First Domino to Set Everything in Motion

The Discover program that I was orchestrating in LA last week ends with a really cool closing ceremony called “Momentum.” In it, we discuss the impact of selecting a first domino that will help you take that initial step toward whatever goal you are trying to implement. A first domino can, and should, be very small. For my goal of running a marathon in all 50 states, the first domino wasn’t even running my first marathon; it was driving my car {Read More}

Crafting my Victorious Entrance

This week, I’m back at Terranea to deliver another week of my firm’s Discover program. I was really nervous for this session – much more than my first one as orchestrator, a few weeks ago. A few days after my last session, I got videos of my performance – and I was really unhappy with how I did. I was looking down at my notes a lot, and in the post-session feedback, some of the senior associates commented that it made {Read More}

Date Night, Here I Come!

This week, I read an article by Eric Barker on shortcuts to bonding deeply with a romantic partner. So as I do with a lot of interesting things I read, I sent it on to Adam. And then we both had fun realizing that we do a lot of these things already. But one of the things on the list that we both thought was a great idea was the idea of pretending that we’re on a first date again. {Read More}

How “Gaming” Suppressed My Appetite

A few weeks ago, Amazon had a day where they offered lots of apps for free. I ended up downloading a bunch of apps for my Kindle, including a few games. And the one I’ve been playing the most? Sonic The Hedgehog 2, of course. I loved Sonic when I was a kid, probably because I didn’t own a Sega and so I could only play it at my friends’ houses. Getting to play it anytime I want? Outstanding. (Though {Read More}

Solo Hiking Report: Mount Spaulding and Mount Evans

This has been a pretty busy few weeks for me! This week I am wrapping up the second of two major projects I’ve been working on over the last year, and I’m also gearing up to start my new project next Monday. (Stay tuned for more on all of those work things.) But last week, I was clocking 12-16 hours of work each day, and by Friday, I desperately needed a break. I knew that I would still be working {Read More}

Sponsored: Little Changes to Keystone Habits Drive Big Results

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. I received a stipend to facilitate my purchase for my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Ever since moving to the suburbs from NYC, I will fully admit that my lifestyle is changed. You know that line in Old School, where Frank talks about his weekend plans? “Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we’re {Read More}

The Hell (or Heaven?) of Doing Nothing

Recently, I was on an online dating site answering the quiz questions that help identify what percent of a match you are for someone else. With the format of this site, you can see all the questions and choose which ones to answer, but you don’t see the potential answer choices until you click on the question to highlight it. One of the questions was, “How do you feel after a day of doing nothing?” Curious, I clicked on it {Read More}

Relax: It Will All Be Better in Just a Few Hours

There have been so many times that I’ve learned a valuable lesson about vacations: the last bit of time before you go is always so incredibly stressful, but then once you’re on the way, everything gets better. It seems like whenever I’m prepping for a big trip, something happens to get me really stressed out at the last minute – to the point of considering canceling my trip and just not going anywhere. But then once I’m packed, in the {Read More}

Getting and Giving Recognition

My firm’s fiscal year runs July through June, which means that April is an anxious month of building your case for a stellar year-end review, May is an anxious month of waiting for your review to happen (but having no idea how it went)… and then in June, we finally get our results. The month culminates with a big Promotion Day celebration sponsored by each of the local offices, and it’s always a lot of fun. There are a few {Read More}

The Perfect Amount of Stress

The last week has been a crazy blur of activity. We are nearing our big go-live for work, and since my role on the program is release management, that means it’s crunch time. I knew that this time was coming, but compared to our previous go-live, it just seems so much crazier! I feel like I’m drowning in work, and that there’s never enough time in the day to get it all done. (On the plus side, this week we {Read More}