Tag Archives | life balance

Project Kon-Mari: The Closet Edition

I picked up Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, several months ago, intrigued by the premise and longing for less stuff in my life (and in my closet). With kids and a busy entrepreneurial lifestyle, my husband and I are constantly looking for ways to pare down the stuff around us, to varying degrees of success. He likes to throw things out to cut down on the clutter; I like to have a system so things don’t get messy again. Since I’m often short on time, my…

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That Magical Back-From-Vacation Feeling

That lazy back from vacation feeling. That I-don’t-want-to-apply myself feeling. That so-glad-it’s-summer feeling. That life-i-so-simple feeling. Yes, that. Back from a week in the mountains, I’ve been thinking big thoughts and also thinking about nothing at all. I’ve been enjoying time in the wilderness with my children. Watching my kids thrive in the outdoors, with the freedom that family camp brings, able to go around and do what they want, to eat exactly what they want, and to spend their allowance at the camp store buying treats, and staying up late having s’mores around the campfire. Ah,…

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3 Ways to Recharge This Summer

I’ve been spending too much time on Facebook lately, peering at the curated versions of peoples’ lives. I find myself feeling a bit less than whenever I do it, but I find it hard to look away from the shiny versions of other peoples’ lives. It is so easy to view other’s worlds and think that their grass is greener. If you could just be like them, have their life, their friends, their children, their home, all would be well. It would not be. Perhaps because of the line of work I’m in, I gain access to…

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Casual Fridays: Taking Care of Physical Health

One of the best things about working for myself is being able to make all the rules. Running a business is challenging, but there are some definite perks. Like casual Fridays. As I write this, I am sitting in my lovely office in a t-shirt, yoga pants, and sneakers. This is only the second or third time I have done this. I typically dress up every day for the office and for my clients, thinking it’s important that I look the part. I feel more official and good about myself when I’m wearing my professional clothes. Plus,…

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Why Giving Matters

As I sit here on Black Friday deluged with ads, I feel a bit sad for our world. Not because I don’t like to shop; rather, it’s because the race towards Christmas, now that Thanksgiving is done, is so focused on acquiring material goods. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve always liked the joy that finding just the right present for another person brings, and I have certainly enjoyed being on the receiving end of gift giving too. I have a confession–most of the time I don’t watch the news. I just can’t take it, to be honest….

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Let’s Play!

Play is as important to adults as it is to children.  If you hang around my blog much, you’ll soon start to notice how important the idea of play is—whether child or corporate executive, we all must play to tap into our deepest creative well.  As adults, when we have a project or business that we are passionate about, it’s easy to become totally engrossed in our work. Then, before you know it, hours have passed in a flash. Even days. Being productive is a great feeling. But it is important to make sure that your life…

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The Ebb and Flow of Strong Emotion

There is an image that helps me weather times of intense emotion, such as fear or sadness, and I’d like to share it with you. Perhaps it will resonate and help you in times of stress, too. My favorite beach in Maui is Napili Bay, a beautiful small crescent of sand and surf with a view of neighboring island Molokai. When I’m there, I wade in past the breaking waves to a spot where I am up just up to my neck in the water but I can still touch. The sandy bottom has no rocks, so…

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Can Being an Introvert Influence Career Success?

A fascinating book has been springing up everywhere and it has me intrigued. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain, is the book and the provocative topic. It’s inspired me to write about the wonderful people we call introverts. Contrary to popular belief, being an introvert does not simply mean being shy or quiet. Introversion is better defined as being a person who gains energy from being alone, and whose energy is reduced through interaction with others. For example, have you ever gone to a party, and after a…

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I’ve Become One of Those Women

I’ve become one of those women I swore I would never be. Those moms who persist in shopping as their kid dissolves into tantrums of epic proportions. Before I had kids, I vowed never to get myself into that situation. I promised myself that: 1. My kids wouldn’t do that 2. If they did, I would leave the store immediately. Last weekend in Pottery Barn Kids, I did the exact opposite….

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The Case of the Missing Pajamas

It started out as a typical day. I showered, dressed, made the bed and headed for my kids’ bedrooms. As I do every weekday morning, I helped my 3 year-old get into her school clothes. After dressing my 2 year-old as well, we went downstairs for breakfast. I saw them off and headed to my office to start my work day. Like I said, it was a typical day. Everything proceeded normally until that night, as we prepared for bed. I went to my daughter’s dresser to get her changed. The pair of pajamas she’d worn the night…

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