My 2024 Word(s) of The Year

For many years, I’ve had a tradition of choosing a word of the year. Rather than setting resolutions, the word of the year gives me an overall focus, personally and professionally. I like to use it as a guiding principle for tough decisions and situations.  When I’m not sure how to move forward, I can […]

Small Wellbeing Steps Make a Big Difference

“Leap, and the net will appear” is a quotation I definitely pasted in a journal or on a vision board at some point in my early twenties. The amazing thing is that it’s true. During the early months of the pandemic, I started speaking and writing more publicly about the fact that I struggle with […]

5 Tips to Become a More Confident Writer

They say the best book to write is the one you wish you had and couldn’t find — and that’s exactly why I wrote Getting From College to Career, which was first published back in 2007.    I really struggled to start my career in my 20s, and I wrote the book to help make […]

Tra La, It’s May! 5 Tips for Becoming a Better Public Speaker

When I was a sophomore in high school, I had my first and only lead role in my high school’s musical. That year, it was “Camelot.” I was Guenevere.  There’s a song in the play that begins, “Tra la, it’s May! The lusty month of May!” Every year, on the first of May, I text […]

A Perfectionist’s Advice for Overcoming Decision Fatigue

I was recently at the nail salon, and I had to pick a color for my manicure. There must have been at least 400 options, so I narrowed it down by asking for a light pink — and there were still more than 50 shades to choose from. I am embarrassed to tell you how […]

6 Things I’ve Learned from a Year Without Facebook and Instagram

As I continue my year of refinement, I want to take some time to reflect on my biggest refinement to date: deleting my Facebook and Instagram accounts.  It’s been a full year since I quit Facebook and Instagram — and I mean really quit. I didn’t just deactivate or suspend my accounts, or just delete […]

Napping in the City That Never Sleeps

On Friday, December 23, as I was checking off my final to-do list items for 2022 (you know I love a good checklist), I felt a headache coming on.  Three hours later, I was lying in bed with a positive COVID test next to me. For seven full days, I didn’t leave my apartment. I […]

Why I’m Refining in 2023 to Get to the Good Stuff

As many of you know, I center each new year around one defining word. This year, that word is: REFINE Some of you may have noticed a trend in my annual choices. In recent years, I’ve learned to say “no,” to “simplify” and to focus on what’s “essential.”  The long game is to focus on […]

What Too-Tight Pants Taught Me About Changing My Goals

I noticed in my October newsletter that many of you clicked on the link to my new suit. What I didn’t say is that I was shopping for a new suit because, due to the pandemic, aging and that peanut M&M habit I’ve written about before, I have officially gone up a pants size.  I […]

A “Control Enthusiast”’s Guide to Workplace Uncertainty

I once referred to myself as a “control freak” in front of a friend. “Don’t be so hard on yourself,” she said. , “You’re not a control freak; you’re a control enthusiast.” What a brilliant reframe. As a loud and proud control enthusiast, I’m the first to admit that I hate all of the uncertainty […]