10 to 4

Three months after my son was born, I went back to work. His longest stretch of sleep was four hours at that point. I was not ready to return. Yet, I found that corporate life was easier than caring for him. It wasn't quite a 'vacation', but it was a…

Ten Gifts

There's a lovely little book, now a website, now a daily blog that came from a woman who lives on a farm and she needed to find joy in the mundane. She began writing down the usual/normal/ordinary things that made her happy, and she made a list all the way…

Every nook and cranny

Holdout. Fortress. Stronghold. All the spaces I keep for myself. All the decisions for which I refuse to surrender control. Until we fumigated for termites, I hadn’t realized how many I have. Last year, a fairly normal insect mitigation event presented an unlikely spiritual metaphor that changed my perspective on…

Who do you serve?

We were on an airplane that wasn’t flying. It was supposed to be in the air. A 6:50am flight with a tight connection in Orlando. It had started with a surprisingly positive announcement that the flight wasn’t full (a rarity these days). We boarded quickly. Ready to get the show…

Rise and (how to) Shine

A researcher at Duke discovered that 40% of everything we do during the day is habit. “Habit” means our brain is doing it without us noticing. Habits don’t expend as much energy as conscious thought. Interestingly, high performing athletes and business execs aim to make a large part of their…