7 productivity habits with huge payoffs

A clean desk with a large monitor that says do more

It's a new year and with that comes a plethora of productivity hacks to make 2020 the best year ever! I just skimmed dozens of these productivity lists that offered anywhere from 3 to 50 (fifty!) tips. A few of the suggestions were new to me (keep a green plant on your desk?) while most…

Practicing Mindfulness and High School Graduation

Exploring Mindfulness and High School Graduation

“What do you miss?” my father asked recently while on our weekly shopping trip. Having suffered a mild stroke last year, I now take him on his errands, and we occasionally find ourselves having deeper conversations than the price of bread. Though the question was random and without context, I knew instantly my answer: “I…

Can You Prove You are You? Three Ways to Protect Your…

People stranded on top of a home during a flood

Imagine a fire, a flood, a tornado taking everything – your home and all of its contents. Imagine your laptop, smartphone, files, and wallet - gone, too. Could you recreate your identity? Could you prove you are who you say you are? Could you prove you are YOU? Victims of Hurricane Katrina faced this complicated…

A Swing Set With a Purpose

Girl swining on a swing smiling

My daughter turned 15 last week and for her birthday we built a swing set. An unusual gift for a teen? Probably - but it was in sync with my mission statement – and though I didn’t know it at the time – it turned out to be the perfect gift. Do you have a…

How a Keystone Habit is Changing My Life…

a woman doing a tree stand on top of a mountain

The countdown is on.  I’m 49 years old with fewer than 12 months before the Big 50; so naturally, I made a list of all the goals I’m hoping to reach before I hit the half-century mark. Health goals, intellectual goals, family goals, spirit goals, financial goals. And I want a theme – something catchy.…

Are You a Nester? 5 Lessons from Cozy Living

A baby bird in the tree

I’ve got that nesting feeling. That hunker-down, fluff the house, prep-for-the-long-dark-winter feeling. And fortunately for me, I recently picked up a few nesting skills from an expert extraordinaire, and I’m happy to share them with you here. This summer a Robin built her nest on our front porch. She flew by with a twig in…

Priorities: The Real Ones…

Emergency workers unloading a patient from a helocopter

I witnessed a SKID Presentation (Stop Kids’ Impaired Driving) this week. The students of Jesuit High School huddled on rainy bleachers while a graphic drunk driving dramatization played out before them. The reenactment gripped their every sense - ambulance sirens, helicopter vibrations, blood-soaked bodies, a sobbing mother – and absolute silence as the Medical Examiner arrived – a sight…

Not So Totally Orderly

Not So Totally Orderly chalk board sign

Organizing projects I love: closets, kitchens, a massive pile of paper. Mudrooms are my favorite, and I've never met a playroom that didn't beckon. Organizing projects I tolerate: garages, basements, sheds  - basically any space that provides safe shelter for spiders. Organizing projects that leave me stymied: meal planning, kids’ chores, time and task management. Actually, I don’t mind assisting a client…