Weekend Recap: Stretching Myself at Work and On the Trails

This was a bit of a short weekend, but a great one! Whenever I try to title my weekend recaps, I usually try to think of a theme to sum it all up, and this weekend’s was something about pushing myself to grow in a lot of different areas. This weekend was a big one for reflection on how much I’ve pushed myself (and succeeded!) in both running and my career. Both are still certainly works in progress, but I {Read More}

Race Recap: Ragnar Chicago, Part 1

This post is super delayed – whoops! I ran Ragnar Chicago with a group of my coworkers on May 18th/19th. We weren’t trying to be competitive, but I still thought I’d write up this “race report” for posterity :) I’ve long been curious about Ragnar relays, as I’ve seen good friends do them and have a blast. But I had also heard a lot about arduous they can be. You’re packed into a van for two days, taking turns running {Read More}

Happiness Without Perfection

Yesterday morning, I read a great post by Leo Babauta over at Zen Habits, The Truth About Your Uncertain Life Path & Purpose. It echos a point I’ve always known: that no one has it all figured out, and we are all just trying to do the best that we can. Leo says, “Do you think they have it all figured out? Do you think they have certainty and a feeling of reaching perfection? Not a chance. There is not one of {Read More}

Unveiling the Workforce of the Future

I know that I’ve alluded to it a lot lately, but this was a really busy summer for me with work. I was working on several clients simultaneously, and just a few days after work on my last two projects concluded, I’m already staffed somewhere new. No breaks for me, but I’m okay with that – the work I’m doing lately is so awesome that I will give up as much vacation as needed to keep doing it! Most of {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}

Rainstorms Make Rainbows

The chicken or the egg: do we get sick because we are busy and stressed, or do we get stressed because we are sick and busy? Either way, I’m none too pleased. Hope to be back to actual blogging soon. In the meantime, here’s a pic of my neighborhood after a recent rainstorm. My house is almost exactly where the pot of gold should be, but I haven’t found it yet. Another metaphor ;)

Sponsored: A Big Win and Celebrating with Palm Breeze

Last week, I told you about how I was out in southern California for the week to observe a training program that our senior associates go through after promotion. The “observe the program” part of that went great and was easy. The part I was nervous about came on Wednesday morning, when I auditioned for our Learning & Development team to take on the “orchestrator” role for the program. The orchestrator basically acts as the emcee for the week-long program, {Read More}

Weekend Recap: Finding my Groove

Happy Monday! This was a great weekend, and I felt like I really started finding my groove with balancing all the many things going on in my life. I headed to San Francisco for work on Thursday, and flew back on Friday night. However, instead of arriving solo at the airport and then driving home for a quiet night by myself… Adam and I timed our flights so we’d both land in Denver at about the same time and get {Read More}

Iterating on Goal Setting

I spent today at a workshop in California along with my firm’s Human Capital leads from across the globe, and the discussions were fascinating. One of the topics we talked about at length was performance management, and how best to encourage staff to maximize their performance. We’ve recently switched from a traditional performance management system, where reviews are done and goals are set just twice a year, to a new system that emphasizes real-time feedback. It’s been a huge transformation, {Read More}

Bluebird Spring Ski Day at Winter Park

So first, let’s start with the boring disclaimer: I’m so sorry to not be posting as much lately; things have just been so busy! New projects at work (i.e., new clients), new projects at home (i.e., contemplating building this pizza oven… any bets on whether I will blow up my new house in the process?), and of course, new activities that I sign myself up for and then later bemoan how busy I am (but seriously, any locals want to {Read More}