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When Was the Last Time You Looked at a Leaf?

Before the beginning of school, my 15 year old daughter binge watched dozens of episodes of Friends. I rationalized that it was the end of the summer and she was entitled to kick back before the rigors of high school began. Secretly, I worried, until I talked to my friends who admitted they too find guilty […]

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There’s Something You Should Learn

I recently took my kids to see the house where I grew up. Perhaps my nostalgia was triggered by my oldest child’s impending college entrance. Whatever the reason, I wanted to show them the “hood” I roamed around unsupervised when kids could still do that sort of thing, where I learned to swim, and the […]

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Be Disruptive

At the risk of dating myself, I admit that when I went to business school the “in the know” vocabulary included fancy words like “synergistic” and “benchmarking“. Today, when I want to seem hip, besides rattling off acronyms like OMG and LOL just loud enough to embarrass my kids, I’ll comment on how “disruptive” an innovation seems. Indeed, if you […]

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How to Make a Hard Choice

There are some choices that are universally considered to be “big decisions”…where to go to school…whom to to marry… where to live…whether to have children…and of course what job to take. We see them as “big” because they seem hard. Ruth Chang, a philosopher at Rutgers University, explains that we need a new paradigm for making […]

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3 Ways to Find Your Sweet Spot

It’s 5:15 pm and I’m watching the USA play Belgium in the elimination round of the World Cup… one of those guilty pleasures that seems possible only in the summer. The pace of summer is palpably different. The kids are in camp, the traffic is lighter, and the sense of impending overload is slightly dulled. […]

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Find a Happier Version of Yourself

When I was in college and even as a new mother, I used to spout medical advice to my friends. Flaunting big words like “a-symptomatic” and “febrile,” I would proudly explain that I was a “frustrated” physician in disguise. I suppose there was a lot of truth to that.  I had wanted to be a […]

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Who is Writing Your Story?

I attended my 5th grader’s graduation last night. No, she’s not a child prodigy off to college; she is “moving on” to the often turbulent times of middle school. As we fluttered around bidding farewell to the faculty and staff for the summer, we were met with a gracious hug from her math teacher who […]

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Escaping to the Office: 5 Steps to De-Stress Your Home Life

It’s rare that I read something and decide instantly: “I’m writing about that this week.” I’ve got a stack of social science articles and yellow sticky notes with ideas that I use for inspiration, but this time, I needed no muse. The Wall Street Journal article I’m alluding to is entitled: “The Daily Escape: Why So […]

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Mind Your Business

When I failed to pay attention in 7th grade English, my teacher would accuse me of contemplating my navel… engaging in what he considered useless self-contemplation. Turns out not only did I decide to make a living of such folly, but that metaphorical navel gazing has some real benefits at work and in life. Mindfulness, as it’s […]

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This Mother’s Day… Enough is Enough!

This creative and impactful video (forwarded to me by a client) cleverly proves that no one in his or her right mind would willingly accept the job of mom. And yet we moms still do all that we do. Maybe we’re genetically disposed to masochism… who knows? Being a mom is certainly not for the […]

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