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Stop Suffering, Start Living

Holiday Stress?

My client is a mom of three under seven – a big job on top of her big job. As we coached, she was surrounded by piles of outgrown clothes and toys, the detritus of a seasonal decluttering.“And now,” she announced incredulously, “we have to do presents!”I was supposed to…
November 22, 2023
Getting Things Done

How’s Your Work-Life Balance?

I was surprised to discover (in my early 20s) that I didn’t like being in the Navy. I had looked forward to serving in the military for so long. What was going on?I knew it wasn’t my colleagues. I loved them. It was the culture: aggressive, black-and-white, fast-moving, demanding, pitiless.…
August 29, 2023
Parenting & Family Life

Something to Wrap My Empty Arms Around

"The ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the self, nor the other. The ultimate touchstone of friendship is witness." - David Whyte Anytime I have the opportunity to listen to the poet David Whyte, I take it. He looks deeply at ordinary life and finds wonder and…
March 19, 2021
Stop Suffering, Start Living

Put Away Childish Thinking

Last week I wrote about a miscommunication between my daughter and me. It happened years ago, but she brought it up recently in conversation, referring to it as a time I had “crushed a dream.” I call it a miscommunication because, at the time it happened, I had no idea…
March 4, 2021
Getting Things Done

It’s Not an Interruption, It’s Life

Last week was unusually busy with meetings. I had a high number of client meetings, a couple of appointments, and two church committee meetings. I was also getting ready for the visit of my brother and niece, who timed their visit to be here for my son’s 16th birthday. So,…
October 30, 2020