Category: Happiness

Getting through a renovation (without going insane)

As I am typing this, work men are pounding on the floor above me. We really loved this house when we first saw it seven years ago. Indeed, deciding to buy this house made moving from New York City to suburban Pennsylvania a little easier. However, there were a few things I never liked. Over the past seven years, we have slowly been making progress on changing them.… read more »

Maxing out the enjoyment (with Bach’s B-Minor Mass)

Many years ago, I sang in the Princeton University Glee Club. We spent many months practicing Bach's B-Minor Mass. I learned the piece through and through, and listened to recordings constantly, but I never performed it, because I left to study abroad in Australia two weeks before the concert. That itself was a fabulous opportunity, but it meant that anothe… read more »

Friday Miscellany: Notes from Watermark

I spent much of today speaking at the Watermark Conference for Women (literally -- I gave my speech three times!) The conference also sold out of my books, so that was nice. I had a few take-aways. One is that -- after I speak about time management -- people often tell me that they make great plans, they just can't stick to them. I think this may be due to one of a few th… read more »

Guest post: Finding time for stories

Laura's note: Today we welcome Callie Feyen to the blog. Callie is a novelist, educator, and parent. She writes about what she learned from tracking time. Her new book, The Teacher Diaries: Romeo and Juliet, is out today so please go check that out. by Callie Feyen My first planner was a slim, brown, Northwestern University 1989-1990 calendar that my dad brou… read more »

Thoughts from the season’s last wrestling meet

I am writing this from the hall outside the local high school's gym, where my 8-year-old has been wrestling all morning. This has been a frustrating season in many ways, though it has made me admire my son in new ways too. Wrestling is an extremely vulnerable sport. It is just you and your opponent on the mat, engaged in hand-to-hand combat. If you lose, it is you w… read more »