Get Started Decluttering Your Workspace

series of different shaped lightbulbs

Here's a video with an easy exercise to make a difference in your workspace. I tell a story, and somehow make a connection between light fixtures and writing things down at work... There's some Marie Kondo magic in there too. If videos aren't your thing, read further below for a quicker version, and for how…

Let the snowflakes settle

snowflakes filling the air

As I got better at noticing my emotions and my internal state in general, I often felt that it wasn’t what it “should” be, and then I'd feel a drive to change it. I had a whole host of techniques to fix my thinking. If I was worrying about something, my strategy was to think…

What I’m Reading Now

Essentialism diagram of chaos to order

I’m a big fan of meditation and yoga, and everything I’m learning about buddhism is bringing me more and more wisdom and inner peace. I’m also irreverent and sarcastic, and probably used to make fun of people who talked about ‘inner peace’. Life is messy 🙂  So, while my reading lately has been spiritually enriching…

Finish Chewing Before Filling Your Fork: A lesson in decluttering

food on forks

It was in an article about the Queen of England that I read about this habit. She takes a small amount of food into her mouth, puts down her fork and chews completely before loading her fork for another bite. As someone who approached every meal as if it were a speed-eating contest ... I…

The Year Of… ?

loaf of focaccia bread

A favourite habit of mine is naming my day / week / year - giving each one a theme or a focus. I'll have a day of Ideas or week of Calm, and picking the name makes me smile, even when my teenagers roll their eyes at me repeating the really good ones way too…

email Magic

picture of inbox with 0 messages

At my work, we had a productivity expert do a training session with us, and she asked how many emails we each had in our inbox. The answers - in a team of 15 people - ranged from 4 to 800. Everyone on the team works in a similar job, with a similar volume of…

My Passion Planner

passion planner

I love planners. I love them so much that I used to start at least three or four every year - shopping for them was too much fun! I made my own too. I don't remember how I first learned about Passion Planners, but it was over 3 years ago, and I haven't bought another…

How do you want to live your life?

doodles from my passion planner

“What do you want to achieve in your life?” It was a question that made me uncomfortable when I was first asked as a teenager. I thought it was because I was young. Now I'm in my 50's and I still don't know what I want do with my life, though I have some solid ideas…

ALL THE PENS!

sunlight reflecting in wavy patterns on the wall

Our home is full of space and openness - every room has clear surfaces, with only houseplants and truly treasured items out on display. It's not a stark minimalist look - it's a colourful and cozy 100+ year old house, just with not much stuff. It's me and my two teenagers (and often their friends),…

Powerful Books

A side effect of writing down my random thoughts is that I know the exact date when everything changed, when one of those thoughts was an epiphany.  On April 4, 2015, I was sitting in Bryant Park in NYC (I already knew it was a magic place, this day’s events cemented it.) I was tired…