Category: Happiness

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 »

Disney: the agony and the ecstasy

I just got back from a 6-day trip to Florida last night. The first two days were work (I keynoted a conference in Tampa; I brought the baby and my mom) and then since my boys had days off school for Rosh Hashanah, the rest of my family met me for 4 days in Orlando at Disney World. I remember the phrase about agony and ecstasy from a guidebook on the parks. Tales are legio… read more »

Summer bucket list: How I did

Earlier this summer I posted a summer bucket list with 24 things I wanted to do over the next few months. Since summer is officially over (well, except for my vacation over the Rosh Hashanah long weekend) it’s time to assess how I did. 1. Pick strawberries I picked strawberries in late May, and also picked peaches and raspberries later in the summer. I need to f… read more »

The impossibility of a stress-free life

This has been a long week. My husband was in Nigeria. The baby has been sleeping poorly and, oddly enough, I have been too. The kids are just bored, which means there’s either screen time or fighting. Work has involved the feeling of spinning my wheels on a few things, which is frustrating since I simultaneously feel like there’s a lot I need to do. I think the… read more »