Your Next Chapter

Before leaving office, Barack Obama met with the New York Times book critic, Michiko Kakutani and said, "Storytelling brings people together to have the courage to take action on behalf of their lives." Think of a favorite story... Whether it's a novel, Rosa Parks...

Not Yet

Remember that silly but fun game of adding the phrase "in bed" the end of a fortune cookie saying? "You shall have a satisfying year."… in bed. "Those who treat each other with kindness, will receive kindness."....in bed. I have a new favorite word that can do similar...

What You Pay Attention to Grows 

Contemporary neuroscience shows us that the more we focus on something the stronger our neuro pathways become. The more we think about it, literally the stronger it gets. To change our lives, be happier and less fearful, we have to redirect our thoughts to focus on...

Why Take the MBTI?

Recently, I asked one of the lawyers I work with, "What would you do if failure was not an option?". She couldn't answer right away. She said, "I've buried those parts of myself so far down, I don't know. I need to think about that." You know the phrase: To your own...

Generosity is the Norm

I've got an open secret to share. This is especially directed to the lawyers in the house... ...most people do not bill their hours. What that means is this: when you are looking to change your job and life, many, many people will be happy to talk with you. They don't...

Simple. Not Easy.

Saying something is simple does not mean it's easy. Running a marathon is simple. Pretty straightforward. Right? But not easy. Changing your mindset about what is possible, falls into that simple but not easy category. That's why I focus on mindset tools. As my mom...

No One Cares

I recently attended a workshop with writer Elizabeth Gilbert at Kripalu, a yoga retreat center in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. One of the things she said that I didn't understand at first, but now has become a mantra is this... "No one cares." At first, I didn't...

What’s Wrong with Easy?

I have a friend, who is incredibly organized. She knows exactly when she's going to do the lingering tasks that live at the bottom of her to-do list. She sits at the kitchen table and checks items off as her daughter does homework. "I know. I'm weirdly organized," she...

Begin at the End

One of my very best friends sold his business this week. He's owned restaurants in Provincetown, Massachusetts for the last 20 years. I am so proud and thrilled, and scared (you know, the good kind - excited/scared) for him. It's going to be a big transition. He's...

Courage is Contagious

I’ve been listening obsessively to the podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. (If you are not familiar with the books, this blog post may not speak to you as much as it could, but read on...) Although I was a fully grown adult when the...

What Story Are You Telling Yourself?

A favorite article of mine, Manage Your, Energy not Your Time, by Tony Schwartz, has a couple of sentences that I try to remind myself of daily... "What story am I telling myself?" And then, "What other story can I tell myself?" I have a client, who when we first...