Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

27 hours in Pittsburgh

I flew to Pittsburgh on Wednesday this week in order to give two speeches on Thursday. They both went well, though they had a very different vibe. As I build my business as a speaker I am becoming ever more aware of how audience dynamics (percent men vs. women, age, how full the room is) affect how I should present concepts to people and how I should engage with them… read more »

What changes and what does not

On Facebook, people often mark the birthdays of their eldest children with memories of becoming a parent for the first time. Sometimes there are baby photos from the hospital, memories of a wretched labor, whatever. You talk about how awesome your kid has turned out to be. All good. But I saw a post recently about one baptism into parenthood that jarred me out o… read more »

Hurrah for Captain Underpants

My 6-year-old started this school year not reading. He was not interested, and did not want to practice or anything of the sort. Over the past few months, though, something clicked. He (with the help of his teachers) figured it out. A few weeks ago, I had him read me Pete the Cat and he did pretty well. Then, as often happens, as you figure out that reading is fun, yo… read more »

Running and goals

Like many people, in January, I made resolutions for the new year. In my case, I decided to set quarterly goals in 3 spheres: career, relationships, self. My goal for Q1 in the self category was to be able to finish a treadmill workout I found in Oxygen magazine that required running 2 minutes at 9.0 mph after a progressive build-up from 6.0 mph. As this was a Q1 goa… read more »

Reader question: If starting a family is in my future, what should I do now?

Our reader question today comes from Caitlin, who is getting married this fall. She and her soon-to-be husband would like to start a family soon. To be sure, one cannot completely control the timing on these things, but they intend to begin that project next spring. So, as she said, she has a year and change before she might be pregnant. What would I recommend sh… read more »