Archive for December 2013

What fits in 168 hours

I’ve had a good week. I usually do during my “birthday weeks” because I’m good about planning in fun stuff in both my work and personal life. I’m also good about not planning stuff I don’t want to do. There’s a lesson there. Maybe I should do this more often. It turns out you can fit a lot of cool things into 168 hours. Starting the Friday after Thanks… read more »

Seeking a few more beta-readers…

Last spring, a number of you generously offered to read a draft of my novel. Your feedback helped tremendously. I've done a lot of revising over the last few months, and I would love to get more feedback on what is working and what is not. If you're interested in being a beta-reader, please let me know: lvanderkam at yahoo dot com. Here's a very brief summary of the… read more »

In which I borrow a blog post idea: What would you do if your income doubled?

Over at Grumpy Rumblings, NicoleandMaggie posed the question of what readers would do if their incomes doubled. This is, obviously, a nice question to be able to ask. The one who’s the econ prof recently faced this question because her husband got a new job. They’re pre-paying the mortgage, beefing up contributions to retirement accounts, taking on de… read more »

Birthday thoughts: Life in 2003, 2008, 2013 and beyond…

I’m celebrating a semi-milestone birthday later this week: my 35th. Birthdays always make me a bit reflective, and since this is my blog, and I’m no longer keeping a journal, this is where my reflections will go. In particular, milestone birthdays make me think back to my previous milestone birthdays, and what has changed since then. When I turned 25 in 2… read more »

November in Miami

The dark cold has descended upon the northeast. We’ve entered that time when you need to be bundled up to set foot outside, and everything is brown and lifeless. That’s why I jumped at the chance to go speak in Miami this past weekend. The occasion was Jen Dziura’s Bullish Conference. It was full of life management sessions aimed at 20-something women. I… read more »