Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

What I’m into (belated February edition)

So we are 10 days into February, but I never did write this month's "what I'm into" post, so here we go. I just finally started using Instagram. I am lvanderkam if you want to join me over there. In other social media news, I did a FB Live chat yesterday (I am Facebook.com/lauravanderkamauthor over there). I am reading The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George. I h… read more »

The snowy day

We woke to a massive snowstorm this morning. It's the first major one of the winter, which has been relatively mild so far. It was actually 63 degrees yesterday. I ran outside with no jacket! My 7-year-old and I threw a football in the backyard for half an hour. Then the temperature dropped steadily overnight. The freezing rain started after midnight, and the s… read more »

The Little Book of Hygge, toddlers, and relaxation

The Danish concept of "hygge" is having a moment. Much like the Norwegian "koselig," it is an elevated vision of coziness, which is key to enjoying winter in a place where it's basically dark 20 hours a day right now. People light candles. They drink warm drinks. They curl up under blankets with good books. All this is celebrated in The Little Book of Hygge, ne… read more »

Weekly relationship priorities

In my TED talk (almost to 2 million views!), I suggest people make priority lists for the next week on Friday afternoons. I also suggest making this a 3-category list: career, relationships, self. Career is self explanatory. Most people have no problem figuring out what needs to get done at work next week. The "relationships" and "self" categories can be a bi… read more »

Reading Virginia Woolf at a wrestling meet

I spent Saturday morning as I have many a wintry Saturday morning this year: driving to a wrestling meet in some new corner of Pennsylvania. This week's was in Atglen, a rather rustic place about an hour from my house. I snapped these pictures of the frosty fields and silos. We saw an Amish buggy while driving through town. Sometimes it seems that the smaller the… read more »