Free Time

My 7 strategies for creating me-time

I’ve been re-reading my advance copy of Jessica Turner’s The Fringe Hours. I enjoy her blog (The Mom Creative) and have enjoyed reading her voice and view of the world at more length than a blog post can allow. The subtitle of the book is Making Time For You, and in it Turner explores how she, who works full time in health care marketing, and has three young kid… read more »

How to keep the treadmill from becoming a very expensive clothes rack

Many people would like to be in better shape. Come New Year’s, gyms see an influx of new members. The problem? Many stop showing up by February 24. Likewise, exercise equipment dealers do a brisk business in December/January. But it’s practically a cliche that the treadmill will eventually become a place to hang clothes. If not that, at least it will be an… read more »

Family fun lists, and leaving the house

One source of frustration at my house lately has been motivating the kids to do much. When we bring them somewhere (the Adventure Aquarium — see the jellyfish picture — or skiing, or swimming at the Y) they inevitably have a great time. But getting them out the door is painful. The 5-year-old in particular complains bitterly about it. There is som… read more »

2014 highlights, and goals for 2015

Over at Fast Company this week, I’m writing about how to budget next year’s 2000 working hours, and why 90-day goals beat annual ones. Both have figured into some goal setting and reflection I’ve been doing the past few days. The hours (probably just a bit north of 2000) that I spent working in 2014 produced a few things:

A draft of the book formerly known a… read more »

Update on the 2014 holiday fun list

Back in November, I posted a short list of things I wanted to do to make this holiday season memorable. I’ve been trying to strike the right balance between wanting to rush through it (because I am really tired of being pregnant) and trying to enjoy this season.
I wrote that I was “intrigued by the idea of a literary Advent calendar.” I decided to go for it. I… read more »