“Do you have a best friend at work?” was one question on the first “employee engagement” surveys I took. The question was considered somewhat of a joke at the time. After all, work is for work. You could have friends on your own time. Fast forward a decade or so, and suddenly both having social… Continue reading Fellowship of the … Cubicle?
You know that feeling when there are ideas swirling around your head that keep bumping up against each other, yet haven’t yet been distilled into what is essential? I’m there with thoughts about setting boundaries at work, self- and community- care and how I define both happiness and success. I need Dumbledore’s pensieve so that… Continue reading Saying Yes… and No
I kicked off my Memorial Day weekend - the official start of summer - by emailing a group of coworkers inviting them GAME OF CONES*: a series of informal, ice cream-based summer meetings. From Redbubble! Immediately after hitting send, I regretted it. Not because I don’t want to hang out with my coworkers and have… Continue reading Game of Cones: Why Ice Cream Matters
When I graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2000, I didn’t give much thought to what I was leaving. My experiences at MHC weren’t all strawberries and champagne. I applied to transfer my first-year, staying only because my parents let me know that a transfer meant no study abroad in Ireland. After graduation, I moved… Continue reading The hope I needed this week
I recently had the opportunity to attend a Leading with Purpose workshop with Nick Craig. For anyone not familiar with Nick’s work, he coaches leaders to find their purpose by focusing on magical moments from childhood and crucible stories. Exploring these life experiences, both positive or negative, is how Nick guides others to find where… Continue reading Getting to Neverland
National Infertility Awareness Week is April 21 – 27, 2019. This essay includes personal experience with infertility and pregnancy loss. One of the ways I work a little happier is by finding opportunities to get involved at the office outside of my day job. My company recently launched an employee resource group for caregivers: parents,… Continue reading Choosing A Bigger Life
Using up paid time off is one of my "soapbox" issues. The first time I wrote a non-traditional out-of-office message, I wrote that I was working to reach my goal of being in the 1/3rd of Americans using up all their vacation time. Putting that in writing felt risky - even if it was honest.… Continue reading On Using Paid Time Off
old plans, memories forever As a firm believer in the power of the pen, I encourage anyone and everyone to: Write it down on real paper with a real pencil. And watch shit get real. ~Erykah Badu When a friend recently asked me if she could “talk to me about my planner”, I was geeked up.… Continue reading Flow over Hustle
Contemplating my word of the year is the only bit of planning for new year I do before Christmas. Full-blown reflection, intention-setting and list-making must wait until December 26th (the true beginning of the 12 Days of Christmas)! This is my way of trying to stay in the moment during the Christmas season and avoiding… Continue reading The Power of A Word
The Working Parents Group at my office showed a screening of Screenagers this week. I'm so glad I saw this movie and am starting to think critically about the role of technology in my life before I have a teenager. While my son is only (almost) 3 years old, I've come to be both impressed and a little… Continue reading Is your tech making you happier?