Monthly Archives: October 2011

2011 review: 28 in fifty-two notes: a year’s worth of writing, lessons, and people

Another year, another day, another second. Each moment we get a little older, and hopefully a little bit wiser. Yesterday I turned 28, and I can hardly believe it. I’m nearly done with my twenties: somehow it feels like I should be getting on with my life, setting an example, and doing stuff worth doing.Read the article

Alone in the Water: Swimming Bridge to Bridge

May Twenty One. Two thousand eleven. Saturday. It’s eight in the evening. I’m tired, but I can’t sleep. My eyes stay open even underneath the closed lids, and I think fleetingly about tomorrow. I’m tucked into my warm bed, lying flat against the bed covers, staring up at the ceiling. Words and ideas dance acrossRead the article

The beauty of adversity.

Despite knowing that adversity makes us better; that challenge polishes our edges; that experience broadens our knowledge, we still have a fear of the unknown, of the hard, of the difficult. Instead of fearing uncertainty, embrace it. When faced with adversity, encourage it. Test your mettle. Discover who you are. You might be surprised.

Learn by doing

You can’t figure everything by thinking, supposing or guessing. Sometimes you have to take action. Sometimes you just have to do it – and figure it out along the way.  

Something worth talking about

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”  – Helen Keller There aren’t very many people in this world who do things worth talking about. Watching the telly on a Sunday night? Not so interesting. Gossiping, checking email, doing the same old thing? Not big news. Media coverage trends towards the negative, the unexpected, theRead the article

What do you want?

This is one of my favorite questions. I ask it all the time. Ask it before you write an email, before you go to lunch, before you start your day. Ask it of yourself, ask it of your friends, ask it at meetings. What do you want? You may want a new computer, a payRead the article

What an UH-OH looks like.

Toronto, Canada.  I was planning on running a quick errand. In the elevator of the AirBNB apartment I was renting, I made a to-do list: Pack. Ship. Mail. Dinner. Write. Check travel itinerary. Get ready to head back to the States tomorrow, early. I grabbed my keys and my bag and scurried outside to make itRead the article

The big design problem? Designing your life.

I’m deep in the throes of reading two books by one of my favorite authors. Before I tell you who it is, I want to include an excerpt from one of the books: “I’m a welter of insecurities. I’m insecure about not understanding what the next person does, about not being as smart os theRead the article

What’s worse?

Disappointing others? Or disappointing yourself?