It’s hard to let go of alternate lives, the could-have-been lives.
There is a storyline that runs in my head, a pretend version of life, in which my Mom is still here, participating, being with us.
A life in which she knows all four of my kids and they know her, they know her love and her joy and her attention and her kindness the way I… Continue reading
I had been married for almost three years. We had a baby girl. I went back home to be with Mom for what would be her last month. I spent my days feeding Mara mashed bananas and rocking her to sleep, propping Mom up on pillows and sitting by her while she slept, slipping out of the house with my Dad or sister to grab a milkshake and look at each… Continue reading
I had a conversation with my Dad when I was just about to graduate from college. I’ll never forget it. He said, “You know, Annie, I’m in my fifties now, but I still feel, inside, exactly the same as I did at 22.”
And I thought… “Well, darn, here I am at 22 and I guess this is it.”
Now I’m 35 and I still feel pretty much… Continue reading
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If you were only going to read two books to improve your productivity and general quality of life, I’d make this one of them.
(I’d make the other one Mastery by Robert Greene.)
Things need to end. Sometimes the thing that needs to end is… Continue reading
a. Things you have no use for; things which are just there. Mental or physical, psychic or tangible: unnecessary, unhelpful, often harmful though in a slow, creeping, insidious way that you might not notice.
b. Different than mess. Mess is produced by making, creating, exploring, discovering, playing, working, learning… You know, living. Mess is a natural byproduct of life. Mess is the stack of books you’ve read or want… Continue reading
1. Everybody’s version of success is different.
When someone says they have success at something, find out what success means in their definition.
They might mean, “I make a lot of money doing this,” and you might mean, “I am really happy doing this.”
If you want to learn from someone, you need to have a shared definition of success. Otherwise they might teach you all they… Continue reading
We all operate from assumptions, to some degree.
We assume the world will keep spinning, the sun will rise, and our boss will expect us to show up at work as usual.
So we set the alarm, get up, get dressed, and go to work.
What’s the problem with assumptions like that? Nothing, really. Those type of assumptions are experiential; they are based on our actual experiences… Continue reading
I’m not in the marketing world as much anymore, but I have spent a good portion of my freelance career in marketing: B2B marketing, copy writing and editing, content strategy, so on.
What I’ve learned is that there are endless resources, blogs, sites, etc., giving endless amounts of information on marketing: what’s new, what’s best, what’s important, what’s trending, what’s working, what isn’t working.
You can easily spend… Continue reading