Let’s Get Sentimental

We may not yet have paperless offices, but times have definitely changed when it comes to keeping mementoes. Most of my kids’ schoolwork is done through google classroom, my ticket stubs and boarding passes are QR codes on my phone, and I don’t get many airmail letters with exotic stamps from pen pals anymore. CleaningContinue reading “Let’s Get Sentimental”

Expect the Unexpected

I love to plan – LOVE setting out all my upcoming adventures in my calendar, dreaming about what I’ll do on that weekend in Manhattan or what chores to tackle before a gaggle of teenagers fills my basement for a sleepover. A lesson I have to learn repeatedly though, is that whatever story I tellContinue reading “Expect the Unexpected”

Letting “Sunk Costs” Go

I sometimes keep things or stay in situations that I know are a mistake, just because I spent a lot of time, energy, and money making that mistake. It’s hard to let go of my “investment”, but as soon as I do I wonder why I didn’t move on much sooner – the freedom andContinue reading “Letting “Sunk Costs” Go”

Freedom from The Scary Pile

When I was young and in a new job, one of my responsibilities was approving (or not) requests for government funding in an area I didn’t know much (okay, nothing) about clinically. There were rules and politics and personalities involved in each decision and I didn’t like doing it. The requests came in by mail,Continue reading “Freedom from The Scary Pile”

A few words about things taking the time they need, and yoga

My first yoga class echoed with laughter as a friend and I twisted our bodies into awkward knots. We were young, at a gym to get a workout, and paid no attention to the meditative or relaxation parts of the class. A bit older, I lay on my mat in a library basement, no longerContinue reading “A few words about things taking the time they need, and yoga”

Let the Snowflakes Settle

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 thinkContinue reading “Let the Snowflakes Settle”

What I’m Reading Now

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 enrichingContinue reading “What I’m Reading Now”

Finish Chewing Before Filling Your Fork: a Lesson in Decluttering

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 … IContinue reading “Finish Chewing Before Filling Your Fork: a Lesson in Decluttering”