I'm a little bit obsessed with CliftonStrengths (formerly Strengthsfinder). It's an online assessment (with supporting books and programs) that helps you identify where your innate talents lie. Idea being that when you focus your time, energy and attention on your greatest potential, that you will be happier, more successful, etc etc. (Tapping into your untapped … Continue reading Got Untapped Strengths?
This just in! Science* concludes that human people can only be awesome at five life categories at a time. Pick and choose, but don't try to be awesome in all categories at all times. You. Will. Go. Bonkers. Sometimes good enough is good enough. Example categories: Progressive mom Awesome wife / partner Sex kitten Great … Continue reading Be Awesome – But Not At Everything
For Rebecca How has it taken 40-something years for us to understand that not everything gets to be or needs to be our thing? Which means that it's perfectly normal, natural and right to say "It's just not my thing." Full stop. No explanation. No shame. No further conversation needed. Maybe there is some practice needed … Continue reading Not My Thing
Seems like I need a daily reminder of the distinction between excellence and perfection. Excellence is solid. It’s grounded. It comes from inside you. It calls for good posture, shoulders back, sharp focus and an inner smile. It summons your strengths, talents and gifts and it calls for you to SHINE. Excellence knows when things … Continue reading What’s So Perfect about Being Perfect?
When I graduated from the University of Delaware in 1992, I had two goals: - Get an active job, preferably outdoors - Buy an F-150 pickup truck I applied for a park ranger position. Didn't get it. Life happened and, twenty-four years later, I am an editor who sits all day and drives a Mini … Continue reading Sick of Sitting All Day
Today I'm inclined to take my YogiTea bag message as universal truth. "The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment." What if it really were this simple? What if we could experiment with life and play and help make the world a better place and enjoy vacations and love our kids and be present … Continue reading Let’s Lighten Up, Friends!
Eight years ago friends gifted me a collection of stories by Miranda July. I read the first story. It was good - quirky and real and good. Then work distracted me. Then I misplaced the book. But I never forgot the title. "No one belongs here more than you." It's the kind of statement … Continue reading No one belongs here more than you.