Archive for April 2013

Art and compromise (my musings on Eat, Pray, Love)

Despite watching Elizabeth Gilbert on Oprah years ago, I somehow managed to miss reading Eat, Pray, Love when it came out in 2006. I don’t particularly like memoirs, for the reasons discussed below. Nonetheless, when something becomes a cultural phenomenon, I figure I should see what the fuss is about. So when I saw a paperback copy on sale for 50 cents at my… read more »

Success at Work Challenge Week 1: Mind your hours

I’m trying to achieve success at work, and you can too! For the next 7 weeks, I’ll be running a #SuccessAtWork challenge on this blog. Each week’s challenge will follow one of the 7 disciplines I highlight in my new ebook, What the Most Successful People Do at Work. If you’re participating, please let me know in the comments, or on Twitter. This is week 1… read more »

Leaning in, with clementines

Can you have a big career, be ambitious, and still appreciate a clementine? Can you achieve great things professionally and still appreciate “the color, the texture, the way the peel came off in almost one big piece?” Of course, right? So maybe you’ll understand why I am flummoxed by Kristin van Ogtrop’s editor’s note in May’s Real Simple. For t… read more »

Traveling light, and Thursday thoughts

I’m on the road again the second half of this week. This photo is of my small carry-on bag, and my purse, which holds what I've packed for 4 days in 2 cities. As the weather gets warmer, it becomes much easier to pack light, but I’ve also figured out a few packing hacks over the years. First, I've realized that I don’t need my whole wardrobe. Instead, I try to th… read more »

Magnolias and the drumbeat of days

I've always wanted to have a gorgeous, flowering garden. I also know that the planning and production of such a garden -- paying a landscape architect and the like -- is something that my frugal soul would see as expensive and unnecessary. Fortunately, as longtime readers of this blog know, my husband and I bought a house two years ago that turned out to have rat… read more »