Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Guest post: Is it necessary?

Laura's note: Today's guest post is about an important question to ask that can help you be more mindful in matters big and small. Enjoy!  by Elisabeth Sharp McKetta One of the wonderful things about mothers is the random things they keep in their house: my mother, who lives in Austin, keeps a dozen clocks all chirping different times, a collection of dog-tra… read more »

OK, enough wrestling

I have spent many a winter Saturday morning at wrestling meets this year. This weekend was no different, except my 7-year-old had wrestling events on Saturday AND Sunday. It was a lot of wrestling. I think probably I have had enough wrestling for a while. But -- fortuitously! -- this wraps the season up, and the upside of tracking my time is that I know the weeken… read more »

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 »