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Write your leadership manifesto

How does anyone learn anything? By getting their hands dirty and figuring it out. So, even though I’ve been studying leadership in the workplace for a decade, dipping my toe in here and there… I learned to lead over the past year, because of my family, because I had to. At our house, I’m the …

When to talk flex: landing a job when you have a life

I get a lot of questions about landing a new job. People ask me this: when do I break the news that I have commitments outside of work? First, let’s step back and acknowledge how dysfunctional our relationship with work has become (personal mission: working on it). Why is this even a question? Well, because …

Grace through change: returning to work after maternity leave

This post is not about babies or mothering or priorities or meaningful work or difficult decisions or finances or getting a tribe or a therapist or setting expectations or negotiating flexibility or guilt or feminism or all the things I promise I’ll write some day. This post is about grace through change. Because regardless of …

A letter to baby F

One night last week you ended up in bed with us. I brought you there. Because lying down was more important to me than making sure you know your crib is where you sleep. You know that.  You know so much.  When you’re in the bed I don’t sleep as well. I’m aware always of …

What a moment to myself looks like

Baby F is sleeping and I have a moment to myself. I finish folding laundry. I think about cleaning the kitchen counters but instead I brush off the bits of dirt that came loose when I unwrapped the potted tulip that’s sitting there. All red with yellow insides, opening coquettishly. Last weekend a friend told …

Young hearts run free

  Teaching mama and baby yoga has had me questing to discover the best yoga postures for energy. Because sleep is hard to come by when mothering a baby. I’ve learned that back bends, twists and deep breathing can help. Inhale. Exhale. And time apart. Which is why I’m camped out at my local independent coffee shop. …

Surrender

I’m taking a refresher on how to write. Things like: tell an interesting story, have a conflict that gets resolved, include self-discovery. Be a little bit scared about each post. J is always telling me to shake up my routine. As a way to shake up my thinking.  I look at baby F and think about …

Cycling in the rain

I forgot how unpleasant it is to bike in the rain without a back fender. That slice of Scot somewhere in my blood has left me with a solid attitude of making-do. As if using money and modern convenience to solve a problem is somehow too bourgeois. Since taking the Quistic masterclass on personality type, …