a capital “P”, and my need for grids, deadlines and advance logistics is just part of my DNA. When I did this recently in a meeting, a co-worker called it a “scrapbook”,… Continue reading It’s NOT a scrapbook!
Yesterday, a friend texted me about an insane situation at her work place. Emotions running high, communications breaking down, exhaustion and frustration setting in. My text back: Observe over engage. Not everything needs an immediate response. It's the action-oriented view of "important vs urgent". Full disclosure: sometimes we give the advice we need to hear.… Continue reading My “rules” of working happy
On the first Wednesday of each month, I send out an email with a list of articles and ideas that made me think over the prior month to friends and other interesting people. If that's something that sounds interesting to you, subscribe here. Here's last month's highlights! Health: Managing your energy might be harder than you’d… Continue reading First Wednesdays: “mini newsletter”
One of my best friends practices what I think of as "conscious memory making". During one of her visits to my home, she asked if we could just hang out in the living room, watch goofy TV and chat. You know how Luna Lovegood says things that are so honest it can be uncomfortable? Well,… Continue reading Anticipation + Met Expectations = Powerful Energy