Our Dying Attention is a Big Problem

Over the bulk of the last year, I’ve been focused on adding meditation, quality, and depth to my life in a meaningful way. That includes: rethinking my relationship to reading, and reading entire books, slowly. With notes. Deepening my ability to focus and pay attention. Putting parental controls on my technology to block social media. Today, I share a round-up of essays that have helped me. Here are 17 essays on attention, anxiety, being over-busy, and why our lack of recharge time is more problematic than we think.Read the article

How to Give Great Advice (and Why Most Advice Doesn’t Work)

It’s fun to brainstorm, to be clever, to solve things. But sometimes other people don’t need us to solve their problem, offer advice, or jump in with the perfect story. Sometimes they just need us to listen. Listening isn’t being quiet: it’s an active process. And it takes work to listen well. Here are a few strategies for being better at giving advice (without giving advice).Read the article

In Search of Mental Focus and Clarity

Those of you that have followed my posts recently know I’m experimenting with my relationships to social media, email, and the internet. I love tech AND I also want to stay smart about my habits, impulsivity, and addictions. Because make no mistake: tech is an addiction, for sure. How do we achieve mental focus in the increasing onslaught of information? Get this: the average person checks email 74 times per day and spends 28% of their time on email. If we’re not questioning this, we should be concerned.Read the article

I Quit Social Media For 30 Days and Here’s What I Learned

Last month, I quit social media for 30 days. I deleted Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter from my phone and computer and signed out for the month. Here’s what happened and what I learned. Would love to know what you’ve tried and what’s worked for you.Read the article

A 4-Step Guided Framework for Journaling and Gaining Clarity

Not that long ago, as an eight-month pregnant lady living on stitched-together patches of sleep, finding time to journal was becoming a challenge amongst my pending worries about new motherhood. I decided to try the Clarity Cards as a journaling exercise and loved the results. Here’s the four-step process I used to chart out thoughtful ideas, insights, and clear perspectives on being pregnant.Read the article

My Fall Mastermind is Open for Applications

My Mastermind & Mentoring program will return this Fall. You must apply by August 18th to be considered for the early decision deadline. The latest possible day to apply is September 5th if you’d like to be in the Fall cohort. The program is a little more than 3 months long and requires a dedication to expanding yourself, your business, and your mind. Read the article

Do You Have Your Own Personal Board of Advisors?

I didn’t realize I needed a personal board of advisors until things got pretty rough. I was stuck, trying to do everything myself, learn faster and stay up later. Here’s how I changed, and why I started my Mastermind.Read the article

The Writer’s Workshop Live & Small-Group Writing Circle

This Fall, for the first time in three years, I’m teaching a live (via the Internet) gathering of The Writer’s Workshop. We’ll come together for eight weeks to practice writing, form writing groups, and gather for live calls in order to get better at storytelling, narrative, and persuasion. Sign up early, space is limited.Read the article

Suffering from Burnout? How to Know When to Rest or Push

Does your life plan account for enough rest? How do you know when you should push, and when you’re in burnout and deeply in need of a break? Here’s how to determine the difference.Read the article

Summer Reading List

There’s not much I like more than curling up with a good book and being swept away into a story or deep into a new set of ideas. This year, I’m tracking everything I read on my reading list, and making sure that half the list is made up of books by women. Now, midwayRead the article