John and I recently committed to going to the gym three times a week, which requires making that a priority in our planning. Likewise, meditation required making a decision that my mental health is important enough to make time.
Even before we moved to New York City, John and I had a lot of conversations about how long we’d like to live here. It was not a foregone conclusion that we’d be lifelong New Yorkers. Now that we’re here,… Read More ›
My husband and I have thrown dinner parties for years, but I always thought of them as social occasions — a reason to haul out John’s mom’s silver, to set a proper table with fresh flowers and present a multi-course… Read More ›
I love birthdays — I think of them as my own personal New Year’s Day, reflecting on where I’ve been in my last year and how I can make my next year better. And my birthday always falls during Lent,… Read More ›
Which sounds more like your reality? That’s the way we’ve always done it Let’s think outside the box A recent Slate article headlined, “Inside the Box: People don’t actually like creativity,” rang true for me. One of the mantras I heard… Read More ›
John and I lived in New Orleans for a month this spring, and if you saw our Facebook posts about the eating, drinking, music and general frivolity, you might not believe it was an educational trip. This was our third… Read More ›
Returning from another wonderfully enjoyable and inspiring visit to one of America’s most iconic, unique cities has me reflecting on the benefits of living elsewhere for a month or longer. While we were in San Francisco for September, several people… Read More ›
Have you ever looked back on a bad relationship and been astonished you didn’t see what was happening more clearly? Or are you baffled when your friend simply doesn’t get the obvious about his or her relationship troubles? Research conducted… Read More ›
Because we don’t have to devote much conscious effort to the act of walking, our attention is free to wander—to overlay the world before us with a parade of images from the mind’s theatre. This is precisely the kind of mental state that studies have linked to innovative ideas and strokes of insight.
If your workplace doesn’t have a culture of truly letting people leave their cares behind when they take vacation — or if it’s frowned upon to even take vacation — maybe you can tell your boss that you need some task-negative time in order to tap into your best problem-solving insights?
A few years back, when I was working longer and more stressful hours at the office, I would often come home to find my husband, John, had set out a plate of olives, cheese and crackers with a glass of… Read More ›
It breaks my heart every time I hear someone just biding time until retirement — not only because it’s a waste of the here and now, but also because stories of people who die just as retirement arrives seem a… Read More ›
We’ve just passed the halfway point of 2014 — how is the year going for you? Are you following through on your ambitions for the year?
For our new year’s card this year, we provided a range of verbs we felt showed actions of improving your life, including several pairs of actions: start and quit, commit and release, host and visit, save and give.
I had a dream earlier this week that’s stayed with me ~ I was driving in the left-turn lane of a five-lane road. I started to merge into the lane to my right but a car was coming from behind me…. Read More ›