What stories people read and shared in 2014 (Fast Company version)

In addition to blogging here, I’ve been writing three stories a week for the past year and a half over at Fast Company’s website. This has been a fun gig partly because the potential audience reach is so huge. When I see that something is being shared broadly, I know it is resonating with people. That’s often a sign it’s worth writing about more. Here are… read more »

The life-changing magic of not tidying up

Here are some interesting things to know about Marie Kondo. When this young Japanese “cleaning consultant” comes home from work, “I greet the waist-high potted plant by the window and stroke its leaves,” she says. Having fondled the foliage, “My next task is to empty the contents of my handbag on the rug and put each item away in its place.” Not ev… read more »

Your favorite posts of 2014

In evaluating my various professional endeavors, I’ve spent some time over the past week looking at what people chose to read in 2014, and what they did not. Here are a few of my most popular posts from this blog, and why I think people liked them (I’ll write about my most-read Fast Company posts later this week).
Dear Mrs. Patton: Earlier this spring, the … read more »

Jul! Christmas at Aquavit

I met my husband in a bar in NYC in February of 2003. I was there meeting a friend who’d just started dating a guy who worked at a large consulting company. This company had a New Jersey office, and many of the younger (or at least single) NJ office people lived in New York and got together for bar nights. My friend texted me to come join her at the bar. While ordering… read more »

What do you track?

In this app-happy age, it’s possible track all kinds of personal metrics. I like time-tracking, of course, and step-counting. I’ve tried food journaling, which is effective, but not very enjoyable (I prefer happy ignorance). I used to track miles run. My Fitbit sort of does that for me now, but I don’t record runs as something separate from general st… read more »