From Beach to Cubicle: How to Relax More at the Office

What do you do when your vacations are starting to seem like far off islands of salvation in a vast sea of never-ending drudgery? Those of you who’ve been reading my blog posts for a while now know that I encourage everyone to take your earned vacation days each year. I think time away from the office is an important part of maintaining physical and mental health so we can feel and give ou…

4 Steps to Keep Your Cool When Emotions Run Hot

In my last post I talked about something we’ve all experienced: those awful moments when we say the exact wrong thing at an important moment and immediately regret it. Open mouth, insert foot. Intense emotions can wreak havoc on the good working relationships and harmonious home life we’ve worked hard to build, causing us to say stupid things that might unravel years’ worth of accumulated goo…

You Won't BELIEVE What I Just Said...

Do you remember that time when you said the thing you wish you hadn’t said to that person you wish you hadn’t run in to during that conversation you really wish you hadn’t had? Yeah, me too. These open-mouth-insert-foot moments tend to happen when we’re in the throes of a charged emotion – anger, guilt, shame, vulnerability – and find ourselves in a situation that requires a specific respon…

Make Like Amazon: From Failure to Fulfillment

Remember that Amazon Fire phone? No? Then how about Amazon Auctions? Surely you remember Amazon zShop. Still no? These are all services Amazon launched – and launched big, like, billions of dollars big – that failed. Two of these products – Amazon Auctions and Amazon zShop – were attempts to develop a viable online marketplace. Both failed spectacularly. Serial failures like this are why A…

Beyond Regret: Harness Your Experience to set Better Goals

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell In my last blog post, I talked about the fact that some of us are dogged by a sense of lingering regret over the road not taken. This sense of regret can cast a shadow over our life, making it hard to enjoy…

Unpacking Regret: From Broken Dreams to Greater Fulfillment

In my last blog post, I talked about how taking time off can help us step back from daily life and make strategic choices about how we spend our time. This action can help us live with less stress and more meaning. But what if exhaustion and overwhelm aren’t the problem? What if a sense of deep regret makes it difficult for you to truly experience a fulfilling life? We all live with some le…