Free Time

Rio: All kinds of adventures

This week my husband went to Rio de Janeiro mostly for business and I tagged along. It was a lot of travel for a short time there — two overnights on planes in a week — but we had some adventures nonetheless:
* Walking along the beach in Copacabana. The beach is beautiful, with walking and bike paths.
* Dancing the samba (or approximation thereof) wit… read more »

When you need a weekend

Last week was kind of intense. I managed to complete a round of edits on the novel, write 2 articles plus my normal Fast Company posts, and hack through another revision of Their Own Sweet Time. I evaluated potential covers. I covered an unexpected childcare gap. I went to New York for meetings and a conference. That day was particularly fun because the little d… read more »

Leisure time and sunk costs (aka update on my silent auction items)

I wrote last spring that I’d kind of outdone myself at our preschool’s silent auction. I had high hopes that my plethora of gift certificates would force me to schedule in and make time for things I wanted to do. After all, once I’d paid out the cash, it wasn’t just about making time for fun. The frugal part of my brain would kick in and make sure I wasn’t s… read more »

October weekend moments

This past weekend was a nice one. For starters, we had real fall weather, with a nip in the air and lots of the trees starting to change. Second, we had a good number of “anchor events.” It was just the right number to make the weekend feel full of good memories, but with enough space for down time too.
On Friday night, my husband and I went to the restaurant Sbrag… read more »

How can I achieve my personal goals when I commute and work long hours?

I had another great question come in from a reader this week. I’d like to address reader questions more frequently, so please, send them in! This reader is in his early 30s and would like to figure out his long-term career path. He currently supervises counselors who work with children with special needs. The challenge is that these kids and counselors are i… read more »