To Change Your Life, Change Your Environment

Some people enthusiastically set goals in January while others avoid New Year’s resolutions altogether. Regardless of which camp you fall into, cultural milestones like the dawn of a new decade tend to get us thinking about our priorities. For me, the arrival of 2020 has driven home the fact that time is passing at an alarming rate. (Y2K was twenty years ago? Seriously??) In response, I’m ear…

Let's Get Our Joy On!

Do you remember that time when you were so excited about something that you could hardly contain yourself? Root around in your memory. When was it? Last week? Last year? When you were a kid? Take a minute to locate a memory like this. No, really. I forbid you to read further (in the nicest possible way, of course) until you locate such a memory. {memory digging memory digging memory di…

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…