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Have the courage to be creative
16 August 2020
Have the Courage to Be Creative

Words of wisdom for all you closet creatives. One of the best highlights of the year (other than gluten-free Oreos hitting the market) (oh, and vaccines) has been the serendipitous gift of working with a bunch of clients who on the outside are “Successful Business People,” and on the inside are “Supremely Talented Creative Types.” People...

How Many Monday Mornings Do You Have Left
07 August 2020
How Many Monday Mornings Do You Have Left?

Oh, and I do mean in total. In the life you’re living right now. I’m looking at 1,981 Mondays if I end up living an exceptionally average life. (Women have until 81 to RIP, on average; men, you have until 76– sorry. FYI, my finances and hopes are budgeting for a longer life than that.)...

I'll Be Happy When
20 July 2020
I’ll Be Happy When…

Making our happiness contingent on the “Very Important Thing” that’s for sure going to hopefully happen in the future (like getting that promotion, losing 17 pounds, or moving to Boulder– or all three!) means that a) we’re delusional, and b) we’re pressing the pause button on the very lives we’re living right now – because...

Grass Is Greener at New Job
14 July 2020
How Green Will the Grass Really Be in Your New Job?

Look inside before you look outside. We’re changing jobs every 4.2 years, us fickle and disengaged worker-bees. Harvard Business Review says that people are most likely to leave a job around their one-year work anniversary because we apparently all believe that the grass is greener, even in concrete jungles. Are we obsessed with the idea of...

Fun at work
07 July 2020
Fun at Work: Not an Oxymoron

Are you having fun yet? Years ago, I found myself in a job that JUST WASN’T FUN ANYMORE.  I complained about it just like that, too ­– in an all-caps, whiny-voiced kind of way that likely made The Husband feel the same way about his life (or at least about me). I’ve had jobs that...

Longest Day of the Year
20 June 2020
Try Not To Ruin The Longest Day Of The Year

June 20th is the longest day of the year, which means we can either savor or squander the extra two seconds of daylight bestowed upon us by the people who made up astronomy. (And I am being exact here: Chicago, for example, will enjoy 15:13:40 of daylight compared to the depressing day before with a...

Retirement reality
02 June 2020
Our Pseudo-Retirement Reality

If you’re working past 65, you’d might as well love it. Every single day 10,000 people in the U.S. wake up to celebrate their 65th birthday. After blowing out cakes laden with more candles than they are likely able to blow out, these boomers are faced with the reality of what it means to be...

WakeUp Call Blog
30 May 2020
How I’m Making Meaning in a Pandemic

COVID-19 has made us painfully aware that things aren’t what they used to be. For many, it’s also helping us realize that the “used to be” version of our lives needed a kick in the pants anyways. Maybe we needed a catalyst—like a global pandemic—to both value and experience our lives to their fullest? Aldous...

Midlife Crisis
01 May 2020
Listen to Your Mid-Life Crisis

It might be your gut trying to help you. I’m working with a client right now who’s convinced he’s having a mid-life crisis, and it’s not sitting well with him, at all. He’s 24. In addition to clarifying that this particular stage of WTF is actually called a quarter-life crisis (they exist!), I’m trying to...

Personal board of directors
20 April 2020
Why You Need a Personal Board of Directors

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” is one of those slap-you-in-the-face quotes that has you side-eyeing all the regulars in your life. Jim Rohn said those words, which Tony Robbins pounced on, and then Tim Ferriss had his way with them. Oprah even paraphrased it. It’s kind...

Positive thinking
13 April 2020
Positive Thinking*, with an Asterisk

Putting positivity in perspective. Norman Vincent Peale, grandfather of the think-yourself-happy movement and author of the enormously popular The Power of Positive Thinking, once said, “There is a deep tendency in human nature to become precisely what you visualize yourself as being.” If you think you’re a talentless loser, things might not go so well...

Career myths
07 April 2020
Career Myths Keeping You From Your Dream Job

When it comes to doing what you really want to be doing for a living — not the thing you got sucked into doing right after you graduated, not the thing your spouse hopes you’ll grin and bear until the kids are through college, not the thing that makes the “suck it up, buttercup” memes...


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