Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

The 4-year-old who was NOT a princess

Ok, she kind of is. But she had me read M. R. Nelson’s book, Petunia, the Girl Who Was NOT a Princess, to her class today for her birthday. This was my second time reading that book to that particular class. I reminded her that she’d selected it the last time, and perhaps she might want to spice things up a bit, but no. When my daughter wants something, it’s rea… read more »

Weekend life hacks

It was a very full weekend. I won’t say “busy” as I’m against that word. Also, there was still a fair amount of open space. However, we did wind up packing a lot in, and a few of my favorite strategies made that possible. Among them: Use car time. There was heavy traffic when I was driving home in the hurricane-related rain from the airpo… read more »

Make the trip

I was speaking in Grand Rapids, Michigan this week. I have family in the area, and so I elected to stay an extra night so I could see them. My parents came to meet me right after the second talk of the day, and we drove 90 miles up 131 to Cadillac, Michigan to see my 100-year-old grandmother. I should note that this longevity (doesn’t she look amazing?) is not a… read more »

Ode to a hotel room

Business travel can be tough, but it has one major upside. At home, the baby is always up earlier than I’d like. Some nights he does better than others, but there’s no guarantee he’ll sleep through the night. As the lactating parent (which, honestly, is what the baby wants) I tend to be the one experiencing this middle-of-the-night and wee… read more »

Projects and progress

If your days are filled with working and raising a family, it can be tough to find space for tackling personal projects. It doesn’t matter if it’s just buying a new pair of sunglasses, or renovating rooms in your house. These things stack up, and the weight of them creates its own angst. If you do have a few spare hours on a weekend, which should you ta… read more »